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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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Roadside memorials of southern California II: the deadly curves of Route 33

Few people drive Highway 33; even fewer make the run from end to end. Highway 1, dancing along the coast, offers better scenery, and Interstate 5, a more-or-less parallel route, greater speed and efficiency. No, this is a workaday road, a highway for short-haul truckers and agricultural sales reps, for convoys of harvesters, vans shuttling prisoners and even the occasional lone tractor.

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Roadside memorials of southern California: Father J. J. Crowley, the ‘desert padre’

While returning from a publicity trip to San Francisco in Sept. 1940, Fr. Crowley struck a steer that had wandered onto the highway. His car was forced into the path of an oncoming truck, and he was killed instantly.

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Snake of the Week: Great Basin Gopher Snake

Alerted to danger, the snake coils up, vibrates its tail and hisses a warning. The Gopher snake can also spread and flatten its head, thereby resembling a rattler even more. An unsure predator mistakes this behavior and the somewhat triangular head of the Gopher snake for a rattlesnake and backs off from its pursuit.”

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The Rembarrnga law for birds – “all the birds are your relations”

That’s what this part of Arnhem Land is like. Other places are all right but here in the middle you’ve got to talk to the country. You can’t just travel quiet, no! That’s law for the centre of Arnhem Land.

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Billboards, Baptists and the “Trail of Blood”

So what are the connections between Baptists, blood and billboards? Bob Gosford explores the backroads and dusty doctrinal tracts of southern Baptist theology to find out.

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The Minister, a shady Japanese bar and the $5200 4am hospitality tab

NT Deputy Speaker Matt Conlan: “I can confidently and categorically refute and dismiss these allegations. At no stage in my life have I ever been held in any form of foreign gaol or ever had any encounter with foreign police.”

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NT juvenile detention system – unhealthy, incompetent, punitive and in crisis

The NT’s juvenile detention system is in crisis, its management is incompetent, staff are undertrained, operational practices are haphazard and overly-punitive, and there’s been cover-ups when things go wrong. And the system is doing nothing to rehabilitate the young people whom it locks up.

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Djambawa Marawili: On Homelands, Art and Caring for Indigenous Knowledge

I urge the government and wider Australia to respect our Indigenous cultural knowledge base as an asset of inestimable value for Australia and the world; for building strong and healthy livelihoods for my peoples; and fostering effective empowered participation in the mainstream.

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Broken – the best three-hander you won’t see all year

I left ‘Broken’ thrilled, challenged and horrified all at once. You couldn’t hope for much more on a night out in Darwin–unless you pop down to Mitchell Street’s red-light zone on a Friday-fight-night for a pint, a fuck and a punchup.

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