Features

Words with Brad Cohen (Artistic Director of WA Opera)

"You could also think of opera as blue cheese - after all, they’re both forms of culture! You can talk about blue cheese all you like and you can present it to people while declaring it’s really fantastic. However, while some people will fall in love with it on their first taste, others will take some time to acquire the palate, and others will just always hate it." Brad Cohen talks to Samuel J. Cox about his journey, vision and role as WA Opera's new Artistic Director.

Words with Jarrad Seng

Perth-based travel and music photographer Jarrad Seng (and 2009 Pelican Music Editor!) takes creativity and adventure hand-in-hand in his daring pursuit of both. Lately in Iceland scaling sheer black rock faces for art and larks, he talks to Nathan Shaw on his life before and after dropping out of Law school to find meaning and a high-profile career behind the lens.

How Far are we Willing to Go?

The Australian Government's offshore processing policy - introduced under Rudd and currently holding bipartisan support - is a project to side-step our humanitarian obligations by dumping the victims of global conflict into some of the most hopeless, isolated, and remote circumstances any individual could face. Ed Smith writes on the financial and human costs of this hard line strategy of so-called deterrence, and finds them hard to stomach.

Billy and The Bull: A Double Dissolution Prologue

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.