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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 […]

Quintis, the NT government and picking major project losers

Quintis, the NT government and picking major project losers

Similarly curious is the fact that the Gunner government has seen fit to continue Quintis' major project status. As will become clear, if there were grounds for concern about the company's activities in the NT eighteen months ago, recent events warrant even closer attention.

Les MacFarlane C.M.G. of Moroak: Cattleman, politician and racist?

Les MacFarlane C.M.G. of Moroak: Cattleman, politician and racist?

Mr MacFarlane has now confirmed this belief ... Mr MacFarlane's response which is intimidatory, arrogant, overbearing and in no way becoming a Member of Parliament. We do not believe that such a man should hold the office of Speaker of Parliament, an office to which the qualities of an unbiased and fairminded character are normally attributed.

“From time immemorial.” The Mangarrayi law for water and their struggle for land.

“From time immemorial.” The Mangarrayi law for water and their struggle for land.

"Territory Parliament was in an uproar. The government said the new owners would ruin Elsey as a cattle station and cause untold damage to the Territory economy. Aborigines were taking over the land at a terrifying rate, a sure sign of the imminent death of the cattle industry." Background Briefing, 1999.

Water rights in never-never land: Tina Macfarlane denies report Stylo Station sold for $4m

Water rights in never-never land: Tina Macfarlane denies report Stylo Station sold for $4m

A report of the sale of a large freehold cattle station in the NT to the country's largest grower of sandalwood is denied by the station owners but questions remain over the future of the station's controversial water allocation.

They call me Jimmy Wavehill – that “famous man” reflects on a life in the saddle

They call me Jimmy Wavehill – that “famous man” reflects on a life in the saddle

That head stockman and my father had a good go in the yard. He wanted to beat my father but my father been too good for him. After my father knocked that bloke out he got a rope and jammed that bloke in the bronco panel – made that head stockman squeal. (laughs) My father and I pulled out from there. Got his swag, put me in the saddle-bags and we went walking towards Larrimah way.

A Perigee Moon over Warlock Ponds, NT – great light on a great night

A Perigee Moon over Warlock Ponds, NT – great light on a great night

Warlock Ponds is just a few kilometres south of Mataranka and locals will tell you that on certain nights a ghost rider on a horse can be seen on the old bridge. If ever there was a night for the ghost rider it was last night that saw a blood-orange perigee moon rising over the […]

Four wakes and a funeral for Andrew McMillan

Four wakes and a funeral for Andrew McMillan

Andrew may be gone but won't be forgotten - there are plans for an annual writers' retreat in the town and those of us lucky enough to pass through Larrimah from time to time will be be stopping in to share a drink or ten with Andrew - again. And the NT Writers' Centre is accepting donations for the Writers' Retreat ...

Shitbox Rally = Clowns, Bulldust and Dickheads on the NT’s Stuart Highway

Shitbox Rally = Clowns, Bulldust and Dickheads on the NT’s Stuart Highway

According to the Shitbox Rally organisers "it isn't a race". But from what I saw over these two days last week some of the contestants thought that the Stuart Highway was their own personal dragstrip. Throw in - as on this past Thursday - a setting sun drilling straight through your bug-encrusted windscreen, more than a few triple-trailer road-trains and the plague-locust army of caravans - travelling at 80 km/h - that infests the Stuart Highway at this time of year and it can be a positively dangerous stretch. Particularly for those - such as most of the Shitboxers - that have never driven the road before.