Kieran Finnane

Ways of being: beyond the beauty of Papunya paintings


Men, whose lives in so many ways were under the thumb of Native Affairs, found the means to assert a profound expression of who they were in their own terms and sent this out into the world, writes KIERAN FINNANE. FULL STORY »

Thinking about Dreaming

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Usage and meaning of the words ‘Dreaming’ and ‘Dreamtime’ have moved a long way from original understandings, reflects DICK KIMBER. FULL STORY »

Home-coming for the foundation works of Western Desert art

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The foundation works of the Western Desert art movement have returned home, perhaps not to West Camp at Papunya where the spark was lit in the song, dance and body painting of prolonged ceremonies starting in the warm months of late 1970, but to Alice Springs where the first paintings on board arrived, beginning their journey to international renown, writes KIERAN FINNANE. FULL STORY »

A necessary remembrance

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The loss of hundreds upon hundreds of trees in Tjoritja National Park (West MacDonnell Ranges) should not go without a significant act of remembering. FULL STORY »

Heat rises on cooling plan

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Mayor Damien Ryan is not happy to have the kibosh put on planting trees on the median strip at the northern end of Bath Street. In fact, to use his own word, he is “infuriated” – to the degree that he walked out of the council meeting last night before a vote on the issue was taken, having earlier launched a sustained verbal attack on a council officer’s report. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Bringing Arrernte language into town signage

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In this International Year of Indigenous Languages, Akeyulerre Inc wants to work with council, first on a specific project achievable within six months, then set a timeline for a process beyond that. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Weapons tell starkly different young men’s stories



An exceptionally diverse exhibition takes weapons – from spears to guns – as a starting point for a mediation on the lives of young men. KIERAN FINNANE reviews. FULL STORY »

Town Council out of step with counterparts on assets register

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In Queensland anyone can consult councillors’ asset registers online; in Victoria anyone can apply to consult them. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Council ‘in the way’ of Alice development: Chief Minister

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He blames the council particularly for the blockage on the proposed national Aboriginal art gallery, to the ire of Councillor Eli Melky. KIERAN FINNANE reports.


UPDATE 2.50pm: Request to Gunner: Name the 29 traditional owners. Were they all from the same family? FULL STORY »

Liberals and Labor: Tweedledum and Tweedledee on Pine Gap

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That hasn’t changed after Defence Minister Christopher Pyne’s Ministerial Statement last Wednesday and Shadow Defence Minister Richard Marles’ ingratiating reply. This includes refusing to answer any questions. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »