Category: News

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The trigger is all but pulled: Australia set to head to the polls July 2.

Any moment now, the Prime Minister will announce that Australia will be going to the polls early this year and though it might not seem like it, this is a very big deal. This article will explain everything you need to know about the importance of an early election in 2016.

The Senate yesterday voted down Turnbull’s attempt to reintroduce the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC). It comes after last month when the PM and Attorney-General George Brandis officially advised Governor General Peter Cosgrove to restore the Parliament early to debate the Coalition’s two pivotal industrial relations bills if they were not passed. This established a double dissolution trigger. Read more …

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P!NK Bursts Through the Looking Glass with “Just Like Fire”

Alecia Moore (more popularly known as P!NK) is one of those few artists to whom I have an unwavering sense of loyalty. Having followed her career religiously for as long as I can remember, I feel fairly confident in saying that Pink may be one of the most talented and diverse performers of our generation. From her humble origins as one third of the R&B Girl Group ‘Choice’, all the way through to her various Pop-Rock and Contemporary R&B albums including “I’m Not Dead” and “Funhouse”, to 2012’s incredibly diverse and popular “The Truth About Love” and finally 2014’s folk music collaboration as part of “You+Me”; her career has charted across a number of music genres, earning high praise at almost every turn. This week, 4 years after the release of her last solo album, Pink has released a brand new original song written especially for Disney’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass”, hitting theatres around the world in the coming months and, as the title suggests, it’s “Just Like Fire”.

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Impeachment Proceedings in Brazil go ahead.

Brazilian President Dilma Roussef has lost the first round of proceedings surrounding her impeachment today in the lower house. The first vote passed in congress with a majority of over two thirds from the conservative and anti-rousseff members of congress, causing good reason to worry for members of the Brazilian Worker’s Party and Roussef. 

Rouseff a former left wing Guerrilla in the 1960s turned politician assumed office as the president of Brazil in 2011 and won a second term in office in 2014. During her time as office Brazil hosted the FIFA World Cup and is currently gearing up for the Rio Olympics this summer. Read more …

Australian’s to learn languages early

10, 000 pre-school students across Australia will start learning a second language through an app the Federal Education Minister, Senator Simon Birmingham, has said will increase language studies in schools.

 

Following the success of a pilot study of the Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) program in 2015, the Turnbull Government is expanding the program to more than 300 pre-schools nationally, which means that 10, 000 people will be able to study Chinese, Japanese, Indonesian, French, or Arabic.

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The Halal Hype

The Halal; some label a useful tool for followers of the Muslim faith whilst others raise concerns that it is an extension of Islamic law that can not be engrained within Australian society.

The Halal certification has been associated to wide range of anti-Islamic protests, the most recent being the disturbance at the Melbourne Showgrounds on the 3rd of April, to which a protestor was struck in the temple with a PVC pipe, with the title “Rapefugees” splayed across his T-shirt. The social networking site, Facebook, is also known to maintain remonstrative pages as “Boycott Halal in Australia” and “Halal Choices”, seeking to reduce and dismantle the framework of Halal certification on foods. Read more …

Australian music industry gets more revenue this year!

The Australian music industry seems to have increased their luck this year, as compared to the past three years. New figures recorded by the ARIA charts show that the Aussie music recorded had risen its value by a total of 5% in 2015, which was quite a drastic increase in the industry since 2012. In addition, according to the ABC reports, the flipping of tables in the industry is because of the streaming services such as Spotify and Apple music. These streaming services have doubled their income from $23 million to $46 million, meaning that they are now responsible for taking control of 62% of the overall music industry pie chart.

The subscription-based digital streaming services value, such as Apple music or Spotify, have brought about decline in CD sales and digital downloads. As per ABC and ARIAs statistics, the digital downloads went down by almost 13%, while the sales of CDs have fallen 4%. Even though that is quite a fall, comparing to the decline in 2013, which was about 18%, the CD and digital downloads haven’t done too bad. Despite the fact that streaming services are not paying as well as they should, artists still believe it is good exposure. A recent analysis by Death and Taxes highlighted that Spotify paid $0.00521 per song stream. The funds are transferred to the artists through the record labels and licensing organisations.

As an outcome, the revenue raised this year is expected to rise in the coming years as people are starting to become more dependent on streaming services as consumers only pay a reasonable cost monthly and enjoy benefits of listening to almost every song from all the music industries around the world. Comparing this to the fact that you purchase a CD or song for almost the same cost as a monthly subscription, people see listening to unlimited music a wiser option rather than a set of music.

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Review: The Jungle Book (2016)

 

This is the law of the jungle, as old and as true as the sky, And the wolf that shall keep it may prosper, but the wolf that shall break it must die. As the creeper that girdles the tree trunk, the law runneth forward and back; For the strength of the pack is the wolf, and the strength of the wolf is the pack.

Unlike many other Hollywood reboots of recent years, 2015’s Cinderella was a shining success among viewers and critics, not only staying true to the magic of the original film- but in this reviewer’s opinion improving on it, while 2014’s Maleficent was slightly lacking though still offered an enjoyable and original take on an age-old tale. This month, Disney has once again reinterpreted an animated classic for modern audiences with Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book and in short: this is something very, very special. Read more …

Behind closed curtains:

 

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A little glimpse at the waters of Rio de Janeiro

On March 14th 2016, thousands of heated protesters took to the streets of Brazil and joined one the biggest anti-government rallies against President Dilma Rousseff and the Worker’s Party, who are being accused of money laundering and corruption. Brazil is also facing one of the worst economic recessions the country’s ever faced. Read more …