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What do the film Sweet Country, Warlpiri kinship and Johnny Cash’s “Peace in the Valley” have in common? Frank Baarda explains.

What do the film Sweet Country, Warlpiri kinship and Johnny Cash’s “Peace in the Valley” have in common? Frank Baarda explains.

Everyone has others one is obligated to (has to care for) and others who care for one. No man or woman is an Island. ‘Skin’ classification guides the nature and intensity of relationships. A feature of the system that appeals to many ‘westerners’ is “mother in law avoidance” In former stricter times it was absolutely forbidden for one’s mother-in-law to be addressed or to be in the same room. It still happens that someone might wait outside a shop because “there is no room”.

“Uncle Bob” McGowan: a Life in Music

“Uncle Bob” McGowan: a Life in Music

In his life and in his music -- most memorably as a member of Sydney bands The Original Battersea Heroes, later The Heroes, [1967-1973], then the band for which he is best known, Uncle Bob's Band [1973-77], followed by a brief foray with The Works [1978-79] -- Bob McGowan instinctively shunned the artificial and reveled in the real.

When pot was king. Cannabis cultivation in the NT: Part One – Introduction.

When pot was king. Cannabis cultivation in the NT: Part One – Introduction.

We'll never know with any certainty just how many crops were grown in the NT from the late 1970s through to the late 1990s but through my research over the past couple of years I’ve located reports - sourced from court reports, personal reports, NT Police material and of course contemporaneous media accounts – that indicate the Northern Territory was a hot-spot for cannabis cultivation during that period.

A new literary journal for the Northern Territory: The Borderlands project

A new literary journal for the Northern Territory: The Borderlands project

Literary journals are an important component of Australia's literary culture and can help to foster a range of Indigenous, non-indigenous and multicultural voices. However, the Northern Territory has no such platform, and its lack is a significant shortfall in the artistic lives of Territorians.

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“I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore.” 40 years on Sidney Lumet’s Network is a film for our times

“I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore.” 40 years on Sidney Lumet’s Network is a film for our times

'I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window. Open it, and stick your head out, and yell: ‘I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not gonna take this anymore!’: Peter Finch as Howard Beale, Network

States of deferral: Securing housing in Borroloola, NT

States of deferral: Securing housing in Borroloola, NT

“The government comes, has a look and goes back to their air-conditioned office”: Miriam Charlie. Residents in the four town camps - Mara, Yanyula, Garawa 1, and Garawa 2 - face overcrowding, insecure tenancy, water contamination, and failing health hardware. The recently released Town Camps Review classifies 34 per cent of Borroloola houses in “very poor” condition, and another 25 per cent in “poor” condition.

Why Camp Dogs matter – introducing the NT’s new Animal Protection Act

Why Camp Dogs matter – introducing the NT’s new Animal Protection Act

"Lupo was a very large bull mastiff looking dog that was white, except when as kids one time decided to dye him blue or purple with gentian violet ... Maybe he was the Boundless Possible dog": Scott McConnell MLA

Obituary – Jessica Mae Orozco 1987 – 2018

Obituary – Jessica Mae Orozco 1987 – 2018

The joy she felt in discovering plants unknown to her, or in teaching others about plants unknown to them, was a joy that would resonate in everyone around her. Jessica developed her love for nature at an early age. As a botanist, she trudged through paths less traveled in order to shine light on plants that would have otherwise been overlooked. She truly was a gift to Mother Earth.

The NT’s judicial pea and thimble trick. With added “administrative oversight”

Notwithstanding my earlier invocation of this affair as an example of the application of the Loftus Rule, i.e. a SNAFU of magnificent proportions, it is now clear we've never seen a shemozzle like this before in the NT or elsewhere. Hopefully we won't ever see its like again ...

Vale Jessica Mae Orozco: 1 February 1987 – 27 October 2018

Vale Jessica Mae Orozco: 1 February 1987 – 27 October 2018

Jessica's was not a life lost but a life stolen.