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“Better than Roy and HG!!” – Stewie O’Connell calls the footy at the Yuendumu Sports Weekend

“Better than Roy and HG!!” – Stewie O’Connell calls the footy at the Yuendumu Sports Weekend

One fella came up to me at the end of the second day and said the comedy that came out of the commentators trying to keep up with whose who on the field was “better than Roy and HG!!” The starting point in any footy commentary is to get a good team sheet in numerical order. The challenge out bush is that there are often three players wearing the same number, several players with no number and some players with no guernsey at all. That’s when you have to get creative and write the player’s name next to “red boots”; “barefoot”; “topknot”; “big tummy” etc.

Return of the Storm-bird – the Channel-billed Cuckoo comes south for the summer

Return of the Storm-bird – the Channel-billed Cuckoo comes south for the summer

I've been very interested in cuckoos generally—and Channel-billed Cuckoos in particular—for a few years, especially in relation to the knowledge that Aboriginal language groups here in the Northern Territory and beyond have about them. I'd love to hear any information that groups outside of the areas discussed in the post may have—feel free to drop me a line or post a comment.

Ten years on, Muckaty Station is back in the news, and back in court

Ten years on, Muckaty Station is back in the news, and back in court

Last month—three years to the day since Justice North confirmed the settlement of the Muckaty court case between the Northern Land Council, the Commonwealth and the dissident Aboriginal community members—Ngapa clan members have launched legal action against the Northern Land Council. That action, Jason Bill & Ors v Northern Land Council, was filed in the Darwin registry of the Federal Court on 20 June 2017.

My life as a roadie, Part 1: For those gone to the great bump-out in the sky.

My life as a roadie, Part 1: For those gone to the great bump-out in the sky.

The recent call by the Australian Road Crew Association (ARCA)—including this piece on the ABC by Guy Stayner that highlights the appalling suicide rates in the live music industry—gave me pause to reflect on my previous career in music, mainly working as a roadie (doing FoH sound in the main) with rock ‘n roll bands […]

That incessant noise … King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. From Darwin to the Billboard charts

That incessant noise … King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. From Darwin to the Billboard charts

Our son's band, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard--named in a fit of fun when they were all playing in other bands and thought they'd be getting together only once to play a friend's party--are in the middle of their fifth US tour.

Is the wealth of the North a myth?

Is the wealth of the North a myth?

Xavier Herbert on the North: “The blunny place is always either a desert or a lake,” wrote the Australian author in his novel Capricornia. “Rabbits’ve got more sense than them blowbags that write in the Southern papers.”

Australia’s bushfire tradition in art

Australia’s bushfire tradition in art

An astonishing roster of major twentieth-century Australian artists painted fires. Arthur Boyd, Fred Williams, Russell Drysdale, Clifton Pugh, even Sidney Nolan – all created major works, often several, on bushfires and burning-off, managing to convey the traditional sense of the bushfire as both implacably Australian and ineffably alien.

Muckaty: Legality confronts morality

Muckaty: Legality confronts morality

“I’m not sitting here and reflecting on the morality,” said Justice Anthony North of the Federal Court. “If it was so, I would have an easy answer.”

Out from behind the razor wire.

Out from behind the razor wire.

Polly Hemming's contacts "through the wire" with a group of young asylum seekers have enriched her life. Her story is one we can all - hopefully - take heart and our own lessons from.

A tale of two Territory women. Rebecca Healy, Rosalie Kunoth-Monks, the ABC and a defamation action

A tale of two Territory women. Rebecca Healy, Rosalie Kunoth-Monks, the ABC and a defamation action

On the afternoon of the 26th of January 2012 Rebecca Healy and Rosalie Kunoth-Monks were both on the lawns near to the Aboriginal Tent Embassy across from Old Parliament House in Canberra and far from Tennant Creek. What happened next would see them on opposite sides in the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory.