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New podcast challenges cultural whitewashing

Lena Nahlous interviews Benjamin Law; courtesy Diversity Arts Australia; Photos by Jennifer Macey Launched by Diversity Arts Australia, new podcast The Colour Cycle aims to disrupt cultural whitewashing by questioning the degree to which Australia’s arts and cultural sector resembles Australia at large. The seven-part series is hosted by Lena Nahlous, Executive Director of Diversity Arts Australia (DARTS). Nahlous told ArtsHub: ‘The trigger was the Beyond Tick Boxes symposium that we held last year where we brought together people from the arts sector to talk about cultural diversity in the arts. We didn't want these conversations to disappear or to stay locked in that room. We wanted them to have a broader reach and a longer life, and we felt podcasts was the way to make this happen.’ ADVERTISEMENTRead: From ticking boxes to thinking outside the square She added in a statement: ‘We want our podcast to open up conversations about why our arts and screens don’t reflect Australia’s..

Australian police investigate death of koala screwed to post

Thu, Jan 11, 2018 - 3:43 PM [SYDNEY] The death of a koala found screwed to a post in Australia has sparked an outcry from animal rights groups and prompted a police investigation. The koala may have been alive when it was "cruelly attached" to the post of a wooden shelter using building screws, though it was dead when found on Wednesday, said Koala Rescue Queensland in a Facebook post accompanying a picture of the animal. It shows the small koala, limbs wrapped around one of the shelter's wooden supports, appearing to clutch a bunch of gum leaves. The caption says "all is not as it seems". It gives the location as a lookout at Brooloo Park, 140 km north of the city of Brisbane in Queensland state. "Police are currently investigating the matter," Senior Sergeant Pierre Senekal, at nearby Kenilworth, told Reuters on Thursday. He said the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) will organise an autopsy of the animal to determine cause of death. Animal cruelty c..

Cricket Australia censors footage of Bob Hawke's beer skol

[unable to retrieve full-text content] Cricket Australia censors footage of Bob Hawke's beer skol Daily TelegraphFull coverage

The Latest Lamb Ad Is A Literal Musical Skewering Australia's Culture Wars

The latest lamb ad – which has somehow become the barometer for our we measure the social and political climate in this country – is out, and it skewers Australia‘s never-ending culture wars via Broadway musical pastiche. No, we’re not joking. The story is as follows: an Aussie mum is just trying to cook her kids some lamb on the barbie (on the front lawn, for some reason), when singing tropes representing the far left and far right commentators descend. “If you’re a right, you think equal rights are wrong,” sing the blue shirts, a.k.a the right. “It’s Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve.” “Your thinking is so 1950s era,” respond the pink shirts, a.k.a the left. “All you care about is the War on Terror.” And then there’s the guy who’s too scared to cause offence, so he’s just sitting on the fence, like a coward. Give it a watch below. [embedded content] Is this guy singing, “You tell ’em, daddy-o” meant to be some kind of Milo Yiannopoulos character? He bloody well is. MLA has courted..

Maori artist brings Australia's colonial history to life in 25-metre video installation

New Zealand multimedia artist Lisa Reihana is in Australia to unveil her collection of work - including her striking 25-metre video installation In Pursuit of Venus (infected). Reihana, who is of Maori and British descent, loves to explore how identity and history are represented through her artworks, and challenging colonialism. And her featured panoramic installation does not shy away from those concepts. In Pursuit of Venus , 2015—17, which premiered to critical acclaim at the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017. SBS Debuting at the 57th Venice Biennale last year, the video work is an adaption of 19th century French scenic wallpaper Les Sauvages de la Mer Pacifique, also known as The Voyages of Captain Cook. "I was really inspired to create a work that kind of spoke back through time," Reihana told SBS News. "Just kind of readdressed some of the look of the wallpaper and certainly to put a stake in the ground. "And say yes Indigenous people are strong and yes we are still here." Reihana..

