from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A hooked wooden stick used by Aboriginal peoples of Australia for hurling a spear or dart.

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  • noun Australia An Australian spearthrower consisting of a stick with a hooked end.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Dharuk wamara.]

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From Dharug.


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  • Australian - a short, wooden instrument used in launching spears; a spear-thrower.

    December 6, 2007

  • Ohh yeaah... I forgot all about this word!

    December 6, 2007

  • Also a town in South Australia. Once used as a testing range for rockets. More recently as a holding centre of 'unauthorised entrants to the Migration Zone'.

    December 6, 2007

  • WTF?! Can you explain that "Migration Zone" thing, please?

    December 6, 2007

  • It's a bit like jurisdiction in Guantanamo Bay. ie. Some bit of legislation says normal laws don't apply because it's not technically in the USA so the military can de facto do what they like. In the same way, Australia defines a Migration Zone. So if you're a sodding refugee on a leaky boat who reaches an extremity like Ashmore Reef or Christmas Island, you may be denied the right to claim asylum on the technicality that your claim was not made within the Migration Zone. ie. you were standing on a bit of ground that Australia says is ours, and thanks for all for the fish/diamonds/phosphate/undersea oil/etc, but is not recognised as Australian territory by the Dept of Immigration. Such people have in recent years been taken to Woomera. Clever lawyers attempt to mount a case regardless, and the asylum-seekers spend up to three years behind barbed wire for no crime other than landing in not-the-right-place. This is precisely the point. Mainland Australia is much harder to reach in leaky boats, meaning asylum seekers either change their minds about coming at all or drown anonymously. Recent government policy has declared this 'effective border security'.

    December 6, 2007

  • I reiterate: WTF?!

    December 6, 2007

  • As the US attorney general says, there is no habeas corpus in the Constitution. Why should Australia be any different?

    December 6, 2007