Author: Matthew Wotherspoon

Arts Queensland announce 2017 global music scholarship

Nominations for the prestigious Grant McLennan Fellowship are now open, which means one lucky Queensland artist could soon see themselves travelling overseas to immerse themselves in the music scene of either London, Berlin or New York. Founded in 2007 in honour of the late Go-Betweens front-man Grant McLennan, the Grant McLennan Fellowship is intended to expose the awardee to the cultural atmosphere of one of these cities to stimulate inspiration and creativity. Since its founding, the scholarship has seen recipients Tim Steward, Seja Vogel and John Busby and Chris Dale of Halfway transform themselves through the enriching aspects of foreign music culture. “I can’t wait to immerse...

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Sisters in law now dominate Australia’s legal sector

A new report from the 2016 National Profile of the Profession shows that the number of women entering the legal profession has doubled that of men in the past two years. The report indicates that of the total 71,509 practicing solicitors in Australia, women now comprise of 50.1 per cent of legal professionals compared to 49.9 per cent of men, reflecting a 34 per cent increase in female working solicitors. The Chief Executive Officer of the Law Society of NSW Michael Tidball said the increase in practicing female legal professionals should encourage law firms to adopt strategies which aim to see more women in leadership positions. “We have made...

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Top legal body lends support to constitutional reform

The recent release of the Referendum Council’s report has prompted the Law Council of Australia to call on the Federal parliament to ensure constitutional reform remains a top priority. The Law Council of Australia; the nation’s peak legal body representing Australia’s legal profession, has frequently called for meaningful reform to be pursued in aim of empowering Australia’s Indigenous people. President of the Law Council of Australia Fiona McLeod SC, said the historical exclusion of Australia’s First Peoples highlights the need for constitutional reform. “This is a major milestone in the movement toward inclusion of Australia’s First Peoples in the foundation document of our...

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Brisbane artists to put skills on display this July

Queensland performance collective The Good Room, will transform some of Brisbane’s most recognised public spaces next week, allowing the public to get up close and personal with world-class contemporary artworks by local artists. The Good Room – the creative ensemble behind the 2014 sell-out production I Want To Know What Love Is and the 2015 Wonderland Festival, in conjunction with Brisbane City Council will activate Brisbane’s Jacob’s Ladder and the Metro Arts Laneway with a series of visual and audio installations that highlight the imagination of artists from around Brisbane. Running from Wednesday 19 to Saturday 22 July 2017, Brave New Worlds...

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Nuanced and breathtaking BIFF is back

The 2017 Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF) will be kicking off next month, and to give cinephiles a taste of what’s to come co-directors Maxine Williamson and Richard Sowada recently revealed the full program. Opening the festival on Thursday August 17 at Palace Barracks Cinema is the winner of Canne film festival’s Palme d’Or prize, The Square; a Swedish satirical drama about a museum curator who hires a public relations company to advertise an overly pretentious art installation. The closing night, on Sunday September 3 will then see home-grown documentary The Go-Betweens: Right Now, grace the Palace Centro screen for a spectacular finale which pays homage to Brisbane artistry. The...

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