The Second Leaders’ Debate aired last night, and the hands of everyone watching trembled above their remote buttons with the overwhelming urge to switch to MasterChef. Yet Auspol soldier Wade McCagh endured and, fatigued yet miraculously lucid, emerges from perhaps television’s dullest forty minutes to articulate what went down for you here.
"The regalia I want when I graduate next year need be clear-eyed about the history here, for history provides the bedrock from which one can live a good life." Robert Wood gives his vision of a university which acknowledges rather than effaces its Indigenous heritage; which looks beyond the colonial symbolism and practices still entrenched in Australia's institutions of learning.
"A University is a nebulous institution which should contain institutional conflicts of opinion and ideology," argues Harry Peter Sanderson. "It’s a place of dialectical progression as a result of conversation and debate, not a sports team working towards one definitive objective."
As the nation begins to understand the meaning of 'endurance' on day 11 of the long campaign, Brad Griffin keeps us on the ball with his second fortnightly coverage of the 2016 Federal Election lead-up.
When the other TV options last Friday night were the AFL, rugby, Eurovision and 'Call and Win: Win Cash Live!', who tuned their sets to the First Leaders' Debate? Wade McCagh did, that's who. Here he runs us through the key takeaways and events, from the meat raffle at the start, to bulk billing announcements, to the all-important tie watch.
"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.