Romania to reduce brain drain

By Simone West and Rebecca Birch Romania is struggling with a shortage of doctors and nurses migrating West to work. Now the European Commission and Romanian Government are trying to solve the problem by building new hospitals and improving living conditions. Between 2009-2015, Romania lost 50% of its doctors.  10% of the population also reported … Continue reading Romania to reduce brain drain

Girls in Western Australia and Victoria earn right to wear pants to school

On 3 September 2017, the Education Department of Western Australia announced it would make changes to a statewide dress code, allowing girls enrolled in public schools to have more uniform options. Victoria has followed suit, with Education Minister James Merlino announcing in a statement on 11 September that this is “something I would expect all government schools to do.”

Tarantino as an author in Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained

How, why and in what senses can Quentin Tarantino be regarded as the ‘author’ of a film with reference to Inglourious Basterds (2009) and Django Unchained (2012)? Quentin Tarantino is a widely known American director who has fashioned his own unique genre, known as the historical revenge fantasy. In creating Inglourious Basterds (2009) and Django … Continue reading Tarantino as an author in Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained


I walk towards a busy intersection, judging seemingly ubiquitous conversations. An exceedingly organised woman clutches a 2017 diary and divulges her plans for next year to a friend. An energised man assertively heads in the right direction, muttering, “left!” over and over again to his trailing companions. High-rise buildings surround us on the corner of … Continue reading SCENES

CRITIQUE – Gay Talese’s ‘Frank Sinatra has a Cold’

Gay Talese succeeds in finding a balance between superb hyperbole and realism in his colourful and microscopic 36-page profile on the musical legend, Frank Sinatra, for Esquire magazine. In 1965, Sinatra was struck with a cold. Singing was his livelihood and the ailment was enough to ‘plunge him into a state of anguish’. Unable to … Continue reading CRITIQUE – Gay Talese’s ‘Frank Sinatra has a Cold’