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The Loftus Rule, the Government Gazette and the NT judges who never were

The Loftus Rule, the Government Gazette and the NT judges who never were

Loftus Rule: A rebuttable presumption that where an NT government decision is questioned it is more likely to be a fuck-up rather than an innocent mistake. (Syn: snafu - situation normal, all fucked up)

Has the Mansfield Inquiry into NT political donations been crippled from the start?

Has the Mansfield Inquiry into NT political donations been crippled from the start?

Foundation 51 has been the subject of intense media attention, and of formal enquiries by both the Australian and the NT electoral commissions and, despite years of digging by the media, NT Labor and others, no smoking gun has been, or is likely to be found. Foundation 51 was deregistered in May 2015.

Art, law and the environment – the little EDONT that can

Art, law and the environment – the little EDONT that can

One of this year’s stand out pieces is the Bombing of Darwin, by Susan Wanji Wanji. Impressive in scale and remarkable in its detail and subject matter, the piece records Wanji Wanji’s recollection of being on the Tiwi Islands when the Bombing of Darwin occurred during the Second World War.

The most shocking thing about the Four Corners footage is that the abuse was legal

The most shocking thing about the Four Corners footage is that the abuse was legal

"It would be an absurd result of the legislation if somehow more extreme force could be used in a case such as this, where a detainee is ‘at risk’, than would otherwise be the case in disciplining the detainee."

Unholy alliances:  The conservative forces at play against land rights: 1967-1976

Unholy alliances: The conservative forces at play against land rights: 1967-1976

Northern Territory Attorney General John Elferink: Land rights, he said, had become a “wall of imprisonment” blocking Aborigines from participating in northern development.

The CLP’s greatest hits – 2012 to 2016

The CLP’s greatest hits – 2012 to 2016

“ … a rancid dead dog.” Ex-CLP leader Jodeen Carney. Northern Territory News. July 2015, channeling an Adam Giles quote from 2009.

Frontiers of feminist advocacy in the NT: cowboys, missionaries and some modern ladies

Frontiers of feminist advocacy in the NT: cowboys, missionaries and some modern ladies

Here’s the news - women risk their health and wellbeing every day by simply managing their fertility though contraceptive, pregnancy, birth and menopause options. All are risky. It is women who experience teenage pregnancies, hormonal related illnesses and cancers, maternal sickness and death so please give us some credit.

“See that shiny thing?” Adventures in the language of politics and the politics of language in the Northern Territory

“See that shiny thing?” Adventures in the language of politics and the politics of language in the Northern Territory

Dickson and others are right to claim that our parliaments are killing Aboriginal languages, but they aren’t doing it by denying their occasional use by parliamentarians. The linguistic killing fields are not in the NT parliamentary precinct but in the dozens of small Territory townships where on every school-day kids walk out of their houses where English is spoken as a third, fourth or fifth language and up the road to spend the day in a mono-lingual classroom.

Willem Rudolf Westra van Holthe: the accidental Deputy

Willem Rudolf Westra van Holthe: the accidental Deputy

The reason ministers are supposed to abide by strict standards is not just because they are senior members of the government, but because of the power, juicy information and influence they wield ... If you're on holidays as a minister, it simply means you'll either continue to take work calls anyway and your paperwork builds up in your inbox: Judith Ireland, SMH.

NT Chief Minister Adam Giles: On life, burnout and working 20 hours a day, 7 days a week

NT Chief Minister Adam Giles: On life, burnout and working 20 hours a day, 7 days a week

Whether Giles' statement that he 'works seven days a week, 20 hours a day' is accurate or not, anything close to that figure would be unhealthy in both personal and professional terms and is indicative of a work-life balance well out of whack.