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Mock outrage mars travel debate

Mock outrage mars travel debate

The controversy over Sussan Ley, Andrew Barr and other politicians taking taxpayer-funded trips underscores why it is so hard to attract high-quality people into politics. A senior manager or chief executive in the private sector has fewer restrictions when it comes to networking or combining business with personal travel. Social media erupts with [...] Read more

Jetstar cancellation policy

Jetstar cancellation policy

I had low expectations when I tried to cancel flights booked with Jetstar from Darwin to Adelaide on January 23. The tickets were for my 13-year-old children, who are now travelling with me on Monday to Canberra. They will fly home from there, not from Darwin. I know that Jetstar is a budget carrier who openly states on their website: "You get [...] Read more

Moving to Canberra

Moving to Canberra

I finished up this week at my temporary job with Territory Generation. In a couple of weeks I'll be starting as Senior Journalist with the Canberra Times. Since I started working in media at the Bairnsdale Advertiser 30 years ago I've always enjoyed writing and reporting. There have been lots of changes. Typewriters made way for computers and [...] Read more

Ti Tree by Sabina Gorey

Ti Tree by Sabina Gorey

This painting by Sabina Gorey is simply titled "Ti Tree". Sabina is an Anmatyerre woman, born 1981. Unfortunately I haven't been able to learn any more about her. The Anmatyerr are an Indigenous language group from roughly 100km north of Alice Springs, around Ti Tree, and just up from Yambah Station, owned by the Gorey family. The language is [...] Read more

Wagait Beach

Wagait Beach

We drove more than 110km today to see a beach that's only about 7km from our Darwin home. Wagait Beach is on the western side of Darwin Harbour on Cox Peninsula. Much of the hinterland in that area forms part of the recent Kenbi land claim settlement. A small township exists with a population of 370 people, who are served by a regular 15-minute [...] Read more

Crash site evokes wartime reflection

Crash site evokes wartime reflection

A drive to Cox Peninsula today, just across the harbour from Darwin but 100km by road, led to the wreckage of a WW2 American bomber. Known as "Milady", the B24J Liberator aircraft crashed on 17 January 1945 when returning from a training exercise, killing all six men aboard. A bumpy track through dense bush takes visitors to where metal parts lay [...] Read more

Rambox message aggregator

Rambox message aggregator

It's not new to wrap a web service such as Gmail in a standalone browser window to create a desktop app. I don't really see the point in this however, because tabbed browsing makes it easy to switch between sites and services, even if more than one browser is required. Rambox takes it to a higher level by specialising in email and messaging sites. [...] Read more

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