Today’s solution and tomorrow’s problem

When Matt Dutkiewicz was hospitalised after fighting the 2003 bushfires at Uriarra Crossing, he thought his brother had died trying to save the family home in Duffy. Now, as Matt reflects on his experience of the fires nearly 20 years on, the ACT Government is considering further expansion of the same western edge he saw burn in 2003 to grapple with the unfolding housing crisis in Canberra.Continue readingToday’s solution and tomorrow’s problem

Federal Election 2022: Division of Bean

Named after official correspondent to the Australian Imperial Force in World War I, Charles Edwin Woodrow Bean, the electorate covers 1,913 square kilometres of the ACT in total. The division includes areas within Canberra like Tuggeranong, Stromlo and parts of Weston Creek, Woden and Molonglo Valley. It also covers Booth, Coree, the Cotter River, Mount Clear, Paddy’s River, Rendezvous Creek, Tennent and Jerrabomberra in wider ACT, as well as Norfolk Island.Continue readingFederal Election 2022: Division of Bean

Federal Election 2022: the ACT Senate race

If you’ve driven, walked, or scooted around Canberra over the past few weeks, you won’t have been able to avoid the smiling faces of the ACT’s Senate candidates. With only days to go, it’s time to put some names to those faces.Continue readingFederal Election 2022: the ACT Senate race

8 best books to read on a cold winter’s night in Canberra

As winter is getting closer and the leaves begin to fall, the days and nights in Canberra are getting much colder. Shorter days and colder nights makes it more appealing to spend time in the comfort of your own home. The Owl’s Sara Garrity has put together the eight best books to read on a cold winters day or night.Continue reading8 best books to read on a cold winter’s night in Canberra

From Shakespeare to Winehouse to Brontë to Sheeran: over 400 years of British portraiture

The National Portrait Gallery’s ‘Shakespeare to Winehouse’ exhibition borrows 84 pieces of portraiture from London. With portraits from as early as 1575, to more recent portraits of the likes of Ed Sheeran, the exhibition makes you learn about the past, and discover things about celebrities you love.Continue readingFrom Shakespeare to Winehouse to Brontë to Sheeran: over 400 years of British portraiture

A ‘good old fun time’ at the National Folk Festival

This was the first National Folk Festival since the beginning of the pandemic, so in 2022 The Owl’s Sara Garrity attached her media pass to her unused 2020 festival lanyard. The showground buzzed with excitement from both attendees and volunteers that the festival is back again; people came from all over the country to attend the five day event which was celebrating its 55th year. A celebration of all things folk, the festival is an experience unlike any other, combining both music and culture that leaves absolutely nothing out.Continue readingA ‘good old fun time’ at the National Folk Festival

‘A Court of Frost and Starlight’, and why it doesn’t need to exist

‘A Court of Frost and Starlight’ is the fourth book in the incredibly popular ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ series, and would have been better off in the bin. Too harsh? The Owl’s Sara Garrity argues that this book’s existence is unnecessary and that it should just have been an extra 30 pages at the end of the one that came before.Continue reading‘A Court of Frost and Starlight’, and why it doesn’t need to exist

Women in politics and holding the government accountable: a Q&A with Senator Katy Gallagher

Labor’s Katy Gallagher started her political career in 2001 as a Member of the ACT Legislative Assembly. And now, she is running for her third full term as a Senator in Federal Parliament. Coming into the election, she is currently the Shadow Minister for Finance and the Public Service, but has hopes to strip the ‘shadow’ titles.Continue readingWomen in politics and holding the government accountable: a Q&A with Senator Katy Gallagher

Review of Dear Evan Hansen: How feeling bad isn’t always a bad thing

The 2021 feature film Dear Evan Hansen had big shoes to fill following the success of the Broadway musical. It was criticised for making viewers feel uncomfortable and for trivialising important issues, which is a complete misinterpretation of the film and its purposes. Just because topics and characters make you feel uncomfortable doesn’t mean that they are not worth portraying.

Content warning: this review discusses suicide and mental ill-health. Continue readingReview of Dear Evan Hansen: How feeling bad isn’t always a bad thing