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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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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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Is this the cheapest hotel deal in the country? Elliott Hotel, NT.

A bargain at $45 bucks a night! The rooms at the Elliott Hotel might be a little rustic, but they are the cheapest beds in a town that the Territory, time, Tripadvisor, Trivago and the rest of the country forgot.

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Art, land and people. Will Stubbs on why homelands matter

There is a trajectory in Australian political and intellectual thought that is carrying us towards a true national identity and spirit. It is crucial that Yolŋu thought and philosophy continue to exist strongly for that to occur. We need to celebrate Indigenous wisdom in the hope that some of it can rub off

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Vale Leigh Bruce “Tracker” Tilmouth. A man of word and deed

“Labor likes pet niggers, and I’m counted as a pet nigger. I’m allowed to mow the lawns, but I’m not allowed up on the verandah.” Tracker on his struggles with pre-selection for the Senate in the NT.

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Send in the troops – Arnhem Land has been ‘smashed’

“I’m mystified why the Territory and Federal governments haven’t sent the troops in to help with the utter devastation in Arnhem Land. We have Robertson Barracks in Darwin that is full of troops on standby to do this kind of work. We have people living with no water, no power and in houses that have been smashed by fallen trees and they need help and now.” Alastair King, CEO, Arnhem Land Progress Association

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Leak of the Week: The Country Liberal Party, the Esky of Silence and the Alice Springs Tapes

Got a Leak of the Week? Drop me a line below, send me a DM on Twitter to @bgosford or a message at my Facebook page.

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Everybody go “wwaaahhhh.” Adam Giles on going nuts, cracking the shits and getting hammered

“I enjoyed having a night off and getting hammered … the level of incompetence of these people is just madness. It was absolute madness, mindless stupidity and political immaturity.” Adam Giles reflects on politics, a failed coup and a big night in.

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Gulag Territory – how the NT leads the world in indigenous incarceration

Gulag NT spends more money per capita on Police and Corrections than any other Australian jurisdiction. It costs $100,000 per year to house each adult prisoner, and $200,000 for each juvenile. The present CLP Government has just opened its new Superjail (originally commissioned by the previous Labor Government) at a cost of $1 billion-plus. The Attorney-General has said it will ultimately cost the taxpayer $1.8B and take 30 years to pay off. It is the largest-ever NT Government outlay for a capital works project. Meanwhile, the present Government regularly makes significant cuts to education and health services. The Superjail is built to hold 1100 prisoners and is already close to full, so it won’t be long until another will be required.

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Shamejob – the funding of NT remote Indigenous education is a disgrace

The Northern Territory is the only jurisdiction in Australia that does not have a needs-based school staff-funding model. This is despite the fact that it invested time and resources from 2007, over multiple years, to fund a unit dedicated to revising the staffing formula to include needs based weightings.

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