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Abbott Final

OPINION: Abbott’s “BATTLESCARS” should not earn him sympathy, justification or support.

Over night it was revealed that former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott (Hebrew: שָּׂטָן‎‎ Satan, meaning “enemy” or “adversary”), was apparently visited by the Dickensian ghosts of the postal plebiscite: Justice, Karma and Fair-Dunkin Australian Spirit.

According to Mr. Abbott he was approached and allegedly head-butted following a luncheon in Hobart that he attended with anti SSM campaigners and colleague Eric Abetz. Speaking on 3AW, Abbott remarked: Read more …

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The Doctor Blake Mysteries: Explosive Return Exceeds Expectations

Sunday the 17th saw the return of the popular Australian murder mystery, The Doctor Blake Mysteries, set in late 1950s Ballarat. The first installment of the much-anticipated fifth season more than lived up to expectations.

Centred around a boxing match turned deadly, the episode balances the thrill of the murder case with the unfurling drama in the private lives of the characters.
The protagonist, Lucien Blake (Craig McLachlan), blends the perfect amount of cheeky mischief and dad-charm, with a healthy helping of genius. This season promises to feature his will-they-won’t-they relationship with his straightlaced housekeeper, Jean (Nadine Garner). And apparently, they will, to the delight of fans of the show.

The star of this episode, despite adorable glimpses of the lead couples flourishing romance, has to be Sergeant Charlie Davis. Portrayed by the gorgeous Charlie Cousins, his backstory is explored when family come to town only to be embroiled in the investigation. A masterful performance utilises Cousins’ range; simmering tension and an older brother-turned-father role giving way to betrayal and conflict in a nuanced and graceful performance.

As ever, the narrative moves through beautiful shots of Australian scenery, dancing across the suburban and country landscapes and through cultural landmarks of an earlier decade. Classic cars and challenges of a bygone era artfully evoke nostalgia for a time most don’t even remember.

A compelling beginning to the season, the first episode paves the way for an explosive final season of the ABC original show. The Doctor Blake Mysteries airs Sundays 8:30, ABC 1.

From the Press Release:

Doctor Lucien Blake and his long-suffering housekeeper and confidant Jean Beazley now face a new future together, full of possibility… but life has a few more surprises in store for the both of them.

Once again they’ll be confronted by murder and mystery at every turn. From the boxing ring to a new French bistro, from an exotic camp of travelling Romani gypsies to the local Debutante Ball…

And amongst all of this, loyalties will be tested, friendships will be strained and faith will be challenged. Will Blake and Jean finally find the happiness they so richly deserve? Is Charlie ready for more responsibility at the Station? How will Rose work with two generations of the Tyneman’s? And who is the avenging nemesis from the past?

Doctor Blake is ready to solve a series of strange and shocking crimes. But he’s about to discover that each and every one of his actions has consequences. And no good deed ever goes unpunished…

Production Credits: A December Media Production in association with ABC TV and Film Victoria. Producers George Adams and Tony Wright. Executive Producer Stuart Menzies and Associate Producer Craig McLachlan. ABC Executive Producers Brett Sleigh and Alastair McKinnon.

 

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Is the postal survey Australia’s biggest waste of money in the last decade?

Hint: Yes it is. 

So by now, most of you have probably heard about Australia’s postal vote gauging attitudes to marriage equality. The postal plebiscite/survey that is asks Australians to decide whether the law should be changed to allow same-sex marriages.

With a $122 million cost, this plebiscite is a colossal waste of money. In my humble opinion, the question of allowing same-sex marriages should never have been this difficult to decide in the first place. Besides which, this vote isn’t binding, so even if majority of Australians do vote yes, we don’t actually have a guarantee that same-sex marriage will be legalized. But let’s put aside the question of stupidity because  it can’t be changed now. Read more …

It

ADVANCE FILM REVIEW: Stephen King’s IT (2017)

High-brow horror at its finest

Stephen King, one of the most prolific writers of the modern era (having penned over 50 novels and 200 short stories), is one of the touchstones of modern fiction. The mastermind behind some of the most successful and iconic stories of recent history (classics such as Carrie, The Shining, Misery, The Green Mile, and The Shawshank Redemption), many of King’s novels have made the successful leap into cinema, to critical and commercial acclaim. Such is the case with 2017’s ‘It’. Read more …

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BROKEN NEWS: Obtained Documents reveal Bob Katter’s Inner City Roots

A new day in Australian Politics has brought with it yet another scandal regarding a prominent politician’s heritage; though this time under quite unique circumstances.

