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Did Australia fail Dr Yunupingu?

by Tony Barrass in OPINION

By Tess Lawrence* Dr Yunupingu was born blind and yet he could see through time and space and play pool with the planets. His odyssean songlines ached with beauty and haunting lamentations. They caressed the universe, summoning the metaphysical, stirring the senses, awakening the imagination of the listener. In mystical alchemy, there was fusion between the ancient and the present; [...]

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