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GQ Australia May 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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4 min
editor’s letter

Where do you see yourself in five years time? It’s such a job-interview cliché that when asked ahead of landing my first gig as a journalist I was stunned into responding with the truth: ‘Errrrr… working three days a week writing features…?’ (my voice trailing skywards as I ascertained from the editor-in-chief’s sudden eye-twitch that attaining work-life balance wasn’t the right answer). Somehow, I still got the job. But if a prospective boss asked that question today, as GQ’ Dan Rookwood ponders in this issue’s ‘HeQ’ column, would you even want to work for them? These days, to assume you know what five years into the future would look like – let alone what you’d be doing – is about as counter-culture as dialing for pizza while watching a rented DVD.…

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MELITTA GARDNER FASHION ASSOCIATE Gardner has been working like a machine since she first started at GQ last September. Still, all in the name of fashion, right? WHAT’S THE BEST THING ABOUT WORKING AT GQ? Being able to work with people who genuinely love their job and who you can constantly learn from. There is never a lack of support or encouragement from those around you. NICE. AND WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU SAW DAYLIGHT? My old friend, daylight. I’ve stopped counting the days since we last saw each other. Still, all who work in fashion must make sacrifices. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE TRYING TO GET INTO FASHION? Set yourself goals that will see you take progressive steps to achieving what it is you want from the industry. There’ll be testing moments and experiences,…

2 min

STAR LETTER Ashton Kutcher is a business genius, who’d have thought? Hearing how he invests in startup tech companies has given me the inspiration to follow in his footsteps. I have been on the net researching every up-and-coming tech start-up to invest in since I read the story. Thank you GQ for a great interview and for asking real life inspirational questions instead of, “What superhero would you like to play.” Great work. RYAN, VIA EMAIL Richard Di Natale in GQ is on stands today, but where are his socks?! MOMENTS AUSTRALIA, VIA TWITTER It's fashion, guys. Richard Di Natale is such a great role model for the next generation of doctors and young Australians. Should be health minister! BEN, VIA TWITTER @RichardDiNatale @GQAustralia After what he’s doing? Not even Trump could trust his attitude to supporters!!!! GRAEME, VIA…

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gqaustralia.com.au everything you need, online.

SUCCESS Power Play To coincide with this issue, we take a look at some of the most powerful and influential figures in the country. From politics, sport and TV to music and business – we show how Australians measure up on the international stage. The answer is well. FILM Captain America: Civil War We profile the beefy Chris Evans, reformed bad boy Robert Downey Jr and the sultry Scarlett Johansson as the latest in (another) franchise hits screens. FASHION What To Wear This Winter With temperatures dropping, we do a stocktake and reshuffle the GQ wardrobe to showcase the must-have items for the season ahead. LIFESTYLE Art Attack This month GQ.com.au heads to the cooler parts of town – be it Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney or Adelaide – and into the artistic studios proving that Australia can do culture. Sign up, sign in…

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for and against with nothing in between

“PEOPLE MAY EVEN HAVE TO BECOME COMFORTABLE WITH LEARNING THAT THEY’RE WRONG.” It’s hard to learn new tricks. Especially when it comes to things we should be learning about. I was recently asked to host a Q&A for an audience of a few thousand in Melbourne. The star attraction was Sam Harris: a neuroscientist, author and TED Talker extraordinaire. He received international attention for an exchange he had on television with Ben Affleck, in which he referred to Islam as “the mother lode of bad ideas”. Affleck responded that this was a racist sentiment, earning applause and Twitter’s unbridled support. In the past, Harris has argued that while not all ideologies are equal, they should all be up for debate. But this was lost amid the harshness of his word selection and…

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hannah davis

As we see it – knocking balls competitively over a net is a pursuit worth, well, pursuing. Two reasons for this. It’s healthy (at least until ‘fourth set’ beers in the clubhouse), and because you never know who you may come up against. And by that we mean Hannah Davis – the much-hyped Sports Illustrated model. It’s not that 25-year-old Davis personally courted controversy – though her risqué 2015 cover reveal was just that, a downstairs peek-a-boo moment that left little to the imagination. The usual conservatives likened the pose to pornography – while Funny Or Die did what they do best through a faux interview with the barely-there bikini-wearer (sample made-up quote: “I think the main reason I got the cover is because in my photo I made it look like I’m…