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Why are the secrets of the Pitjantjara people for sale in Adelaide?

Why are the secrets of the Pitjantjara people for sale in Adelaide?

Foster and Others v Mountford and Rigby Ltd 14 ALR 71 (1976) was an unusual case in a number of respects. Firstly, the plaintiffs were members of an unincorporated association (the Pitjantjara Council) that represented the Pitjantjara people, who live on large tracts of land that spans the south-western corner of the Northern Territory, the north-west of South Australia and the far central east of Western Australia ...

Fracking in the NT: can cement provide more than a temporary “triumph of expertise over nature”?

Fracking in the NT: can cement provide more than a temporary “triumph of expertise over nature”?

The everyday materiality of cement raises everyday questions: what about the effects of corrosion, seismic activity, moisture, design flaws and age on cement’s presumed durability? Harkness writes that concrete’s “guileful ruse is to offer us a permanent fix, once and for all”. Cement’s claim of permanence is deceptive, particularly when compared with the resource that is to be extracted.

‘Pig Iron’ Bob Menzies. From the other side of the cultural divide

‘Pig Iron’ Bob Menzies. From the other side of the cultural divide

It is interesting that Howard, only the second PM to lose an election along with his seat now clings to Menzies as if to wipe out that historic defeat. Growing up under Menzies was an enervating experience: no wonder so many urban Australians got out, from Patrick White to Richard Neville and beyond: Chips Mackinolty

The Montara oil spill – Australia’s shame finally gets to court

The Montara oil spill – Australia’s shame finally gets to court

Montara has seen thousands of hardworking seaweed farmers rendered into abject poverty without being advised of or understanding the cause. For too long now, the polluter has tried to hide behind the poverty and remoteness of its victims. The people who bore the brunt of Montara's lethal discharge will now, finally, have their voices heard in an Australian court: Darwin lawyer Greg Phelps.

Getting the names right. Adventures with sand goanna nomenclature  in central Australia

Getting the names right. Adventures with sand goanna nomenclature in central Australia

For Kaytetye speakers, the main difference between their ethnospecies is size and frequency: arlewatyerre is smaller and common while aremaye is big and less common - five of the former and one of the latter were obtained on this day.

New Matilda, the public interest and the Senator

New Matilda, the public interest and the Senator

The latest iteration of New Matilda has had a rocky start with Graham as editor. One article has a source facing criminal charges and possible jail time, another has NM facing a complex and expensive civil suit in the Federal Court and now NM is poking it's nose into a Senator's messy child custody and property dispute.

Deeply depressing news from the North – the slow death of bilingualism in remote Northern Territory schools

Deeply depressing news from the North – the slow death of bilingualism in remote Northern Territory schools

Central Australian government schools have lost their last linguist. The funding allocated for the salary for the remainder of the year will go to the Darwin Languages Centre, which deals with non-Indigenous and Indigenous languages, but is mostly about teaching as a second language.1 No funding has been allocated for a Central Australian linguist in 2012. There’s an Indigenous Language and Culture Officer position who supports schools, but again no funding is guaranteed for 2012.

What do you do when you win 15 grand? Give it away of course…

What do you do when you win 15 grand? Give it away of course…

Chips Mackinolty: "Katherine was isolating in those days. Unless you’d stayed in town for at least two wet seasons people would look at you as an outsider. And if you were crazy enough to do a third wet season they sort of thought, 'Well, he might be a lunatic but at least he is our lunatic.' "

Darwin Festival diary – day minus one

Darwin Festival diary – day minus one

In the Territory the stories are all too common...backpackers in vans swerving to avoid a wallaby of a basking lizard or a stubborn eagle feasting on roadkill, losing control in the dirt, over-correcting, rolling over and over 'til they come to permanent rest in the the scrub...