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Sun sets on NT edition of the Rural Weekly.

Sun sets on NT edition of the Rural Weekly.

Over its four years, Rural Weekly NT emphasised news and views from the pastoral, mining, agriculture, land management and conservation sectors. Politically, it covered the 2016 election loss of former Chief Minister Adam Giles and the rise of Labor’s Michael Gunner. But other issues also rose to the fore, matters deeply affecting those in the bush, including health services, especially mental health and youth suicide, as well as the wind-down of the Inpex project, the impacts of climate change and the potential hydraulic fracturing (or fracking) of the Territory’s gas reserves.

When pot was king. Cannabis cultivation in the NT: Part One - Introduction.

When pot was king. Cannabis cultivation in the NT: Part One - Introduction.

We'll never know with any certainty just how many crops were grown in the NT from the late 1970s through to the late 1990s but through my research over the past couple of years I’ve located reports - sourced from court reports, personal reports, NT Police material and of course contemporaneous media accounts – that indicate the Northern Territory was a hot-spot for cannabis cultivation during that period.

A new literary journal for the Northern Territory: The Borderlands project

A new literary journal for the Northern Territory: The Borderlands project

Literary journals are an important component of Australia's literary culture and can help to foster a range of Indigenous, non-indigenous and multicultural voices. However, the Northern Territory has no such platform, and its lack is a significant shortfall in the artistic lives of Territorians.

"Better than Roy and HG!!" - Stewie O'Connell calls the footy at the Yuendumu Sports Weekend

One fella came up to me at the end of the second day and said the comedy that came out of the commentators trying to keep up with whose who on the field was “better than Roy and HG!!” The starting point in any footy commentary is to get a good team sheet in numerical order. The challenge out bush is that there are often three players wearing the same number, several players with no number and some players with no guernsey at all. That’s when you have to get creative and write the player’s name next to “red boots”; “barefoot”; “topknot”; “big tummy” etc.

"A species of contempt heretofore unknown to the law": Registrar of the Supreme Court (NT) v Nationwide News and Craig Dunlop

The lessons for Court  administrators? If you are going to bring contempt charges against a journalist and their publisher then you must conduct a proper investigation of the circumstances of publication, in particular who published what, when and on whose authority. While it is unstated in Chief Justice Grant's reasons for judgment—for fairly obvious reasons—the real problems in this case lie with the conduct of the Registrar's case and the apparent lack of any investigation sufficiently thorough enough to gather evidence to meet the standard of proof required by the Court.

Book-burnings of our times. Clinton Walker's Deadly Woman Blues gets pulped ...

Book-burnings of our times. Clinton Walker's Deadly Woman Blues gets pulped ...

There are no winners in any of this—a group of women are (rightfully it seems) aggrieved by Walker's (admitted) failures in research and diligence, a respected author has suffered a terrible fall from grace and none of us (well, most of us) will get to read what is/was without doubt a valuable contribution to our shared musical history.

10 more years of

10 more years of "beads and mirrors" - Yuendumu's 2008 'Statement from the Heart'

Yapa-patu nganimpa, Yurnturnu wardingki karndu nyarra wangkami ny arnpu statemcnt purdanyajaku manu yungurnkurlu pina kanyi Federal manu N.T. Government kirra ... Nyurru ngurla juku!

The ABC, the Country Liberal Party, the Kenbi land claim and a southern journalist.

The ABC, the Country Liberal Party, the Kenbi land claim and a southern journalist.

The Kenbi land claim survived. But it would face more challenges from CLP governments until a newly-elected Labor government decided in 2001 to call a halt to legal shenanigans and accept the December 2000 recommendations of Aboriginal Land Commissioner Peter Gray.

Yuendumu: the pool, the press, protocols and permits...and the Code of Conduct for Ministerial Staff

Yuendumu: the pool, the press, protocols and permits...and the Code of Conduct for Ministerial Staff

As Crikey and The Northern Myth have reported and discussed on Tuesday and Wednesday this week there are real concerns at Yuendumu and across central Australia about the way that some journalists went about their business reporting on what should have been, and largely was, a good news story. The opening this past Monday of […]