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Magnificent Amalfi   Photo: Pam Walker

Amalfi: the coast with the most

Winter on Italy’s Amalfi Coast brings a vague melancholy: a hangover from too many proseccos the summer past. The tourists have dissipated back into their real lives and most businesses have closed up for Christmas. From the outside looking in, the coast …
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David Bowie: one fan’s farewell

A friend rang me yesterday and said: “Have you heard? Bowie has died.” I had only just come off Facebook and there had been no mention. How could he have passed? He looked in apparent rude good health and had only a …
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A Designer’s Profile: Thomas Lazar

Tucked away in a quiet street in Edensor Park in the Western Suburbs of Sydney is an unremarkable house. Its aesthetic appearance is no different to that of neighbouring residences—same brickwork, same driveway, same parched lawn. But behind its simple façade lies …
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UN Climate Change Conference: A pariah in Paris

The deadline for the international community to reach a new universal agreement on climate change in Paris is 11 December, 2015. In anticipation of the looming deadline, the Australian government this month announced it will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least …
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Choppergate: honesty system not good enough anymore

  Following the resignation of Bronwyn Bishop as Speaker, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has announced there will be a “root and branch” review of the entitlement system. Having been forced into this position after the political damage inflicted by “Choppergate”, the Prime Minister …