Scullion tells detractors to “take a chill pill”

Aboriginal leaders say they are more optimistic than ever that Australians will embrace the idea to hold a referendum to establish an Indigenous voice to parliament.

A special Q&A panel at the Garma festival in north-east Arnhem Land addressed issues of constitutional reform, social inequality and language preservation.

Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion said fear of the unknown was driving resistance to the idea, proposed at the Uluru constitutional convention in May.

He urged detractors to “take a chill pill”.

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New Pontoon Open

The Nhulunbuy Regional Sports Fishing Club is pleased to advise that the new pontoon and walkway is now open for use.

We acknowledge the support for the project from the Traditional Owners, Gumatj Corporation, Northern Territory Government, and Sea Swift. The Club would also thank local businesses, Club members and the many volunteers who have contributed to the project and continue to maintain these public facilities.

The pontoon has several unique design and operational functions and commissioning and tests will be carried out over the next few weeks to determine floating angle, height above water and stability. The pontoon is a first we believe as it is designed to be sunk when storm conditions are expected and re-floated once conditions allow.

Those that use this pontoon will notice that there are no bollards or tie points on the pontoon for vessels. The pontoon is a drop off /pick up structure in its present state and vessel owners are advised to use fenders. If future funding is made available, a pile will be driven on the north side of the pontoon to allow additional wave action and vessel weight dispersal. Please do not secure vessels to this structure and do not leave vessels unattended. It has taken 6 years of canvassing funds, planning, engineering and a lot of very hard work to get this pontoon to where it is today.

If you see anyone not respecting this installation please have a word to them, take a photo and report it ASAP.


RIP Dr. G Yunupingu

Award winning Indigenous Australian singer-songwriter has passed away in the Northern Territory, aged 46, after a long illness.

Singer songwriter Dr G Yunupingu has died in Darwin, aged 46.

Dr Yunupingu was a multi-award-winning, internationally recognised artist, who lived in his home community of Galiwin’ku, in remote northeast Arnhem Land.

He was born blind, and grew up a member of the Yolngu Gumatj clan.

In recent years he spent significant amounts of time in Darwin for medical care, including an admission to hospital that highlighted the experience of remote-living Indigenous people in the health system.

Yunupingu died at Royal Darwin Hospital about 5pm on Tuesday. His family are expected to be offered a state funeral.

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New map records massacres of Aboriginal people

After years of painstaking research, an online map marking the massacres of Aboriginal clans across Australia’s colonial frontier has launched.

More than 150 sites have been recorded along the east coast, where violent attacks on Aboriginal people took place for decades after the First Fleet arrived.

Historian and conjoint Professor at the University of Newcastle Lyndall Ryan believes it will be one of the most comprehensive maps of the Frontier Wars ever produced.

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Yolŋu Land Could Launch Satellites

Documents obtained by The Weekend Australian reveal that the Northern Land Council will shortly begin consulting tradi­tional owners and other locals about plans to lease a site in Arnhem Land to Equatorial Launch Australia, a firm that wants to blast off small satellites.

The land on the Gove Peninsula belongs to Galarrwuy Yunu­pingu’s Gumatj clan, and is close to the site known as Gulkula that is used for the Garma Festival.

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Sunday Penalty Rates

Dear Editor

I have to admit that I misjudged the strength of feeling by hospitality and retail sector workers against Sunday penalty rate cuts – right up to the moment I tried to reduce by 25 per cent the amount of housekeeping money I give to my wife.

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Solution to Racial Profiling

Dear Editor

There is a brilliant and simple solution to the controversy over racial profiling at airports. All passengers will be required to step into a booth that scans for explosive devices and automatically detonates any device found. Harmless individuals will be released immediately after being scanned. Muffled explosions, contained within the booth, will be followed by an announcement that a seat has become available for standby passengers.
It’s a win-win for everyone.

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