Kieran Finnane

Desert Mob: the enduring phenomenon


 
More than 200 artists are represented in Desert Mob; many more are active when you consider some of the big names missing from the show, obviously in too much demand elsewhere, and the many others whose work was available at the Market Place. Considered in light of the region’s population, it is phenomenal. KIERAN FINNANE reports on some of the highlights. FULL STORY »

Secret art gallery business

 

The Town Council is holding a Special Meeting tonight to consider the location of the national Aboriginal art gallery – the NT Government’s land swap deal. The meeting, behind closed doors, will have full decision-making powers, but again Cr Jacinta Price will be absent, on the third last stop of her interstate speaking tour. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Vincent Lingiari award: the art of truth-telling

 

 

The Vincent Lingiari Art Award, being held this year for only the second time since its inauguration in 2016, is infused with the spirit of the Uluru Statement from the Heart, in particular the truth-telling about Australia’s history that the statement calls for. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Councillors send message to Jacinta Price

 

 

A majority of her colleagues have effectively put Councillor Jacinta Price on notice that they will not continue to unquestioningly accept her absences from council meetings.  KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Art and nature: a happy encounter

 

These are welcome new ‘visitors’ to Watarrka National Park, writes Kieran Finnane. FULL STORY »

Gallery business case: still no answers to the big questions

 

 

The National Aboriginal Art Gallery Strategic Business Case is remarkable for what it does not tell us. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Council: yes to protecting NT drinking water from fracking, no to declaring a climate emergency


 
A push to get the NT Government to declare all Territory public drinking water areas as no go zones for fracking was unanimously supported by the Town Council last night.  Another, to get them and the Australian Government to declare a climate emergency, did not fare so well. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Aboriginal flag to fly year round on Anzac Hill


 
The exception will be Anzac Day, when the New Zealand flag will fly alongside the Australian flag. A report will come to council about the possibility of flying the Torres Strait Islands flag. KIERAN FINNANE reports (updated  from last night’s brief mention). FULL STORY »

Cr Banks misses out on Deputy Mayor, Cr Paterson returned

 

Cr Banks had appealed to her colleagues to share the position around. It offers an opportunity to broaden one’s experience and to strengthen leadership skills, she said, and a vote for her would encourage other women to take up roles in local government. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Authorities underrated risk to Pine Gap, Alice of a nuclear strike

 

In a new book, Project Rainfall,  well known author TOM GILLING  tells the story of Pine Gap from its genesis in the Cold War  to its modern role as a weapon in the American ‘war on terror’. This extract focusses on the early 1980s, when the world was closer to nuclear war than at any time since the end of the Second World War, and on the risk to Australia from the presence of the so-called  ‘joint facilities’. FULL STORY »