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A Territory Testamentary Tale

The takeaway message from this Territory Testamentary Tale is a simple one. Making a valid will isn’t as straightforward as it might look. You certainly shouldn’t draw it up yourself nor should you get a non-lawyer friend to do so. Using one of those DIY wills kits that you can buy at a newsagent is probably okay in a straightforward situation, as long as you are capable of reading and carefully following the instructions.

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Marion Scrymgour. From Elliott, Robinson River, the Tiwi Islands and beyond: “Recognise” that blackfellas have survived.

Despite poverty and marginalisation, there was a spirit of defiance and pride amongst the Elliott mob. The slogan from the previous year’s anti-bicentennial – ‘we have survived’ – had continuing resonance. There was respect for the endurance and fortitude of the many former stockmen who lived in the town. Through their skill and discipline they had earned a limited degree of autonomy, despite working for white bosses, and they had managed to maintain culture and ceremony under difficult conditions.

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Bird of the Week: Yilingkirrkkirr – the White Throated Grasswren

Applied ethno-biology at its best. This guest post from Peter Cooke examines the benefits that Aboriginal fire management regimes can have on fragile landscapes and vulnerable –literally — bird and mammal species.

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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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La morte di un altro giornale?

“The journalists say they are satisfied with the good reception given to the special issue in June [this year], which recalled the death of former Secretary of the Communist Party Enrico Berlinguer. It happened thirty years ago, when l’Unità had a circulation of almost two hundred thousand copies.”

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Vale Jane Hodson, 1957–2014

Jane had a great capacity for fun, a wicked sense of humour and a bold and lively wit. She was known to give frank and fearless advice – whether asked for or not – and was inclusive, supportive and compassionate.

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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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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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ASADA, the AFL and WADA – The main game

The bloody-minded focus upon a possible assertion of a possible anti-doping case against Essendon players, staff or even Stephen Dank, may well be found to be lacking if and when it comes to be tested in the proper forum and at the proper standard of proof.

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Bruce Davidson and the myth of a northern food bowl

‘Dr Davidson’s’ lectures combined a sweep of history and a breadth of disciplines with a fund of anecdotes and not a little eccentricity.

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