Erwin: Wasn’t it Alexander Downer who was negotiating for the …

Comment on TOs seek to block pipeline. Hendo in the gas business. by Craig San Roque.

Erwin: Wasn’t it Alexander Downer who was negotiating for the Federal Government with Timor on setting out the international ocean boundaries so that the oil fields would be available to Australia – not Timor?
Was it not Downer who arranged for the bugging of the Timor negotiations?

Recent Comments by Craig San Roque

Cafés, restaurants: Not letting go
Thank you Alice Springs News for bringing these detailed local stories, telling how it is for Tallulah.


Real young people, not the faceless offender
Thanks Rainer, great account, told so clearly, with cool wit and an accurate reflection of what goes on in the bush with young people when you are, as you say – ‘up close’.


Have a look at what’s being demolished
Can anyone tell us who exactly is responsible for the process and the decision to demolish the Anzac school building?
By “responsible” I really mean, who is accountable for that decision so that an indestructible plaque can be placed saying: “The demolition of this building was decided by the following persons, then in government, and their friends, as follows …”
I remember the attempt to demolish the Old Gaol, the bull dozers were ready and expected in the night. Actions by residents, climbing the wall, prevented it.
Look now how the Women’s Museum is an asset to the town.


The eternal chase: songlines of the Seven Sisters
The Seven Sisters (Pleiades) in old Greek versions of the myth are chased by the handsome hunter, Orion, who falls for Merope, the youngest of the Pleiades. Some say she is granddaughter of Dionysos and Ariadne. Versions change across European tribal countries.
In one version, Merope’s father, Oenopion (the “wine drinker”) agrees that Orion can marry his daughter if he clears the island of wild animals.
This Orion does, but her father goes back on the deal, wanting his daughter for himself. In a drunken rage Orion seizes Merope. Merope’s father blinds Orion while he is asleep in a stupor.
Later Orion joins up with Artemis the huntress, with whom the Pleiades travel. Maybe they have a hunter’s affair, though some say he is still after Merope.
It ends badly for Orion. Artemis’ jealous brother sends a giant scorpion to kill him, or tricks Artemis into shooting him. Artemis, in sorrow, places Orion in the sky as the constellation. He is seen even now being chased by the Scorpion while he follows Merope and the sisters.
Finnane rightly brings out some details of the humour and conflict between men and women in the Songlines tjukurrpa; sexual intrigue, deception, lust for sex and power.
The ungovernable “longfella malpa” is a problem, especially when drunk, yet its not a simple story.
Orion and Merope were a promised marriage. The father’s betrayal set in train tragic events. The myths of our cultures can instruct us all. Some say Merope finally married Sisyphus, the man who pushed a rock up hill.


Flair, imagination, vitality: Watch This Space in 2017
Congratulations WTS and the new life and to Elliat Rich and family.
The perfect Lofty choice.


Be Sociable, Share!

A new way to support our journalism

We do not have a paywall. If you support our independent journalism you can make a financial contribution by clicking the red button below. This will help us cover expenses and sustain the news service we’ve been providing since 1994, in a locally owned and operated medium.

Erwin Chlanda, Editor