Pine Island rabbits to be gassed this month

ACT Parks and Conservation is advising that a rabbit control program will be undertaken from Monday May 25 to Tuesday June 30 at the Pine Island Reserve. Regional Manager, National Parks and Catchments, Brett McNamara says the program will involve the use of pindone poison and aluminium phosphide warren fumigation to control the rabbit population. […]

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Ramayana diplomacy ignores the elephant in the room

THE media launch yesterday for the new Ramayana exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia, bore all the earmarks marks of a diplomatic event. Director of the Gallery Gerard Vaughan welcomed the very new Indian High Commissioner Navdeep Suri and his staff, representatives from the National Museum in New Delhi, Commonwealth arts ministry reps and […]

Video / The week in Politics with Michelle Grattan and Frances Shannon

UNIVERSITY of Canberra Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Frances Shannon and Professorial Fellow Michelle Grattan discuss the week in politics including the new the latest bump in the Fairfax Ipsos poll and the chance of an election in 2015. Andrew Forrest and the inquiry into iron ore prices and the conditions at the detention centre on Nauru.

Review / ‘Woman in Gold’ (PG) ****

PUT simply, and having regard to the propensity of filmmakers to gild their current lilies, Simon Curtis’ film about the provenance, history and ownership of a spectacular painting is a lovely movie telling a powerful story. In pre-war Vienna the Bloch-Bauer family, wealthy, cultured, compassionate and Jewish, engaged Gustav Klimt to paint a formal portrait […]

Review / ‘Poltergeist’ (PG) * and a half

IN 1982, Steven Spielberg wrote and Tobe Hooper directed “Poltergeist”, about a family coping with the ghosts infesting their newly-bought house in suburban America. It spawned a short list of knock-offs and sequels. Now Sam Raimi, director of several scare movies and three Spiderman films, has joined Gil Kenan to rehash Spielberg’s parvum opus. In […]

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