In 1788 there were between 300 and 700 Indigenous languages spoken across Australia by millions of people, as shown in anthropologist Norman Tindale’s 1974 map. However in the Australian 2016 Census, only around 160 of these languages were reported as being spoken at home.
It was all smiles as the Prime Minister announced Australia will ease its limitations on kava imports — a drink popular among Pacific Islanders.
Linguistically speaking, Australia is special. With around 250 languages spoken when Australia was first colonised, Australia was one of the most linguistically diverse places in the world. But few people speak our Indigenous languages. As of 2016, only 10% of Australia’s Indigenous population spoke an Indigenous language at home. Most Indigenous languages are now “asleep”, waiting to be woken up by language revivalists.
With very hot temperatures being experienced across the Territory, and particularly in Central Australia, pet owners should be mindful of the risk of heat stroke in dogs.
Northern Australia shipping company Sea Swift is pleased to announce it has completed a $2 million refit of its Territorian vessel to maintain essential freight services and supply to the major coastal and island communities in the Northern Territory.
Should you open or close your house to keep cool in a heatwave? Many people believe it makes sense to throw open doors and windows to the breeze; others try to shut out the heat. Listen to talk radio during a hot spell and you are likely to hear both views.
It is on again Ladies! The NRSFC Airnorth Ladies Fishing Classic for 2019 will held on 16 and 17 March. Get your entry form in early and be part of this fabulous event on NRSFC calendar.
Australia’s celebrated Arnhem Land aerospace project, rather than being dedicatedly civilian as the nation was media-led to believe, will have a US military component. Can the town of Nhulunbuy be permitted to survive? Probably not. Rio Tinto’s bauxite mine will soon close and the only other functions of the town are as a servicing hub for local Aboriginal communities and as a staging post for tourism. Obviously, both roles will end. And the Indigenous population? Without access to Songline sites, morale will collapse, and Arnhem Aboriginal culture will go into terminal decline.