April, 2018

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Fracking in the NT: can cement provide more than a temporary “triumph of expertise over nature”?

, Apr 30, 2018

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The everyday materiality of cement raises everyday questions: what about the effects of corrosion, seismic activity, moisture, design flaws and age on cement’s presumed durability? Harkness writes that concrete’s “guileful ruse is to offer us a permanent fix, once and for all”. Cement’s claim of permanence is deceptive, particularly when compared with the resource that is to be extracted.
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Doing the Darwin Shuffle. The Northern Territory as a tax haven. Part One: 1971 to 1982

, Apr 15, 2018

Graeme Lewis was part éminence grise, part bagman and part trouble-maker—as often within as without—for the NT's Country Liberal Party for more than forty years. Lewis passed away in early April while speaking from the floor of the 2018 annual conference of his beloved CLP. For all his apparent successes and failings—I'll leave the hagiography and excoriation for others—Graeme Lewis never held publicly elected office but nonetheless deserves respect as the Northern Territory's long-term political player par excellence. Lewis was also a prominent player in the Darwin Shuffle, the avoidance scheme that operated in the NT from at least the early 1970s through to the 1980s.
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Essential documents from Aboriginal Australia: 7 – the 2008 Yuendumu Petition

, Mar 04, 2018

Supporti-ki karlipa wangkami, tala manu nyiya kanti-kanti yungungurlu ngalpa yinyi nyampurla ngurungka. Nyampurla Yurntumu-rla panu karlipa madarni nyiya-ningki-jarra ngula karliparla yulkami. Madarni karlipa jana Mt Theo program, kurdu kurdu kurlangu, Warlpiri-rli ngulpa karlipa jana tiji-mani, PAW, Mampumaninja-Kurlangu jarlu patu ku, WarlukurIangu arts centre, manu yangka ngula kalu jana mardarni wiri-wiri-rli kurdu-kurdu. Ngulalparlipa mangu pungkalayi, Yungurlu ngalpa nyanyi nguru kari wardingki-rli pirrdiji ngula karlipa mardarni.
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10 more years of “beads and mirrors” – Yuendumu’s 2008 ‘Statement from the Heart’

, Mar 04, 2018

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!
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First pics – Qantas VH-ZND Emily Kame Kngwarreye lands at Alice Springs.

, Mar 02, 2018

I like pretty planes … and this is one of the prettiest I’ve seen in a long while … Here are the first pictures on the new Qantas Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner landing just before dawn at Alice Springs airport after a direct flight from the Boeing base in Seattle, USA. Following text is from the Qantas […]
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Who’s next? Judicial stress, secondary trauma and the practice of law

, Dec 17, 2017

In my earliest days of legal practice, as a young articled clerk, I saw angry judges. I saw bullies. Nasty performers ... Amongst the terrifying judges, whom I prayed to avoid, were Justice Edward (“Dumbo”) Dunphy of the Commonwealth Industrial Court, Justice Freddie (“Funnelweb”) Myers of the Supreme Court of NSW, and Justice J J (“Black Jack”) McKeon of the Industrial Commission NSW: Michael Kirby, Judicial Stress and Judicial Bullying, 2014.
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NT judge engages in “inappropriate judicial conduct,” brings “judiciary into disrepute” – keeps job

, Dec 11, 2017

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CAALAS stated that "This series of complaints has shone a light on the stresses under which judges, lawyers and court staff work and much needs to be done to rectify this situation generally."
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Corruption in the NT – meat, maggots and backhanders – the 1982 Royal Commission Into the Australian Meat Industry

, Nov 23, 2017

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The really disturbing feature of these revelations was that the people concerned were not evil - many of them would have been regarded as reliable and effective officers. They were ordinary Australians, in positions of some responsibility, who were either demanding, or at least accepting, clearly improper payments which could only have the effect of compromising them in the performance of their duties.
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“And still my family die.” Marie Munkara on the commodification of life and death on the Tiwi islands

