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T Magazine Australia Launching in March

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Ever since we opened a Sydney bureau in 2017, readers of The New York Times in Australia have been asking for a print edition — something they can hold and touch, something to put on their coffee tables or take to a cafe. Soon they’ll be getting a version of that. Not the print paper, not yet, but T Magazine.

Since 2004, The New York Times has published T, a glossy magazine that covers fashion, design, culture, travel, art, entertainment and beauty. It now has a readership of 1.5 million people in the U.S. and 510,000 internationally. Next month Australia will get its very own version of T, joining a growing group of licensed editions, which include China, Japan, Singapore, Qatar and now T Australia.

Katarina Kroslakova, who was previously the editor of the Australian Financial Review’s Life & Leisure and Luxury magazines, will serve as editor and publisher of T Australia. She decided to take this on, in part, because Australia has one of the largest audiences for The New York Times outside the United States.

“We’re an informed bunch, we’re addicted to our devices, and we take a keen interest in the world around us,” she said. “We love knowledge, debate, opinions, news, trends. And especially now, our global isolation makes us even hungrier for quality global content, so T Australia will aim to fill that gap.”

T Australia, she said, is the magazine that this country is missing: “It features both men and women’s fashion and style, food and wine, travel and architecture, entertainment and lifestyle.”

The print edition, which will publish quarterly, will feature a mix of feature reporting from the flagship U.S. edition as well as a significant amount of locally-produced content.

For those who care about restaurant reviews, yes, T will have those. I’m thrilled to be taking on the role of restaurant critic for the new magazine, which will feature a substantial Food & Wine section.

My approach to this work will differ significantly from my reviews and features in my Australia Fare column, which is geared toward the global New York Times readership (including our Australian readers, of course).

In my work for T Australia, I’ll be writing specifically for an Australian audience, and as such, my restaurant reviews will be much more traditional. In Australia Fare, I aim to showcase this country’s food culture to a wide audience. For T, I’ll be telling Australian readers where to eat (and where not to eat) all over the country.

I’m looking forward to writing just for Australians, and writing old-school restaurant reviews again. All suggestions are welcome — let me know what you’d like to see at [email protected]

As for the quarterly magazine, T Australia will launch on March 15 and will offer exclusive pre-order subscription options in the lead-up to the inaugural issue.

For more information, visit www.taustralia.com.au

Now, here are this week’s stories:


Australia and New Zealand

Firefighters near Perth, Australia, on Monday.Credit…Evan Collis/West Australia Department of Fire and Emergency Services, via Associated Press

  • First Came the Lockdown. Then Came the Wildfire.Residents on the outskirts of Perth in Western Australia fled their homes in the middle of the night, just days after being told to stay in because of the coronavirus.

  • Its Borders Shut, New Zealand Prods Local Tourists to ‘Do Something New.’ A viral ad campaign urges New Zealanders to find new ways to look at their own backyard — and to stop posting hot-tub vacation photos.

  • For Melburnians, the Australian Open Tests Anxieties About the Virus. Australians have gone to great lengths to control the coronavirus. And some don’t want to throw that away for a tennis tournament.

  • As the Tennis Party in Australia Begins, an Uncertain Year Awaits. Officials in Australia moved mountains to make the country’s annual professional tennis swing happen. That will be far more difficult after the tour leaves this isolated island nation.

  • The Best Movies and TV Shows New to Netflix, Amazon and Stan in Australia in February. Our streaming picks for February, including “Parks and Recreation,” “News of the World” and “Bliss.”

  • One Case, Total Lockdown: Australia’s Lessons for a Pandemic World. The country’s short, sharp responses have repeatedly subdued the virus and allowed a return to near normalcy. Now its model is being applied to Perth, its fourth-largest city.

  • The Pop Star Wants to Be an Olympian. Cody Simpson has been a singer, a dancer, an actor and an author. Now, with support from Michael Phelps and Ian Thorpe, he is resurrecting a childhood swimming dream.

  • The Australian Open will allow up to 30,000 spectators a day.Such numbers would make the tennis tournament a sports rarity during the pandemic, though attendance would still be down by about half from a normal year.


Around the Times

Credit…Illustration by Najeebah Al-Ghadban
  • 77 Days: Trump’s Campaign to Subvert the Election.Hours after the polls closed, the president declared the election a fraud — a lie that unleashed a movement that would shatter democratic norms and upend the peaceful transfer of power.

  • Were the Capitol Riot Suspects Trained Militants? What the Arrests Show. Our review of federal cases suggests that many of those in the mob were not organized, but some groups, like the Proud Boys, came prepared for battle.

  • Vaccines Could Blunt the U.K. Epidemic in Weeks. Britain’s timeline shows the promise of vaccination as a path out of the deadliest stage of the pandemic.

  • McKinsey Settles for Nearly $600 Million Over Role in Opioid Crisis. The consulting firm has reached agreements with 49 states because of its sales advice to drugmakers, including Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of OxyContin.


… And Over to You

Last week, we asked for your reactions to the possibility of a life without Google. Here are some responses:

“The plans of the Australian government to make Google pay for linking people to news media are typical of the technological illiteracy of the ministers involved — just look at the disastrous National Broadband Network, the Covid tracing app or the My Health Record.

“When we look up a topic on Google, we may or may not want the latest news on it — I may be looking for historical records, images, videos, stories and so on. If it shows me snippets of news stories, I will often ignore them and keep moving down the list, not least because the News Corp press, the ones most loudly protesting that they need more money, will offer nothing more than a paywall should I click on a link to their site.

“I would suggest that Google keep doing what they do best, but exclude links to any site that automatically takes the user to a paywall. Anyone who has subscribed to such a site already knows where it is and won’t need Google’s help to get there. As for the government, stick to what you know (if anything), and stay out of technology, which is certainly not your strong suit.”

— Desmond Bellamy

“I am fine with shifting search engines to Bing, Ecosia, DuckDuckgo. As much as I love Google, their response to the Australian government is cocky, arrogant and threatening. I want democratic governments to make policy in the world, not billionaires.”

— Fiona Branagh

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