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‘Nigger Hunts’ in the never never. The battles for land and water on the Roper River, 1870-1945.

“Until the long arm of the law interfered, white men killed the black fellow because they were hungry with a hunger that must be fed with gold, having been trained in a school that for generations has acknowledged ‘Thou shalt not kill’ among its commandments.” Jeannie Gunn, We of the Never Never, 1908.

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Strider: How the environment centres came to be

In the Northern Territory in 1973 there was an organisation called The Environment Council of the Northern Territory. It was a forum for discussion among organisations with an interest in ecology and nature conservation matters. Member bodies included the Chamber of Commerce and the National Trust as well as the Darwin Conservation Society. Membership was not open to individuals. Secretariat services were provided to the Council by the Keep Australia Beautiful Council, which had a paid Executive Officer and an office in the Town Hall.

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The travel agent, the Minister’s office and an unravelling travel scandal in the NT

Justice Dean Mildren: “Prior to September 2013 you provided no travel services for the Honourable Bess Price. In the period between 12 September 2013 and 21 November 2014 you obtained the opportunity to provide in excess of $325,000 in travel bookings for the Honourable member and her staff. You obtained the opportunity to provide travel bookings for other government departments as a consequence of recommendations by Mossman.”

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NT Chief Minister Adam Giles: On life, burnout and working 20 hours a day, 7 days a week

Whether Giles’ statement that he ‘works seven days a week, 20 hours a day’ is accurate or not, anything close to that figure would be unhealthy in both personal and professional terms and is indicative of a work-life balance well out of whack.

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They never gave up the fight: the battle for land rights at Yarralin, Part 2.

This article first appeared in the July 2015 edition of Land Rights News, published by the Northern Land Council and edited by Murray McLaughlin. WHEN the Federal government makes good on its commitment to hand back land* at Yarralin in the Victoria River District, it will have turned the last page of a long history […]

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Jack Doolan, the VRD walk-off and the battle for land rights at Yarralin, Part 1.

This article first appeared in the July 2015 edition of Land Rights News, published by the Northern Land Council and edited by Murray McLaughlin. JACK DOOLAN (14 June 1927–29 January 1995), a Patrol Officer with the Commonwealth Department of Aboriginal Affairs, was a friend and champion of the Aboriginal workers at Victoria River Downs station who walked off […]

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Michael Gunner – Motion of No Confidence in the NT Government

Labor leader Michael Gunner: “We are currently ruled by an arrogant dictatorship more concerned with self-preservation than the best interests of Territorians. Under the leadership of Adam Giles this CLP has destroyed the trust Territorians have in their Government with broken promises, salacious overseas travel scandals, failed midnight coups, corruption allegations, back-room deals, constant infighting and more.”

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Adam Giles – last man standing on the CLP’s ship of fools?

Whoever wins the next NT election will face daunting political and economic challenges. Arrogance, hubris, venality and rank political stupidity have proven a fatal combination for the CLP, a party that could once claim pride of place in Territory politics. Right now it is little more than a shambling, punchdrunk rabble.

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CLP Preselections for the 2016 NT election.

This is the (slightly) edited text of a media release issued by the NT Country Liberal party announcing the candidates for the 2016 NT general election to be held in August 2016. The big news is that current Treasurer, Member for Fong Lim David Tollner, was unsuccessful in his nomination for the seat of Spillett. As […]

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Dear Madam Speaker, there has been a coup … oh, wait.

The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men gang aft agley. It seems there was a rat–or at least a mouse–in the CLP ranks. They don’t call it the troppo season for nothing. Watch this space.

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