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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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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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Daniel’s Law – a bad law gone for good

“Mr Deputy Speaker … I seek leave to withdraw Daniel’s Law from the Notice Paper.“ With those few words in the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory on the first day of December 2015, NT Attorney-General John Elferink rang the death knell for “Daniel’s Law,” more properly the Sex Offender and Child Homicide Offender Public Website (Daniel’s […]

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Is the wealth of the North a myth?

Xavier Herbert on the North: “The blunny place is always either a desert or a lake,” wrote the Australian author in his novel Capricornia. “Rabbits’ve got more sense than them blowbags that write in the Southern papers.”

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Trouble at the Bar in the Top End

Outside of Court, matters have not gone well for Alistair Wyvill SC and solicitor Cathy Spurr. NT Solicitor-General Michael Grant has referred misconduct complaints against both to the NT Law Society.

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All change (again) in the NT?

Chief Minister Adam Giles looks increasingly rattled by the chaos that surrounds him and it may well be that tonight his long-suffering party will call it quits on his leadership.

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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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