Mills and the CLP got smart – and got some smart advice and advisors – and realised that government in the NT was theirs for the taking – not by the usual head-butting over seats in the northern suburbs of Darwin but by concentrating on what had long been accepted as Labor’s heartland, the bush seats. And they didn’t forget that they only needed one seat to get them over the line. By close of the count Saturday night the CLP had taken government.READ MORE
Bilingual education can take different forms, but the underlying principle is the development and ongoing maintenance of knowledge and capacity in both languages. I have always supported and fought for that principle in the context of those Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory where there is a dominant regional language which has community endorsement as the language to be taught in school in addition to English.READ MORE
I am honoured to have been given this 2010 NAIDOC award. I remember like it was yesterday being in the audience at this event in 2007 when my former colleague Jack Ah Kit spoke after receiving the same award. It was only weeks after John Howard and Mal Brough had made their shock-and-awe Intervention announcement in 2007.READ MORE
Most of the people working for the intervention are Kardia (non-Aboriginal) – there is not much work for Yapa from the Intervention – most of those jobs go to Kardia people. When they come in with all their flash new cars, flash Toyotas, that makes us feel down. What the Yapa are thinking is that all the Kardia are “moneyfaces” (that they only care about money). And some people think like it was a hundred years ago and is still happening now.READ MORE
Last Friday Helen and Mark Hughes put their names to an opinion piece in The Australian entitled Authorities must not wag school. In short the arguments that the Hughes’ make are that Federal, State and Territory governments abandon their responsibilities to students – particularly remote Aboriginal students – by the stealthy foreshortening of school terms [...]READ MORE
The Australian maintains it’s bizarre position that Alison Anderson was a visionary that could do no wrong and was now a victim of a dastardly conspiracy by a manipulative Gerry Wood and the forces of absolute evil behind NT Chief Minister Paul Henderson.READ MORE
There is the very real possibility that Alison Anderson could follow Scrymgour’s lead and walk – not to the cross-benches – but across the Assembly floor to the CLP – gifting government to the CLP’s Terry Mills.READ MORE
Country Liberal Party stalwarts Dave Tollner, John Elferink, Peter Murphy were in attendance, as was of course Terry “the man who may soon be King” Mills, who waxed lyrical about Nicolas’s observations of country and his ear for recording conversations.READ MORE
Henderson’s failures are all his own doing, led by a poor set of polices that attack his electoral heartland and a supine surrender to the Federal government’s directions — but he hasn’t been helped by the loose cannons rolling around the deck of what passes for the sinking ship of state in the NT.READ MORE
Mel James (ABC Stateline): Alison Anderson, this sounds very much like the policy that Mal Brough was proposing. It’s exactly the same isn’t it?
Alison Anderson, Indigenous Affairs Minister NT Government: Oh look, this has been a policy that’s been delivered and, um, developed by the Henderson Labor government. It’s got nothing to do with Mal Brough whatsoever.