“We’re all eccentrics here!” Andrew McMillan on getting shickered in Larrimah, NT

“We’re all eccentrics here!” Andrew McMillan on getting shickered in Larrimah, NT

February 2, 2018

But, hey, this is Larrimah. One expects things to go twirly. A decade ago, the blokes behind the "Highest bar in the Territory" were Graham Doyle and Syd Worrell. Syd had a French girlfriend, Jacquie, who liked a drink, cooked when she damned well felt like it and had such an aversion to the heat she'd shower fully clothed and return to the bar wringing wet. She and Syd were married at the pub in a ceremony the celebrant will never forget. The bride wore black and had to be assisted down the aisle. The best man, Mad Mick from Maryfield, was so shickered he couldn't find the ring.

The Northern Territory is the most corrupt jurisdiction in Australia. Discuss.

The Northern Territory is the most corrupt jurisdiction in Australia. Discuss.

February 24, 2017 1

My punch-bowl moment at yesterday's first day of the NT governance summit—that the NT is the most corrupt jurisdiction in the country—drew a few audible groans and mutters of protest from the good-and-locally-great and protests that, well, Queensland, Joh and Eddie Obeid. Yeah, well, they would say that.

Crocs in the Cabinet: The CLP, politics as farce and farce as politics

Crocs in the Cabinet: The CLP, politics as farce and farce as politics

November 27, 2016

This book is about the fall of an empire – about the power struggles and missteps and flawed characters that took the CLP from the Northern Territory’s dominant political force to near extinction, from an election win in 2012 to holding just two seats in Parliament four years later: Ben Smee and Christopher Walsh.

Clinton to Trump: “So, who got beaten up, then?”

Clinton to Trump: “So, who got beaten up, then?”

September 27, 2016

Hillary and Donald, The Debate and some inadvertent visual cognitive dissonance courtesy of the ABC.

Nganana tatintja wiya – why nobody should be climbing Uluru*

Nganana tatintja wiya – why nobody should be climbing Uluru*

April 20, 2016 1

Ask a Red Centre tour guide - you can’t tell Australians anything. During school holidays we would always get a lot of school trips; of the ones I guided 100% of students climbed up Uluru along with most of their teachers. Many had decided even before they departed school grounds that it would be the crowning achievement of the trip.

RU486 – will the NT allow women the right to choose?

RU486 – will the NT allow women the right to choose?

December 2, 2015

Dr Suzanne Belton, chair of the Family Planning Association NT: "The NT [is] at least 25 years behind the rest of the world and is out of step with all other states and territories in Australia." Kezia Purick has long expressed concern that the unavailability of RU486 in the NT was forcing women to travel interstate to obtain access.

The NT’s Paperless Arrest Mess

The NT’s Paperless Arrest Mess

September 8, 2015

“We can’t arrest ourselves out of this mess”: former NT Police Association President Vince Kelly.

NT Health Minister John Elferink on death, dollars and dialysis

NT Health Minister John Elferink on death, dollars and dialysis

August 21, 2015 10

"Renal failure is a post-colonial disease, short and simple. The causes of renal failure are complex. But what we do know is that the highest rates of kidney disease are found in fourth world communities. This is the situation we face in central and remote Australia." Sarah Brown, Western Desert Dialysis

Joe Hockey was right – Adam Giles’ push for NT Statehood is a joke

Joe Hockey was right – Adam Giles’ push for NT Statehood is a joke

July 25, 2015 4

NT Chief Minister Adam Giles may be looking for a new career in stand-up comedy with his latest "Statehood" routine. Joe Hockey was laughing like a drain and I nearly drove into one. Here is why ...

The Minister, a shady Japanese bar and the $5200 4am hospitality tab

The Minister, a shady Japanese bar and the $5200 4am hospitality tab

May 1, 2015

NT Deputy Speaker Matt Conlan: "I can confidently and categorically refute and dismiss these allegations. At no stage in my life have I ever been held in any form of foreign gaol or ever had any encounter with foreign police."