Topic: australia

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    September 21, 2015 Opening our eyes to the refugee crisis

    Photos of Aylan Kurdi made international headlines, and had a huge effect on both public interest and policy concerning the crisis of Syrian refugees. In the throes of a humanitarian crisis it can be easy to see the cost in terms of statistics, but rehumanising the issue is the only thing that can turn the tide of […]

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    May 26, 2015 What is Eurovision, and why was Australia there?

    On Saturday night, Sweden’s Måns Zelmerlöw took out the 60th annual Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, Austria. Australia’s Guy Sebastian impressed many with his song ‘Tonight Again’ and eventually finished fifth. So what is Eurovision? And why was Australia, a country about as far from Europe as possible, competing in it?

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    March 30, 2015 “Depreston”, by Courtney Barnett | A•STAR x the AU review

    The single of this week on A*STAR belongs to 27-year-old Melbourne artist Courtney Barnett, who released her debut record Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit. last week (March 20th) on her own label Milk Records. Currently touring the USA and having won the prestigious Grulke Prize for Developing Non-US artist at […]

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    February 7, 2015 Christian Thompson, conquering the world

    Christian Thompson is one of Australia’s premier Indigenous artists. He’s been making his mark in Europe, having exhibited at the Royal Academy of the Arts in London, being the first Aboriginal person admitted into Oxford University in its nine hundred year history, and recently meeting the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and the […]