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Helen Hughes and the death of fun at school

Helen Hughes and the death of fun at school

Last Friday Helen and Mark Hughes put their names to an opinion piece in The Australian entitled Authorities must not wag school. In short the arguments that the Hughes’ make are that Federal, State and Territory governments abandon their responsibilities to students – particularly remote Aboriginal students – by the stealthy foreshortening of school terms […]

The Weekend Australian, Nicolas Rothwell, and the art of fantastic journalism

The Weekend Australian, Nicolas Rothwell, and the art of fantastic journalism

What Rothwell is of course talking about here is localised Aboriginal self-determination, an aspiration that he has frequently condemned to the dustbin of Australian political history: “For some time it has been clear Aboriginal self-determination has had its day.”

Song poetry about birds from the Pilbara

Song poetry about birds from the Pilbara

I’m sitting here in the “Balgo Hilton” waiting for someone to come back from where I’ve just been. We most likely passed each other on the road sometime yesterday as I struggled up the 530 kilometres of the torture that is known as the Tanami Track from Yuendumu up here to Wirrimanu – formerly known […]

The Australian's version of NT politics - bizarre, misleading & eccentric

The Australian's version of NT politics - bizarre, misleading & eccentric

The Australian maintains it's bizarre position that Alison Anderson was a visionary that could do no wrong and was now a victim of a dastardly conspiracy by a manipulative Gerry Wood and the forces of absolute evil behind NT Chief Minister Paul Henderson.

Teling peple howe too spellr rite...

Teling peple howe too spellr rite...

The folks over at the oddly named spellr.us really do have a point - if the biggest and brightest universities can't get it right - who is left that we can trust? Governments? Though you would think that spellr.us would at least have a typo-free public face.

A Ssssh*tload of free music from Paul Kelly's A to Z!!

A Ssssh*tload of free music from Paul Kelly's A to Z!!

Over the last few years, Paul Kelly has performed a series of unique shows under the banner ‘A to Z', whereby he sings 100 songs from his catalogue in alphabetical order over 4 nights.

Nicolas Rothwell, The Red Highway launch and

Nicolas Rothwell, The Red Highway launch and "implausible nonsense"

Country Liberal Party stalwarts Dave Tollner, John Elferink, Peter Murphy were in attendance, as was of course Terry "the man who may soon be King" Mills, who waxed lyrical about Nicolas's observations of country and his ear for recording conversations.

A Letter from Darwin - Sue Stanton's view of the NT Intervention...and more

A Letter from Darwin - Sue Stanton's view of the NT Intervention...and more

Colonialism has an insatiable appetite - it is forever hungry, it can never be satisfied, and it recruits both unwitting as well as willing emissaries from the vast ranks and ever-growing number of colonised Aboriginal people.

Roadkill of the week - Kangaroos & Wallabies of the NT

Roadkill of the week - Kangaroos & Wallabies of the NT

Maybe instead of blaming the animals we should be saying "I committed a murder of a kangaroo today", "I was driving too fast to let the Wedge-tailed Eagle get enough height to get off the roadway" or "I didn't slow down to let that Goanna cross the road safely".