Australians to spend $18 billion between Boxing Day and January 15 Australians are expected to have spent a record-breaking $2.36 billion on Boxing Day this year, according to both the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) and the National Retailers Association (NRA). Retail revenue in NSW alone is tipped to have reached over $770 million, Victoria following […]
San Francisco, 7 September 1927 — society sees a breakthrough like no other. An invention that would propel us forward into the ever so bright future of endless broadcasting. News, sports, drama, and action all at our finger tips. The television would be the apotheosis of human invention that would expand the minds of society forever – […]
NSW Senior Crown Prosecutor to resign in February New South Wales Senior Crown Prosecutor Mark Tedeschi, QC, announced on Wednesday that he will be stepping down from the role in February. Tedeschi became a Crown Prosecutor in 1983 before being appointed Senior Crown Prosecutor in 1997. Over the course of his career, Tedeschi has prosecuted […]
Hi! Are you a society grappling at long last with a systemic fault line in your culture? Are you trying to form a hot take about how to go about it? Well, here are a few pointers to show you what to avoid. DON’T blame the victim I still make choices every day as a […]
My whole life, I’ve wanted to be that girl. The girl who could sit in a library and not be kicked out for laughing too loud. The girl who could read a book for more than five minutes and not zone out or fall asleep. The irony is that I love to write; and you’d […]
Image credit: Kaboompics (Pixabay) — CC0 public domain dedication. Anti-nuclear weapons group wins Nobel Peace Prize for 2017 The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), a group founded in Australia, was last Sunday awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2017, “for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use […]
Image credit: MK Feeney (Flickr) — CC BY 2.0 licence. Amid a turbulent year of absurd politics, great success, heartbreaking tragedy and groundbreaking progress, creativity has blossomed. Advertisers have recognised the growing demand for change and tapped into its momentum, in many cases driving conversations about issues that would have previously been swept under the […]
A while back, we were on our way to see Pist Idiots, a Western Sydney-based garage-rock band and one of our favourite local acts. After awkwardly bumbling our way through Newtown with a stomach full of nerves and a terrible navigation app leading us into unknown territory, we finally arrived at the gig. Puffing from running […]
Darkness fills your vision, your ears left ringing from the explosions and gunfire that fill the air, alone, trekking through the thick mud as it clings to your boots, slowing you down, nothing but the weight of your bags and rifle to keep you company. It is a nightmare, with nowhere left to turn; your […]
Embattled Labor Senator Sam Dastyari will not return to the Senate in 2018 after fresh allegations of links to China are levelled against him. In a media conference on Tuesday morning, Mr Dastyari said: “Today, after much reflection, I’ve decided that the best service I can render to the federal parliamentary Labor Party is to not […]
My mum always told me: “Shama, if you love yourself and I mean really love yourself, there is no one that can bring you down; there is nothing anyone can say that can destroy you.” I always thought that was true, to a certain point, but a part of me also felt our environment mattered […]
What’s the difference between an African, European and an Asian skeleton? Absolutely nothing – they are identical. In modern society, we are so divided on anything and everything that I’m surprised we have made it as far as we have. People hold racist views for arbitrary reasons; whether it be their upbringing, religious views, or belief of […]
Photo credit: Australian Associated Press. The issue of marriage equality has finally been resolved in Australia, after the federal Parliament passed legislation on Tuesday to allow two people to marry regardless of their sex or gender. After four days of debates and discussion of many proposed amendments, the House of Representatives voted in favour of […]
United States President Donald Trump will tomorrow recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in a move that is expected to add to the conflict in the Middle East. The United States will consequently move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Protests have already begun in the West Bank over the decision. Israel annexed Jerusalem in 1967, and since then it has served as the de facto capital. An important city for Muslims, Jews and Christians, Jerusalem is not formally recognised by the international community as the capital of Israel, and the United States will be the first and only country to have its embassy there.
Finding ourselves in Melbourne two weekends ago and with a few hours to spare, Sam and I quickly tried to find a gig. We discovered that UK band Crywank were in town as part of their debut Australian tour. We eagerly made our way through the busy streets to find them. After leaving late, getting lost a few times, and staring for far too long at a Gucci shop window with an alien campaign poster, we arrived at The Curtin pub. During their set, the UK duo played some of their more popular songs with fans excitedly singing the words back at them. Songs such as “Now I’m Sad” and “Memento Mori” were crowd favourites, with punters engaging with the meaningful lyrics.
