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The Territory’s greatest living artist gets his day in Court

“I’m allowed to be here. I’m a fucking poet. I’m a poet. You cunts, I’m a fucking poet. Police brutality. I’m allowed to be here”: Trevor Jenkins, Darwin Literary Awards, May 2014.

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Les MacFarlane C.M.G. of Moroak: Cattleman, politician and racist?

Mr MacFarlane has now confirmed this belief … Mr MacFarlane’s response which is intimidatory, arrogant, overbearing and in no way becoming a Member of Parliament. We do not believe that such a man should hold the office of Speaker of Parliament, an office to which the qualities of an unbiased and fairminded character are normally attributed.

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“From time immemorial.” The Mangarrayi law for water and their struggle for land.

“Territory Parliament was in an uproar. The government said the new owners would ruin Elsey as a cattle station and cause untold damage to the Territory economy. Aborigines were taking over the land at a terrifying rate, a sure sign of the imminent death of the cattle industry.” Background Briefing, 1999.

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‘Nigger Hunts’ in the never never. The battles for land and water on the Roper River, 1870-1945.

“Until the long arm of the law interfered, white men killed the black fellow because they were hungry with a hunger that must be fed with gold, having been trained in a school that for generations has acknowledged ‘Thou shalt not kill’ among its commandments.” Jeannie Gunn, We of the Never Never, 1908.

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David Bowie and all the young Darwin dudes, summer 1972

Back in Darwin during Christmas holidays 1972 my friend Fred McCue had returned from London holidays with his family early and we hung around in the blessed aircon and smoked pot. On the first morning back from London he walked out of his bedroom and threw some albums on the table. “These are big in London,” he said. They were Ziggy Stardust, Hunky Dory, Man Who Sold the World and Space Oddity

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First look: The Wanarn Painters of Place and Time: Old Age Travels in the Tjukurrpa

This exquisite art book contains the precious story and transformative work of celebrated artists now living in an aged care facility in Ngaanyatjarra country, a remote and isolated community that is the centre of their abundant world amongst ancient Dreamings.

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Why Malheur NWR matters and “armed, out of state militia groups” don’t

The occupation of Malheur by armed, out of state militia groups puts one of America’s most important wildlife refuges at risk. It violates the most basic principles of the Public Trust Doctrine and holds hostage public lands and public resources to serve the very narrow political agenda of the occupiers. The occupiers have used the flimsiest of pretexts to justify their actions.

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Strider’s Almanac, Vol. 1, Pt 2: How the growing season began in late 2012

Depending upon the thickness of the leaf litter layer, and the rate at which the rain falls, anything between the first 3 to 12 mm of a rainfall will be completely absorbed by the leaf litter and hardly a drop will find its way through to the soil beneath it. For this reason we can discount all of the cases or drops of rain and traces in the gauge as fairly irrelevant to what is going on in the soil.

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Strider’s Almanac Part 1 – How the rainy season began in 2012

9 October. On this day I noticed new leaf on the Red Bead Tree (Adenanthera pavonina) and on a young Green Plum Tree (Buchanania obovata). I also noticed that the re-leafing of the Canarium Trees had become widespread and general.
10 October. There were complex cloud patterns in the sky in the morning but it became clear later in the day. There was another White Tailed Spider on the verandah at might.

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Strider: How the environment centres came to be

In the Northern Territory in 1973 there was an organisation called The Environment Council of the Northern Territory. It was a forum for discussion among organisations with an interest in ecology and nature conservation matters. Member bodies included the Chamber of Commerce and the National Trust as well as the Darwin Conservation Society. Membership was not open to individuals. Secretariat services were provided to the Council by the Keep Australia Beautiful Council, which had a paid Executive Officer and an office in the Town Hall.

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