Category Archives: Politics

I Turn the Podium Over to Paul Keating

It was twenty years ago today….in Redfern Ladies and gentlemen, I am very pleased to be here today at the launch of Australia’s celebration of the 1993 International Year of the World’s Indigenous People. It will be a year of … Continue reading

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Save Art in TAFE

One of the most striking moments in recent Aboriginal art history was the emergence of the Lockhart River Gang in the mid-90s.  Young people, not elders, pioneered a new style of art from remote Queensland that generated excitement and huge … Continue reading

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Cui Bono?

The shadow of war is falling across Northern Australia once again. I think we all knew that Campbell Newman was going to be trouble, in many ways.  The election of the CLP to power in the Territory under the leadership … Continue reading

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Identity, Economy, and Controversy

Last July, in the Dymocks off Alice Springs’ Todd Mall, I was excited to discover a new title by Diane Austin-Broos, A Different Equality: the politics of debate about remote Aboriginal Australia (Allen & Unwin, 2011).  I had greatly enjoyed … Continue reading

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Revisiting Palm Island

It’s sometimes best not to (pre)judge a book by its title. I confess that when I first heard about the publication of Joanne Watson’s Palm Island: through a long lens (Aboriginal Studies Press, 2010), my first reaction was to wonder … Continue reading

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The Dilemmas of Black Politics

It has already been two years since Sarah Maddison published Black Politics: inside the complexity of Aboriginal political culture (Allen & Unwin, 2009), time enough for her to have published a second study (Beyond White Guilt, 2011) that examines the … Continue reading

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Bad Behavior

In the course of my years I have periodically set myself to difficult reading assignments.  At the age of seventeen, I determined to read Ulysses.  Twenty years later, after numerous aborted attempts, I completed all seven volumes of Proust, followed … Continue reading

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