The takeaway message from this Territory Testamentary Tale is a simple one. Making a valid will isn’t as straightforward as it might look. You certainly shouldn’t draw it up yourself nor should you get a non-lawyer friend to do so. Using one of those DIY wills kits that you can buy at a newsagent is probably okay in a straightforward situation, as long as you are capable of reading and carefully following the instructions.READ MORE
Articles by Bob Gosford
Any rights they would have previously enjoyed under the Land Rights Act to “free, prior and informed consent” about sub-leases would no longer apply. “Bolkkime ngarri-bekkan manekke kun-wok!”-“That’s the first time we have heard/understood this information.”READ MORE
For Kaytetye speakers, the main difference between their ethnospecies is size and frequency: arlewatyerre is smaller and common while aremaye is big and less common – five of the former and one of the latter were obtained on this day.READ MORE
“We thought it was my brother, opened the body bag and I saw a different face. A woman’s body. Then I closed it up and put the body bag back in the freezer and we came out and stopped the funeral.”READ MORE
The latest iteration of New Matilda has had a rocky start with Graham as editor. One article has a source facing criminal charges and possible jail time, another has NM facing a complex and expensive civil suit in the Federal Court and now NM is poking it’s nose into a Senator’s messy child custody and property dispute.READ MORE
Mr President, There are three things guaranteed in life. We will all die at some stage. Each day the sun will set. It will rise again tomorrow. Today is just one of those days.READ MORE
“As a mark of respect, Gurindji people will now refer to this man as ‘kulum Whitlam’. This great man helped us get better wages, health, education and housing, and most importantly, gave us our land back. Our people pay their respects to the family of kulum Whitlam,” Gurindji elder Michael GeorgeREAD MORE
I have today received a message from the Gurindji: ‘Very sad we lost that old man, but good because now people all over Australia will be reminded of his great legacy and the great thing he did with our leader, Mr Lingiari. That old maluka’—old man—’understood our important role in land rights. We will meet today to plan how we will mourn him.’READ MORE
And so to the here and now. In 2014 we again have a coalition government in Canberra. The self-proclaimed ‘Prime Minister for Indigenous Affairs’ has emphasised his commitment to fixing up the constitution so that Indigenous people have a proper place in it, and in the nation.
I’m not a constitutional lawyer, and there are aspects of the recent constitutional reform debate which have struck me as somewhat arcane.