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GQ Australia June - July 2016

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
editor’s letter

y father passed away earlier this year after a courageous fight with brain cancer. While this has been a very sorrowful experience for my family, now, a couple of months on, I understand and appreciate the various human rituals that have developed, over thousands of years, around loss, family and celebration of life. It’s probably still a drawback of evolution that we don’t come to realise the full persona of a being, and their legacy, until they’re gone. One thing I discovered about Dad was his quite astonishing ability to be uncompromising in the pursuit of doing good – and being good – to others. Hearing from his many friends and associates these past months, I’ve seen that this was his omnipresent personality. This isn’t a eulogy, but somehow, in…

4 min

MICHAEL HAINEY WRITER With our cover star busy saving the world on a spaceship, acclaimed American writer and bestselling author Hainey took a trip to Space HQ in New Mexico (p110) to see what the delay is, and when we’ll likely shoot for the stars. DO YOU THINK YOU’LL VISIT SPACE IN YOUR LIFETIME, YES OR NO? Yes. AND WHAT ABOUT LEONARDO DICAPRIO (AND, OF COURSE, HIS OSCAR)? I think he and his Oscar will visit space in my lifetime. He’ll probably also have 12 hot women with him. Just like when he’s on an oligarch’s yacht in St Tropez. CHEDDAR-CHEESE CRACKERS ASIDE, DO YOU HAVE ANY OTHER PET PEEVES? Loud talkers. WORDS OF WISDOM FOR HOW TO BECOME A BESTSELLING AUTHOR? Trust your voice. And never give up on your vision. It took me 10 years to write my…

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ENTERTAINMENT Comic-Con A mecca for some, an odd state of affairs for others, we head to San Diego to discover what exactly goes on at the convention. Unleash your inner comic-book geek. SUCCESS The Month of Money End of the financial year is upon us, so now’s the time to make sure your tax affairs are in order. Because who doesn’t love a rebate? FASHION Front Row Access SS17 GQ decamps to Milan, Paris and London for the menswear fashion weeks. We’ll be sitting frow to view, then deconstruct, the future trends sashaying down Europe’s runways. CULTURE Hollywood Heavy Hitters Reserve your seats for the latest Jason Bourne and Ghostbusters reboots. Plus, we review Baz Luhrmann’s much-anticipated Netflix release, The Get Down. Sign up, sign in and have a say on GQ.com.au, or join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram and…

2 min

As we know, Justin Bieber became very famous, very fast, at a very young age. He behaved badly on many occasions and looked to be on a destructive downward spiral. To be in the public eye, on a global scale, 24/7, must play havoc with one’s mindset. Thankfully, and to his credit, Mr Bieber has been able to turn things around. Justin has matured and just as surprising, he’s proved he can actually sing. Life’s lessons are often learnt the hard way, but it must be especially hard to learn them with the world watching. Justin has made a Belieber out of all of us. KEVIN, VIA EMAIL We couldn’t agree more, Kevin. Great Atlassian article… I love GQ way better than chicks’ mags! MELISSA, VIA FACEBOOK Tech has never been so cool lol! DANE, VIA INSTAGRAM Yep, $8bn…

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and the winner is… australia’s political centre

“IF ANYTHING, AUSTRALIANS HAVE LEARNT THAT LEADERS COME AND GO – POLICY HANGS AROUND.” Right now, there’s a wealth of people telling you what the pending federal election’s about. They’re the politicians. They’ll say it’s about ‘who you trust’ or ‘fairness’ or ‘jobs’ and ‘growth’ – even if they’re actually wondering, ‘Will I have a job on July 3?’ For all the political rhetoric, the election will be about who best understands where Australia’s political centre is. Because in this country, that’s where elections are won. When people discuss the mistakes of the Abbott Prime Ministership, they focus on the headlines: the knighting of Prince Philip, Peta Credlin’s dominion over Coalition policy and power, eating an onion, or the 2014 Budget (which broke election promises and announced a hierarchy of economic priorities that…

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leon bridges

Not many artists can pull off authenticity like Leon Bridges. Echoing the tenderness of ’50s and ’60s R’n’B, this 26-year-old Texan’s voice is like butter, his delivery almighty, and his style enviable. No wonder he’s being hailed as the future of soul. What’s surprising is that were it not for a friend pointing out the similarities between Bridges’ early songs and R’n’B legend Sam Cooke, the Grammy nominee may never have found his voice. Though raised on a diet rich in gospel, Motown and R’n’B, and despite an obvious ability to croon and write, Bridges claims he was too shy to sing at church, instead earning his show legs as a dancer and choreographer. But his friend’s fateful comment was enough to spur him to dig into Cooke’s discography, where he…