Over the past weeks it seems that rather a bright light has been shining on a lot of people around the issue of sexual harassment. Most recently, Don Burke has been accused of this by multiple people with whom he used to work, and many others are saying that they were well aware of the issue at the time. As more comes to light about the allegations, it’s being likened more and more to the recent spotlight on Harvey Weinstein — a large number of accusations and many people seeming to have known about it at the time, but yet only now is it coming to light.
It was almost a whole year ago that I was asked by someone what would I like to be remembered for when I leave this world. For a split second I thought to myself, “Hmm many things”, but I responded, “That I was always true to myself.” The other day I was sitting outside the […]
Photo credit: John Barilaro (website). New South Wales Deputy Premier John Barilaro has described Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull “completely out of touch” and called for his resignation before Christmas. During an interview on radio 2GB, Mr Barilaro said: “Turnbull is the problem, the Prime Minister is the problem. He should step down, allow for a clean […]
Although I have never been much of a procrastinator, throughout high school and university I have seen countless people stressing, clamouring and even crying to finish assignments just minutes before the due date. Recently I witnessed my cousin (who has just completed high school) pull an all-nighter to finish an assignment the night before it […]
War punctuates human history with a monotonous regularity. Although typically terrifying and tragic to those who live, die and fight through wars, great things can grow from these seemingly inevitable conflicts. The English Civil War (1642–49) and Glorious Revolution (1688–89) laid the groundwork for modern democracy, while the American and French Revolutions (1775–83 and 1789–99 respectively) made substantial contributions to the development of what are today recognised as fundamental human rights. In more general terms, the vast empires established by conquest throughout history have aided the spread of ideas, albeit usually at the expense of native populations. War, while bad, can lead to good or at least useful results.
Is your country under threat? Is your youth unemployment rate getting too high? Does your economy need a pick-me-up? Wouldn’t it be good if I could tell you one way to achieve a highly skilled, experienced and employable workforce with a strong work ethic, while also being able to protect your nation and boost its economy? […]
Photo credit: Manuel Goria/Sutton Images (Formula 1 website) Valtteri Bottas has won the 2017 Formula One season finale at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. This marks the Finn’s third career win since joining Mercedes at the start of the season, and was a great way to end the year ahead of the four-month […]
It was a Monday morning. I was feeling love, from everywhere. From one of my closest friends, from my favourite jacket my brother left me before he flew to Canada, my ruby ring from Brooklyn — it was like I had woken up in a bubble of love. And while we’re on the topic of […]
Photo credit: Glenn Dunbar/LAT/Sutton Images (Formula 1 website). Valtteri Bottas has secured pole position at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit for the final Grand Prix of the 2017 season, with a lap time of 1:36.231. This is the Mercedes’ drivers fourth pole of both this year and his Formula One career, and a new fastest […]
Democracy: it is the pinnacle of a free society, the ideal governing system for any nation. We enjoy it so much that we wish every other country could enjoy it; a government for the people, by the people. Democracy is the greatest system any nation could ask for … on paper. In a democratic society, […]
Regardless of your own faith or beliefs, there is no denying that religion has been a major influence on human societies since the beginning of time and continues to be to this day. Religion continues to dictate the foods people eat, the choices they make, and how they spend their free time. Ultimately, how one […]
It is with great sadness that I write this article about the loss of one of our music greats: Malcom Young. You can’t mention Aussie music without AC/DC in mind. Malcom co-founded the band with his brother Angus and is responsible for many of their greatest hits and well-known riffs. For fans and fellow musicians, Malcolm Young’s passing has been a hard hit. I can only imagine the heartbreak endured by his close friends and family.
