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news November 04, 2017
The killing of ‘Mullet Mick’ Martin
Following an eight-week trial, a man awaits sentencing for a 2014 killing in Murwillumbah.
news October 07, 2017
Remembering The Go-Betweens
A new documentary charts the course of The Go-Betweens, the Brisbane band centred on a lauded songwriting partnership that somehow fell short of stardom. “It was literally a clash of the titans,” says Kriv Stenders, director of The Go-Betweens: Right Here. “You couldn’t have had a more egocentric band ever in history. There is still an incredible amount of emotion there.”
news October 28, 2017
Exploitation of backpacker labour
Stories of upfront bonds, failure to pay wages, harassment and deplorable conditions are being heard by the parliamentary inquiry into whether a modern slavery act is needed to protect working backpackers from exploitation.
news September 02, 2017
Death-defying actor Willem Dafoe
Willem Dafoe’s dark charisma has helped him build a career on complicated, often villainous roles, but for his latest film he narrates a documentary about adventurers who climb and throw themselves off mountains. Such people push themselves to the edge, as Dafoe does. But he says he is not so brave – “I don’t even want to go in a hot-air balloon” – and admits to vertigo.
news July 29, 2017
Author Robert Drewe on his latest satire, ‘Whipbird’
Author Robert Drewe’s award-winning novels are much loved for their sharply drawn portraits of Australian life. For his latest, Whipbird, he has turned his satirical eye to the type of monied professional chasing the settler tradition by owning a modest vineyard.
news July 22, 2017
Katie Noonan takes to the bush
Since arriving on the music scene as a teenager in the band George, Katie Noonan has been an evolving artist. Now, she’s seeking to empower fellow female singer–songwriters in rural Australia.
news July 01, 2017
The dispute over climbing Wollumbin-Mount Warning
To the Bundjalung people, Wollumbin-Mount Warning is a sacred site. It is also a major Tweed Valley tourist attraction and the centre of a debate over who should be allowed to visit its summit.
news May 13, 2017
Homelessness after cyclone Debbie
In the aftermath of cyclone Debbie’s floodwaters, the northern New South Wales town of Murwillumbah is suffering a housing crisis, with homelessness rife.
news December 17, 2016
Land grab to take farms for Singapore Army training base
A government proposal to compulsorily acquire farmland outside Townsville, to be leased to the Singapore Army for a training base, has local graziers gearing up for a fight.
news December 10, 2016
Saroo Brierley on ‘Lion’ and the incredible rediscovery of his home in India
As retold in Lion, Saroo was lost as a child in India, adopted by a Tasmanian couple and then, miraculously, 25 years later tracked down his birth mother.
news October 15, 2016
NSW’s tentative steps towards racehorse rehabilitation
While Racing NSW has announced it will direct a portion of prizemoney to the welfare of horses when their racing career is over, the national industry continues to kill thousands of unwanted animals each year.
news July 23, 2016
Celebrated political satirist P. J. O’Rourke heads Down Under
Veteran US satirist P. J. O’Rourke on Hillary Clinton, his fondness for Trump supporters and the gonzo ethos.