My dad spent so much time out bush and we barely saw him when we were growing up. He was always out on a community. And you know now when I go to the most remote little community place all kinds of people come up to me and say “Oh Kumanjayi sorry for your dad”. Just yesterday at the Art Fair here in Darwin someone said to me…and my Dad died ten years ago… an older woman came up to me “Oh I’m sorry for your father that Kumanjayi”…it is an immense honour and incredibly humbling when people talk to me about my father as they do.READ MORE
The full story of the Princess Parrots, and those who are frantically seeking them, will have to wait for another day. The recent influx of birders into the Centre, and the restrictions they face accessing the Aboriginal lands that the birds are currently on, prompted my mate Christopher Watson to spend a day travelling around Alice Springs trying to get as many birds as possible in a day’s drive close to town.READ MORE
One book I have to catch up with is Chloe Hooper’s The Tall Man. The other book I’ve been reading a lot recently is the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature. It is a mix of fiction and non-fiction. There are a lot of early letters, letters from Bennelong to a Mr Philips, Lord Sydney’s steward.READ MORE
As the NT News reported on 13 August 2010 that: “The CLP knew about the case before choosing him as the candidate for Lingiari…Mr Abbott yesterday denied he had pleaded guilty, but court records show that he did…He denied the original domestic violence order was taken out against him because of violence or threats of violence against the woman…Mr Abbott said he was a victim of biased legislation that nearly always favoured women in domestic violence cases. ‘It does just cut one way in favour of women,’ he said.”READ MORE
The Northern Myth: Mr Tony Abbott said in relation to your call for Mr Leo Abbott’s disendorsement that: “That’s ultimately a matter for the Territory Country Liberal party, but I want to say that there’s absolutely – or there should be – absolutely no place in the Parliament for people who are involved in domestic violence.” Was that the right call? Terry Mills: Absolutely. Tony Abbott said that it was a “no-brainer.” He phoned me and he couldn’t believe that the [CLP] management committee would have made such a decision, and I completely agree with him, completely agree with him.READ MORE
Mr Richard Teo, A/President of the CLP: “There was no violence whatsoever. There are a lot of people out there who would like to sink the man.
He [Abbott] is one of the best indigenous persons that have come out into the open to openly look for a position in government which we need more people like that for. There are a lot of jealous people out there who would like to sink the man. And we are a fair-go party, we give everyone a chance to prove themselves.”
Barry Brown & the GetDown – the bastard children of Freddy Mercury and Dave Graney meet James Brown inna funkhouse!
Give me about a half a teacup of bass
Now I need a pound of fatback drums (drum riff) Now give me 4 tablespoons of boiling Memphis guitars This goin’ taste alright (guitar riff) Now just a little pinch of organ (organ riff) Now give me a half a pint of horn (sax riff) Place on the burner and bring to a boil. That’s it, that’s it, that’s it right there. Now beat, well
It’s a helluva long way from the grimy streets of Sydney’s Newtown to a balmy evening beneath the stars in Darwin’s Civic Park, a transition I made more than twenty years ago. Stories about heroin and amphetamines and train stations and rugby league are rarely part of the discourse in this part of the world.READ MORE
Djalkiri is an exhibition of works by Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists created during a cross-cultural collaborative printmaking workshop at Yilpara, Blue Mud Bay, Arnhem Land in 2009. Djalkiri literally means ‘footprint’, but when applied to Yolgnu law it takes on a more profound meaning, forming the ‘spiritual foundation of the world’.READ MORE