The result of the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey was in favour of legalising same-sex marriage, and it now falls to Parliament to enact the required legislation. Senator Dean Smith’s Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017 has long been the preferred option of most politicians, and on the afternoon the result of the […]
Photo credit: Australian Associated Press. After a highly emotional public debate riddled by misinformation and forced justification, the Australian people have voted ‘Yes’ to legalise same-sex marriage. The ABS announced on Wednesday morning 61.6% of eligble voters ticked ‘Yes’ in the non-binding, non-compulsory $122 million postal survey, with 38.4% of voters ticking ‘No’. Photo credit: […]
Tasmanian Senator Jacquie Lambie will resign after it was confirmed she has dual UK citizenship. Senator Lambie’s father was born in Scotland which grants her British citizenship by decent. The announcement comes after a review of her father’s family history, prompted by the recent revelation of former Senate President Stephen Parry’s dual British citizenship. Senator […]
Photo credit: Mark Sutton/Sutton Images (Formula 1 website). Sebastian Vettel has won the 2017 Brazilian Grand Prix after getting past the Mercedes of pole-sitter Valtteri Bottas into turn one on the opening lap. Bottas kept hot on the heels of the Ferrari right to the end of the race, with just 2.762 seconds separating them […]
Currently based in Melbourne, four piece punk-rock band Amyl and The Sniffers are a force to be reckoned with! We finally got the chance to see these guys play live when they opened for Cosmic Psychos here in Sydney, which they will continue to do for the Better in the Shed Tour spanning across November […]
Photo credit: Kym Illman/Sutton Images (Formula 1 website). Valtteri Bottas has taken pole position for the 2017 Brazilian Grand Prix, his Mercedes crossing the finish line with a qualifying time of 1:08.322. The Finn will start first on the grid for the race tomorrow for the third time in his career, third time this season, and […]
The world in which we find ourselves seems like a series of crises teetering on the edge, simmering away under the careful stewardship of world leaders and their accompanying bureaucracies. There is no starker example of this than the precarious Korean peninsula, at the epicenter of a growing war of words and threats, all with the lives of a minimum of four million souls hanging in the balance.
Today we thought we’d write about a day we love: Triple J’s Australian Music T-shirt Day which was held on 3 November. Apart from just being a bit of fun, it’s a day to celebrate Aussie music culture, and to get behind and show support for some pretty amazing artists by wearing their band shirts. We are donning our band shirts and wanted to each do our own little plug on an Australian band that we’ve seen this year that has had an impact on us.
For nearly a year-and-a-half before voting even began, the 2016 US Presidential Election dominated headlines. And arguably for good reason: there were more scandals and controversies than all 7000 episodes of The Bold and the Beautiful. Walls, glass ceilings, emails, Larry David lookalikes, Muslims, the KKK, free tertiary education — it was like the media’s […]
The events of last Thursday made the Parliamentary sitting week seem a year long, with late night developments and round the clock coverage leaving a Minister embattled and an Opposition calling for blood. Senator Michaelia Cash, Minister for Employment, is still facing down calls to resign after giving misleading evidence to a Senate estimates hearing […]
Before I launch into this, necessary proviso: the views expressed herein are my own, and not necessarily the views of any church or company that I am a part of or affiliated with, et cetera, et cetera. All good? Bueno. You have, by this stage, probably read post after post about the “postal vote” on […]
Photo credit: Steven Tee/LAT/Sutton Images (Formula 1 website) Max Verstappen has won the 2017 Mexican Grand Prix after snatching the lead from polesitter Sebastian Vettel in the first two corners of the race. Starting from the front row, the Red Bull driver quickly took the lead after a brief bump with Vettel’s Ferrari. Vettel subsequently […]
Photo credit: Mark Sutton/Sutton Images (Formula 1 website) Sebastian Vettel has positioned himself well to continue challenging for the 2017 Formula One Drivers’ World Championship, putting his Ferrari on pole for the Mexican Grand Prix. Vettel denied Red Bull’s Max Verstappen the title of “youngest-ever polesitter” by just 0.086 seconds at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez […]
Photo credit: Alex Proimos (Flickr) — CC BY 2.0 licence The long awaited High Court judgement on the so-called “Citizenship Seven” has disqualified Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, Senators Fiona Nash and Malcolm Roberts, and former Senators Scott Ludlum and Larissa Waters from Parliament. Senators Nick Xenophon and Matthew Canavan have not been disqualified. A by-election […]
When I heard whispers that Aussie sweetheart Courtney Barnett was in the States working with alternative rocker Kurt Vile, I instantly knew that this pairing was a match made in heaven. I can’t believe I hadn’t seen these two as potential collaborators before!
Released on 13 October, Lotta Sea Lice was a very long time coming for me, even though it was released just months after the two artists announced they were working together. I couldn’t wait! And I must say, I wasn’t disappointed.
