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East Timor’s media law unconstitutional – Court of Appeal

Jose Belo: “The Courts today have upheld our constitution, which we fought so hard for. This is a victory for the East Timorese people. The government is trying to stop freedom of the media and freedom of expression … It would now seem our politicians need help from the lawmakers to understand what the constitution means.”

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Good money after bad. The NT Government and the Ord River Irrigation Scheme

How viable will the proposed expansion of the massive Ord River Irrigation scheme be? Government’s are bullish but science, the environment, economics and history tell a very different story.

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Did the Prime Minister turn a profit from Pollie Pedal?

Julie Owens MP: “I don’t believe that you can call it charity work if the taxpayer is paying your salary to do it – let alone if you make a profit out of it on the back of $350 in travelling allowance a day.”

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Birds, Fire and Culture – a new research project

There is a growing body of evidence to suggest that some species are active promoters of fire in the northern Australian savannah landscapes, using small fire-sticks and embers to spread fire throughout the open grass and woodlands of the semi-tropical north.

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Bad Law of the Week: S. 33AA Liquor Act (NT) – moral panic posing as law

Moral panic or good law and policy? S. 33AA of the NT Liquor Act as a blunt instrument of social control.

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Ten (Australian) questions for Cancer Jesus

If Cancer Jesus ever returns to Adelaide he can expect to be dragged from his private jet at the airport, hitched to the back of a truck with a rope, hauled into the city down Anzac Parade and his lifeless body hung for display from a light standard in Victoria Square while the crowds that once sang his praises to the sky bay for his blood. He doesn’t deserve any better.

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The Northern Myth’s “Leak of the Week” competition

Darwin is very much a public service town and the sense of dread of the arrival of the long white envelope is palpable – particularly among those who (a) may have had the temerity to vote for that other mob at some time, or (b) may be married to; was married to; is thinking about getting married to … you get the drift … someone who has voted for that other mob at some time.

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Dump(s) of the week: Borroloola. Gulf country, Northern Territory

AMSANT noted in its submission that it: “…note[d] that the many threats to environmental and public health that have been largely eliminated in the rest of the nation over the past century still blight many of our communities: urban, regional and remote. To this extent, the capacity of comprehensive primary health care to meet the needs of Aboriginal Territorians—to Close the Gap—will continue to be frustrated in environments in which fundamental public health protections are not available or unmet.” AMSANT was concerned at the parlous state of environmental health of many of the communities that its members serve, where: “Poor environmental health conditions in remote communities and town camps include inadequate sanitation, water supply, rubbish disposal and grossly overcrowded housing. Basic infrastructure in many remote communities is either absent, inadequate and/or poorly maintained.”

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“I will have the Police shoot your Dog” – animal management in the NT

This brings us back to the Notice at the Nyirripi Store and begs the following question.
Has anyone bothered to ask the locals if they want the Police to shoot their dogs?
No? I thought not.

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Australia’s shame Part 2: Tiwi Forestry – 30,000 hectares of “bankrupt monoculture”

Senator IAN MACDONALD—What is your concern about the Tiwi Islands, from the Tiwi Islanders’ point of view? Dr Ajani—I think they have a product which is not well placed in the play that is going to unfold over the next few years as our hardwood plantation resource comes onto the market.

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