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Graverobbers for God – AIATSIS, the Vatican and anthropologists on the Tiwi islands

Graverobbers for God – AIATSIS, the Vatican and anthropologists on the Tiwi islands

Now after the Catholic church has spent over a century stripping us of everything they could get their thieving hands on including our culture and our children, they have managed to find themselves another role to play. To add insult to injury they now present themselves to the world as the preservers and keepers of Tiwi culture.

He was a tough old bastard that Ronny Ball.

He was a tough old bastard that Ronny Ball.

Vale Ron Ball: He was the Wild Man from Wildboar, a crack shot buffalo hunter and meat producer; defined by his cut off Toyota, dusty old Akubra, trusted 308 rifle and busted arse swag.

Six blokes and an old boat with a nice arse. The ‘Selamat Dua’

Six blokes and an old boat with a nice arse. The ‘Selamat Dua’

The loss of the 'Selamat Dua' is one of the great nautical regrets of my life, because two years later I was living and working in East Timor following the crisis and the 'Selamat Dua' would have been perfect over there - Tony Haritos.

Bird of the Week: the Bush Stone Curlew as a harbinger of death … and more

Bird of the Week: the Bush Stone Curlew as a harbinger of death … and more

Young people, feeling hopeless, began to tell each other to follow their ancestors and kill themselves like Purrukapali. But the real story said something else. The true story was about creation, how our first man died to create the Curlew, from the spirit of our first woman, his wife, and how the moon was created from the spirit of Purrukapali's treacherous brother. This was the real story. How can we sort it out?" he asks. "How can we change the ending of the story?"

Great Southern on the Tiwi Islands – Timber, Fear, Intimidation and a great tax dodge

Great Southern on the Tiwi Islands – Timber, Fear, Intimidation and a great tax dodge

Under the Senate's spotlight are the arrangements between the Tiwi Land Council and Great Southern, the promoter of broad-acre MIS forestry schemes on the islands that have seen vast swathes of virgin tropical savanna transformed into a monocrop of the fast growing Acacia mangium.