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Robert Gosford

Robert Gosford —

Likes birds and people, not necessarily in that order.

Art in translation: Murray Garde and John Mawurndjul

Art in translation: Murray Garde and John Mawurndjul

One of the most troublesome subjects for interpreters who work with Australian languages is finding acceptable ways to refer to the concept of a sacred site. In Kuninjku, these are known as Djang. In central Australia, the term Tjukurrpa is becoming more well known by non-Indigenous people. These terms involve more than just a location, but also ideas about deep history, the period of creation and the association between specific groups of people and totemic aspects which have their historical focus in these places. The term ‘Dreaming’ is so inadequate and misleading and so many Indigenous people are starting to reject this term, although others continue to use it.

R v Bayden Flash - rough justice in the deep north

R v Bayden Flash - rough justice in the deep north

To ensure the adversarial system works as well as it can, the accused must have counsel at least on par with that of the Crown. Mismatches of lawyers at trial is the stuff of Deep South murder trials in the USA. There some accused, unable to afford sufficiently experienced lawyers in an environment of little or token legal aid, can be represented by law students or destitute lawyers willing to appear for all in fees of a thousand bucks to defend an alleged killer heading to the electric chair.    

Reforming Northern Territory self-government - Reconciling the Two Towers of Power - Part Two

Reforming Northern Territory self-government - Reconciling the Two Towers of Power - Part Two

The mistake the politicians made (although Clare Martin was an honourable exception) was to conclude that this very long-standing “emergency” demanded that the white politicians and bureaucrats urgently devise and impose their own “expert” punitive, paternalistic policy solutions on those recalcitrant, irresponsible black fellas who wouldn’t even protect their own children from the thugs and paedophiles in their midst.

Reforming Northern Territory self-government - Reconciling the Two Towers of Power - Part One

Reforming Northern Territory self-government - Reconciling the Two Towers of Power - Part One

The Territory government and land councils each have significant real world authority over the same land mass, and therefore real roles in important decisions made about land use, tenure and development on half of the Territory’s land, which in turn comprises twenty percent of Australia’s land mass.

Bird of the Week: Pilatus PC-21 at Alice Springs, June 2018

Bird of the Week: Pilatus PC-21 at Alice Springs, June 2018

Thanks to my mate Mitch Chip Childs over at the Aviators of Alice Springs Facebook page for the tip that a couple of brand spanking new Pilatus PC-21s would be passing through Alice Springs this morning en-route from their base in Switzerland to the RAAF Roulettes home at RAAF Base East Sale in Victoria.

The trouble with shit-hawks - the firespreading raptors of northern Australia

The trouble with shit-hawks - the firespreading raptors of northern Australia

A post that looks at our research into firespreading raptors in the Top End of Australia ... and beyond.

Jo Best on the public realm, an energy ponzi scheme and resilience at Resilient Darwin

Jo Best on the public realm, an energy ponzi scheme and resilience at Resilient Darwin

Cultural recognition & sensitivity, jobs, affordable housing (including during occupation), tourism opportunities, environmental protection, identity, community, and the much touted “liveable city”. We live in a town that is being moulded by traffic engineers instead of strategic thinkers like urban designers, demographers and economists.

Mark Basil Butler - A Life in Books. Book 8: My Family and Other Animus, by James Jeffrey

Mark Basil Butler - A Life in Books. Book 8: My Family and Other Animus, by James Jeffrey

For James Jeffrey, it is not about the politics, but the people, which is probably why he has managed to survive for so long in the toxic political environment at the Oz, stuffed as it is with Liberal Party operatives and conservative thinkers (forgive the oxymoron). He is genuinely (not, unlike many News Corpse writers, unintentionally) funny. Deeply funny. The kind of funny that leaves you in tears, but not always tears of laughter.

Uluru's Field of Lights: Underwhelming and reminiscent of aisle 12 at Bunnings

Uluru's Field of Lights: Underwhelming and reminiscent of aisle 12 at Bunnings

The field spreads out before us as a jacket of a tradie after a Saturday night at Monsoons nightclub in Darwin. We feel a level of regret akin to those Sunday mornings at having parted with 35 precious dollars to observe a wide scale recreation of the lightbulb section of Aisle 12 Bunnings.

Fracking in the NT: can cement provide more than a temporary

Fracking in the NT: can cement provide more than a temporary "triumph of expertise over nature"?

The everyday materiality of cement raises everyday questions: what about the effects of corrosion, seismic activity, moisture, design flaws and age on cement’s presumed durability? Harkness writes that concrete’s “guileful ruse is to offer us a permanent fix, once and for all”. Cement’s claim of permanence is deceptive, particularly when compared with the resource that is to be extracted.