Tag: Sydney (Australia)

Finding Beauty in Broken Things, an Aboriginal Artist Finds Recognition at Last

LISMORE, Australia — It was early on a blindingly hot Thursday morning as Karla Dickens, short, stocky and friendly, with thick graying hair pouring from beneath a fisherman’s cap, chatted amiably with her fellow regulars outside the local garbage dump. But once the doors opened, they got right down to business, scattering to rummage through […]

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Geoffrey Rush Wins Defamation Case Against Australian Newspaper Publisher

SYDNEY, Australia — The Australian actor Geoffrey Rush won his defamation case on Thursday against the parent company of a newspaper that published articles accusing him of sexual harassment. The two front-page articles were published in late 2017 by The Daily Telegraph, a tabloid newspaper in Sydney owned by Rupert Murdoch’s Nationwide News. They said […]

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Cardinal Pell’s Legacy in Australia: Catholic Church’s Bank Is Full, but Pews Are Empty

SYDNEY, Australia — Despite a series of sexual abuse scandals stretching back decades, Australia’s Roman Catholic Church displays a veneer of strength. Across Australia, more Catholic parishes have stayed open than in other countries that have weathered abuse scandals, and Catholic schools are still filled with children — owing largely to the financial and legal […]

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Modern Love: Tiny Love Stories: Australia Edition

Wingwoman Captures Cockatoo On holiday in America, I became pen pals with a guy who loves Aussie wildlife. Back in Sydney, I told my 85-year-old grandmother I wanted to send him photos of native birds. Weeks later, I received a voice mail message from her, saying, “I took my first photo! It’s a cockatoo for […]

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How Australia’s Image Went from Crocodile Dundee to $39 Hand Soap

Back in the 1990s, Australia was a little bit daggy. Even that word — Antipodean slang for unfashionable, which in its initial meaning referred to the dried droppings on a sheep’s rear end — now seems quaint, a byproduct of a simpler era, when Magic Eye pictures kept kids entertained for hours and internet was […]

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Australia Fare: In Sydney, Sri Lankan Cuisine Gets a Thrilling Update

SYDNEY, Australia — The chef O Tama Carey is blessed with a number of remarkable origin stories. She was conceived, she said, on the banks of the Mulgrave River in Queensland. Her unusual one-letter first name came from the imagination of her father, who told her it stood for omitama, a Japanese word that he […]

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The Strange Experience of Being Australia’s First Tech Billionaires

SYDNEY, Australia — Atlassian is a very boring software company. It develops products for software engineers and project managers, with hits like Jira (for software project management and bug tracking) and Fisheye (a revision-control browser). And who could forget Confluence (an enterprise knowledge management system)? So why are its two founders household names in Australia? […]

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Australia Fare: What Happened to Australia’s Waterfront Hotel Restaurants?

The Ozone Hotel in Queenscliff, Victoria, was the site of one of my most vivid childhood dining epiphanies. My family and I were on a beach vacation, having driven down the coastal road from Melbourne around the edge of Port Phillip Bay to its western tip, where Queenscliff sits on a spur of land jutting […]

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News Analysis: Australian Gag Order Stokes Global Debate on Secrecy

SYDNEY, Australia — There is a criminal case unfolding in Australia that shall not be named. The defendant is a figure with a global reputation, someone of great influence in the country and the world. The charges are serious and of significant public interest. But publishing news about this case is illegal. Judges in Australia […]

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Police in Australia Offer Million-Dollar Reward in Gay Man’s 1988 Death

SYDNEY, Australia — Almost 30 years to the day after a gay mathematician from the United States was forced off a Sydney cliff in a hate crime, the police on Sunday announced a reward of 1 million Australian dollars for information leading to the perpetrators. The mathematician, Scott Johnson, was a 27-year-old doctoral student at […]

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With Chris Dawson’s Arrest in 1982 Sydney Murder, Others Break Silence on Teacher Misconduct

SYDNEY, Australia — The 36-year-old cold case had always been memorable: Lynette Dawson, a nurse and child care worker, vanished from a coastal suburb of Sydney, leaving two young daughters behind. Days later, her husband, an athlete turned teacher, moved in with the couple’s 16-year-old babysitter. She was his student, and they were having an […]

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Australian Prime Minister Plans To Reduce Immigration, Citing Urban Crowding

SYDNEY, Australia — Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia has proposed that the government impose stricter limits on immigration to control overcrowding in the country’s major cities. Population growth has played a major role in the country’s economic success, but people in Australia’s biggest cities are alarmed about an influx of immigrants, Mr. Morrison said […]

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Australia Fare: What Sydney Can Learn About Dining From Another Sunny City

It is staggering how much has changed for Los Angeles over the past six years. When I moved there in 2012, the city’s reputation was still overwhelmingly based on lazy clichés: that its supposed cultural vapidity carried over into its restaurants; that its Hollywood artifice bled into the lives and onto the plates of its […]

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Geoffrey Rush’s Defamation Trial Becomes a #MeToo Reckoning for Australia

[Sign up for the Australia Letter to get news with context, conversation starters and local recommendations in your inbox each week.] SYDNEY, Australia — When Hollywood’s elite donned black at this year’s Golden Globes to raise awareness for the #MeToo movement, the Oscar winner Geoffrey Rush skipped the event altogether. Accused of sexually harassing a […]

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Profile: Liane Moriarty’s Hollywood Angst: It’s Complicated

SYDNEY, Australia — Liane Moriarty was still groggy, lying in her young son’s bed one morning, staring up at a poster for some Hollywood blockbuster, when her agent and publisher called with important news: “Big Little Lies” would debut at No. 1 on the New York Times best-seller list. “It was a very domestic Liane […]

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Horse Racing Ad on Sydney Opera House Ignites Debate: Is All Australia for Sale?

SYDNEY, Australia — The Sydney Opera House will celebrate its 45th anniversary this month with global dignitaries, including Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. But this week, its gleaming white sails became the focus of a bruising local debate over culture, sports, misogyny and national identity. On Tuesday night, thousands of people turned up to protest […]

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Op-Ed Columnist: The Trump Vibe Spreads Down Under

SYDNEY, Australia — Scheming white men, once allies in the conservative cause, knifing one another in the back. Complaints about pervasive — and sexist — bullying at the top. Galloping paranoia on the right. Wrenching battles over whether refugee policies are racist and cruel, and whether climate change fears are overwrought. A juicy government scandal […]

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