Photo credit: Mark Sutton/Sutton Images (Formula 1 website) Lewis Hamilton has maintained his Formula 1 World Driver’s Championship lead after winning the United States Grand Prix, and the 35 points earned by him and teammate Valtteri Bottas at Austin has secured the 2017 Constructor’s Championship for Mercedes, with three races left in the season. The […]
Photo credit: Zak Mauger/LAT/Sutton Images (Formula 1 website) Lewis Hamilton has taken yet another pole position for Mercedes this season, with a lap time of 1:33.108 at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin. Lining up beside him for the United States Grand Prix is the Ferrari of main championship rival Sebastian Vettel, who is […]
Maltese investigative journalist and anti-corruption activist Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed by a car bomb near her home in Mosta on Monday evening. She was reportedly leaving her home when the blast occurred, sending the vehicle wreckage airborne and into an adjacent field. Ms Caruana Galizia was responsible for uncovering links between Malta and the […]
Photo credit: Martin Kingsley (Wikimedia) — CC BY 2.0 licence Unions have lost an appeal to overturn the Fair Work Commission’s penalty rates cuts for hospitality, retail and fast-food workers. The Federal Court found the Commission’s decision to cut Sunday and public holiday penalty rates for full-time and part-time workers is legal. United Voice and […]
Photo credit: Adam Roberts (website) Mass shootings in the United States are inevitably accompanied by fierce political debate about gun control, and the Las Vegas Strip Shooting has been no exception. Seemingly before the bodies were even cold, spokespeople from both sides of the debate popped up on television arguing for more restrictions or fewer […]
Photo credit: Yuri Samoilov (Flickr) — CC BY 2.0 licence An Australian defence contractor’s computer system was inflitrated by hackers in what could be a state-sanctioned cyberattack. The attackers had access to the contractor’s IT network for an extended period and reportedly stole large amounts of data. The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) discovered the […]
Photo credit: Andy Hone/LAT/Sutton Images (Formula 1 website) Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton has claimed his fourth Japanese Grand Prix victory, and his third at the Suzuka International Racing Course, as his closest championship rival, Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel, retired due to technical issues at the start of the race. Hamilton is now on 306 points, leading […]
Photo credit: Mark Sutton/Sutton Images (Formula 1 website) Lewis Hamilton has claimed his first pole position at the Japanese Grand Prix, setting a new lap record of 1:27.319 at the Suzuka International Race Circuit. His time was more than three seconds faster than last year’s pole-setting time of 1:30.647 set by 2016 World Champion Nico […]
Photo credit: chrisjmit (Pixabay) — CC0 public domain dedication Suspected terrorists may be held for up to 14 days without charge under an agreement ratified by the Council of Australian Governments on Thursday. The states and territories also agreed to the creation of a facial recognition system using drivers licence photos. Authorities will be able […]
Sydney’s music scene is crawling with talent. Going to live gigs and performances is a great way to engage, discover and admire said talents — but how do you choose? Here is a list of five up and coming Sydney-based artists you need to see!
A man has committed suicide after opening fire on music festival-goers at Las Vegas’ Mandalay Hotel on Sunday night. Authorities have confirmed 59 people are dead, with at least 525 injured, making it the most deadly mass shooting in US history. The shooter, 64 year-old Stephen Paddock, used at least one automatic weapon to fire […]
Photo credit: Australian Government (Wikipedia) — CC BY 2.0 licence. An assylum seeker held in Australia’s offshore detention centre on Manus Island has reportedly died. The Sri Lankan Tamil man is believed to have taken his own life at a hospital in the township of Lorengau on Monday. “We had a suicide of a refugee […]
Photo credit: Manuel Goria/Sutton Images (Formula 1 website) Max Verstappen snatched the lead from pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton in the opening laps of the 2017 Malaysian Grand Prix, and kept his Red Bull ahead of the Mercedes to claim victory in what was the last Grand Prix in Malaysia for the foreseeable future. The Dutchman, who […]
Photo credit: Mark Sutton/Sutton Images (Formula 1 website) Lewis Hamilton will be first on the starting grid at what will be the last Malaysian Grand Prix for the foreseeable future. A solid qualifying performance saw the Briton take pole position in his Mercedes, while his closest title rival, Sebastian Vettel, failed to set a time […]
Now that the High Court prepares to hear cases concerning the dual citizenship status of seven current and former parliamentarians, it is important to reflect on the reasons why section 44(i) of the Australian Constitution exists. What exactly is it meant to prevent? Is it doing its job?
