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GQ Australia August 2017

GQ is the essential style guide for modern men, from grooming tips to fashion details, seductive menus to great travel ideas and the latest bars in which to drink and be seen. GQ Australia is a provocative mix of the very best writing, strong visuals and an unrivalled sense of achievement, intelligence and irreverence, the ultimate urban men's tip-sheet. It's the pinnacle of the premium men's lifestyle magazine market and covers style, culture, entertainment, tech, health, sport, luxury and life.

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3 min
the editor’s letter

A few weeks ago, a couple of friends invited me to a dance party. Now, let me be clear: I am not the dance party type. They knew this. But they were convinced I needed to expand my musical horizons. For some reason, having the one and only Mr John Farnham on high rotation no longer cuts it in the hot new Aussie music stakes. But as much as I love Whispering Jack, I could see where they were coming from, so I agreed to head along. Almost as soon as I stepped foot inside the party, it was clear I was out of my element. Besides the fact it looked as though most of the crowd was barely out of high school, the music was not exactly my thing. There…

4 min

ANGUS FONTAINE INTERVIEWED THE DEPUTY PM, BARNABY JOYCE; P48 Barnaby loves his Akubra – ever worn one yourself? Often, but never around my son’s pet rabbits. I’m more of an urban dandy – short brim, five-gallon limit. What most surprised you about him? His rage – at injustice, at charlatans, at lazy glad-handers. And his music taste – I hadn’t picked him as a Radiohead fan. Is he somewhat eccentric – or does he mug for the cameras? Barnaby’s a bushie – hot under the collar, dry as a dead dingo’s, you know… But he still knows how to jangle his spurs for media. He’s claimed his superpower is “rum and coke” – yours? Coopers ‘n’ caffeine. You started out as a newspaper copy kid at 15. What lessons stick with you from that time? I learnt the who/what/where/why/when principles just…

1 min
gq directory

CUBClub CUB is part of a new breed that’s grown to cater for Sydney’s burgeoning business community. The club offers talks (CUB Talks), meeting rooms and spaces, networking events, social events (it likes to rent yachts) and even offers fitness classes in the local park. Membership: Monthly fee; 3 Kings Cross Rd, Potts Point Magazin This lavish bar sits behind an unmarked white steel door. Run by Martin O’Sullivan, Belinda Lai and John Toubia, this 70-seater offers a fabulous array of cocktails, table service, intimacy and a strict no-camera policy – which is why it’s a favourite with local and visiting A-listers. Membership: Operated on a referral basis. A one-off fee followed by an annual payment; 113 William St, Darlinghurst…

4 min
the agenda

The technologists of Silicon Valley never stop pitching. Countless thousands of apps, websites and devices are launched every year, the great majority of which are destined only to be a sad minus entry, coloured red, on some venture capitalist’s spreadsheet. When, in 2010, Apple announced the new feature of its latest iPhone model would be a front-facing camera, it seemed a marginal development whose chance of survival would be down to its purported usefulness for video chats on Skype or FaceTime. But that’s not what happened. Instead, an entire generation of teens and twentysomethings began using it to snap close-ups of their own faces and slapping them online for likes and comments. Rechristened the ‘selfie camera’, it meant everything we thought we knew about the narcissistic millennials was spectacularly confirmed. Seven…

2 min

I’ll be honest, it had been a while since I last picked up your magazine – and, wow, am glad I did. I guess it was that haunting Brad Pitt cover that drew me in, and it was an interview I couldn’t put down – to see a man open up about emotion and the pain he’s gone through, and to come out the other side, it was fascinating and really commendable. As men, we often avoid really opening up – even to those closest to us. After reading that, I feel better about some of the trivialities of my life and am concentrating on making sure I talk about things more. Elsewhere, I really enjoyed the ‘What If’ story, I learnt a lot from it, and the piece on…

1 min
the gq brief paris jackson

Forget Bella, Kendall and Gigi – they’re old news. Paris Jackson is where things are at, and while you might think your social media feed doesn’t need any more privileged rich kids fuelled by little more than attention and trust funds, you’re wrong. Michael’s daughter is different. She might have north of 1.6 million Instagram followers, but rather than shilling herbal tea or waist trainers (whatever they are), the 19-year-old is using her platform as a force for good. She’s big on environmental causes and animal welfare, and has been outspoken on everything from the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline to the recent civil unrest in Venezuela. “I used to have no motivation whatsoever to be in the public eye. I’ve seen what it can do to people,” she said recently. “ But…