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NT Writers Centre opens a fund raiser for our mate Andrew McMillan

NT Writers Centre opens a fund raiser for our mate Andrew McMillan

November 4, 2010 3

Donations for Andrew McMillan will be allocated to a McMillan Fund in the NT Writers' Centre books. The NT Writers' Centre is a charitable institution with endorsement as a deductible gift recipient. This means that donors may claim a tax deduction if they request a receipt from us. The McMillan Fund will be used to provide suitable accommodation and care for Andrew as he convalesces over the next six months and, hopefully, returns to his writing.

Colin McDonald QC – reflections on a life in the law

Colin McDonald QC – reflections on a life in the law

November 2, 2010 12

Frank was the finest addresser to juries I ever witnessed. He spoke without notes, with conviction and power. In his addresses he seized on emotional truths and had almost a symbiotic relationship with the jury. I was fortunate to witness many of his addresses both as an Associate and as his reader. I thank him for his spirit of independence and his courage to put the bold or difficult argument. He was deft, polite and fearless before Judges.

Andrew McMillan – we have a man down, but definitely not out…

Andrew McMillan – we have a man down, but definitely not out…

October 31, 2010 8

If, in the Crowd, there's one who's not forgot me, If there's one, perhaps who asks how I am, Say I'm alive, but deny that I am well: That I'm even alive is a gift from a God. (Ovid, thanks to Paul Kelly via Chips Mackinolty)

Liam Campbell – Reflections on Yuendumu – country music, Collingwood and a horse-eating dog

October 26, 2010 14

I spent most of my 20s at Yuendumu; I feel like I grew into a man there, and I did not do it on my own. Maybe one day I’ll be that old man sitting on a bed, keeping myself company by closing my eyes and recalling these stories.

Ten questions for Greg Barns. Lawyer, music-lover, runner and trouble-maker

October 24, 2010 8

I think that this is a long-term strategy but that what is inevitable is that we will see the end of prohibition policies. They are unsustainable. There is a global trend now to re-examine the policy of prohibition of drugs. It has been an abject failure. I think it will happen in Australia. It will be an incremental change and it'll happen over the next decade. But it is inevitable.

In Bali they have fish in the airport bogs…

In Bali they have fish in the airport bogs…

October 22, 2010 3

As you do when you've had a few beers you eventually need to use the sanitary services provided...so I got a very pleasant surprise when I walked into the ground-floor facilities to see that the have fish in the bogs.

Ten questions for Omar Musa – Ubud Writers Festival diary

Ten questions for Omar Musa – Ubud Writers Festival diary

October 14, 2010 3

Omar Musa: Where do we go when we are dead? I have no idea. I cannot even begin to fathom it. I understand this idea of heaven and hell because I was raised in a strict Muslim family but...I know where I want to be buried though. I want to be buried next to the Molongolo River in Queanbeyan. I have such a strong connection to where I grew up in Queanbeyan. I guess that is spiritual.

Ten questions for Tom Keneally – Ubud Writers Festival diary day 4

October 11, 2010 2

I didn’t want to follow Manly but my daughter insisted. Then the club committee noticed me on the hill so they invited me to sit with them one day and I behaved my backside off and ultimately became their No. 1 ticket holder, which is one of the highest states to which a humble Homo sapien can rise short of actually playing first grade rugby league.

What do you do when you win 15 grand? Give it away of course…

October 9, 2010 5

Chips Mackinolty: "Katherine was isolating in those days. Unless you’d stayed in town for at least two wet seasons people would look at you as an outsider. And if you were crazy enough to do a third wet season they sort of thought, 'Well, he might be a lunatic but at least he is our lunatic.' "

Sitor Situmorang at the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival

October 8, 2010 2

To begin, in the military regime of Soeharto at the time, we were put in the goal without any accusation - informal or formal. You were just...one day you were picked up from where you stay by a military peleton then you are just dropped into...