marcus westbury

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In praise of initiative – or why Bob Carr made me move to Melbourne

December 10th, 2010 5 Comments

Why i moved to Melbourne I HAVE described myself on more than a few occasions as a cultural refugee from New South Wales. Many young artists and creative types – some very talented and some obviously less so – left the state during the Carr years. Some went overseas, some went north and played a […]

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Killing culture with mad beuracracy

February 18th, 2010 2 Comments

HOW often does it have to happen? How many times has government – in order to solve one problem such as late-night violence and antisocial behaviour in notorious nightclub zones – implemented a crackdown that inadvertently sideswipes a whole range of people who had nothing to do with the problem in the first place? Call […]

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Culture and Recessions

June 22nd, 2009 3 Comments

A FRIEND of mine visited Melbourne for the first time in more than a decade last week. The last time he was here was in the early ’90s, in the middle of the last great recession to hit this city. The Melbourne he remembered was the one that was broke and broken. He’d heard about […]

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