Tag Archives: Intervention

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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Season of the Witch

“When I look over my shoulder, what do you think I see?” asked Donovan.  “Some other cat looking over his shoulder at me.”  If not the season of the witch, it is the season of the Intervention, as last week’s … Continue reading

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The Voice of the Homelands

During the latter half of 2007, listening to the debates about the Intervention, I often wondered (sometimes aloud) where the voice of the Aboriginal people was. Plenty of people spoke on behalf of Aboriginal communities, and on both sides of … Continue reading

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Notes and Blogs

No essay this week, I confess, as I’ve happily spent the last seven days entertaining my friend Walter, down from Boston for a springtime visit, our first since we saw each other at the opening of Dreaming Their Way in Dartmouth two and … Continue reading

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Rethinking the Intervention

Inside Story: current affairs and culture has just posted a new article by anthropologist Francesca Merlan of the Australian National University, author of Caging the Rainbow: places, politics and Aborigines in a North Australian town (University of Hawai’i Press, 1998). Merlan’s article, “More … Continue reading

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Engagement Not Intervention

An old Aboriginal once described Europeans to me in eight words: ‘Very clever people; very hard people; plenty humbug.’ –W. E. H. Stanner, 1964 It now seems evident, indeed inarguable, that the Rudd Government is committed to continuing in the … Continue reading

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Last Drinks

I’ve been waiting for Paul Toohey’s Last Drinks: the impact of the Northern Territory Intervention (Quarterly Essay no 30) to arrive on these shores since The Australianpublished a brief excerpt from it (“Life and Death of a Crisis“) on June 7. I’m still … Continue reading

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