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Book-burnings of our times. Clinton Walker’s Deadly Woman Blues gets pulped …

Book-burnings of our times. Clinton Walker’s Deadly Woman Blues gets pulped …

There are no winners in any of this—a group of women are (rightfully it seems) aggrieved by Walker's (admitted) failures in research and diligence, a respected author has suffered a terrible fall from grace and none of us (well, most of us) will get to read what is/was without doubt a valuable contribution to our shared musical history.

Locum nullius: what’s in a name?

Locum nullius: what’s in a name?

This is a guest post by Chips Mackinolty, an artist and journalist based in Palermo and Darwin.  On 9 August 1974, eight years almost to the day after the famous Wave Hill Walk Off, a group of largely Mangarrayi speaking families walked off Elsey Station. Yes, the place of the colonialist pastoral fantasy of We […]

Persons of Interest: ASIO, the NT Special Branch, blackfellas and Yippies – the struggle for Land Rights in Darwin

Persons of Interest: ASIO, the NT Special Branch, blackfellas and Yippies – the struggle for Land Rights in Darwin

I know that the Special Branch of the NT Police was following us around. The Police gave a lot of Aboriginal people the impression that – and this is a story I heard so often – “You are causing trouble. You are troublemakers. You are getting us all into trouble.”