‘Returning’ – in Arrernte, ‘lyapirtneme’ – something growing back, like new shoots after fire: this was the theme of the NT Writers Festival that took place over the weekend. But how much renewal can there be when the pressures are immense? KIERAN FINNANE found some resilient and optimistic responses.
TGH Strehlow died swimming against the tide when it came to the turbulent issue of recognition of customary law, but the tide has since turned. Senior lawyer RUSSELL GOLDFLAM provides an overview and points to a way forward.
From 33 works on show in the annual Portrait of a Senior Territorian Art Award, only three could be winners. KIERAN FINNANE reports the judges' short-list of six and the many tributes paid to the late artist Iain Campbell (his last self-portrait pictured).
Making witnesses squirm is all in a day's work for barrister RUSSELL GOLDFLAM but appearing before the Royal Commission he found himself on the receiving end. The barrister, who is also a talented musician, is the fourth writer in our Rest & Reflection series.
When a mob beat Kumunjayi Pollard to death, when Ed Hargrave was fatally stabbed, when Kwementyaye Ryder died at the hands of five men, and Liam Jurrah attacked women, two "dark and dangerous fluids" were running through our town: one was blood, the other grog. They also run through Kieran Finnane's book.
The political and legal cyclone which whirled in following the resignation of Northern Territory Police Commissioner John McRoberts on January 15 is still wreaking havoc: The fat lady hasn’t even walked onstage yet, let alone started singing. COMMENT by By RUSSELL GOLDFLAM (pictured), President, Criminal Lawyers Association of the NT.