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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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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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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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NT Labor leader Delia Lawrie quits

It is possible that former NT Labor Opposition leader Delia Lawrie could be charged with making a false statement in a document required to be made under oath contrary to section 118 of the NT Criminal Code, a crime carrying a potential 7 years imprisonment.

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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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Dear Delia … “the best thing is for you to resign”

You can stubbornly decide to have a battle and create a month long instability and certainly division in the party – and of course you will be a “sitting duck” as a leader of a caucus that resents you being the leader and will look for the next opportunity to challenge you.

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“Both barrels were empty” – NT Labor’s Darwin Award nomination

Yesterday’s judgment by Justice Stephen Southwood in Lawrie v Lawler has driven the final nail in the coffin of Delia Lawrie’s fraught leadership of NT Labor. The ramifications of Justice Southwood’s judgment will ring long and loud through both political and legal circles in the NT.

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Essendon and Hird – vindicated after 784 days in the AFL’s anti-doping hell

Two and a half years later–after all of the character assassination–the players are now found not to have doped. Somebody in government needs to look at why this has happened and how can we ensure that it doesn’t happen again.

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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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Saving Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan – last chance to change course

What is the message that Australians, and in particular the Australian government, should be sending to the Indonesian public? It is that the rationale given by President Widodo for not making an exception in relation to Sukumaran and Chan is patently false on the known facts.

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