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Fecund – Fertile Worlds – a curator’s review by Koulla Roussos

Fecund – Fertile Worlds – a curator’s review by Koulla Roussos

Fecund—Fertile Worlds is the first in Artback NT’s Spark NT Curator Program, initiated to foster art critical and curatorial practice within the NT and to provide NT artists with opportunities to showcase their work within curated touring exhibitions.

We Never Ceded Our Countries. Garawa, Gudanji, Marra and Yanyuwa people speak truth to power

We Never Ceded Our Countries. Garawa, Gudanji, Marra and Yanyuwa people speak truth to power

The contamination of land, water, air and wildlife can be seen across the region. The Redbank Copper Mine was abandoned in the mid-1990s, with an estimated 54,000 tonnes of partially treated acid-forming material left exposed to the monsoonal rains for 17 years. Poor management has resulted in highly toxic waste bleeding into nearby waterways.

Pandora’s Box – the Council for Aboriginal Affairs, 1967 – 1976

Pandora’s Box – the Council for Aboriginal Affairs, 1967 – 1976

The Council comprised Dr H C (‘Nugget’) Coombs as chairman, who would retire as the first Governor of the Reserve Bank to take up the appointment; Professor W E H (Bill) Stanner, a renowned anthropologist who had worked in the Daly/Wadeye region; and Barrie Dexter, an officer of the Department of External (now Foreign) Affairs.

Five reasons why Yarralin must be returned: The battle for land rights at Yarralin, Part 3

Five reasons why Yarralin must be returned: The battle for land rights at Yarralin, Part 3

From the early days, young Aborigines were trained and used as labour on VRD and the number of white men, according to Big Mick, was very small, often only the manager, head stockman and cook. In those days the Aborigines received no wages, only rations of dry bread and beef, sugar and tea, and at the end of the season were given small amounts of tobacco, flour, sugar and tea: Dr. Partick McConville.

Vale Helen Ester. 3 December 1944 to 31 October 2015

Vale Helen Ester. 3 December 1944 to 31 October 2015

Helen Ester led by example, her belief in social justice and equal rights for all people never wavering while she kept kicking against the pricks to the very end. Her affiliations were with those consigned to the margins: working-class men and women, immigrants and refugees, and especially Indigenous peoples, who she considered her greatest educators and mentors. We champion you now, Vale Helen.

Lives of the Artist: Patrick Tjungurrayi by John Carty

Lives of the Artist: Patrick Tjungurrayi by John Carty

Patrick Tjungurrayi: Beyond Borders is a worthy addition to the library of anyone interested in Indigenous art, the history of Western Australia, medical and social issues affecting Indigenous people, and the anthropology of the Western Desert. That’s a lot to claim for a mere 125 pages, but thanks to John Carty’s insight and skill, it’s a claim well justified. It’s a consistently surprising and informative read, and a sheer visual delight, both as documentary and as fine art.

“That old maluka” – Warren Snowdon on the passing of a great man

“That old maluka” – Warren Snowdon on the passing of a great man

I have today received a message from the Gurindji: 'Very sad we lost that old man, but good because now people all over Australia will be reminded of his great legacy and the great thing he did with our leader, Mr Lingiari. That old maluka'—old man—'understood our important role in land rights. We will meet today to plan how we will mourn him.'

Justice in sport

Justice in sport

Do we need more evangelical cheerleading and yelling about "catching the cheats" from politicians and supporters of a confected "war on doping" or some commonsense and critical reflection that makes athletes part of the solution - not all of the the problem?

Bird of the week: When sluts rule…the genetic advantages of promiscuity

Bird of the week: When sluts rule…the genetic advantages of promiscuity

Female Superb Fairy-wrens Malurus cyaneus initiate extragroup fertilizations by forays to the territory of preferred males, just before sunrise, 2–4 days before egg laying. Over a prolonged breeding season, males advertise their availability to foraying females by singing during the dawn chorus.

Penny Olsen & François le Vaillant’s Histoire Naturelle des Perroquets

Penny Olsen & François le Vaillant’s Histoire Naturelle des Perroquets

The latest edition of the National Library Magazine, from the Australian National Library in Canberra has a fascinating article by Penny on the life and works of the French naturalist and ornithologist François le Vaillant.