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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.

Blow-flies, “honey” and secret recipes: the great NAIDOC Blachung cook-off of 2019

Blow-flies, “honey” and secret recipes: the great NAIDOC Blachung cook-off of 2019

"The prawn paste is the base of any proper Blachung of course but a lot of people use really different things. Some use chicken giblets, turtle guts, goose giblets. All sorts of stuff. Some of it is very, very hot, some is mild and some has more flavour than heat. I like a lot of heat and a lot of flavour!": Nigel Browne, Larrakia Development Corporation.

Essential documents from Aboriginal Australia: 8 – The 2018 Barunga Agreement

Essential documents from Aboriginal Australia: 8 – The 2018 Barunga Agreement

  On the 8th of  June 2018 the Northern Territory Government and the NT’s four Land Councils have signed an historic Memorandum of Understanding paving the way for consultations to begin with Aboriginal people about a Treaty. Please enter your email address Sign up The MoU was signed on the first day of the Barunga […]

Are there legal protections for drinking water in the Northern Territory?

Are there legal protections for drinking water in the Northern Territory?

When the next incident of water contamination surfaces, it is important that there are clear public standards for testing, reporting, and remediation with direct lines of legal accountability to residents. Such legislated standards are necessary to reduce the likelihood of such incidences and to protect drinking water for all residents of the NT.

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Which way? That way! The High Court issues a mud map for native title compensation

Which way? That way! The High Court issues a mud map for native title compensation

Lawyers will be excited and busy this week. Government lawyers will be reading the decision closely and working out how to proceed.  Often where States or Territories have granted tenure for specific projects (such as a mine) there is a contractual agreement between the State or Territory and the project proponent that passes compensation liabilities through to the proponent, so there will also be some company lawyers busy assessing potential liabilities.  Lawyers who represent indigenous groups will be carefully considering where to go next.

The long overdue and well-deserved death of “political correctness.” An explainer by Michael Vaughan.

The long overdue and well-deserved death of “political correctness.” An explainer by Michael Vaughan.

I prefer the definition attributed by some to former US president Harry S Truman in 1945: "Political correctness is a doctrine, recently fostered by a delusional, illogical minority and promoted by a sick mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a piece of shit by the clean end." Amen to that.

#MyPills – Nick Bowditch on two little pills that help him make a better version of himself

#MyPills – Nick Bowditch on two little pills that help him make a better version of himself

So fuck your judgement, and fuck the stigma. I'm proud of every part of me, even the bits that I need a bit of help from these pills with. This is me.

After half a century of making posters … Chips Mackinolty is a one trick pony!

After half a century of making posters … Chips Mackinolty is a one trick pony!

Since then? Countless posters and street art paste-ups; illustrations, cartoons, newspapers, newsletters, magazines, catalogues and books; T-shirts, banners, murals, cassette and CD covers; business cards and letterheads—and the occasional fabric design.

Un-Australia Day: curing the nationalistic itch

Un-Australia Day: curing the nationalistic itch

An annual psoriatic itch that becomes inflamed mid-January before being soothed by the balm that is the public holiday.  The debate distracts us from the real issues we should be considering and doing something about: child protection; an overloaded criminal justice system; the well-being of vulnerable people; adequacy of social services; international obligations; and the humanitarian crisis in Yemen.  The list appears endless. 

Photo Essay: When the rubber hits the road.

Photo Essay: When the rubber hits the road.

Every Australian small town has a place - or several - outside of town where the local hoons take stolen cars to lay their marks on the road in rubber. Sometimes - if the drivers have skill, a good motor and a nice new set of someone else's tyres - the marks left are almost abstract artworks. Other times, less so.