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Chris Lilley's Lunatics has deadpan cringe, great dialogue but is more mawkish than outrageous

  • Written by Alex Cothren, PhD Candidate, Flinders University
Chris Lilley's Lunatics has deadpan cringe, great dialogue but is more mawkish than outrageousChris Lilley as Gavin: an Instagram lord.Princess Pictures

Chris Lilley was in strife almost from the moment he started filming his new mockumentary series Lunatics, which has begun streaming on Netflix. Last year, leaked photos of the comedic actor in African dress and an afro-wig set off a social media firestorm that could essentially be boiled...

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How the UK is leading the world on flu research, ready to kick in quickly when the next pandemic hits

  • Written by Colin Simpson, Professor of Population Health, Victoria University of Wellington
How the UK is leading the world on flu research, ready to kick in quickly when the next pandemic hitsThe new approach to keep research ready to go could be useful for other health emergencies, including other infectious diseases.from, CC BY-ND

The next influenza pandemic is a case of when, rather than if. In the last major influenza pandemic in 2009, 201,200 people worldwide died.

The UK is now leading the world in how it...

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The campaign with built-in R&R for voters

  • Written by Michelle Grattan, Professorial Fellow, University of Canberra

Politically speaking, the Easter break is a blessing for a jaded electorate, at least a partial rest for voters’ eyes and ears in a campaign that’s started as an impossibly complex jumble of claims and numbers.

For Bill Shorten, Easter might also act as an eraser to rub out people’s memories of a scratchy couple of days in the...

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the 'ball-tampering' budget trick they don't want you to know about

  • Written by Richard Holden, Professor of Economics, UNSW
the 'ball-tampering' budget trick they don't want you to know aboutJust not cricket: Politicians make promises but obfuscate how those promises will be paid for.Shutterstock

The first week of the federal election campaign has been dominated by heated disputes about the numbers behind both government and opposition policies.

Both sides are under pressure. Notably, the cost of Labor’s 45% emissions-reduction...

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  2. Adani, economics and personality politics
  3. Antibiotic shortages are putting Aboriginal kids at risk
  4. What and where is heaven? The answers are at the heart of the Easter story
  5. What is hell, exactly? We might joke it's other people, but the Bible has a more complicated answer
  6. In Abdul-Rahman Abdullah's Pretty Beach, a fever of stingrays becomes a meditation on suffering
  7. Going to the beach this Easter? Here are four ways we're not being properly protected from jellyfish
  8. a tale of amazing people, amazing creatures and rising seas
  9. how we value the fruits of our labour over instant gratification
  10. Climate change is hitting hard across New Zealand, official report finds
  11. Joko Widodo looks set to win the Indonesia election. Now, the real power struggle begins
  12. How long would garden snails live if they were not eaten by another animal?
  13. The myth of 'the Queensland voter', Australia's trust deficit, and the path to Indigenous recognition
  14. New Zealand’s urban freshwater is improving, but a major report reveals huge gaps in our knowledge
  15. Paris? Melbourne? Public housing doesn't just look the same, it's part of the challenges refugees face
  16. How old ideas about tolerance can help us live more peacefully today
  17. New study finds family violence is often poorly understood in faith communities
  18. We can't predict how bad this year's flu season will be but here's what we know so far
  19. We scanned one of our closest cousins, the coelacanth, to learn how its brain grows
  20. a new Australian romantic comedy with a sincere sense of place
  21. Constructively tough? Neither side has committed to fully adopting perhaps the most important recommendation of the banking royal commission
  22. Homeschooled students often get better test results and have more degrees than their peers
  23. Tips to reduce your waste this Easter (but don't worry, you can still eat chocolate)
  24. Māori loanwords in NZ English are less about meaning, more about identity
  25. Those tax cuts should follow proper process, officials tell government
  26. what is Candida auris and who is at risk?
  27. New research reveals how young Australians will decide who gets their vote
  28. Traditional owners still stand in Adani's way
  29. Radical Inventor is a tribute to living, breathing works of art
  30. Pacific island cities call for a rethink of climate resilience for the most vulnerable
  31. How fake news gets into our minds, and what you can do to resist it
  32. priorities for the next government
  33. Election campaign lesson #1: don't mess with Medicare
  34. No matter who wins the election, many Australians think real leadership will be lacking
  35. Electric cars can clean up the mining industry – here's how
  36. Three things Australia's next education minister must prioritise to improve schools
  37. Were journalists 'just doing their job' in the political resignation of Metiria Turei?
  38. Why would rational voters believe talk of hundreds of billions and 10-year timeframes?
  39. Why are we so moved by the plight of the Notre Dame?
  40. Don't despair about Notre Dame
  41. Why climate change will dull autumn leaf displays
  42. Reshaping Sydney by design – few know about the mandatory competitions, but we all see the results
  43. Is Jokowi 'religious enough' for conservative voters?
  44. Farms create lots of data, but farmers don't control where it ends up and who can use it
  45. can caffeine improve your exercise performance?
  46. Labor and Coalition proposals side by side
  47. Three years in, is the AFLW kicking goals?
  48. an online dilly bag for keeping Indigenous digital archives safe
  49. why do eggs have a yolk?
  50. politicians actually do keep their promises


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Tasmanian Defence Innovation and Design Precinct

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Alan Jones interview with Scott Morrison

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Things to Consider Before Emigrating to Australia

Moving abroad is often a big and an overwhelming decision that can hugely change your life and your future. Therefore, it is important to spend some time considering where you want to move to and rese...

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The Majestic City of Innsbruck

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Bedsonline hosts Australian events to celebrate new brand launch

SYDNEY, April 15, 2019 Bedsonline(, the leading global provider of accommodation and complementary travel products exclusively for travel agents, has hosted a ser...

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