Sunday essay: from convicts to contemporary convictions – 200 years of Australian crime fiction

Guy Pearce as the Chandleresque private investigator Jack Irish: in the early years of Australian crime fiction, convicts and bushrangers featured prominently. Lachlan Moore Most countries produce crime fiction, but the versions vary according to national self-concepts. America admires the assertive private eye, both Dashiell Hammett’s late 1920s Sam Spade and the nearly as tough modern feminists, such as Sara...

Rethinking Homo sapiens? The story of our origins gets dizzyingly complicated

Homo sapiens evolved in the East African rift valley… but then what happened? 26781577@N07/flickr You might say it’s the ultimate prize of science, to discover when, where and why humans evolved. For a long time, the evidence has been overwhelming that Homo sapiens evolved in Africa and later spilled out of the continent to settle the rest of the planet. But is the story of our...

Carbon monoxide exposure in homes is a risk – here’s how to protect yourself

Faulty or unflued gas heaters can leak carbon monoxide, which is potentially fatal in high concentrations.from www.shutterstock.com Winter is a good time to remind ourselves of the potential risk of carbon monoxide exposure from faulty or unflued gas heaters or other gas devices. Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odourless, colourless and tasteless gas arising from incomplete combustion of fossil fuels. In a...

Australia falls further in rankings on progress towards UN Sustainable Development Goals

Australia’s exported greenhouse emissions are higher per person than Saudi Arabia’s. AAP Image/Richard Wainwright Australia is performing worse than most other advanced countries in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to the global SDG Index, which compares different nations’ performance on the goals. According to the SDG Index, released yesterday in New York, Australia is ranked 37th in the world – down from...

Grattan on Friday: Little upside for Malcolm Turnbull in debate over religious freedom

We don’t know what former Howard government minister Philip Ruddock and his panel have found and recommended about legislation to protect religious freedom. Dan Himbrechts/AAP One would think the last thing Malcolm Turnbull needs is a new round of the culture wars - this one over whether extra protections are needed for religion - just as he’s coming up to...

Thailand Cave Rescue

Whilst the world looks on in great anticipation, we must not forget those who are defying the odds and risking their own lives to free 12 children ranging in age between 11 and 16 and their assistant soccer coach. The nightmare began after a Saturday morning football practice some two weeks ago.  As part of a birthday celebration the 12...

Melbourne International Singers Festival 2018 welcomes Antony Pitts, from The Song Company

In the lead up to our 9th annual Melbourne International Singers Festival, we unfortunately have to advise that due to ill health, Richard Gill AO has to withdraw. Richard very much regrets not being able to proceed and wishes all participants a rewarding and enjoyable Festival. Of course, we all wish Richard a speedy recovery and we are hoping...

True Love Story at the Melbourne International Singers Festival

The Melbourne International Singers Festival 2018 is thrilled to presented the internationally acclaimed, award winning The Song Company, with Artistic Director, Antony Pitts, at MISF for the first time, in "True Love Story" on Friday 8 June at Deakin Edge. An Autobiographical mediaeval French Romance in a time of War and Plague as told by Poet and Composer Guillaume...

Bill Tolson & The Learners CD Launch 10 March 2018

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EVENT: BILL TOLSON & THE LEARNERS CD LAUNCH WHERE: LYREBIRD LOUNGE - 61 GLEN EIRA ROAD, RIPPONLEA (9528 5514) WHEN: 10 MARCH 2018 - 8pm onwards Bill Tolson has been in and around Melbourne’s rich music scene from when he was at school with Nick Cave, who would perform in their school cafeteria at Caulfield Grammar. Not long after leaving school Bill opened...

How folk music went from daggy to cool

Festival-goers relaxing at the ‘Woodfordia’ sign at the Woodford Folk Festival in 2013. Marty Ollman/AAP Only about a decade ago, any serious young musician in Australia would run a mile from being labelled as “folk”. But among the new beards in the inner city, along with a returned desire for the organic over the urban, the term is increasingly fashionable. The...

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