Senator WALSH — I was aware of the fact that the Northern Territory is heavily dependent upon Commonwealth revenue [and] I have noted from time to time that nobody has a more voracious appetite for Commonwealth money than the present Northern Territory Chief Minister, although incongruously nobody is a more vocal critic of the Commonwealth taxes which raise the revenue which he so voraciously consumes. Senator Peter Walsh, Hansard, May 1983.
The lessons for Court administrators? If you are going to bring contempt charges against a journalist and their publisher then you must conduct a proper investigation of the circumstances of publication, in particular who published what, when and on whose authority. While it is unstated in Chief Justice Grant's reasons for judgment—for fairly obvious reasons—the real problems in this case lie with the conduct of the Registrar's case and the apparent lack of any investigation sufficiently thorough enough to gather evidence to meet the standard of proof required by the Court.
"I'm allowed to be here. I'm a fucking poet. I'm a poet. You cunts, I'm a fucking poet. Police brutality. I'm allowed to be here": Trevor Jenkins, Darwin Literary Awards, May 2014.
"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  NTSC 48.
There is more than a little that requires unpacking here, including whether the racial identity of either the offender Matthew Alexander or the victim is of any relevance? For mine they aren't, except if you want to turn this into a black-white thing, which is never was. It was a horrible accident.
The very organisation that was attacking small Aboriginal corporations of no commercial consequence for being late with their paperwork itself had an out-of-date data base. ORIC was regularly forwarding correspondence to the NLC at its old address at Casuarina, long after it had moved to its Darwin CBD address in July 2007.
NT Police officer Acting Sergeant Brad Fox had been charged with aggravated assault in relation to an incident at the Royal Darwin Hospital in December 2007 that ended with the death of film-maker Bob Plasto.