Adventurer Francis Birtles in his car with a man identified as Indigenous artist Nayombolmi.
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One was a celebrity adventurer, the other was a skilled Indigenous artist who painted everything in sight. A new look at old photographs confirms their meeting.
Dr Tim Holland (seated right) assisting volunteers in the excavation of the ribs of
Austrosaurus mckillopi in 2015.
The location of a dinosaur find on a remote Queensland sheep station was lost for almost 80 years. But the site was rediscovered, and details are now emerging about the make up of the new dinosaur.
The sun rises above Uluru in outback Australia.
‘Australian values’ have been mangled into meaninglessness by countless politicians. But there is an national character, shaped by the Australian land. New research investigates Outback values.
Dingoes are often promoted as a solution to Australia’s species conservation problems.
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The notion of using dingoes to protect Australia’s wildlife is based on wolves in the US, but research cast doubts on the link.
Australia: there’s a lot of it to look after.
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Australia is wealthy, but its huge size and relatively small rural economy mean we’ll have to dig deep to find the cash needed to safeguard our environment.
Somewhere up there is the road you’re on.
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Aboriginal people have been using the stars to help remember routes between distant locations, and these routes are still alive in our highway networks today.
Go with the flow: scarce water has allowed Outback species to persist for millennia, where otherwise they might have died out.
The Outback covers 70% of Australia, and its water is precious and scarce. Yet there is no joined-up plan to monitor and manage Outback water, despite the wealth of species and communities that depend on it.
We need policies that meaningfully include Aboriginal people in ways forward.
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Recently, Tony Abbott asserted the government couldn’t afford to fund the “lifestyle choices” of remotely-based Aboriginal people. But such communities could be key to meeting the demands of our future.
Indigenous rangers like Yugul Mangi senior women (from left to right) Edna Nelson, Cherry Daniels and Julie Roy, are crucial guardians of the outback environment.
Remote Indigenous communities aren’t just places to live - they are also crucial for supporting ranger programs and other projects that protect the environment in areas that might otherwise go untended.