Official documents obtained by Radio Monash reveal that Federal MP and Australia’s least favourite ‘country-bumpkin’ Bob Katter, is in fact as cosmopolitan as Carrie Bradshaw vaping coffee through an avocado pip while listening to an audiobook of Eat, Pray Love on a Kindle.     Read more …

Broken News

BROKEN NEWS: Barnaby Joyce set to receive two “of the year” awards!

Australia’s most powerful kiwi, Barnaby Joyce, was recently revealed to have received the second highest number of nominations for the prestigious “New Zealander of the Year” award. The award is one of New Zealand’s highest honours, after “Rugby League Try of the Year” and “NZ’s Most Comfortable Jandal”.

In light of this, the committee of the Australian of the Year award has announced that in the event that Barnaby Joyce is officially nominated for New Zealander of the Year, he will be automatically nominated for Australian of the Year to reflect his dual citizenship. Should Joyce win, he will also automatically receive the Australian of the Year award. The committee have also stated they will uphold the great Australian tradition of claiming Kiwi achievements as their own by moving to confiscate Joyce’s would-be ‘New Zealander of the Year’ award and have its title plaque scratched off in order to have ‘Australian of the Year’ engraved in its place. Read more …

Gifted

ADVANCED FILM REVIEW: Gifted (2017)

Gifted is an unusual movie in the contemporary film landscape, it is a character driven melodrama with heart and moral ambiguity, where the principle characters are all easily relatable. The choices Frank (Chris Evans) has to make are truly heartbreaking, especially with the betrayal that comes later on.

On the surface, Gifted could easily be seen in a cynical sense of the merging of several genre tropes crammed together, the single parental figure raising a child against all odds, a custody battle mode (cue Kramer vs Kramer) and the lowly maths genius from the wrong side of the tracks who feels alone and trapped by circumstances until a kindly teacher tries to improve their life (Good Will Hunting); only this time the young maths genius is actually a seven year old girl. Read more …

Vaccines

SCIENCE NEWS: John Oliver Tackles Vaccines

Since 2014, Last Week Tonight (hosted by John Oliver) has been enlightening those of us who are, shall we say – ‘less knowledgeable’ on complex issues ranging from US politics to marketing in a simple manner, and somehow still leaving the viewer as able to laugh at the absurdity of the world as it stands. One of the latest subjects to receive the ‘John Oliver treatment’ is vaccines. As the topic of vaccines comes up, however, there are the inevitable responses that are elicited from those that work in the scientific field that may range from ‘why are we still talking about this?’ to ‘vaccines are necessary’. While I believe the latter to be true, the Last Week Tonight analysis primarily focuses on the concerns of those who are less inclined to believe this, namely anxious parents, and goes on to explain the statement as to why ‘they are simply necessary’. Read more …

Barcelona

Barcelona’s Deadly Reality: Do we have to choose between personal liberties and security?

Last Week, the young British-Australian boy, Julian Cadman, was confirmed dead from Thursday evening’s attacks in Barcelona. This brings the death count up to 14, with over 100 people – including his mother – remaining injured. While our thoughts are prayers remain with the families of all those who have been injured and killed during the course of the attacks in Spain, our next duty is to learn from the attack, and adapt our security services to prevent this tragedy from occurring again. Read more …

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MUSIC REVIEW: The Best of New Releases (August 2017)

August is an inherently odd month. In London (the city where I am currently reliving Orwell’s Down and Out), August is the tinder date with clearly photo shopped images, masquerading as a “Summer Month” – but whose distorted hips and rainy afternoons are not fooling anyone. In Melbourne, August takes the role of a thirteen-year-old attempting to convince you he is emerging puberty early into the golden months of sun – though is similarly foiled by the immaturity and attitude of its own climate.

August is an identity crisis. August is you up at 3am planning a personality overhaul you’ll never commit to. August is hope for change – whether that hope be naïve, sincere or a mixture of the two. Something that unites the selected tracks in today’s playlist is that they each embody a different element of August’s indecisiveness, anxiety and courage.  Read more …

AKIRA

ALBUM REVIEW: 明 (Akira) by Black Cab

Lost in a Blade Runner-esque soundscape that Vangelis would be proud of, I’m sitting here with my eyes closed, headphones on. Lost in a cyber-punk world of Tokyo noir and dystopian motifs. The album begins with a panic-stricken urgency of synths and traditional Japanese Taiko drumming by Toshi Sakamoto. Black Cab’s latest offering, Akira (明) is a tour de force of theme and style. It is a concept album in the tradition of the great experimental/electronica/progressive rock artists of the past like Rick Wakeman, Mike Oldfield and the aforementioned Vangelis. Read more …