Photo credit: CSIRO (Website) — CC BY 3.0 licence Fears of an energy crisis in NSW and Victoria have been put to rest after the Government stuck a deal with Australia’s largest gas exporters. In a meeting with the heads of Shell, Origin and Santos this morning, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull repeated his threat to […]
Photo credit: Stefan Krasowski (Flickr) — CC BY 2.0 licence. North Korea’s Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho has accused United States President Donald Trump of delcaring war on the rogue state. Speaking to reporters in New York on Monday, Ri said, “Last weekend Trump claimed that our leadership wouldn’t be around much longer and declared […]
With two months left until the result of the Australian Marriage Law Survey is announced, a lot of attention will be dedicated to the proposed changes to the Marriage Act, with many column inches and plenty of airtime postulating on the effects and justification of doing so. Lost in this analysis is the purpose for […]
Photo credit: FelixMittermeier (Pixabay) — CC0 public domain dedication Angela Merkel will serve a fourth term as German Chancellor after the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its Bavarian counterpart, the Christian Social Union (CSU), secured 33% of the vote in Germany’s national election on Sunday. The Social Democrats (SPD) led by Martin Schulz received 20.5% […]
Australia stands almost alone in the Anglosphere in its lack of marriage equality, with only Northern Ireland to keep it company. Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, most of the United Kingdom, and the United States have all achieved marriage equality over the past decade-and-a-half, through a variety of judicial and legislative mechanisms. Australia is […]
Ten Network creditors have voted in favour of CBS’ bid for the struggling broadcaster, rejecting a rival offer made by Lachlan Murdoch and Bruce Gordon. US media giant CBS upped its offer to unsecured creditors from $32 million to over $40 million just hours before the vote in Sydney on Tuesday. The CBS deal will […]
Photo credit: Mirko Stange/Sutton Images (Formula 1 website) On a weekend that looked set to be dominated by Red Bull and Ferrari, it was Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes that was first across the finish line in the 2017 Singapore Grand Prix. Despite starting fifth on the grid, Hamilton seized several opportunities that brought him his 60th […]
Sebastian Vettel set a blistering lap time during qualifying at Singapore’s Marina Bay Street Circuit to secure pole position for Sunday’s race. Vettel’s time of 1:39.491 is over three seconds faster than Nico Rosberg’s pole-setting time in 2016.
Photo credit: Aitoff (Pixabay) — CC0 public domain dedication Everywhere online, political commentators use the terms “left” and “right” to describe various, often conflicting, movements. This trend is an unfortunate development, as it seems to be destroying the distinctions and subtleties that make the political landscape — and the societies it reflects — so diverse. […]
There were a few initial hints that the turnout would be as massive as it turned out to be — the snatches of overheard conversation on the train into Town Hall, the mass of people a full thirty-five minutes early crowding the narrow construction bollards and milling around in the square near St. Andrew’s, selling […]
Image credit: US Geological Survey (website) An 8.1 magnitude earthquake has struck off the Western coast of Mexico. The US Tsunami Warning System has issued tsunami warnings for eight countries including Ecuador, Nicaragua, Panama, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, El Salvador, and Costa Rica.
Photo credit: StockSnap (Pixabay) — CC0 public domain dedication The High Court has dismissed the challenges to the same-sex marriage (SSM) postal survey. The ruling means that the postal survey will go ahead as planned, with ballots being mailed out from Tuesday 12 September 2017. The challenges were made by SSM advocates, Independent MP Andrew […]
In 1953 the Council of Europe adopted the European Convention on Human Rights, establishing a regional system to protect human rights in its member states, complete with domestic and regional courts to enforce it. Regional systems have also developed in the Americas through the Organisation of American States, and through the African Union. This leaves Asia and the Pacific as the only region without a human rights system.
The recent spate of referrals to the High Court about dual citizenship has put quite a few political careers on the line, and has made for some pretty interesting news in the meantime. But can we expect things to get resolved anytime soon? Not likely — at least not before the High Court starts considering cases in October. Either way, the path forward on the citizenship issue is rocky, and is a bit different for each House of Parliament.
In Part 1, we had a look at the definition of free speech according to two United Nations instruments, and some common principles that give rise to exceptions for it. In this article, we’ll be looking in more detail at how this applies to a country — namely Australia — and then how everything changes once you jump online.
Photo credit: Bjørn Christian Tørrissen (Website) — CC BY-SA 3.0 licence. Swiss President Doris Leuthard has said Switzerland is prepared to mediate talks between North Korea and the United States. Ms Leuthard noted that Swiss troops were deployed in the Korean Demilatarised Zone and that the country had a long history of neutral diplomacy. “We […]
“Ocean & Montana”, the latest collaborative EP from Pharrell protege Buddy and Montreal Hip Hop producer Kaytranada hits the spot. Although only 16 minutes and spanning 5 songs, Buddy makes a great impression, leaving listeners wanting more. Kaytranada’s smooth production combined with Buddy’s delivery makes this EP a must listen. Buddy had a huge […]
Here in Australia, we consider ourselves quite ‘lucky’. I can put pretty much what I like on Facebook, and know that police won’t be showing up at my door. Unless I start posting about bombs, or assassination, or terrorism, perhaps – but even then, it depends on the context. I could be talking about water bombs, the mafia card game, and Counterstrike.