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Get Well Soon – wealth and fame gets a turn “on the machine”

Chronic kidney disease [CKD] is a big slice of the gap in life expectancy for Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory and remote areas of Western Australia, Queensland and South Australia. From 2004 to 2006 Aboriginal people in these jurisdictions for males and females were respectively seven and eleven times more likely to die from CKD. The deaths occurred at a younger age than amongst non-Aboriginal Australians.

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Borroloola Amateur Race Club Campdraft, Gymkhana and Rodeo. Part 5 – Faces in the crowd

Last weekend I spent a few days at the annual Borroloola Amateur Race Club Campdraft, Gymkhana and Rodeo meeting – here are some photos of faces in the crowd – and at the rodeo chute.

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Borroloola Campdraft, Gymkhana and Rodeo 2014. Part 3 – Bucking broncs

Saddle Bronc Riding stems back to the taming and training of wild horses for farm transport and hunting. Some horses would not submit easily and so the contest began. Today, the event is a stylised and highly skilled event on the rodeo circuit.

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Australia. Where the only good cat is a dead cat

No cat is a good cat. The only good cat is a dead cat..

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Sei isole in un mare di morti. (Six islands in a sea of death)

Chips Mackinolty writes from Palermo on the Sei isole in un mare di morti. The six islands in a sea of death refer to Sicily and Lampedusa, but as well to Christmas Island, Nauru, Manaus and Australia itself.

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A fat Aussie on a bogan bizarro bash in Cuiba. Glen Dooley reports from the World Cup.

My arse is in a particularly unglamorous state due to my clothing debacle. My baggage was lost enroute so I’m buying tees and shorts from incredulous Brasilian shops who simply do not have the stock to cater for the fat Aussie on tour.

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Textor and Anderson – on poverty tourism, dysfunction and the lucky country

Men, women and children in communities are proud of themselves and happy in their world. They do not wake up in the morning and think to themselves, ‘How dysfunctional I am, how bad is life?’ They wake up and think, ‘How lucky we are to be living on our country and be in full possession of our language and culture and to be a little removed from the madness, pace and poisons of the mainstream world’.

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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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Abbott’s Indigenous Advisory Council. Much ado about not much …

Like most of you I’m off with a drink and a laugh with people I care about. That is all.

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Brian Manning 1932 – 2013. Mumkurla-nginyi-ma parrngalinyparla

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