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Council confidence up – but will voters turn out?
Council confidence up – but will voters turn out?

Comment | Local councils have received a fillip just prior to elections via an independent survey conducted by Newspoll.

Established by Professor A J Brown at Queensland’s Griffith University, the survey has shown a further growth in public confidence in councils across Australia.

From a positive Full Story »

Love, power and Chinese-Australian relations
Love, power and Chinese-Australian relations

THEATRE | The themes in Australian writer Sue Smith’s new political play were pulled sharply into focus by Senator Jacqui Lambie’s recent controversial comments about the threat of a Chinese invasion.

Smith – the writer of TV dramas including Mabo, Bastard Boys and Brides of Christ – created Full Story »

Lunch review: The Penang Restaurant
Lunch review: The Penang Restaurant

LUNCH REVIEW | On recommendation that The Penang offers very good, authentic Malaysian Chinese food, we decided to revisit the restaurant for a lunch review.

The Penang has been located next to the The Original Pancake Kitchen in Gilbert Place for the past 20 years, and although ownership has rece Full Story »

Let’s talk about Chardonnay
Let’s talk about Chardonnay

PHILIP WHITE REVIEWS | Whitey’s been worrying about posh Chardonnay - but, like, why?

Kooyong Faultline Mornington Peninsula Chardonnay 2012
$60; 13.5% alcohol; screw cap; 92 points

There’s not much of your actual fruit to sniff here: no peach or melon aromas or much of what you’d Full Story »

Scotch College boat christening
Scotch College boat christening

Scotch College officially christened its new fleet of boats with a special event on the college lawns last week. More than 160 Scotch students will hit the water this 2014-1015 rowing season.

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Henley Beach
Henley Beach

This bluestone cottage is situated metres from the ocean. It features period details such as high ornate ceilings and original polished floorboards. There is a formal living area with a marble fireplace and a gourmet kitchen with stone benchtops. The property also includes a detached artist’s Full Story »

Bid to make Mt Gambier Australia’s jazz capital
Bid to make Mt Gambier Australia’s jazz capital

Adelaide | The State Government is backing a partnership between renowned Australia jazz musician James Morrison and the University of South Australia to create a new jazz academy in Mt Gambier.

The James Morrison Academy of Music @ UniSA will open next year, offering a Diploma and Associate Degree Full Story »

Kinship – Bangarra Dance Theatre
Kinship – Bangarra Dance Theatre

DANCE REVIEW | An exquisitely beautiful interpretation of an Aboriginal creation story opens this double-bill performance marking Bangarra Dance Theatre’s 25th anniversary year.

At first, Yirrkala elder and Bangarra cultural adviser Kathy Baingayngu Marika sits alone on stage, spotlit against a st Full Story »

Johnson fires up on lifeless track
Johnson fires up on lifeless track

Cricket | Australia feel they have stuck to their task well in the first Test in Dubai, but unless they get wickets early on day two the game could slip beyond their grasp.

Pakistan won the toss on a lifeless pitch and reached 4-219 at stumps on Wednesday, led by Younis Khan’s 25th Test centur Full Story »

Partners

In-Conversation with Baran Kosari
In-Conversation with Baran Kosari

The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre is delighted to partner with the Iranian Film Festival Australia and Mercury Cinema to co-present the opening night film I’m Not Angry, screening Friday 31 October, 7pm.  This stunning film from writer-director Reza Dormishian (Hatred, IFFA 2012), is a l Full Story »

A Satirist’s Journey
A Satirist’s Journey

Amnesty International is a global movement of over 4.6 million people committed to defending those who are denied justice or freedom. It campaigns on a wide range of issues to protect and defend these human rights. The vision is of a world in which every person enjoys all of the human rights enshr Full Story »

Unlocking the history of a sleepy seaside town
Unlocking the history of a sleepy seaside town

A Flinders University researcher is on a quest to dig out the history of Normanville, shedding new light on the heritage and significance of the coastal South Australian town.

As part of her masters degree in maritime archaeology, Peta Straiton is this week conducting field work in Normanville, abou Full Story »