2 Pub. Space: J. L. & Soc. Just. 1 (2008)

handle is hein.journals/pubspac2 and id is 1 raw text is: OF PUBLIC SPACE: MY ISLAND HOME
Penny Crofts1
Welcome to the second volume of the refereed journal, Public Space. the Journal of Law
and Social Justice.
The second volume of Public Space offers a meditation on the theme My Island Home.
The theme was inspired, in part, by Neil Murray's song My Island Home. Murray said
that he had been living in the deserts of Central Australia for some time, estranged from
the fresh water country of his youth. He wrote the song after spending a week camping at
Galiwinku in Arnhem Land, living like a king on bush tucker, and then leaving to travel
to Sydney during the winter. The song expressed his intense longing to be in a boat on a
tropical sea.
My Island Home also expresses a sense of belonging. It conjures an experience of
Indigenous living and ardour for the land. The song is framed widely enough that
although the person and the place may change, it still evokes home. Thus the song has
since been recorded by other artists, like Christine Anu and George Rrurrambu, who have
changed or translated the lyrics to refer to their own island homes. This idea of belonging
has brought with it questions of ownership and control. My Island Home has been used to
I Acting Chair of the Editorial Board of Public Space: The Journal of Law and Social Justice and Senior
Lecturer in the Faculty of Law of the University of Technology, Sydney.

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