I won't take their shit anymore. The NT education department has thrown everything at me—legal cases, angry letters, kicked me out of my house and job, tried to bleed me dry with legal costs and I had to move to another state to do the job I love—but I'm still standing and I can laugh at them now.
John not only broke news with a vigor and passion rarely seen but on occasion made it. The year fades into memory but John was the object of then NT cabinet minister Mick Palmer's attention when he 'snotted' John during a session at the local Petty Sessions bar. From that event came, in part, John's place in the annals of journalism in the Territory as being the man responsible for the immortal headline 'Toothless MP head butts reporter'. Palmer, first removing his watch and teeth, admitted to having 'snotted' our man, then working at the Sunday Territorian.
For mine we need more Little Pricks puncturing the speech bubbles, cant and spin of politicians and to provide some much needed levity into political debates that are all too often almost impossibly obscure and removed from our blunted daily realities.
The hottest tickets in Darwin and Alice Springs later this week will be to the public community briefings by Olga Havnen on her report - and more. If the CLP government thought that they could silence Havnen by sacking her on Monday and that this would stop her running public forums on her work later in the week then they have underestimated her resolve and commitment.
Professor Karen Edyvane: "With the inaccurate, misinformed and highly partisan, 'anti-Marine Park' views of the Territory's only daily newspaper, the NT News, Territorians are neither being informed of the basic scientific facts, nor the overwhelming scientific consensus and support for Marine Parks - including 'no-take' Marine Sanctuaries. The NT News has instead, engaged in gross misinformation, inflammatory and partisan anti-Marine Park media coverage and editorial commentary."
Nigel Adlam's award as NT Journalist of the Year was unsurprising and - in light of the three minor gongs awarded for solid work - deserved. But there were more than a few mutterings that it might have been better for him to leave the field to the many younger, and no less deserving, early career journalists who might appreciate the the nice cheque and trip to Brisbane for the Walkley Awards in a few weeks as much as he will.
Mr Richard Teo, A/President of the CLP: "There was no violence whatsoever. There are a lot of people out there who would like to sink the man. He [Abbott] is one of the best indigenous persons that have come out into the open to openly look for a position in government which we need more people like that for. There are a lot of jealous people out there who would like to sink the man. And we are a fair-go party, we give everyone a chance to prove themselves."
The Australian maintains it's bizarre position that Alison Anderson was a visionary that could do no wrong and was now a victim of a dastardly conspiracy by a manipulative Gerry Wood and the forces of absolute evil behind NT Chief Minister Paul Henderson.