You think I'm over the hill, You think I'm past my prime. Let me see what you got. We can have a whoppin' good time.

Bob Dylan

Latest Papers

The working papers collection comprises historical papers as well as current ideas and works in progress on some of the major issues and topics of our times.

Reading Samson and Delilah - Letter from Australia (released 9 October 2009)
Many critics are acknowledging Warwick Thornton's Samson and Delilah as Australia’s cinematic masterpiece of all time. The film is so rich that volumes can be written about it. In this Letter from Australia we see the film as emerging from a flukey creative space that has emerged around grass roots community media organisations like CAAMA in Alice Springs and Goolarri in Broome. It is time to get serious about funding and investing in these creative anchor points for an Aboriginal film and media renaissance.
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Aboriginal Justice is Up to All of Us (released 8 October 2009)
7 October "Heckler" column for the Sydney Morning Herald with the usual first class illustration from the great Kerrie Leishman. The link below takes you to a lively discussion on the SMH site. Please take part.
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The Great Indigenous Website Rip-off and other stories (released 21 September 2009)
Building value-adding information services for Indigenous organisations and people is about more than just taking a grant from government and putting up a "dead website". Should there be a code of practice for Indigenous website development? How can the very best and latest information thinking link up with Indigenous community leaders and leading Indigenous commercial and social businesses?
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Deep and Wide (released 6 September 2009)
New songs from the studio of life. If you listen you will hear dogs barking, children playing, the answer and call of the Yolngu language. No sterile recording studio here. People come and go from their temporary accomodation close to the Gove Aluminium refinery. Midst the chaos and uncertainty, the beautiful purity of the Galpu women striving for a better life for their children and their families rings out. All proceeds from the sales of these songs go back to the Galpu community.
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Garray Dangu Nngya Nhunul Nrranan (released 5 September 2009)
New songs from the studio of life. If you listen you will hear dogs barking, children playing, the answer and call of the Yolngu language. No sterile recording studio here. People come and go from their temporary accomodation close to the Gove Aluminium refinery. Midst the chaos and uncertainty, the beautiful purity of the Galpu women striving for a better life for their children and their families rings out. All proceeds from the sales of these songs go back to the Galpu community.
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Garray Jesu (released 5 September 2009)
New songs from the studio of life. If you listen you will hear dogs barking, children playing, the answer and call of the Yolngu language. No sterile recording studio here. People come and go from their temporary accomodation close to the Gove Aluminium refinery. Midst the chaos and uncertainty, the beautiful purity of the Galpu women striving for a better life for their children and their families rings out. All proceeds from the sales of these songs go back to the Galpu community.
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Nhuhu Mori, He Rose Again, Glory to the Lamb Medley (released 5 September 2009)
New songs from the studio of life. If you listen you will hear dogs barking, children playing, the answer and call of the Yolngu language. No sterile recording studio here. People come and go from their temporary accomodation close to the Gove Aluminium refinery. Midst the chaos and uncertainty, the beautiful purity of the Galpu women striving for a better life for their children and their families rings out. All proceeds from the sales of these songs go back to the Galpu community.
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My Saviour Loves Me Featuring Lena Gurruwiwi (released 4 September 2009)
New songs from the studio of life. If you listen you will hear dogs barking, children playing, the answer and call of the Yolngu language. No sterile recording studio here. People come and go from their temporary accomodation close to the Gove Aluminium refinery. Midst the chaos and uncertainty, the beautiful purity of the Galpu women striving for a better life for their children and their families rings out. All proceeds from the sales of these songs go back to the Galpu community.
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Patrick Dodson - Dialogue and Nation Building in Contemporary Australia (released 22 August 2009)
At the beginning of the month I was camped on the banks of the Mary River in Western Arnhem land along with one hundred other Aboriginal and Islander peoples who had met to discuss issues related to the use and management of the water resources across Northern Australia. The Mary River as it is known to non Indigenous Australians is on the land of the Limilm Ngari people who are living on and sustaining their land and waters in the traditions of the forebears while endeavouring to develop a tourism enterprise that is framed around sharing their country with visitors from Australia and other lands from across the sea. In that country on the edge of Kakadu where the great rivers of the north make their way from the majestic Arnhem land escarpment across vast flood plains and on into the Arafura Sea, Aboriginal people are seeking to play their role in the sustaining of the resources that have been entrusted to them from their fathers and mothers and those before them... The full text of Patrick Dodson's speech to launch the Indigenous Policy Dialogue and Research Unit at the University of NSW.
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A Brilliant Discussion Phillip Adams talks to Milton James (released 13 August 2009)
A link for those who missed this seminal interview with Milton James about the Remote Area Work Scheme for Indigenous young people.
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