Election 2013: The Morning After

Australia has chosen a new leader. Last night saw Liberal Party leader Tony Abbott defeat Labor’s Kevin Rudd, becoming the country’s 28th prime minister. To say that the 2013 election trail has redefined political campaigning is an understatement.  In a period that faces the issues of economic recovery, asylum seekers, carbon taxes and gay marriage,…

Work, family and romance makes top TV work

Originally published at http://atthefestival.wordpress.com/2013/05/27/work-family-and-romance-make-top-tv-work/  “Nina Proudman: what a mad bitch!” TV critic Ruth Ritchie opened her Writing Great TV commentary with her usual no holds barred approach. She was referring, of course, to the highly popular television character portrayed by Logie award winner Asher Keddie in Channel 10’s Offspring. Joining Ritchie on the panel were Offspring…

Is this the best show on Australian television?

Originally published at http://www.ivillage.com.au/the-best-show-australian-television/154880 BY ALICIA VRAJLAL Australian television has reached a new level of brilliance with Channel 9’s drama, House Husbands. The show explores the lives of four Melbourne men who take on the role of primary child carer while their spouses and partners earn a living. House Husbandshas proved to be a thought-provoking and heart-warmingly entertaining series.…

iVillage Weekly Australian Celebrity News Column 11

Originally published at http://www.ivillage.com.au/ozgossip-mkr-babes-booted-mel-b-banned-agt-charlottes-new-toy-boy/160873 By ALICIA VRAJLAL  Get the scoop on this week’s best Aussie gossip – from new shows to hot frocks and dating shocks.  I can also be found gossiping at ‘I Am Starstruck’. MKR: Bye babes My Kitchen Rules gatecrashers Ashlee Pham and Sophia Pou were finally eliminated from the Channel 7 reality show on Tuesday night. The Sydney…

iVillage Weekly Australian Celebrity News Column 8

Originally published at http://www.ivillage.com.au/ozgossip-first-pic-chrissie-swans-bub-and-more/160324 By ALICIA VRAJLAL  Get the scoop on this week’s best Aussie gossip – from new shows to hot frocks and dating shocks.  I can also be found gossiping at ‘I Am Starstruck’. First pic: Chrissie Swan’s bub Radio announcer and Can of Worms host Chrissie Swan has shared a photograph of her new bub, Peggy, on the Mix…

iVillage Weekly Australian Celebrity News Column 7

Originally published at http://www.ivillage.com.au/ozgossip-ellen-arrives-down-under/160156 By ALICIA VRAJLAL  Get the scoop on this week’s hottest Aussie gossip – everything from reality TV catfights to Summer Bay’s newest resident.  I can also be found gossiping at ‘I Am Starstruck’. Ellen has arrived US talk show host Ellen Degeneres has finally arrived in Australia, after postponing her trip last week due…