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Vale Jangala Robertson

Jangala’s childhood memories consist of stories associated with the Coniston massacre of Aboriginal people and the shooting of families at Wantaparri, which is close to his birthplace at Jila. Jangala had virtually no contact with white fellas during his youth but remembers leaving Jila for Mt Theo ‘to hide’ from being shot. After his father died at Mt Theo, Jangala moved with his mother to Mt Doreen Station, and subsequently the new settlement of Yuendumu.

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“Speaking with one voice” – WA’s changes to Aboriginal Heritage law rejected at bush meetings

Be careful what you pray for. By proposing to strip away protection for Aboriginal people’s heritage across the board, and throughout the State, the Barnett Government appears to have unwittingly conjured up a strong, united and angry Aboriginal coalition which is now mobilising against the AHA amendments.

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Why Essendon and Hird must appeal

The decision by Justice John Middleton in the Essendon v ASADA case is an existential threat to fairness and justice in Australian sport. Bob Gosford explains why it must be appealed by the Essendon Football Club and coach James Hird.

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Desperately seeking Steven

Like vultures swooping on a rotting carcass the media pack descend with ferocious speed and an aggression born only of desperate need. “Feed this hungry beast!” The flock are all the while firing questions at Dank. “Why are you here Steve?,” “What about the ‘show-cause’ notices Steve?”

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Adam Giles appoints “Deputy Dawg.” “Tired” Tollner to “have a rest” but tipped to return

Giles: Dave [Tollner] chose to abstain from the meeting. He’s gonna to take some time off.
Journalist: When you say he is going to “take some time off” has he quit?
Giles: No, no. Dave’s gonna take some time off. I think we all know that the life and the role as a public figure and in a political environment, particularly holding some of the portfolios that Dave did. You do get tired after a while and quite clearly Dave wants a rest and he’s gonna have a rest.

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All change (again) in the NT?

Chief Minister Adam Giles looks increasingly rattled by the chaos that surrounds him and it may well be that tonight his long-suffering party will call it quits on his leadership.

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Phonebooths of the remote Northern Territory

These phonebooths provide a place to record thoughts, alliances, wishes and important information. And despite the rise of mobiles and the internet — both enthusiastically adopted in the bush — phonebooths remain an important means of communication for those who’ve run out of credit or can’t afford or can’t access a mobile.

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“I dare ya!” A Turkish-Australian non-religious Muslim on hatred, dogma and understanding

I get that you’re scared. I understand that people and customs that you’re not familiar with are going to be uncomfortable to accept much less tolerate. I understand that your prejudiced behaviour is influenced by the mass media who has bought and sold the arses of our governments for decades now. I get it.

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More strife in the Top End as Maley SM resigns

Justinian on Peter Maley: “Why is a judicial officer ringing up a member of parliament, and were he in a position to sue would it be a nice look to bring a defamation action in the courts in his home jurisdiction?”

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Borroloola Amateur Race Club Campdraft, Gymkhana and Rodeo – Part 4 – the Bullriders

Bullriders are, for mine, the crazy-brave guys of the rodeo. Bullriding, according to this outline, is perhaps the most dangerous rodeo event: “It’s not if you get hurt, it’s when,” and nearly every bull rider can attest to the truth of that saying. … As with bareback riding, and saddle bronc, bull riders ride with [...]

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