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The Great Disconnect: Sustainable Housing and Energy Efficiency in the Top End

The Great Disconnect: Sustainable Housing and Energy Efficiency in the Top End

The recently-developed Darwin suburb of Muirhead is the model of an obesogenic suburb. It is designed around the car. There is little or no provision of public transport. Streets are meandering and there’s nowhere to go. There are no retail, commercial or social facilities or amenity. There’s no milk bar, there’s not even a pub!

Art in translation: Murray Garde and John Mawurndjul

Art in translation: Murray Garde and John Mawurndjul

One of the most troublesome subjects for interpreters who work with Australian languages is finding acceptable ways to refer to the concept of a sacred site. In Kuninjku, these are known as Djang. In central Australia, the term Tjukurrpa is becoming more well known by non-Indigenous people. These terms involve more than just a location, but also ideas about deep history, the period of creation and the association between specific groups of people and totemic aspects which have their historical focus in these places. The term ‘Dreaming’ is so inadequate and misleading and so many Indigenous people are starting to reject this term, although others continue to use it.

I am, you are, we are Australian?

I am, you are, we are Australian?

Nyinawanga needed a passport. And for this Australian born artist, that was a problem. We got the passport photos done, and filled out and witnessed all the forms, but there being no records of birth was the killer. The guy at Immigration was pretty firm about it. “What about mission records?” he asked. There was no mission, the reply. “What about the stud book?” He isn’t in there, the response, along with “Just look at the photo, he’s obviously Australian!”

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

“Kabindi-kebdjirrkkan kurebeh kondabeh” – understanding Township Leasing in the NT

“Kabindi-kebdjirrkkan kurebeh kondabeh” – understanding Township Leasing in the NT

Any rights they would have previously enjoyed under the Land Rights Act to “free, prior and informed consent” about sub-leases would no longer apply. “Bolkkime ngarri-bekkan manekke kun-wok!”-“That’s the first time we have heard/understood this information.”

Marion Scrymgour on Stronger Futures and Constitutional reform

Marion Scrymgour on Stronger Futures and Constitutional reform

And so to the here and now. In 2014 we again have a coalition government in Canberra. The self-proclaimed ‘Prime Minister for Indigenous Affairs’ has emphasised his commitment to fixing up the constitution so that Indigenous people have a proper place in it, and in the nation. I’m not a constitutional lawyer, and there are aspects of the recent constitutional reform debate which have struck me as somewhat arcane.

Reporting From Arnhemland

Reporting From Arnhemland

Another day in the office for a journalist on the Arnhemland beat. "The corrugated iron is covering a litter of dead puppies ..."

Even the English cricket team could win here. Larrimah Cricket Ground, NT

Even the English cricket team could win here. Larrimah Cricket Ground, NT

I'd love to see the English cricket team playing a game at Larrimah - and perhaps the Barmy Army could adopt the Larrimah Social Cricket Club as an affiliate - at least the Poms might get to win a game ...

Barunga Festival day 1. The Chief Minister is starving and the Roma Bar needs soy milk!

Barunga Festival day 1. The Chief Minister is starving and the Roma Bar needs soy milk!

Great fun, music, sport and culture under northern skies at the Northern Territory's annual Barunga Festival. My report from day one.

“Something to remember me by” – Mark Mordue, the Sunrize Band and the Careless Horserider

“Something to remember me by” – Mark Mordue, the Sunrize Band and the Careless Horserider

I was freelancing for rock'n'roll magazines and having the lazy time of my life. A visit from half a dozen traditional Aboriginal men from Australia's Top End was well into the realms of the unpredictable, but they were rock'n'roll and so was I and that seemed enough to seal the occasion. Nonetheless I began battening down the hatches and warned all my friends that I had some pretty unusual visitors coming to stay. This is how it happened according to my diary at the time.