Leonard Cohen: 10 of the best

Great songwriting, as does great poetry, feeds the spirit and informs and lifts. It gives one an insight into life’s vagueries, pain and hurt, as well as joy, tenderness, love and hate in a way that opens new understanding into what are universalities. There are some few great artist that have achieved and are able to deliver a mixture of words, vocal treatment, phrasing, music that is so precisely balanced…

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Be under no illusion: Malcolm Turnbull wants to destroy Australian literature

“The Liberals are a Party of Phillistines”. I have to agree. Indeed, how could anyone not agree? Their attacks on arts funding, their reneging on Gonski reforms, their obsession with “growth”, their continuing denunciation and undermining of the ABC, their support for profit before people and, indeed, their dismissal of scientific evidence when making decisions and arrogant pursuit of a neo-liberal economic agenda that favours the wealthy and increases the…

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A Political Party Worthy of Support

Are you totally unconvinced at the worth of any of the current political parties or simply feel like a change? Are you a lover of the Arts? Do you feel upset or annoyed by the demolition of the ABC, the reduction of funding to the Australian Film Industry and the absence of real support for true cultural worth in our community? If you answered YES to any of these then…

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Spurr-ious attack on the New Matilda

In the spirit of bigotry, perverse argument and absence of rationality, which Abbott’s government models and that appears to have taken hold of the nation, Professor Spurr has his lawyers seeking to pillory the New Matild for publishing Spurr’s self-incriminating emails. Comments in Spurr’s emails are both racially and sexually prejudiced – they use language in a way that would demean any person but is particularly noteworthy when used by…

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‘Ashamed to be Australian’

How sad and what a shocking sign of the times that a leading Australian of the quality of thought and understanding of Richard Flanagan, 2014 Booker Prize Winner, feels ashamed enough of our Prime Minister’s actions that he is impelled to speak against them. A sad indictment, indeed, on the state of Australian politics and the shameful actions of its government. ‘Ashamed to be Australian’: 2014 Man Booker Prize winner…

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