You and the tree in your backyard share a common ancestor.
A billion and a half years ago, the two of you parted ways
But even now, after an immense journey in separate directions, the trees and you still share a quarter of your genes.

Richard Powers, The Overstory, Vintage, 2018, p. 336

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.

In Every Fibre, Stitch and Thread... The Magic Weaving of Batumbil Burarrwanga (released 21 December 2015)
A photographic essay on the renowned master weaver of North East Arnhem Land, Batumbil Burarrwanga.
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The Spirit of Belonging - Darren Mc Leod (released 17 October 2015)
Darren Mc Leod's Spirit of Belonging Flag raises the debate about an Australian republic to a new level
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WWOOF! (released 26 September 2015)
Reversing the Abbott Government’s 2015 Decision to Deny Second Year Visas to Volunteer International Organic Farm Workers!
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Tjungukutu (Coming Together): An Interview with Neil Murray (released 23 August 2015)
Neil Murray gives us an insight into his new project with Sammy Butcher Tjapanangka
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Cultural Tourism Masterplan: An Interview with John Morse AM (released 23 August 2015)
North East Arnhem land cultural tourism business grows from strength to strength. John Morse talks about the progress and the challenges ahead.
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Oil and Gas in the Northern Territory: An Interview with Dr. Howard Smith (released 22 August 2015)
Dr Howard Smith surveys future developments in the oil and gas industry of the Northern Territory.
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Future Proofing: An Interview with NAB's Glen Brennan (released 22 August 2015)
Reflections on ten years of Indigenous participation in the Australian banking and finance industry. Glen Brennan talks about the achievement of increased Indigenous employment in the banking industry and the new frontier of "future proofing" Aboriginal trusts and benefits through empowered and knowledgeable Indigenous representatives, trustees and business owners
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Ceremonial Economy: An Interview with Djambawa Marawili AM (released 13 August 2015)
Aboriginal homelands are the places that Australians need to be supporting now according to Djambawa Marawili. They are the source of health and life for Aboriginal people. The trend is for government to invest in mainstream communities and towns, making it harder and harder on tribal country. Can we find a way to support the core of the culture: ceremonial life on homelands. Djambawa explains that for Yolngu people, ceremony is as important as our mainstream economy. Ceremonial life is an economy in our terms that is worthy of investment that brings tremendous rewards for all concerned.
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Saint Joan of Williamstown (released 3 June 2015)
When I last saw Joan Kirner she asked "What trouble have you been up to?" "Lots as usual". "Good!", she said.
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The Sublime Tragedy of Kava in North East Arnhem Land (released 11 May 2015)
Successive Federal and Northern Territory governments have understandably acted to ban kava, however, in cutting back funding to Aboriginal homelands and communities they have also created an inevitable escalation of an illegal, out of control market that makes Al Capone’s bootleg industry of Chicago in the 1930s look like a tea party.
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