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 […]

The Government wants your ideas for a replacement to periodic detention

SIMON Corbell and Shane Rattenbury are scratching their heads and hoping someone in the community has some ideas for replacing periodic detention. The pair have announced a “first progress report of the Justice Reform Strategy”. They say the report focused on work and consultation undertaken to find a suitable replacement to periodic detention, which ends […]

Grattan / Iron ore inquiry off but row continues

Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra THE government has given into the pressure from the big miners and formally abandoned the idea of a parliamentary inquiry into the iron ore sector. Treasurer Joe Hockey announced late Thursday that “after discussing the issue with regulatory bodies and stakeholders across the resources sector, the government will not be […]

Majura Parkway southbound to Fairbairn Avenue opens up

ANOTHER section of Majura Parkway has opened this afternoon, the southbound section of road to Fairbairn Avenue. “The southbound section of the Majura Parkway opened to traffic between the Federal Highway and Fairbairn Avenue this afternoon,” Tony Gill, Director, Roads ACT says. “This follows the opening of the northbound section of road last week which […]

Dirty water in the Inner South

ICON Water crews will be conducting the first stages of the cleaning process for the Narrabundah reservoir tomorrow, which may lead to some temporary water discolouration in the area from Friday May 22 to Monday May 25. The work requires the closure of certain valves in the water network to redirect water supply and allow […]


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