Six blokes and an old boat with a nice arse. The ‘Selamat Dua’

Six blokes and an old boat with a nice arse. The ‘Selamat Dua’

June 14, 2015

The loss of the 'Selamat Dua' is one of the great nautical regrets of my life, because two years later I was living and working in East Timor following the crisis and the 'Selamat Dua' would have been perfect over there - Tony Haritos.

Vipassana – false consciousness in the midst of queer meditation?

Vipassana – false consciousness in the midst of queer meditation?

March 31, 2015 3

I understand the whole purpose of Vipassana is to cultivate an alertness and attentiveness towards meditation free from sensual stimuli, however I believe the separation of the sexes merely entrenches heteronormative myths and stereotypes that are prevalent in mainstream society and from which the Vipassana retreat could be expected to offer a respite.

Broken – the best three-hander you won’t see all year

Broken – the best three-hander you won’t see all year

March 31, 2015

I left 'Broken' thrilled, challenged and horrified all at once. You couldn't hope for much more on a night out in Darwin--unless you pop down to Mitchell Street's red-light zone on a Friday-fight-night for a pint, a fuck and a punchup.

Tres españolas en Australia, and why Beatriz Recari is “a little bit Korean”

Tres españolas en Australia, and why Beatriz Recari is “a little bit Korean”

February 27, 2015

Martin Hardie spent a few hot days on Royal Melbourne with Spanish golfers Mireia Prat, Belen Mozo and Beatriz Recari, all of whom are just a little in awe of the challenges offered by the classic risk-and-reward hell that is Dr Alasdair McKenzie’s finest creation.

Saving Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan – last chance to change course

Saving Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan – last chance to change course

February 25, 2015 12

What is the message that Australians, and in particular the Australian government, should be sending to the Indonesian public? It is that the rationale given by President Widodo for not making an exception in relation to Sukumaran and Chan is patently false on the known facts.

My first Crikey piece. “Tony Jones has a big night out in Darwin”

My first Crikey piece. “Tony Jones has a big night out in Darwin”

February 16, 2015

"Lateline and Tony Jones are up for a Walkley Award. Nothing could be more disgraceful in Australian journalism. The fact that this program has been nominated undermines the Walkley Awards … I think it is an absolute disgrace that he is invited here for the media awards on Saturday night." Syd Stirling, Deputy Chief Minister, NT Legislative Assembly, 19 October 2006.

Why Queensland will never Joh again …

Why Queensland will never Joh again …

February 2, 2015

The LNP, convinced of its electoral invincibility and drunk on its own ideological Kool-Aid, had turned itself into the political equivalent of a suicide squad.

A Territory Testamentary Tale

A Territory Testamentary Tale

November 15, 2014 2

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.

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

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

October 9, 2014

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.

Bird of the Week: Yilingkirrkkirr – the White Throated Grasswren

Bird of the Week: Yilingkirrkkirr – the White Throated Grasswren

October 4, 2014

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.