Professor Marcia Langton delivered a challenging and rich lecture on Friday night in front of an audience of 200 people at the Government House Ballroom. She argued that our understanding of country, informed by researchers, has been shaped by aesthetic criteria and environmental orthodoxy. Professor Langton cited Geoffrey Bolton’s work as key to her research and brought the past into the present relating historical injustices and ideologies to current ones with respect to the Wild Rivers Act and its suppression of traditional Aboriginal use. Her full speech will be available here, on the SRO website as a PDF, shortly. It will also be broadcast on the ABC’s Big Ideas program. You may also be interested to hear her interview with Andrew O’Connor on 7.30WA. If you attended the lecture, we would be grateful if you took a moment to fill in our survey and told us what you thought.