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 “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

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

"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 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 2: From KKK "White Giant" to an "embarrassment to the force"

This is part two 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 part one I sketched the nature of NT policing in remote NT communities and the role of NT […]

"The facts show that the president has threatened this country’s core values and the integrity of our democracy. Congress now has a duty to future generations to impeach him." Boston Globe Editorial. 5 December 2019.

Impeach the President! US Editors speak

"The facts show that the president has threatened this country’s core values and the integrity of our democracy. Congress now has a duty to future generations to impeach him." Boston Globe Editorial. 5 December 2019.

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 […]

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 ...

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 ...

In the Northern Territory there was not always an opposition that could be recognised even
when the Assembly had two non-government members who were elected as independents.
While occasionally styled as ‘in opposition’ they were not recognised and resourced in such
a manner (1974-77): Kezia Purick, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory.

The Role of a Speaker in Determining the Opposition: Kezia Purick

In the Northern Territory there was not always an opposition that could be recognised even when the Assembly had two non-government members who were elected as independents. While occasionally styled as ‘in opposition’ they were not recognised and resourced in such a manner (1974-77): Kezia Purick, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory.