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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..

Cricket Australia censors footage of Bob Hawke's beer skol

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Livingstone's Commonwealth Culture Shock

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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..

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..

From flying fists to a culture built for success – Perth Lynx star Alice...

Alice Kunek loves the physicality and competitive nature of sport more than most, but when punches started flying in a team meeting earlier this year, she started to wonder whether she’d made a bad decision. The 26-year-old joined French team, Lyon, in February after finishing her WNBL season with Melbourne. Searching for a different experience after losing some passion for the sport, she was stunned by her introduction to the club midway through the season. Lyon suffered an 87-59 belting and it was obvious the team was in trouble. “In our first film session, we’d come off a loss and there was a punch-on between the girls during the film session. The coaches just sat there and I had my head in my hands thinking ‘what have I got myself into?’,” Kunek recalled “There were some deep seated issues with that team from earlier in the season. They were speaking in French, I was sitting in the corner and then they just went at each other. One had to get taken out of the room and the coach got ..

China's 'Sharp Power' Cuts into Western Societies from Australia to America

China’s efforts to exert political and cultural influence in Australia produced a major scandal with the fall of Senator Sam Dastyari, who took money from a billionaire linked to the Chinese government and ended up parroting Beijing’s propaganda line on the South China Sea.The United States Senate recently convened a bipartisan commission to study Chinese influence efforts, which include meddling in Western higher education as well as politics. Now the Economistwarns that China’s “sharp power” is cutting into Europe as well. “Germany’s spy agency this week accused it of using social media to contact 10,000 German citizens, including lawmakers and civil servants, in the hope of ‘gleaning information and recruiting sources.’ There have been reports of Chinese agents trying to groom up-and-coming politicians from Britain, especially those with business links to the country. And on December 13 America started to learn of possible intervention, when the Congressional Executive Commission on..

I have always struggled to fit in with Australia's swimming culture

These days, summer smells like the scent of star jasmine, like dirt in the air before a storm rolls in. But growing up, summer was associated with dread, the sum of a series of tiny humiliations. Like the time I swallowed mouthfuls of water as I tried and failed to swim freestyle. Or the casual indifference of high-school PE instructors. Or the time I was scooped out of the deep end by a boy in Year Seven at the annual school carnival, despite the fact that I was in the kickboard relay. Nothing sums up how unnatural I’ve always felt in the water as much as the chemical tang of chlorine. The children of immigrants tend to be painfully conscious that they’re different. To me, these differences are encapsulated by the way my Australian-born friends dive joyfully into swimming pools, the way they propel themselves headfirst into the ocean unafraid that the surf will engulf them. In a country whose version of youth is the endless summer beach party, where the national consciousness is steep..

Sydney Airport to display major contemporary Aboriginal artwork

Sydney Airport and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) today announced that Kamilaroi artist, Archie Moore, has been selected to realise a major work of contemporary art for the gateway. According to the airport, 'United Neytionsis' is a highly significant work that will give a strong sense of place in its location at the airport. Its 28 large flags will hang from the 17-metre high ceiling of the Marketplace in the airport’s T1 International terminal. "The distinctive graphic designs of the flags reflect the diversity of Aboriginal cultures in Australia," states Sydney Airport. "The gentle movement of the flags will produce a calming effect, creating a welcoming presence at Australia’s gateway airport." Moore’s work was selected based on its striking visual qualities, and for its creative and conceptually strong response to the airport’s brief. Sydney Airport managing director and CEO, Kerrie Mather, said that Sydney Airport was thrilled to support one of Austral..

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..

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