Sydney Opera House ditches Dangerous Ideas for festival of progressive activism

New two-day festival Antidote will focus on finding solutions to some of the world’s most intractable problems

The Sydney Opera House has announced a new “ideas, art and action” festival will debut this September, replacing the annual Festival of Dangerous Ideas (Fodi) with a program centred on progressive global politics and activism.

Titled Antidote, the two-day festival departs from Fodi in its inclusion of participatory arts programming and in its curatorial independence, with the St James Ethics Centre no longer returning as a presenting partner.

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Q&A: Christopher Pyne rejects claims he was disloyal to Tony Abbott

Defence industry minister says he campaigned for former PM and he was ‘always’ in favour of marriage equality

Christopher Pyne has sought to hose down the controversy over a recording of him made at a Sydney bar in which he said that marriage equality would happen soon and that he had never voted for Tony Abbott in a leadership ballot.

The Coalition minister appeared on the ABC’s Q&A panel on Monday night and said he had “always been in favour of marriage equality” and the recording was just of him just telling a group of supporters what he has said many times before.

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