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Constable David Jennings. NT cop and Ku Klux Klansman. Part 5.

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."

Constable David Jennings. NT cop and Ku Klux Klansman. Part 1.

Constable David Jennings. NT cop and Ku Klux Klansman. Part 1.

This is part one of a series that charts the short history of the Ku Klux Klan in the Northern Territory of Australia and the involvement of NT police officer Constable David Jennings in that story. In 1977 the small Warlpiri township of Lajamanu was about as remote a place in this country as you […]

The red hands of Yuendumu, Tuesday 12 November 2019

The red hands of Yuendumu, Tuesday 12 November 2019

This is a guest post by Frank Baarda, a long-term resident of Yuendumu, NT. Yesterday hundreds of Yuendumu residents marched on the Yuendumu police station. The police station was going to be opened to allow the station to be swept. Sweeping is a ritual whereby after a death the areas the dead person had frequented […]

Barry Hansen: The NT government is the worst government financial disaster in Australian history

Barry Hansen: The NT government is the worst government financial disaster in Australian history

What is required is a regional structure with culturally appropriate boundaries which oversees all programs and consultations in the region. The directors would be elected to salaried positions and there would be staff to support and advise the elected members. Local Government bodies could not fill this role because they are ultimately controlled by the Minister, and they have roles that conflict with a body such as I propose. This would eliminate the random and uncoordinated “consultation“ burden and replace it with something much more effective and productive.

Denise Bowden: we are prisoners to NT government incompetence and maladministration

Denise Bowden: we are prisoners to NT government incompetence and maladministration

Don’t get me wrong - we understand the importance of tourism to the economy but meanwhile in the bush the housing crisis continues, the housing deficit grows, indigenous people are living lives characterised by poverty and neglect and despair. Another child is born to another overcrowded home. Another kid gets no sleep and can’t get to school. Another assault takes place in a house full to bursting point, and so on.

Peter Sherwin: He liked his revenge served cold

Peter Sherwin: He liked his revenge served cold

The story this woman tells is the story of their being imprisoned there. The men are only allowed out to work; they cannot get visitors and they cannot visit other people. I find it extraordinary that people could behave so savagely in 1989 against fellow human beings. Justice Nader, NT Supreme Court.

Catch 22: The case for biodiversity in climate change policy

Catch 22: The case for biodiversity in climate change policy

Nearly 10% of domesticated breeds of mammals used for food and agriculture had become extinct by 2016, with 1000 more breeds still threatened which means the pool of genetic variation which underpins food security has declined. Astoundingly, the Report is  the first intergovernmental report on biodiversity and ecosystems that takes into account indigenous knowledge.

Why are the secrets of the Pitjantjara people for sale in Adelaide?

Why are the secrets of the Pitjantjara people for sale in Adelaide?

Foster and Others v Mountford and Rigby Ltd 14 ALR 71 (1976) was an unusual case in a number of respects. Firstly, the plaintiffs were members of an unincorporated association (the Pitjantjara Council) that represented the Pitjantjara people, who live on large tracts of land that spans the south-western corner of the Northern Territory, the north-west of South Australia and the far central east of Western Australia ...