, Nov 22, 2017

The mission arrived one hundred and six years ago. Despite having a perfectly functioning society for thousands of years, they came to “Save” us, but since their arrival we have the highest incidence of suicide on the planet and domestic violence is rife. So what does that tell you? They were too busy coveting our souls to really Love Thy Neighbour weren’t they? We are not people to them, we are objects of religious zeal.
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The Muckaty trial – the curious titfer and the media circus

, Nov 21, 2017

"Oh," I remark and after identifying Emu, Bustard and Black Kite feathers I remark that maybe he needs some colour and should be on the look out for some Red-tailed Black Cockatoo feathers.
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Realising Mungarrawuy’s legacy – Galarrwuy Yunupingu and the Gumatj clan forge a new future in north-east Arnhem Land

, Nov 20, 2017

And Galarrwuy Yunupingu? He's about to turn 70, but still keeps a sharp eye on development and is guiding every step taken. He has straddled the whole of the Northern Territory's history of self-government, been public enemy number one, and respected elder number one, sometimes at the same time. He has hosted every prime minister since Whitlam and none claim to have bettered him.
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Law, disorder and CAALAS – the view from Yuendumu

, Nov 14, 2017

The law is like a spider’s web, In all humility I explain: the rich man fears it not neither he that is in command. The large beetles break free and only the small insects are ensnared
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Talking Birds and Fire at the Barrapunta Bird Workshop, Arnhem Land, May 2017

, Oct 25, 2017

Karrkkanj is a term for the Black Kite but can also be applied to two other raptor species, the Peregrine Falcon and the Brown Falcon, Professor Evans explains. The Peregrine Falcon can also be known more specifically as ngalmirlangmirlang and the Brown Falcon as wunwunbu; these are said to be husband and wife. Karrkkanj is also ritually significant as the one who founded the Lorrkkon mortuary cycle.
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Independence day for the Mimal Rangers of Arnhem Land!

, Oct 25, 2017

Wednesday October 25 marks a new era for Indigenous landowners and managers as Mimal Land Management Aboriginal Corporation celebrates its independence. Mimal has been on a long journey to independence since the inception of Mimal Rangers almost 20 years ago.
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Tracker: Stories of Tracker Tilmouth, by Alexis Wright

, Oct 24, 2017

Tracker was one of the few brilliant statesmanlike leaders we have had – one who stayed close to his own people, and who really had the capacity to push back the boundaries for much of the action that shapes how we think and have thought about our times.
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Building up … going Troppo in the Top End

, Oct 21, 2017

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Too. Fucking. Hot. I cleared the breathalyser and turned off Lee Point Road. As I drove past, just one hundred metres away from the alcohol and drug testing station, I could see one of the many old mates of Darwin’s Northern Suburbs leaning back in his plastic chair, pulling on a bong. Happy Thursday to you, Old Mate.
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NT News throws its best under a bus

, Oct 20, 2017

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The reasons for Walsh's shock departure are unclear at present and may never be revealed—though there is no shortage of rumour on the street.
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Mining in the NT – the Gunner government made a good start but …

, Sep 14, 2017

There are a number of legacy mine sites which pose a risk to the environment and/or public safety. Most of these sites ceased operations before 2005 and predated the requirement for operators to lodge a rehabilitation security bond and have either inadequate or non existent securities. The estimated level of historical mining liabilities in the NT is $1 billion.
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What’s a mine worth in the NT? This much …

, Sep 13, 2017

The mining security bond will be utilised by government, if required, to prevent, minimise or rectify environmental harm caused by mining activities on or off the mining site or for completion of rehabilitation. Mining securities are calculated based on the amount of disturbance likely to be caused by the authorised mining activities.
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Glencore, “open and transparent” government and the little EDO (NT) that could

, Sep 13, 2017

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In the Territory these amounts have previously been confidential, but we know it is important for Territorians to know the mining industry is being held accountable. With that in mind, we are moving in line with other jurisdictions to make security amounts available to the public: NT Minister Ken Vowles