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The Minister, a shady Japanese bar and the $5200 4am hospitality tab

NT Deputy Speaker Matt Conlan: “I can confidently and categorically refute and dismiss these allegations. At no stage in my life have I ever been held in any form of foreign gaol or ever had any encounter with foreign police.”

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NT juvenile detention system – unhealthy, incompetent, punitive and in crisis

The NT’s juvenile detention system is in crisis, its management is incompetent, staff are undertrained, operational practices are haphazard and overly-punitive, and there’s been cover-ups when things go wrong. And the system is doing nothing to rehabilitate the young people whom it locks up.

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NT Labor leader Delia Lawrie quits

It is possible that former NT Labor Opposition leader Delia Lawrie could be charged with making a false statement in a document required to be made under oath contrary to section 118 of the NT Criminal Code, a crime carrying a potential 7 years imprisonment.

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Djambawa Marawili: On Homelands, Art and Caring for Indigenous Knowledge

I urge the government and wider Australia to respect our Indigenous cultural knowledge base as an asset of inestimable value for Australia and the world; for building strong and healthy livelihoods for my peoples; and fostering effective empowered participation in the mainstream.

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The NT Labor Party is revolting …

Lawrie appears determined to hang onto leadership despite the numbers running against her. If the caucus remains split at 5-3 she will need at least 60 per cent of the rank and file to vote her way. If, as is widely expected, she loses even one of those supporters then the odds and the numbers will be firmly stacked against her.

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Dear Delia … “the best thing is for you to resign”

You can stubbornly decide to have a battle and create a month long instability and certainly division in the party – and of course you will be a “sitting duck” as a leader of a caucus that resents you being the leader and will look for the next opportunity to challenge you.

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“Both barrels were empty” – NT Labor’s Darwin Award nomination

Yesterday’s judgment by Justice Stephen Southwood in Lawrie v Lawler has driven the final nail in the coffin of Delia Lawrie’s fraught leadership of NT Labor. The ramifications of Justice Southwood’s judgment will ring long and loud through both political and legal circles in the NT.

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Essendon and Hird – vindicated after 784 days in the AFL’s anti-doping hell

Two and a half years later–after all of the character assassination–the players are now found not to have doped. Somebody in government needs to look at why this has happened and how can we ensure that it doesn’t happen again.

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Broken – the best three-hander you won’t see all year

I left ‘Broken’ thrilled, challenged and horrified all at once. You couldn’t hope for much more on a night out in Darwin–unless you pop down to Mitchell Street’s red-light zone on a Friday-fight-night for a pint, a fuck and a punchup.

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On “lifestyle choices” – an open letter to PM Tony Abbott from footballer Matthew Stokes

Comments like those made recently by our Prime Minister only serve to empower the ugly side of our society. For what it’s worth, I don’t think Mr Abbott was deliberately being racist, but one comment from someone in such a powerful position can cause so much damage.

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