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One night in K-Town: a den of iniquity, Shakespeare’s rose, police incompetence and a cheeky trouble-maker who was “no Jack The Ripper”

One night in K-Town: a den of iniquity, Shakespeare’s rose, police incompetence and a cheeky trouble-maker who was “no Jack The Ripper”

It is a matter of some sadness to the Court to have been involved in a matter which has so many unsatisfactory and unsavoury actions of the police force of the Northern Territory ... It may be that the defendant can be described as a serial pest. He may be provocative and cheeky and a trouble causer. He is 19 years old. He is not Jack the Ripper.

Jack Ah Kit. Inaugural speech to the NT Legislative Assembly. 10 October 1995

Jack Ah Kit. Inaugural speech to the NT Legislative Assembly. 10 October 1995

I am aware that it is not normal in a maiden parliamentary speech to raise contentious issues, but these are not normal times. Let us talk about traditions. Let us look at the traditions of the Country Liberal Party and the people who run it. These people know their traditions well and the most hallowed of them is to raise issues of race at every possible opportunity, and there is no better opportunity than at election time.

Too smart by half at the Sunday Terror – the Berrimah Line still rules …

Too smart by half at the Sunday Terror – the Berrimah Line still rules …

To set the record straight - there is no "Marion Dam" at Tennant Creek. There is however, a "Mary Ann Dam" (known as Tingkkarli to the Warumungu traditional owners and native title custodians) situated just through the gap north of the town. Construction commenced in 1979 and Mary Ann Dam was opened by local MLA (and later NT Chief Minister) Ian Tuxworth in 1981.

Essential documents from Aboriginal Australia: 10 – Prime Minister Paul Keating’s Redfern Park Speech, 10 December 1992

Essential documents from Aboriginal Australia: 10 – Prime Minister Paul Keating’s Redfern Park Speech, 10 December 1992

There is one thing today we cannot imagine. We cannot imagine that the descendants of people whose genius and resilience maintained a culture here through fifty thousand years or more, through cataclysmic changes to the climate and environment, and who then survived two centuries of dispossession and abuse, will be denied their place in the modern Australian nation. We cannot imagine that. We cannot imagine that we will fail.

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Sacred cows in a bloody class action: Brett Cattle Company v The Commonwealth

Sacred cows in a bloody class action: Brett Cattle Company v The Commonwealth

All up the bill for lawyers alone in the Brett Cattle Company matter might be $12 million plus loose change and walking around money.

Bird of the Week: A Pelican for Ltyentye Apurte? Yeah, Nah, Yeah …

Bird of the Week: A Pelican for Ltyentye Apurte? Yeah, Nah, Yeah …

In Kaytetye country the Pelican is known as walaymperre, as in Walaymperre thangkerne alkenhe arntwe arenye, repe ware elpalhapenye kape arltere. Thangkerne nyartelepe aynenke aylperre kape pwele-pwele.

How I came to Art, by David Hawkes

How I came to Art, by David Hawkes

In my mind suddenly I saw that your reality wasn’t shaped by circumstance but by your imagination.

Constable David Jennings. NT cop and Ku Klux Klansman. Part 5. “All I have is a crusade”

Constable David Jennings. NT cop and Ku Klux Klansman. Part 5. “All I have is a crusade”

“We must remove white police from the aboriginal reserves – and we must tell the black man: 'Don’t you leave your reserve all you will be subject to the white man’s law'. David Jennings, November 1978

David Jennings. NT cop and Ku Klux Klansman. Part 4. The lies of Constable David Jennings.

David Jennings. NT cop and Ku Klux Klansman. Part 4. The lies of Constable David Jennings.

“The black of Australia, the full blood or the tribal black, is being led to believe by the Governments, by the half-caste city dweller that has only seen pictures of settlements and by organisations like Legal Aid et cetera, that he had a rightful place in the white community. “Nothing is further than the truth. Who wants included in our society, illiterate, unclean, drunken bludgers, who cannot even sign their names on the Government checks, who is allowed to sign those checks with the cross because he’s too lazy or too ignorant to learn even to write his own name."

Constable David Jennings. NT cop and Ku Klux Klansman. Part 3. Taking PR advice from the Klan

Constable David Jennings. NT cop and Ku Klux Klansman. Part 3. Taking PR advice from the Klan

"Territory Ku Klux Klansman, David Jennings, has been advised by his American counterparts on how to use even an unwilling press to get his message across. David Jennings resigned from the Northern Territory Police Force last week, one day before he was due to face internal hearing on charges relating to claims of Ku Klux Klan activity in the Territory."