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

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

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.

That incessant noise … King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. From Darwin to the Billboard charts

That incessant noise … King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. From Darwin to the Billboard charts

Our son's band, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard--named in a fit of fun when they were all playing in other bands and thought they'd be getting together only once to play a friend's party--are in the middle of their fifth US tour.

The travel agent, the Minister’s office and an unravelling travel scandal in the NT

The travel agent, the Minister’s office and an unravelling travel scandal in the NT

Justice Dean Mildren: "Prior to September 2013 you provided no travel services for the Honourable Bess Price. In the period between 12 September 2013 and 21 November 2014 you obtained the opportunity to provide in excess of $325,000 in travel bookings for the Honourable member and her staff. You obtained the opportunity to provide travel bookings for other government departments as a consequence of recommendations by Mossman."

Daniel’s Law – a bad law gone for good

Daniel’s Law – a bad law gone for good

“Mr Deputy Speaker … I seek leave to withdraw Daniel’s Law from the Notice Paper.“ With those few words in the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory on the first day of December 2015, NT Attorney-General John Elferink rang the death knell for “Daniel’s Law,” more properly the Sex Offender and Child Homicide Offender Public Website (Daniel’s […]

The trouble with Delia … NT Labor dumps on a 14 year veteran MLA

The trouble with Delia … NT Labor dumps on a 14 year veteran MLA

In the normal course of events Delia Lawrie could expect to be honoured as a Wise Political Elder and respected adviser under a future Labor government. However that is much less likely if she chooses to subject the Party to a "knock down drag out" fight which can only damage the ALP and help the Country Liberals. Retiring in a belatedly gracious manner at next year's election (or even before) is surely the way to go.

“Journalist lunatics” – 1; Travel agent – 1 in NT Supreme Court suppression standoff

“Journalist lunatics” – 1; Travel agent – 1 in NT Supreme Court suppression standoff

"There should be no further publication of photographs of the defendant showing her in handcuffs or being placed in the back of a paddy wagon. There should be no suggestions that the defendant is the centrepiece of a web of deception or anything like that. There should be no reference to other suggestions of a scandalous kind and in particular as to the defendant’s relationship with the former Police Commissioner, ministers or former ministers of the Crown or their staffers." Acting Justice Dean Mildren, The Queen v Kamitsis [2015] NTSC 48.

“I’m fucking Australian!” Section 18C is alive and kicking on the mean streets of Darwin

“I’m fucking Australian!” Section 18C is alive and kicking on the mean streets of Darwin

“You’re a fucking Indian mate. Have a respect for our country … speak English. It’s our country. Australia mate. White people. You’re not white." “Mate you’re from fucking India. You’re from India mate. You’re not even fucking white. You’re boat people.”

The warbirds of Pitch Black 2014

The warbirds of Pitch Black 2014

My first look at the warbirds flying over the NT skies during Exercise Pitch Black 2014.

The “Typhoid Mary” of NT politics and the Blain by-election.

The “Typhoid Mary” of NT politics and the Blain by-election.

How the north was won - Alison Anderson and Matthew Cranitch got the CLP over the line in Blain.

Rosalie Kunoth-Monks on her ABC defamation win: “I feel an enormous sense of vindication and relief.”

Rosalie Kunoth-Monks on her ABC defamation win: “I feel an enormous sense of vindication and relief.”

Mrs Kunoth-Monks: "I feel an enormous sense of vindication and relief. I have always been about bringing people together and not pulling them apart. Having a national story that stated otherwise hurt me deeply."