After Turnbull successfully staged the failure of the ABCC Bill to pass the Senate for the second time, a double dissolution is on the cards for Australia - the first since 1987. Politics Editor Brad Griffin kicks us off on the long campaign trail in the first of a series of fortnightly posts covering, explaining and face-palming over the upcoming Federal Election.
"The repercussions of the Panama Papers have been proliferating steadily since they first made headlines back in the beginning of April this year," writes Leona Mpagi. She goes on to dig deeper, and ultimately reaffirm that global capitalism sucks.
"It’s important to remember that the media is beholden to the capitalist system and it must therefore be profitable in order to be viable. The news will, therefore, be delivered in such a way to make a profit – tailored to what the audience finds irresistible." Reece Gherardi writes on the skewed coverage of violence worldwide, and the banality of social media in mourning.
Last Thursday, 2016 sounded a death knell which for countless individuals worldwide, devastated to the point of disbelief. The world is poorer without the supremely talented, sly, shy, god-like human that was Prince. But "we were lucky to have him as long as we did" writes Wade McCagh, who pays his last respects here.
Tom Durkin reviews 'Cats the Musical', hot off Lloyd Weber's London West End revival. You jellicle? Delta Goodrem had to look like a pert angelic judge of mediocrity on 'The Voice' so couldn't be a cat for Perth audiences, but that's okay. We don't need her.
"As I read the background for each artist, I learnt of their lives, and the communities and country they were connected to. Some had discovered their art early in life, many at a later stage, but all were proud to honour their ancestry with their works." Janey Hakanson reviews.
Local WA fast food outlet Chicken Treat last October launched the enormously successful #chickentweet campaign, which put layer hen Betty to the task of tapping out a five-letter English-language word from a Mac keyboard by the end of November. Kate Prendergast follows up the story, and finds herself stone-walled by the company at the end of a long pursuit for comment.