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$5.4 million cut from Australia Council budget

Image via Shutterstock New cuts to the arts have been revealed in the Turnbull Government’s Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO). The six-month update to the 2017-2018 budget has reallocated $1.8 million a year over three years – a total of $5.4 million – from the Australia Council for the Arts to Creative Partnerships Australia. The cuts will take effect from 2018-19. Additional budget cuts have been made to welfare, family payments and higher education as part of the Coalition’s plan to return the budget to surplus by 2020-21. ADVERTISEMENTIn a statement, Minister for the Arts the Hon. Senator Mitch Fifield said: 'New ongoing funding of $3.7 million per year from 2018–19 will mean that Creative Partnerships Australia's annual resourcing will be maintained at its current level of $4.4 million (indexed) in future years. The majority of Creative Partnerships Australia's funding was previously due to terminate on 30 June 2018.' A further $1.9 million per year..

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..

As South Sudanese community leaders we must give our youth a sense of belonging

[unable to retrieve full-text content] As South Sudanese community leaders we must give our youth a sense of belonging The GuardianFull coverage

What a Lawmaker's Downfall Reveals About Australian Attitudes on China

Editor’s Note: A version of this article was originally published by The Interpreter, which is published by the Lowy Institute, an independent, nonpartisan think tank based in Sydney. War on the Rocks is proud to be publishing select articles from The Interpreter. The issue of influence by the government of the People’s Republic of China in Australian public and political life reached a turning point with the resignation of senator Sam Dastyari. It concluded a year of forceful reporting and vitriolic debate about China in Australia, fueling a steady flow of controversies and revelations about how deeply China’s interests reach into Australian institutions. In the case of Dastyari, much of the media coverage has focused on partisan party politics and wins and losses for the government and the opposition. However, his resignation is symbolic of a fundamental change in the nature of Australia’s relationship with China, one that is as significant in its own way as Brexit for the United Kin..

Romper Stomper reboot is a compelling investigation into Australia's extremist politics

Stan’s new remake and serialisation of the 1992 movie classic Romper Stomper opens with the original haunting theme music that has been canonised and sampled by many contemporary skinhead bands. The first scene then begins with waves rolling along a beach - similar to how the original film had ended. But that is where most of the similarities end. The original film, starring Russell Crowe, had focused on alienated young people who embraced the skinhead ethos and targeted Asian migrants in inner Melbourne. Unlike the film, Stan’s Romper Stomper is not an exploration of this subculture. It has been remade to reflect new schisms and complexities in contemporary Australian extremist politics. Stan’s Romper Stomper also makes some subtle commentary on the rise of an authoritarian state in Australia. This modern, Orwellian-style Melbourne is a place where youth correction workers wear black uniforms with combat boots and Border Force Officers patrol train stations. [embedded content]The R..

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 Tom Clark is changing the world's coffee culture from Coutume Café in France

[unable to retrieve full-text content] Australian Tom Clark is changing the world's coffee culture from Coutume Café in France Daily TelegraphFull coverage

Boxing Day sales: Where to find the best deals

BARGAIN hunters were calm and orderly as the Boxing Day sales kicked off at Sydney’s Pitt St Mall this morning - a far cry from the chaotic scenes seen in previous years. At 6.45am large retailers like Myer and Zara were already well and truly open for business, but while there was a noticeable security presence and crowd control cordons in place, they were not necessary for the largely well-behaved crowd. While numbers picked up significantly throughout the morning, the only retailer with a noteworthy queue was streetwear brand Culture Kings, which had a large line of shoppers waiting at the entrance as the store opened its doors. However, the National Retail Association (NRA) predicted that Australians would spend a staggering $2.36 billion today, making it the most lucrative Boxing Day in recent years. You’ll find a list of the more notable deals below, which we will keep updating. Crowds were also orderly but consistent at neighbouring Strand Arcade, Westfield Sydney and MidCity Sh..

Two decades of Federer, and still going strong

Fri, Dec 29, 2017 - 11:37 AM [PERTH, Australia] The amazing Roger Federer will embark on his 21st professional season when he leads Switzerland in the mixed teams Hopman Cup starting in Perth on Saturday. The 36-year-old Swiss is coming off an extraordinary year where he took his majors tally to 19, with a fifth Australian Open title and a record eighth Wimbledon. Federer finished the year at number two in the world behind Spanish rival Rafael Nadal, having started at 16, after a season-leading seven titles, including three Masters at Indian Wells, Miami and Shanghai. It was a sensational season by any standards, but especially as Federer has been playing professional tennis since 1998 - a year when Bill Clinton was president of the United States, and James Cameron's "Titanic" won 11 Oscars. Federer will again partner Belinda Bencic at the Hopman Cup, his only event before launching his Australian Open title defence on January 15. "It's totally different this time around," sa..

Film Review: Big in Japan (Australia, 2017) is far more than one man's vainglorious...

Where most foreigners settling in Japan pass their time in Japanese pubs, English schools or seeking out every piece of longstanding architecture, David Elliot-Jones spent his trying to become famous. And you’ve probably never heard of the guy, but that doesn’t mean he failed. Big in Japan opens with a preface about the seemingly endless ways of reaching massive audiences through sites like YouTube and through social media. But the documentary isn’t mired by that well-beaten drum, it’s not another film about how these new mediums connect people; it’s a film about three guys putting these mediums to the test. With foreign talent in demand, three filmmakers (David Elliot-Jones, Lachlan McLeod & Louis Dai) move to Japan to test whether these mediums can gift anyone fame. The star to be, Dave, is an average Victorian in his mid-twenties, known to his friends by his peculiar looks and personality. He’s also willing to do pretty much anything to become famous. Tracking Dave’s exploits in Jap..

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