Living with disability in the 21st century

By Penny Mulvey Disability advocate Dr Rhonda Galbally AO, delivering the annual Sambell Oration in Melbourne last week, reminded the 300 plus guests ‘that like being born, getting old and dying, disability is part of li

Working Class Hero

FILM |I, DANIEL BLAKE | MA Review by EMMET O’CUANA Director Ken Loach opens his latest cinematic polemic with a simple title sequence against a black screen. We hear two voices speak.

Unpolished silver

REVIEW BY EMMET O’CUANA BOOK | THE SILVER BARON’S WIFE | DONNA BAIER STEIN Donna Baier Stein’s fictionalised account of Elizabeth ‘Baby Doe’ McCourt Tabor promises much.

Community Life Survey

This chart represents the ages of attending church members across Victoria and Tasmania EMMET O’CUANA For the fifth year running, synod operations has canvassed congregations in Victoria and Tasmania inviting submi


Overnight the First Lady Michelle Obama spoke at a New Hampshire event in support of Hilary Clinton.

Plebiscite or Legislate

1  Subsection 5(1) Insert: marriage means the union of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life.

God and Capital in The Magnificent Seven

The Magnificent Seven (2016) dir Antoine Fuqua What relevance does The Magnificent Seven, a film about cowboys and corrupt land barons set in 1879, have for audiences in 2016? John Sturges’ The Magnificent Seven (1960) i

Friday Forum – More Potter?

Friday Forum Your views on the news Our graphic designer, Garth Jones, got a dragon, because of course he did. So I’m a beagle.

Playing God

Review by Emmet O’Cuana VIDEO GAME | DRAGON AGE: INQUISITION I did not expect to find myself reflecting on the nature of religion while playing a horned giant ‘Qunari’ using magic spells to fend off attacks from a demon

Balancing Act

Are we obliged to give ‘equal platform’ to those who vilify the vulnerable? Is “journalistic balance” balanced? This is a question that has been on my mind lately.

My election honeymoon

On Saturday evening while all about me were losing their heads about the 2016 Australian federal election, I was happily enjoying the afterglow of voting for the first time in seven years.