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Friday essay: dreaming of a ‘white Christmas’ on the Aboriginal missions

Laura Rademaker, Australian Catholic University This story contains images of people who are deceased. Aboriginal missions, which existed across Australia until the 1970s, are notorious for their austerity. Aboriginal people lived on meagre rations – flour, sugar, tea and tobacco – and later, token wages. At some missions, schoolgirls wore hessian sacks as clothes or […]

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Local News

Pilot shortage blamed as Airnorth cans NT flights

GOVE residents have been left stranded after Airnorth cancelled flights to the region but the airline will not commit to fixing the problem. Blaming a national pilot shortage, an Airnorth spokeswoman said customers could expect more delays and cancellations over the coming months. Despite the shortage of pilots, Airnorth has continued to expand its destinations, […]

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Arnhem Land

Has badly needed cash for the Territory bush been hijacked?

Chief executive Denise Bowden’s nine-page report is filled with inconvenient accusations and has had everyone from northern politicians to east-coast PC activists running for cover ever since….. …..Even worse, consider the decision to build a new hospital at Palmerston, just a 20-minute drive from Royal Darwin Hospital. Both sides of politics at a Territory and […]

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Sport

Rika reaps rewards from MyGolf

A 15-year-old girl who was Australia’s MyGolfer of the month back in September 2013 when she was just 11 is now helping to nurture the next generation of female golfers in a remote community. Her name is Katelyn Rika, and she lives in Gove in the Northern Territory. Since the age of eight, she has […]

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Not the News

Somewhere…just north of a song

Set amidst the rugged splendor of the Australian Outback, two fun-loving drifters, Singing raconteur Phil O'Brien and ex Jailbird Al Zimdahl come across a French beauty 'Elisa', alone in the middle of nowhere, and on a mission to find what she really wants out of life. A gifted Singer and musician, the bright lights of Paris and her Fathers business caused her disillusion, and she'd thrown herself into the empty vastness of the Northern Territory hoping to find answers.

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World News

Schnapps, whipping and sacks: how Christmas traditions evolved around the world

Carole Cusack, University of Sydney Christmas has become a cultural event, associated with the giving of gifts and lavish meals with friends and family. But the traditional understanding of Christmas is that it’s a Christian celebration of the birth of Jesus. The idea of giving gifts may be traced to the Bible, in which the […]

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Entertainment

‘Didgeridoo is his voice’: how Djalu Gurruwiwi embodies the sound of a continent

The Indigenous elder revered by some as ‘Australia’s Dalai Lama’ is the spiritual keeper of the didgeridoo. A new exhibition honours his legacy and the immense significance of the Yolngu instrument that is helping to heal a divided country. He is Djalu Gurruwiwi: a Yolngu elder and lawman from north-east Arnhem Land, a songster, healer, […]

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Food & Drink

Georgias Addictive Cousin to Pizza

Khachapuri, a gooey, addictive, cheese-stuffed flatbread, is ubiquitous in Georgia, the Caucasian country that shares borders with Armenia, Azerbaijan, Russia and Turkey. Except for when there’s a funeral. In Georgia, one is never further than a ball-of-dough’s throw from khachapuri. Everything from corner bakeries to upscale restaurants serve the snack. And while certain versions of […]

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Letters to the Editor

Affordable housing key to post-curtailment Nhulunbuy

The availability of affordable housing is absolutely critical to Gove’s successful transition from a cashed-up mining town to a tourism-based region populated by more realistically salaried families.

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Culture

Founder of Yothu Yindi says African gangs “an insult to First Australians”

ONE of Australia’s most senior Aboriginal tribal leaders has delivered a sharp message to African gangs causing fear across Melbourne, telling them that their poor behaviour is an insult to the First Australians. Witiyana Marika, 56, from Yirrkala community in northeast Arnhem Land, said images of young men brawling, smashing shops and frightening people were […]

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Opinion

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Articles

Why does the UK have so many accents?

Natalie Braber, Nottingham Trent University Where we come from matters. Our origins form an important part of a distinctive personality, which can become a group identity when we share these origins. More often than not, our use of language, especially our dialect, is an expression of that distinctiveness. In addition to distinctive words and grammatical […]

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