Multiculturalism can be hard work for ordinary citizens. Members of Melbourne’s Sudanese community have had to resort to social media to show that they are hardworking, family-oriented Australians and not potential criminals. Muslim organisations are expected to take special responsibility for keeping Australia safe from terrorism.
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“The soul travels at the speed of a camel,” according to a traditional Arab saying. So it’s appropriate that SBS’s first experiment in “slow TV” is a seventeen-hour documentary following the journey of The Ghan, the Great Southern Rail train drawn from Adelaide to Darwin by a glossy red engine carriage bearing the image of a camel.
Peter Dutton is a household name. Most Australians would see the inaugural home affairs minister as tough and politically incorrect — proudly so — tolerating no nonsense from do-gooders and bleeding hearts. He doesn’t take a backward step; his often bellicose pronouncements about asylum seekers and migrants delight fans and incense opponents.
There’s an important insight amid the wreckage of the Turnbull government’s claim that tightening tax breaks for housing investors would crash house prices.
It’s hard to think of a more surprising political turnaround. This week former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad announced that he will contest this year’s general election as leader of an alliance of opposition parties committed to ousting the government of Najib Razak. It was Mahathir who chose Najib back in 2009 to lead his former party, UMNO, and the coalition it has headed since the 1970s, -.
From the start, a young Michael Frayn’s post-Cambridge stint with the Manchester Guardian in 1957 had the sense of an ending.
Music is one of the most discussed aspects of human existence. Nearly everyone has some music they love, and when we are enthusiastic about things, we tell others. We recommend songs or symphonies, we lend recordings, we share files. We also like to be right, so we argue with people who don’t enjoy what we enjoy, or who like something else. There can’t be many pieces of music uploaded to YouTube that haven’t attracted strong adverse comments.
I have long believed Van Morrison’s double album It’s Too Late to Stop Now (1974) to be the greatest rock concert ever recorded, though I know that strictly speaking it’s not.