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The Territory’s greatest living artist gets his day in Court

“I’m allowed to be here. I’m a fucking poet. I’m a poet. You cunts, I’m a fucking poet. Police brutality. I’m allowed to be here”: Trevor Jenkins, Darwin Literary Awards, May 2014.

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Les MacFarlane C.M.G. of Moroak: Cattleman, politician and racist?

Mr MacFarlane has now confirmed this belief … Mr MacFarlane’s response which is intimidatory, arrogant, overbearing and in no way becoming a Member of Parliament. We do not believe that such a man should hold the office of Speaker of Parliament, an office to which the qualities of an unbiased and fairminded character are normally attributed.

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Abortion reform bill must go further to improve access for Territory women 

Since it was approved in 2006, RU486 has been safely prescribed by general practitioners in all jurisdictions in Australia except the NT. In 2013, it was added to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme without fuss or fanfare. For pregnancies under 7 weeks, the drug is 96% effective and serious side effects occur in less than 0.5% of cases.Ninety-two percent of Australian women who have taken RU486 say they would recommend the method to a friend.

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“From time immemorial.” The Mangarrayi law for water and their struggle for land.

“Territory Parliament was in an uproar. The government said the new owners would ruin Elsey as a cattle station and cause untold damage to the Territory economy. Aborigines were taking over the land at a terrifying rate, a sure sign of the imminent death of the cattle industry.” Background Briefing, 1999.

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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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NT juvenile justice: “a blight on the entire Australian legal system”

The debacle that has been exposed in the past two years within the NT juvenile justice system shows quite clearly that by deliberate design and policy Aboriginal children in are treated in a barbarous, inhumane and illegal way. Multiple incidents within the juvenile detention facilities have revealed that the NT Government prosecutes policies against Aboriginal children which include spit-hooding, gassing, hand cuffing, shackling and extensive periods of unlawful solitary confinement.

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Why Malheur NWR matters and “armed, out of state militia groups” don’t

The occupation of Malheur by armed, out of state militia groups puts one of America’s most important wildlife refuges at risk. It violates the most basic principles of the Public Trust Doctrine and holds hostage public lands and public resources to serve the very narrow political agenda of the occupiers. The occupiers have used the flimsiest of pretexts to justify their actions.

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What price for water? Stylo Station sold for $5.5 million.

Stylo Station is a modest cattle property near Mataranka in the NT’s so-called “never-never” country. Why it is of such interest and controversy is all part of an unfolding tale, with many parts yet to come. Here is the latest …

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Will the proposed s116A prohibit or entrench racial discrimination in the Constitution?

Darwin lawyer Matt Punch takes a close look at the proposed new section 116A of the Australian Constitution and reckons both the progressives and conservatives have got it wrong.

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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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