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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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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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“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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The Sharks ‘offer’ – another set back for the credibility of anti-doping in Australia

Martin Hardie: “Actions like this by ASADA only serve to further undermine the public’s faith in the anti-doping system. We can only hope that the Federal Government properly reviews the operations of ASADA to restore faith in the anti-doping system and to create some semblance of fairness for athletes.”

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East Timor’s media law unconstitutional – Court of Appeal

Jose Belo: “The Courts today have upheld our constitution, which we fought so hard for. This is a victory for the East Timorese people. The government is trying to stop freedom of the media and freedom of expression … It would now seem our politicians need help from the lawmakers to understand what the constitution means.”

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Elliott, NT. The town the Northern Territory forgot …

“This is just bullshit; it’s all gone backwards. Everything goes to Tennant Creek (headquarters of Barkly Council). We want to get Elliott going again, but Tennant Creek just shoots us down in flames,” Councillor Ray Aylett.

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