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37 – the only number that matters at the Yuendumu Sports Weekend

The Yuendumu Sports Committee had a plan. “All of the teams from across central Australia that come for the Yuendumu Sports agreed that we would do what we could to show our support and respect for Adam Goodes and every Aboriginal sportsman and woman across the country. This is an important thing for us and our kids. We can’t let that business happen without standing up.”

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Is the wealth of the North a myth?

Xavier Herbert on the North: “The blunny place is always either a desert or a lake,” wrote the Australian author in his novel Capricornia. “Rabbits’ve got more sense than them blowbags that write in the Southern papers.”

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Joe Hockey was right – Adam Giles’ push for NT Statehood is a joke

NT Chief Minister Adam Giles may be looking for a new career in stand-up comedy with his latest “Statehood” routine. Joe Hockey was laughing like a drain and I nearly drove into one. Here is why …

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One year more! Environmental Defenders Office (NT) lives to fight on for another year.

“This is a sensational result for the many Territorians who value our near pristine environment; it is a great result for access to justice; and it’s a great result for people who value government and industry accountability,” said David Morris, the EDO’s Principal Lawyer.

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Abbott’s white paper for the black tropics: Boon or boondoggle?

“Developing North Australia” is, somewhat surprisingly, a curate’s–or perhaps in this case a failed seminarian’s–egg. Good in parts and in small measure. But as Longfellow said, “When she was good, She was very, very good, And when she was bad she was horrid.”

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Robyn Lambley on the ‘politics of hate, discord and lies’ – the ‘dark, unpleasant, amoral cabal’ that rules the NT

Robyn Lambley on NT Chief Minister Adam Giles: ‘This is the Chief Minister whose modus operandi is to eliminate, execute, annihilate and assassinate – and of course has no use for the truth.’

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“I’m not English … I don’t feel Greek … I’m not a ‘Territorian’ … I am Darwin.”

When Darwin-born George Haritos was once asked to describe his identity he said, “Well, I’m not English … I don’t feel Greek … I’m not a ‘Territorian’ … I am Darwin.” The much-admired quote summarises how his family who grew up in pre-WWII Darwin felt.

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Water rights in never-never land: Tina Macfarlane denies report Stylo Station sold for $4m

A report of the sale of a large freehold cattle station in the NT to the country’s largest grower of sandalwood is denied by the station owners but questions remain over the future of the station’s controversial water allocation.

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Art, law and environment: saving the NT EDO, one artwork at a time.

NT EDO principal lawyer David Morris on local support for the auction: “It’s been an incredible outpouring. Particularly, I’m astounded at the response by places where we haven’t worked that have heard about this and have said, we want to support this because there’s a real potential that our community might need this service in the future.”

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Lives of the Artist: Patrick Tjungurrayi by John Carty

Patrick Tjungurrayi: Beyond Borders is a worthy addition to the library of anyone interested in Indigenous art, the history of Western Australia, medical and social issues affecting Indigenous people, and the anthropology of the Western Desert. That’s a lot to claim for a mere 125 pages, but thanks to John Carty’s insight and skill, it’s a claim well justified. It’s a consistently surprising and informative read, and a sheer visual delight, both as documentary and as fine art.

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