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is a transcript of The World Today broadcast, on 17 Feb 2003
This is a transcript of PM broadcast
MARK COLVIN: Albert Namatjira's reputation's being rediscovered by a
It raises questions about western versus traditional law.
They've emerged as part of a campaign to restore the copyright for
The Democrats Senator Aden Ridgeway is leading a campaign to have the
Anne Barker reports.
ANNE BARKER: In life, Albert Namatjira placed a new trail for indigenous
Now, even in death, Namatjira is again breaking new ground.
More than four decades after he died, he's the first Aboriginal artist
ADEN RIDGEWAY: His family have never had any legal say in how his images
ANNE BARKER: Democrats Senator Aden Ridgeway is leading a campaign to
ADEN RIDGEWAY: The Northern Territory Public Trustee Office, in 1983,
ANNE BARKER: When Namatjira died n 1959, Legend Press owned the rights
But when that agreement expired in 1983, the public trustee, as executor
Aden Ridgeway says not only was that sum a pittance, but the family
ADEN RIDGEWAY: It's not a suggestion that the copyright laws, as they
They're owned by many people in the community, many artists usually
ANNE BARKER: Legend Press has refused to speak to the ABC about how
The Public Trustee wasn't employed in the job at the time.
But one man who has a strong interest in Namatjira is Johna Jones, the
JOHNA JONES: Well I think today the figure sort of looks ludicrous,
I think anybody, any reasonable person would have put a figure higher
ANNE BARKER: How unusual is such an agreement, where the artist or
JOHNA JONES: In Australia it's rare. I can't think of another instance
ANNE BARKER: So far, neither the Federal nor Territory governments has
But Jonah Jones believes, because of the principles at stake, there
JONAH JONES: UNESCO has a role in protecting indigenous culture, and
MARK COLVIN: Jonah Jones, the founding director of the Araluen Art Gallery
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