Requiem for a Monster, by John Birmingham

Requiem for a Monster, by John Birmingham

December 25, 2017 6

All those ratfucks understood was strength and fear and the simple joy of driving their enemies before them. There was no schadenfreude in seeing Bjelke-Petersen humiliated before the Fitzgerald Inquiry when he was unable to explain what was meant by the doctrine of the separation of powers, because all it did was hammer home the truth that we'd been comprehensively arse-raped by a man with the ethics of a starving sewer rat, and the political instincts of a sabre-toothed baboon with a really scorching methamphetamine addiction.

Graverobbers for God – AIATSIS, the Vatican and anthropologists on the Tiwi islands

Graverobbers for God – AIATSIS, the Vatican and anthropologists on the Tiwi islands

December 20, 2017

Now after the Catholic church has spent over a century stripping us of everything they could get their thieving hands on including our culture and our children, they have managed to find themselves another role to play. To add insult to injury they now present themselves to the world as the preservers and keepers of Tiwi culture.

Fire hawk stories feature at Barrapunta bird workshop

Fire hawk stories feature at Barrapunta bird workshop

October 29, 2017

The workshop allowed for clarification of the rather confusing overlap of three bird names,  karrkkanj, ngalmirlangmirlang and wunwunbu. Karrkkanj, it turns out, is a term for the Black Kite but can also be applied to two other raptor species, the Peregrine Falcon and the Brown Falcon.

Maypal, mayali’ ga wanja – tales from the Yolngu tidal zone

Maypal, mayali’ ga wanja – tales from the Yolngu tidal zone

July 4, 2017

Maypal is a complete part of Yolngu diet and it is free from the sea—celebrated in songs, dance and stories, integral to their world. In fact, maypal is an utterly fundamental part of the Yolngu world: Bentley James

Essential documents from Aboriginal Australia: 2 – the 1998 Barunga Statement

Essential documents from Aboriginal Australia: 2 – the 1998 Barunga Statement

June 4, 2017

"Sovereignty became treaty, treaty became reconciliation and reconciliation became nothing. … We will dig a hole and bury it. It will be a protest but I also hope that it can represent a new start for Aboriginal people”: Galarrwuy Yunupingu, 2006

Matthew van Roden, you train your child – a review by Koulla Roussos

Matthew van Roden, you train your child – a review by Koulla Roussos

May 24, 2017

For van Roden, growing up within a Pentecostal Christian family, biblical verses and ideas were imprinted at a young age. “The spanking paddle, a manifestation of scriptural text, held within it the promise of keeping one’s children on the straight and narrow, a tool to guide them through the follies of youth; to temper the demonstrations of original sin. Disobedience of parents was rebellion against God and this scriptural inscribed spanking paddle would play its part in the righteous life.”

In Deus ex Dynamita. A Kalymnian Easter in Darwin

In Deus ex Dynamita. A Kalymnian Easter in Darwin

May 3, 2016

In Darwin, the Kalymnian dynamite ritual signifies the collective will of a small people defying the global trend towards homogenisation and celebrating their collective individuality with a bang, not a whimper.

Frontiers of feminist advocacy in the NT: cowboys, missionaries and some modern ladies

Frontiers of feminist advocacy in the NT: cowboys, missionaries and some modern ladies

April 22, 2016

Here’s the news - women risk their health and wellbeing every day by simply managing their fertility though contraceptive, pregnancy, birth and menopause options. All are risky. It is women who experience teenage pregnancies, hormonal related illnesses and cancers, maternal sickness and death so please give us some credit.

Nganana tatintja wiya – why nobody should be climbing Uluru*

Nganana tatintja wiya – why nobody should be climbing Uluru*

April 20, 2016 1

Ask a Red Centre tour guide - you can’t tell Australians anything. During school holidays we would always get a lot of school trips; of the ones I guided 100% of students climbed up Uluru along with most of their teachers. Many had decided even before they departed school grounds that it would be the crowning achievement of the trip.

Strider’s Almanac Part 1 – How the rainy season began in 2012

Strider’s Almanac Part 1 – How the rainy season began in 2012

December 17, 2015

9 October. On this day I noticed new leaf on the Red Bead Tree (Adenanthera pavonina) and on a young Green Plum Tree (Buchanania obovata). I also noticed that the re-leafing of the Canarium Trees had become widespread and general. 10 October. There were complex cloud patterns in the sky in the morning but it became clear later in the day. There was another White Tailed Spider on the verandah at might.