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Parasite’s win is the perfect excuse to get stuck into genre-bending and exciting Korean cinema

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parasite’s win is the perfect excuse to get stuck into genre-bending and exciting korean cinema
Image: CJ Entertainment Parasite, the South Korean film directed by Bong Joon-ho, received four Oscars at this year’s Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best International Feature Film. It was an historic moment. Parasite is the first non-English-language movie to win a Best Picture Oscar, earning it an eminent place in the 100-year history of Korean film. Bong has an...

In the midst of an LNG export boom, why are we getting so little for our gas?

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in the midst of an lng export boom, why are we getting so little for our gas?
Picture: Woodside Petroleum So worried is the government about the meagre income it is getting from gas during the middle of Australia’s biggest gas export boom that it asked an independent advisor to chair a review and is getting the treasury to run the ruler over his recommendations. Australia gets paid for gas mined from under its waters by the “petroleum resource rent tax” set...

Report into the current state of immigration detention facilities

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report into the current state of immigration detention facilities
Today, the Commonwealth Ombudsman Michael Manthorpe published a report about his Office's activities in overseeing immigration detention during the first half of 2019. This report summarises the Commonwealth Ombudsman's oversight of immigration detention facilities during the period from January to June 2019. It draws on observations from the Office's inspections of immigration detention centres during the period, as well as other aspects...

Looking for love on a dating app? You might be falling for a ghost

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looking for love on a dating app? you might be falling for a ghost
Image: Tommy Tong/Unsplash Consider the moments you have fallen in love. If you unpick the threads, you will quickly find much of the falling occurred in the mind. Many artefacts that go towards creating intimacy are imagined. We can’t fully understand or know someone else, but we can construct a persona around them and a shared view of the future. Yes, there were...

Listen To Older Voices: Veronica Ireland – Part 3

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listen to older voices: veronica ireland – part 2
        This is the 3rd and final program in the Life & Times story of Veronica Ireland.       Born in 1944, Veronica overcame deafness to eventually become a psychiatric nurse. This was no mean feat as her early learning suffered because she was deaf and she was subject to a lot of ridicule and teasing, all of which was compounded by her...

Cream of The Crate: Album Review #109 – The Ventures: The Very Best Of

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cream of the crate: album review #109 – the ventures: the very best of
      This review was originally posted on the first Toorak Times web site where publications ceased on that site in March 2017. The old site will be permanently closed in 2020 and these reviews are being re-published in order to preserve them on the current Toorak Times/Tagg site.      This is album retro-review number 109 in the series of retro-reviews...

Sunday essay: ‘I am anxious to have my children home’: recovering letters of love written for Noongar children

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sunday essay: ‘i am anxious to have my children home’: recovering letters of love written for noongar children
Image: Liliana Eira/Unsplash Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are advised this article contains names of deceased people. In the quiet of the State Records Office, I have spent many hours searching for knowledge about my family. In Australia’s archives, we can find letters written by Aboriginal people to the government. We hear echoes of their voices in their words on the...

Saying sex increases cancer risk is neither totally correct, nor in any way helpful

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saying sex increases cancer risk is neither totally correct, nor in any way helpful
Image: Shutterstock A study published two days ago claims to have found a link between having had ten or more sexual partners and an increased risk of cancer. But it’s not as simple as that.   While having a sexually transmissible infection (STI) can increase the risk of certain types of cancer, using a person’s lifetime number of sexual partners as a marker of their...

Cream of The Crate: Album review #108 – Paul Simon: Graceland

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cream of the crate: album review #108 – paul simon: graceland
      This review was originally posted on the first Toorak Times web site where publications ceased on that site in March 2017. The old site will be permanently closed in 2020 and these reviews are being re-published in order to preserve them on the current Toorak Times/Tagg site.      This is album retro-review number 108 in the series of retro-reviews of...

I’m taking glucosamine for my arthritis. So what’s behind the new advice to stop?

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i’m taking glucosamine for my arthritis. so what’s behind the new advice to stop?
Image: Shutterstock The Australian Rheumatology Association this week warned people not to take the supplement glucosamine for their osteoarthritis due to possible allergic side-effects. The Australian Rheumatology Association warns against taking glucosamine to ease arthritis symptoms. Credit: 7 News Sydney   What’s the evidence behind this latest advice? And do you really need to stop taking it? How did we get here? For years, glucosamine has...