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Getting hot, sweaty and happy at the Rayella Band album launch at Elliott, NT

Mark Raymond is a deserved legend in these parts. He is an ex-copper and lead singer of the great and sadly retired Kulumindini Band, who made three great albums (one with the best title – “You’re Not Useless” – I’ve heard in a while) in the late eighties and mid-nineties. Kulumindini gave us a long “tuning-up-song” intro and then launched into their greatest hits and more. The crowd, as they say, went wild.

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Art, land and people. Will Stubbs on why homelands matter

There is a trajectory in Australian political and intellectual thought that is carrying us towards a true national identity and spirit. It is crucial that Yolŋu thought and philosophy continue to exist strongly for that to occur. We need to celebrate Indigenous wisdom in the hope that some of it can rub off

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The loudest bird in the world? The Blue-winged Kookaburra, Dacelo leachii

These guys just don’t give a shit, and have a great time doing it. I don’t know if this species is the loudest bird in the world but I reckon even the FA-18s from the nearby Tindal RAAF base would be hard-pressed to cut through the Blue-winged Kookaburra’s cacophonous clatter at close quarters.

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Rayella – angels whisper in my ear and send shivers up my spine

Ear-worm of the week: The song that has been on high rotation in my head for the past two weeks is the first track on Rayella’s eponymous debut album, “Wrong Kind of Man”, a love-gone-so-wrong-but-feels-oh-so-right kind of tale.

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Vale Leigh Bruce “Tracker” Tilmouth. A man of word and deed

“Labor likes pet niggers, and I’m counted as a pet nigger. I’m allowed to mow the lawns, but I’m not allowed up on the verandah.” Tracker on his struggles with pre-selection for the Senate in the NT.

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Dumping on the Chief. Robyn Lambley on NT Chief Minister Adam Giles and more

I have no faith in a government lead by Adam Giles. I have stated publicly I believe Adam Giles has no integrity. I stand by that statement, and that alone is enough to mean he should not hold a position of community leadership. I believe a political party should be bigger than one person and as such I have not sought to depart from the Country Liberal Party. Robyn Lambley, 24 February 2015.

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Send in the troops – Arnhem Land has been ‘smashed’

“I’m mystified why the Territory and Federal governments haven’t sent the troops in to help with the utter devastation in Arnhem Land. We have Robertson Barracks in Darwin that is full of troops on standby to do this kind of work. We have people living with no water, no power and in houses that have been smashed by fallen trees and they need help and now.” Alastair King, CEO, Arnhem Land Progress Association

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Leak of the Week: The Country Liberal Party, the Esky of Silence and the Alice Springs Tapes

Got a Leak of the Week? Drop me a line below, send me a DM on Twitter to @bgosford or a message at my Facebook page.

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Everybody go “wwaaahhhh.” Adam Giles on going nuts, cracking the shits and getting hammered

“I enjoyed having a night off and getting hammered … the level of incompetence of these people is just madness. It was absolute madness, mindless stupidity and political immaturity.” Adam Giles reflects on politics, a failed coup and a big night in.

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Gulag Territory – how the NT leads the world in indigenous incarceration

Gulag NT spends more money per capita on Police and Corrections than any other Australian jurisdiction. It costs $100,000 per year to house each adult prisoner, and $200,000 for each juvenile. The present CLP Government has just opened its new Superjail (originally commissioned by the previous Labor Government) at a cost of $1 billion-plus. The Attorney-General has said it will ultimately cost the taxpayer $1.8B and take 30 years to pay off. It is the largest-ever NT Government outlay for a capital works project. Meanwhile, the present Government regularly makes significant cuts to education and health services. The Superjail is built to hold 1100 prisoners and is already close to full, so it won’t be long until another will be required.

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