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"I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take this anymore." 40 years on Sidney Lumet's Network is a film for our times

'I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window. Open it, and stick your head out, and yell: ‘I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not gonna take this anymore!’: Peter Finch as Howard Beale, Network

States of deferral: Securing housing in Borroloola, NT

States of deferral: Securing housing in Borroloola, NT

“The government comes, has a look and goes back to their air-conditioned office”: Miriam Charlie. Residents in the four town camps - Mara, Yanyula, Garawa 1, and Garawa 2 - face overcrowding, insecure tenancy, water contamination, and failing health hardware. The recently released Town Camps Review classifies 34 per cent of Borroloola houses in “very poor” condition, and another 25 per cent in “poor” condition.

Why Camp Dogs matter - introducing the NT's new Animal Protection Act

Why Camp Dogs matter - introducing the NT's new Animal Protection Act

"Lupo was a very large bull mastiff looking dog that was white, except when as kids one time decided to dye him blue or purple with gentian violet ... Maybe he was the Boundless Possible dog": Scott McConnell MLA

The NT's judicial pea and thimble trick. With added

The NT's judicial pea and thimble trick. With added "administrative oversight"

Notwithstanding my earlier invocation of this affair as an example of the application of the Loftus Rule, i.e. a SNAFU of magnificent proportions, it is now clear we've never seen a shemozzle like this before in the NT or elsewhere. Hopefully we won't ever see its like again ...

People Like Us, We Come From T/Here. Always Have, Always Will. Marntaj.

People Like Us, We Come From T/Here. Always Have, Always Will. Marntaj.

My family’s journey is but one of thousands of similar travels and travails undertaken by Stolen Generations’ members and their descendants. I follow in the footsteps of my grandparents – Bessie and Joe Senior; my father – Joe, and through the determined efforts of my mother, Dorothy, to ensure my father was reunited with his/our family. It is because of them – all gone now - that I have been able to undertake my journey, to work out where ‘home’ is for me.

The Loftus Rule, the Government Gazette and the NT judges who never were

The Loftus Rule, the Government Gazette and the NT judges who never were

Loftus Rule: A rebuttable presumption that where an NT government decision is questioned it is more likely to be a fuck-up rather than an innocent mistake. (Syn: snafu - situation normal, all fucked up)

The Barngarla people's continuing struggle for native title rights - nuclear waste ballot heads to the Full Bench of the SA Supreme Court

The Barngarla people's continuing struggle for native title rights - nuclear waste ballot heads to the Full Bench of the SA Supreme Court

The cost of dealing with Australia's nuclear waste only rises. Federal Resources Minister Matt Canavan is waving big money at anyone who'll take our waste, with latest figures indicating total funding of $31 million for the project. The current shortlisted communities have received Federal Government development grants totalling $4 million. Back in 2014, the Ngapa clans proposing Muckaty Station as a nuclear waste dump would have received a total of $12 million.

The African gangs of Alice Springs

The African gangs of Alice Springs

Other African gang members have snuck into the health care system, working at the local hospital as nurses and also as disability and mobility support workers, at the Aboriginal aged care centre and at local Aboriginal hostels. Taxi and bus drivers, university and TAFE students, checkout chicks and guys, pizza shop owners, cleaners and receptionists at the local casino, bank tellers, senior public servants, business operators and real estate agents. The list goes on.

R v Bayden Flash - rough justice in the deep north

R v Bayden Flash - rough justice in the deep north

To ensure the adversarial system works as well as it can, the accused must have counsel at least on par with that of the Crown. Mismatches of lawyers at trial is the stuff of Deep South murder trials in the USA. There some accused, unable to afford sufficiently experienced lawyers in an environment of little or token legal aid, can be represented by law students or destitute lawyers willing to appear for all in fees of a thousand bucks to defend an alleged killer heading to the electric chair.    

Reforming Northern Territory self-government - Reconciling the Two Towers of Power - Part Two

Reforming Northern Territory self-government - Reconciling the Two Towers of Power - Part Two

The mistake the politicians made (although Clare Martin was an honourable exception) was to conclude that this very long-standing “emergency” demanded that the white politicians and bureaucrats urgently devise and impose their own “expert” punitive, paternalistic policy solutions on those recalcitrant, irresponsible black fellas who wouldn’t even protect their own children from the thugs and paedophiles in their midst.