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THE NAKED CITY – TOPPLING THE TYRANTS

I have never been big on statues and even less big on really big statues, like the towering monoliths of the Kim dynasty in North Korea. Closer to home the statues of Queen Victoria, Prince Albert, Captain Cook and the various colonial figures that dot our city strike me as the ghosts of the past, […]

Packer & Sons

They’ve dominated Australia’s media for generations. They’re rich. They’re powerful. But what goes on behind the scenes? Renowned Australian writer Tommy Murphy was driven to discover and explore the backstage lives of the Packer family and uncover the myth of the Packer dynasty. This November, Murphy’s newest play Packer & Sons will open for its […]

Houston, we have a problem with you

By ALEC SMART Prime Minister Scott Morrison dismissed as ‘gossip’ but didn’t deny the report in the Wall Street Journal that he sought a visa for his spiritual mentor, Pentecostal minister Brian Houston, to accompany him on his visit to the USA on his new jet – Shark One – for a state banquet with […]

Dominic’s Green policy for Wentworth

BY VANESSA LIM Greens candidate for Wentworth and Deputy Mayor of Waverley Council Dominic Wy Kanak has propelled his federal campaign by labelling the federal election, a “climate action election”. The Greens’ campaign launch for the upcoming federal election has focused on taking action against climate change. Mr Wy Kanak emphasised that climate change has […]

THE NAKED CITY – THE PARANOIA AUSTRALIAN PARTY (PAP!)

Scaremongering has always been a part of the political process but has reached an even more insidious level in recent years with the manipulation of social media like Facebook, US style attack adverts and politicians fanning the flames of paranoia. Donald Trump has made a fine art of it with his blatant appeal to a […]

The Naked City – THE GONG SHOW – OZ STYLE

It was billed as a “piece of Australian television history” – a 1970 Silver Logie which recently sold at auction for around $5700. Talk about ye olde cultural cringe - it wasn’t even awarded to a homegrown show. Instead the very plain looking silver plated gong was given to the American TV show The Mod […]

REVIEW: Sorting Out Rachel

With his 53rd (or is it his 54th or 55th)) play, David Williamson once again explores the flaws  and foibles of his Australian characters through a family that is threatened by a dark secret from the past. That secret is revealed in the first scene where Bruce, played by the well-known John Howard, meets his […]

Australia Daze

COMMENT BY WARREN FAHEY I am now quite resigned to the arm-swinging chorus that tells me ‘I am, you are, Aust-ral-ian’. After hearing the song ad infinitum in Rugby World Cup promotions, Salvation Army Red Shield campaigns, endless loops from Telstra, school assemblies, and anything else that vaguely smacks of flag-waving, I am preparing myself […]

REVIEW: Mark Colvin’s Kidney

Would you donate your kidney to someone you met over Twitter? Tommy Murphy and David Berthold explore this conundrum in Belvoir’s latest offering, Mark Colvin’s Kidney, based on an absurdly true tale of friendship triggered by the 2011 News of the World hacking scandal. Mary-Ellen Fields is Elle Macpherson’s business advisor in London, accused of leaking confidential […]

A life lost in vain

Last week the Afghan government released 65 suspected Taliban militants from prison. The US military, due to pull out of that benighted country by the end of this year, were outraged, of course. US officials said the detainees were “directly linked” to attacks that killed or wounded 32 NATO troops as well as 23 Afghan […]