Arnhem Land beaches reaching crisis point as Indonesian waste floats ashore

It was a video seen by millions of people worldwide: a diver swimming through Indonesian waters thick with plastic pollution on a scale he said he’d never seen before.

But one of the frontlines of this global problem is much further out of the spotlight, on remote Australian beaches so pristine and well protected that some require a permit before you can set foot on them.

“That is the vision you’d imagine when you go to these beaches — they’re so remote and totally untouched,” said Luke Playford, sea country facilitator with the Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation.

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Culture being used as ‘political football’ when it comes to protecting neglected children

“This is something that’s emotional for many Territorians and I don’t like that argument about culture in some respects because we do want strong culture but I think it gets used as part of a blame game or a political football.”

During a visit to Katherine earlier this month Mr Shorten said too many Aboriginal children were being removed from their families and stressed the need for them to remain connected to culture.

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Ripple Effect is the all-female Arnhem Land rock band making waves for women in music

Ripple Effect is a group of seven Maningrida women led by manager Jodie Kell, who is based in Sydney but has lived in the West Arnhem community.

Its songs switch between a handful of Indigenous languages and members swap instruments between songs.

And while an eight-person Indigenous girl group is something of a rarity, the formula seems to be working; it’s grabbing the attention of tastemakers, getting some airtime on triple j, and will release an EP in coming months.

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Curses, black magic and witchdoctors: Ancient beliefs at large in remote NT communities

Halfway through a shift and Kara Burgoyne would turn and leave, as if it were a fire drill.

The entire building would empty out, deserting any confused newcomer who happened to be shopping in the Angurugu community store.

On Groote Eylandt, in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Indigenous residents widely believe in curses, which can be placed on any person, place or object.

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Top End community reels after petrol sniffing death of 12-year-old-boy

A TIGHT-KNIT Top End community has been left reeling after the petrol sniffing death of a 12-year-old-boy.

The young boy was reportedly found by family members unresponsive in the back of a car in the East Arnhem Land community of Gapuwiyak earlier this week.

Senior Sergeant Dan Whitfield-Jones told Gove FM on Thursday that after discovering the boy, his family took him inside and started CPR, called the clinic and police.

Tom E. Lewis, a man of many parts and arts, dies at 59

Leading literary, acting and music figures have lauded indigenous actor Tom E. Lewis — the star of Australian movies such as The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith and A Town Like Alice — who died at the age of 59 at his home in Katherine.

Lewis, who reportedly suffered a fatal heart attack, was praised as a “hugely generous’’, “warm and vivacious’’ man after a career that spanned movie acting, the theatre and music.

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Australia finally forms its own space agency

The Australian federal government has announced an investment of $50 million to help seed the formation of a national space agency. The move, expected to generate thousands of jobs, is as much a strategic one as it is fiscal.

“We are dependent on other countries who can choose their own national interest over and above ours,” Kim Carr, who serves as the Labor Party’s science and research spokesperson, told Australia’s ABC News. “We certainly need to be able to protect our domestic interests, we need to build our industry capability and we need to secure the jobs of the future for Australia.”

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