THE Herald-Sun has been ordered to make amends in print for having dared to publish a pair of Andrew Bolt columns. Would the following fit the bill, do you reckon?
We acknowledge the people of the Litijus-Mordy Nation on whose turf we may not know we are standing until the writs arrive. They are the court-appointed custodians of this page, so we pay homage to Elders past and present, including those holding Harvard degrees, Australia Council grants and the ledgers of an Indigenous co-operative whose finances cannot be made to balance.
Of course, if that does not do the trick, the Herald-Sun could borrow inspiration from the CSIRO, formerly a scientific organisation. These days it is keen not offend spirits, perhaps fearing they might also sue:
3.3. Smoking CeremonyThe ceremony aims to cleanse the space (of evil spirits) in which the ceremony takes place and to cleanse the participants, who are asked to take in the smoke that comes from the earth to protect them on that Country v. . . People are encouraged to walk through the smoke to cleanse their spirits. Given the significant nature of the ceremony, smoking ceremonies are usually performed at major events.
Aboriginal people may request a smoking ceremony to cleanse a new work place that is opened, where culturally significant items are repatriated to Country, or where it is believed bad spirits exist.
And if things still aren’t quite harmonious enough, well the Herald-Sun could adopt another aspect of the CSIRO’s approach and dole out some cash. It will just need to make sure it gets an ABN number first.
...some organisations such as the NSW Local Aboriginal Land Councils have a set price for ceremonies and a database of Elders who can undertake them. It is advised staff contact them prior to negotiating a price . . .Professional performers are to be asked to provide a tax invoice quoting an ABN number before payment can be made. Where an ABN cannot be provided, the service providers are to complete a statement by a Supplier form. This will ensure the earnings are not taxed at the highest margin of 48%. The Statement by a Supplier Form can be obtained by accessing the Australian Taxation Office website . . .When making a booking ensure that a tax invoice is provided to CSIRO as soon as possible so that payment for the performance can be made without delay.
Good work if you can get it. Free speech, though, that is quite a bit messier.