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Blacks in the back cunts in the front. New work by Therese Ritchie

Blacks in the back cunts in the front. New work by Therese Ritchie

Blacks in the back, cunts in the front and the response to it, is emblematic of how non-indigenous Australia embraces and yet looks away from aboriginal people at the same time. This ruptured thinking process is the stringy bond with our earlier task of occupying, claiming and settling Australia, in particular the ‘wilderness consciousness’ that in its day encouraged mate-ship, an easy going attitude, and above all, manners (you could not swear at the dinner table or in front of your mother) whilst allowing rape and killing to be seen as pragmatic.

Nigel Scullion. “The Land is our Backbone.” Address to Garma 2016

Nigel Scullion. “The Land is our Backbone.” Address to Garma 2016

I would like to acknowledge the absolute horrors that have occurred within the Don Dale Correctional Facility. I, like everyone who saw the footage this week, was shocked and appalled by the mistreatment of children at the detention centre. Every child in our justice system must be treated with humanity and respect at all times. Nigel Scullion, Garma Festival, 30 July 2016

Michael Gunner speech – Garma Festival, 30 July 2016

Michael Gunner speech – Garma Festival, 30 July 2016

When children are in government’s care -- we are their parents. As a parent there is a clear relationship -- of love, of care, of trust. Yothu Yindu -- child and mother -- that's the proper way. As the leader of the Labor Party in the NT I accept our share of the responsibility. Michael Gunner, Gulkula, 30 July 2016

Brian Ross Martin is wrong: Supreme Court has dealt with Dylan Voller’s abuse before

Brian Ross Martin is wrong: Supreme Court has dealt with Dylan Voller’s abuse before

This appointment is wrong for all manner of reasons, and Aboriginal people in the Territory will not have confidence in the appointment of Brian Martin. As Chief Justice, he sat at the apex of the NT’s justice system. He presided over all judicial officers who sentenced young Aboriginal offenders to detention, and he knew them all: Olga Havnen, AMSANT.

The most shocking thing about the Four Corners footage is that the abuse was legal

The most shocking thing about the Four Corners footage is that the abuse was legal

"It would be an absurd result of the legislation if somehow more extreme force could be used in a case such as this, where a detainee is ‘at risk’, than would otherwise be the case in disciplining the detainee."

Top of the ABC pops … almost

Top of the ABC pops … almost

"We've just got through the numbers for all the ABC FB sites around the country and your photo has come in at number 2 ... The post beat 4 Corners, ABC News, The Drum and Rage. Crazy!" Rohan Barwick, ABC Alice Springs.

4 Corners, ORIC and the low-hanging regulatory fruit

4 Corners, ORIC and the low-hanging regulatory fruit

“The fucking cops are chasing me down the main street of Katherine with a summons. I can’t go to fucking Berrimah [jail]. I can’t read or write.”