Perth Scorchers fire back at second cheating accusation

PERTH Scorchers star Ashton Turner has responded to accusations the Western Australian outfit has cut corners in assembling its Big Bash squad. Fresh from shutting up salary cap conspiracy theorist Brad Hodge in their Big Bash showdown, the Scorchers have faced further allegations by former Aussie quick Dirk Nannes. Hodge was booed at the WACA during his Melbourne Renegades’ dramatic last-over loss on Monday night after sensationally questioning the creative accounting that has allowed the Scorchers to retain their local talent, despite winning the title in two of the past three seasons. “It’s something that should maybe be looked into,” Hodge said. His comments came after Perth self reported a $5000 salary cap breach before the 2016-17 Big Bash season and were hit with a $150,000 fine — with $145,000 of the fine suspended, pending no further salary cap breaches before the 2021-22 Big Bash. Nannes also publicly questioned Perth’s ability to retain star players through manipulation. “Pe..

Apple's new Federation Square retail store in Australia facing backlash from locals

Apple announced last month that it will open a new retail store in Melbourne, Australia at Federation Square. While both Apple and the Victorian Labor Government are confident in the economic boom this new store will bring, some locals are anything but happy at the idea of Apple taking over the Yarra Building at Federation Square… Spigen TEKA RA200 Airpods Earhooks CoverApple’s store in Federation Square would take over the Yarra Building, which has been home to several different organizations, including the Melbourne Festival Headquarters and more. Since the store’s announcement last month, public outcry has mounted against the news. An entire website called “Stop Apple” has emerged to unite the “citizens of Melbourne against Apple Federation Square.” Furthermore, a several petitions have emerged on Change.org aiming to stop Apple’s demolition of the Yarra Building at Federation Square. Most notably, one petition has accumulated over 50,000 signatures, explaining that the loss of the ..

5 Things We Learned From New Australian Music Book 'The Long and Winding Way...

When Rolling Stone writer Andrew P Street thought about penning his third book, he decided he wanted to tell the story of Australia through pop music. And so, bleary eyed after the birth of his son, he wrote The Long and Winding Way to the Top: Fifty (Or So) Songs That Made Australia. Here, he highlights five key learnings from the process: 1. Australian feminism might have created pub rock "There's a theory that the rise of live bands in Australian pubs was at least in part a result of changes in licensing laws," starts Street, "which meant that women moved out of the 'Ladies Lounge' and into the front bar, leaving most pubs with a big empty room that was just perfect for the rising tide of teenagers to take over with their infernal beat music." 2. Shepparton is Australia's Nashville "Sorry, Tamworth, but you're a pretender: from the original Aboriginal country music circuit to touring riverboat clubs to Briggs' entire album about getting the hell out, Sh..

The Girls From Oz return with their Australia Day shows

For two shows only, The Girls From Oz, a trio of expat singing talent and their Pommy Pianist, will pay a tongue-in-cheek tribute to their beloved home country on 26th January 2018. Their cabaret act features songs by Australian artists such as Kylie, Men At Work, John Farnham and Vegemite, but sung as you’ve never heard them before! The Girls From Oz have given these songs their own 3 part harmony twist with a touch of dancing, some instrumental multitasking and plenty of laughs. The Girls From Oz are made up of a bevy of bonza beauties currently living in London and this performance will be starring Natasha Veselinovic (‘Les Mis’ international tour and ‘The Railway Children’), Chloe Rose-Taylor (‘Carrie – the Musical’ Australia) and Melissa Gall (‘Gypsy’ and ‘The Sound Of Music’ Australia) and are joined by their pommy pianist, Simon Beck (‘Rocky Horror Show’, ‘Monty Python at the O2’). After a successful run at last summers Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Girls are returning to Londo..

Morning mail: Labor attacks 'outright lies' over housing

[unable to retrieve full-text content] Morning mail: Labor attacks 'outright lies' over housing The GuardianFull coverage

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