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Australia Day, 229 years on...

Assigned as a boat keeper, oarsman Jacob Nagle sat dangling a fishing line from his longboat into the deep water of the harbour, watching Captain Arthur Phillip return at the head of his reconnaissance party along the rock ledges that formed the western shore of the cove. 870 more words

Pioneering Women and Getting the Hell Out of There

I had the pleasure of serving as a mentor on the critics campus at this year’s Melbourne International Film Festival. Following the festival, I wrote about the extraordinary… 23 more words

MIFF

FREMANTLE BAD SPORT POLITICS

One-hour free parking has now been introduced in the Kings Square area, after the City of Fremantle consulted with local traders, who are worried the city square development might negatively impact on their business. 522 more words

Western Australia

WHITE AUSTRALIA DOES NOT HAVE A BLACK HISTORY

History is written by the victor, we know this, so we can assume history and conquest have an inexorable linkage.

However, history requires the written word, archiving and preserving — but primarily it entails epochal events, heroes and villains, achievement and again, a permanency of record. 607 more words

Nationalism

GOOD CITY COMMUNICATION A PRIORITY

A major issue in Fremantle is the lack of proper community consultation. The resentment in the community about it creates an us and them attitude, where Council becomes the enemy of the people, so we need to make a real effort to change that. 555 more words

Western Australia

Interview: Shari Sebbens

“Change the date but also change the system. My worry as an Aboriginal Australian is that after the apology happened everybody assumed that Aboriginal people had equality in this country and it’s just not true.” 1,676 more words

NEW

Sydney Film Festival Diary

When the Sydney Film Festival came around in the same week of exams, I knew I was destined for a week of popcorn-filled procrastination. After extensive research of the program and an elimination process that would rival most reality shows (Is two movies in one day too much?), I finally came to my top five. 735 more words

Film