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Rhys Nicholson on RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under's 'myriad issues' – and what has changed

The comedian, actor and judge of RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under talks to ABC Arts about controversies from season one, starring in a new Netflix show, and his “bonanza year”. 
A man in a suit and tie looks thoughtfully at the camera. A bird is perched on the arm of his chair.

Margot Robbie, Delta Goodrem among international stars set to return for Neighbours finale

Oscar-nominated actor Margot Robbie, pop star Delta Goodrem and many more former Neighbours stars have been confirmed to return for the final episode of the long-running Australian soap.
Margot Robbie in a scene from the movie Bombshell

Has fast fashion killed the op shop? Long-time thrifters say it's getting harder to find treasures

The rise of fast fashion has disrupted the traditional life cycle of clothing with fewer garments designed with the thought of second or third owners in mind, but the sustainable fashion movement is trying to change that.
A smiling older woman in a stylish dark dress, standing among hanging clothes.

Winner of $60,000 literary award draws attention to systemic abuses in Australian out-of-home care

Melbourne author Jennifer Down has won the Miles Franklin Literary Award, one of the most prestigious prizes in Australian literature, for her third book, Bodies of Light.
A close-up of a long-haired brunette woman with a slight smile, looking into the camera, posed in front of outdoor pillars

Spanish icons Penélope Cruz and Antonio Banderas star in new film that pokes fun at movie-making

Official Competition pits an elitist thespian against a playboy movie star as they work together on a Spanish melodrama directed by an eccentric auteur.
Two middle-aged Spanish people dance, the man bending his knees, and the woman with her hands on her torso

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Australian Quidditch team wins bronze at European championship

The Dropbears are celebrating taking the bronze medal in Dublin after defeating Norway in the third-place match at the European Games.
Duration: 1 minute 35 seconds

Reuse market sees upswing in foot traffic as cost-of-living pressures bite

With a primary mission of waste and landfill reduction, a Mount Gambier recycling market has instead seen a leap in buyers as interest rates, food prices, rents, and utility bills continue to rise.
A wideshot of the Mount Gambier Reuse Market. Various tables and furniture with a number of people browsing.

Rise of Tik Tok threatening social media giants

Social media giant Tik Tok is continuing to attract younger users, posing a threat to Facebook and Instagram's parent company, Meta.
Duration: 4 minutes 46 seconds

The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever

The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever participants recreate the music video for musician Kate Bush's 1978 song "Wuthering Heights".
Duration: 49 seconds

'Uncomfortable' dramatic performance opens Asian art initiative at WA state gallery

A partnership to bring contemporary Asian art to Perth opens with an "uncomfortable" exploration of the treatment of textile workers and how AI rules our lives.
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A close up from the underside of a woman in black on a white stage entangled in red yarn, scrunches her face as if in agony.

Kawita Vatanajyankur performs Mental Machine Labour in the Self Economy at AGWA

On a large stage dotted with rods in the ground floor of the Art Gallery of WA (AGWA), Bangkok-based artist Kawita Vatanajyankur wraps herself in red yarn and use her body to "knit" the yarn around the rods in a live performance titled Mental Machine: Labour in the Self Economy.
Duration: 25 seconds

live: NSW Now: Massive queues at Sydney Airport as heavy fog blankets city

MORNING BRIEFING: Travellers have once again been severely impacted by heavy fog and technical problems, causing flight delays at Sydney Airport and a road weather warning.
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A building sticks out of the fog

Low hushed tones then a crackle of laughter as artists connect with country

An Aboriginal art centre manager has given rare insight into desert painting expeditions and the process generations follow to capture remote landscapes.
A group sit around a large canvas amongst the grass and sand

Alisha names her paintings after her friends, but don't expect to see their faces

Alisha Brighton started looking for a hobby after she moved to regional NSW from Sydney. After racking her brain for inspiration, she found an unlikely niche.
A smiling, dark-haired woman in a dark jumper holds up a small painting of a vagina.

Splendour in the Grass kicks off as first day cancelled due to wild weather

Music is blaring and the gates are open as Byron Bay's Splendour in the Grass festival is belatedly underway after wild weather forced cancellation of the main acts on day one.
Duration: 3 minutes 34 seconds

Perfumer captures the scent of 'Smelbourne' traffic jams with Eau D'ometer fragrance

Melbourne once smelt so bad a sailor's nose could detect it kilometres out to sea. Now a perfumer has responded to a "left-field" challenge to bottle its modern-day smells.
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A small bottle of perfume with a gold lid with the lobby of a building in the background.

That's not a pub — that's a pub! Slice of Aussie history hits the market

Made famous as Mick "Crocodile" Dundee's favourite watering hole, the Walkabout Creek Hotel is now up for sale.
A still from the 1986 film Crocodile Dundee of Paul Hogan holding a crocodile.

Friday news quiz: Let's see how well you handle the heat

What do a heatwave, whale and a surprise elopement have in common? They're all in this week's news quiz.

Melbourne traffic perfume

Eau D'ometer is the scent of Melbourne traffique.
Duration: 59 seconds

Crocodile Dundee trailer, 1986

Australian Story
A clip of the 1986 Crocodile Dundee film trailer from a feature on Australian Story.
Duration: 47 seconds

It's official: Real-life Quidditch won't be called Quidditch anymore. Here's why

Quidditch, the game inspired by the Harry Potter franchise, will now be known as Quadball. There's a couple of reasons for the change — here's what we know about it.
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Two men are pictured in action chasing a blue ball. they are wearing sports attire and have black bands tied around their heads.

Jennifer Down wins Miles Franklin Literary Award for Bodies of Light

Melbourne author Jennifer Down has won the Miles Franklin Literary Award, one of the most prestigious prizes in Australian literature, for her third book, Bodies of Light.
Duration: 2 minutes 1 second

Indigenous remains on their way from US to Australia

A group of Indigenous Australians are in the US this week for the repatriation of ancestral remains taken away years ago and stored by the Smithsonian in Washington DC.
Duration: 2 minutes 18 seconds

Art exhibition tackles climate change and food poverty in regional city

The Re-Create Collective art group hopes its latest exhibition will encourage people to stop, think and act.
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Donna Caffrey stands in front of a fabric and paper hanging textile in a gallery space

Chinese citizens angry over 'slanted eyed' models

Samuel Yang
Chinese and Western brands have been criticised for ignoring China's beauty standards and accused of depicting women as "ugly".
Duration: 6 minutes 2 seconds

A fascinating real-life controversy bogs down the movie adaptation of recent bestselling novel

The more compelling murder mystery occurs off screen in this adaptation of Delia Owens's 2018 book club favourite Where the Crawdads Sing.
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A long-haired brunette reaches out to grasp a white feather, with an entranced expression

New York Times bestselling author pens a happy ending after buying regional community's last bookshop

Kelly Rimmer couldn't bear to see her city's bookstore close down or move to non-local ownership, so she moved from writing books to selling them. 
A woman with glasses stands in front of a row of stocked bookshelves.

Oli was sent to prison. A musical experience there changed his life

By Nick Baker and Regina Botros for Life Matters
Inmates are being encouraged to express their thoughts and feelings through songs, with some unexpected results.
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A man with long hair plays guitar on stage.

You can never have too many typewriters

Dude obsessed with typewriters shows us his collection, which is on display at Muswellbrook library.
Duration: 1 minute 16 seconds

It's not every day you see a seal in Queensland waters

Cooler temperatures across the state's south-east and the start of the mullet season lure two New Zealand fur seals north.
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A seal playing in the water

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