Rosemary Neill today continues her series of stories on Albert Namatjira and the curious case of the artist’s estate. A new documentary film is released this week detailing the watercolourist’s relationship with artist Rex Battarbee and the world-famous art it would produce. As Neill revealed earlier this year, a campaign to regain the copyright to Namatjira’s work — sold for a song to a Sydney family in 1983 by the Northern Territory — has been launched by his family. A very interesting story indeed. On the subject of indigenous art, Darwin correspondent Amos Aikman today has an exclusive feature on a significant collection of Yolngu bark art with a southern American twist. (Spoiler alert: it has nothing to do with the removal of historic statues.) I have never felt concerned for my personal safety as an audience member at a performance, though there was one production at which I felt very, very well protected. At the Sydney opening of Opera Australia’s The Rabbits in January last year, Malcolm Turnbull sat front and centre in the stalls. Behind the Prime Minister, and to my left, sat a handsome, well-dressed gent in his late 20s. It wasn’t until after the performance I noticed the telltale wire bug in his ear. The Prime Minister, naturally, had his security detail in tow. But something about seeing the Australian equivalent of the secret service at the opera was alarming. Anybody who has been to the Sydney Opera House in recent times may have noticed a quite literal changing of the guard there. Concertgoers on their way into performances now routinely have their bags checked by security before entry. Some punters resent the imposition — it causes (very slight) delays and, after all, this is Australia, and that sort of thing doesn’t happen here, right? But, really, a queue is a small price to pay. A sign of the times indeed. We should expect to see more of that around the country. Kate McLennan and Kate McCartney, famous for their ABC iView sensation The Katering Show, are two of the funniest people I’ve ever seen on television. Graeme Blundell, one of the legends of the screen and a man with more than a bit of experience with Australia’s comedy greats, agrees. His review of the pair’s new ABC program is on Page 31. Don’t miss it. Between the two Kates and Growing up Gracefully’s clever Reilly sisters, Hannah and Eliza, Australian TV comedy seems to be in pretty good hands.