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Marion Scrymgour on Stronger Futures and Constitutional reform

Marion Scrymgour on Stronger Futures and Constitutional reform

And so to the here and now. In 2014 we again have a coalition government in Canberra. The self-proclaimed ‘Prime Minister for Indigenous Affairs’ has emphasised his commitment to fixing up the constitution so that Indigenous people have a proper place in it, and in the nation. I’m not a constitutional lawyer, and there are aspects of the recent constitutional reform debate which have struck me as somewhat arcane.

Northern Land Council settles Muckaty claim

Northern Land Council settles Muckaty claim

The allegations made against the NLC as to fraudulent and dishonest conduct cannot be substantiated on the evidence, and I reject them utterly. The statements that were made about the NLC, its processes and senior staff can be broadly characterised as scandalous and have no factual basis. The evidence of the applicants’ own witnesses is that the NLC did its job properly and consulted widely with the right groups and obtained the consent of the traditional owners.

Chips Mackinolty on Aboriginal health in the NT – small gains but a long way to go

Chips Mackinolty on Aboriginal health in the NT – small gains but a long way to go

Last night Warren Mundine proposed new military-style interventions into Aboriginal communities to provide health services. Chips Mackinolty shows that in the NT, community-controlled health services are the key to efficient and effective than health service provision.

Farewell to a tableland drifter. Joe Davey, 1965-2013

Farewell to a tableland drifter. Joe Davey, 1965-2013

A guest post from Darwin historian Kerry Gardiner about a big man, who came from big-sky country and made a big and glorious noise.

Barunga Festival day 1. The Chief Minister is starving and the Roma Bar needs soy milk!

Barunga Festival day 1. The Chief Minister is starving and the Roma Bar needs soy milk!

Great fun, music, sport and culture under northern skies at the Northern Territory's annual Barunga Festival. My report from day one.