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Bird of the Week: Mile Jedinak’s Crystal Palace Eagles soar in the Premier League

Australian player Mile Jedinak joined Crystal Palace three seasons ago. Palace has been a home to a number of Aussie bone-shattering defenders in recent years – Kevin Muscat, Craig Moore, Craig Foster and Tony Popovic – all powerful Socceroos with a nose for blood, have been Palace Eagles. Jedinak’s performance at Palace is one of the great sporting stories of 2014.

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The “Typhoid Mary” of NT politics and the Blain by-election.

How the north was won – Alison Anderson and Matthew Cranitch got the CLP over the line in Blain.

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Tragic confrontation in the desert

I find Nicolas Rothwell’s bald assertion that the APY women are “ritually subservient to the men” – and therefore should bow to their will in such matters as the Ngintaka Tjukurpa – so powerfully denied by the Story itself.

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Grog. Again.

Unlike me, she was Aboriginal. And unlike me, as we exited the bottle shop, she was stopped by the police officer stationed at the door, who conducted a mini-interrogation. Name? Address? Where are you taking this carton?

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Why Darwin must have something to say

Darwin bucked the trend at the turn of last century in the way Asian settlers underpinned whatever successes the tiny frontier town could claim, potentially becoming a model for a non-Eurocentric form of belonging to this continent. Unfortunately this prospect so alarmed the whiskered white men in power down south that the White Australia Policy was crafted instead.

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NT Politics. Why the Gang of Three was (almost) right.

“If ever I’ve met a racist group of people, I’ve met them in the Country Liberal Party,” Alison Anderson, 2014.

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La finestra-rondelle di Palermo

“Can you help me get to Australia? Is very good.” I try my best to communicate the difficulties he and his friends may have getting there. He mentions a boat.

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Alla Dignita Del Lavoro – day one in Palermo

It came to seem as if the mafia’s very purpose was to batter the organised working class in the countryside into submission.

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Vale Paddy ‘Cookie’ Japaljarri Stewart

If you have ever visited the art centre at Yuendumu, it’s likely that you met Cookie … you would have heard him laugh or grind his teeth as he concentrated on his work.

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Good money after bad. The NT Government and the Ord River Irrigation Scheme

How viable will the proposed expansion of the massive Ord River Irrigation scheme be? Government’s are bullish but science, the environment, economics and history tell a very different story.

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