Topic archives: Northern Land Council

Fracking in the NT: can cement provide more than a temporary “triumph of expertise over nature”?

Fracking in the NT: can cement provide more than a temporary “triumph of expertise over nature”?

April 30, 2018 2

The everyday materiality of cement raises everyday questions: what about the effects of corrosion, seismic activity, moisture, design flaws and age on cement’s presumed durability? Harkness writes that concrete’s “guileful ruse is to offer us a permanent fix, once and for all”. Cement’s claim of permanence is deceptive, particularly when compared with the resource that is to be extracted.

Singing Wardaman Country, one Gouldian Finch at a time.

Singing Wardaman Country, one Gouldian Finch at a time.

March 15, 2018

This is a re-post of an article first published in the February 2018 edition of Land Rights News (Northern Edition) by the Northern Land Council. Birds are closely connected to Wardaman culture. Many Wardaman dances have been adapted from bird movements and much Wardaman rock art depicts birds.

The Muckaty trial – the curious titfer and the media circus

The Muckaty trial – the curious titfer and the media circus

November 21, 2017

"Oh," I remark and after identifying Emu, Bustard and Black Kite feathers I remark that maybe he needs some colour and should be on the look out for some Red-tailed Black Cockatoo feathers.

Realising Mungarrawuy’s legacy – Galarrwuy Yunupingu and the Gumatj clan forge a new future in north-east Arnhem Land

Realising Mungarrawuy’s legacy – Galarrwuy Yunupingu and the Gumatj clan forge a new future in north-east Arnhem Land

November 20, 2017

And Galarrwuy Yunupingu? He's about to turn 70, but still keeps a sharp eye on development and is guiding every step taken. He has straddled the whole of the Northern Territory's history of self-government, been public enemy number one, and respected elder number one, sometimes at the same time. He has hosted every prime minister since Whitlam and none claim to have bettered him.

Death of a Hyundai, south of Tennant Creek, NT

Death of a Hyundai, south of Tennant Creek, NT

November 15, 2017

Earlier today, Scott McConnell— the very well-travelled member of the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly for the seat of Stuart—sent through this photo of a burnt-out Hyundai from about 150 kilometres or so south of Tennant Creek in the NT. He took this shot while travelling up to the Tennant to attend a meeting of the […]

Independence day for the Mimal Rangers of Arnhem Land!

Independence day for the Mimal Rangers of Arnhem Land!

October 25, 2017

Wednesday October 25 marks a new era for Indigenous landowners and managers as Mimal Land Management Aboriginal Corporation celebrates its independence. Mimal has been on a long journey to independence since the inception of Mimal Rangers almost 20 years ago.

Ten years on, Muckaty Station is back in the news, and back in court

Ten years on, Muckaty Station is back in the news, and back in court

July 26, 2017

Last month—three years to the day since Justice North confirmed the settlement of the Muckaty court case between the Northern Land Council, the Commonwealth and the dissident Aboriginal community members—Ngapa clan members have launched legal action against the Northern Land Council. That action, Jason Bill & Ors v Northern Land Council, was filed in the Darwin registry of the Federal Court on 20 June 2017.

Essential documents from Aboriginal Australia: 4 – the 1998 Kalkaringi Statement

Essential documents from Aboriginal Australia: 4 – the 1998 Kalkaringi Statement

June 4, 2017

In addition to Aboriginal resistance, key reasons given for voting ‘No’ at the 1998 referendum included ... inadequate information and understanding about statehood, inadequate consultation, concerns about the Constitutional Convention process, a lack of trust in those responsible for the statehood processes of 1998, and antagonism towards the Chief Minister and politicians.

Essential documents from Aboriginal Australia: 2 – the 1998 Barunga Statement

Essential documents from Aboriginal Australia: 2 – the 1998 Barunga Statement

June 4, 2017

"Sovereignty became treaty, treaty became reconciliation and reconciliation became nothing. … We will dig a hole and bury it. It will be a protest but I also hope that it can represent a new start for Aboriginal people”: Galarrwuy Yunupingu, 2006

Nigel Scullion. “The Land is our Backbone.” Address to Garma 2016

Nigel Scullion. “The Land is our Backbone.” Address to Garma 2016

July 31, 2016

I would like to acknowledge the absolute horrors that have occurred within the Don Dale Correctional Facility. I, like everyone who saw the footage this week, was shocked and appalled by the mistreatment of children at the detention centre. Every child in our justice system must be treated with humanity and respect at all times. Nigel Scullion, Garma Festival, 30 July 2016

Brian Ross Martin is wrong: Supreme Court has dealt with Dylan Voller’s abuse before

Brian Ross Martin is wrong: Supreme Court has dealt with Dylan Voller’s abuse before

July 29, 2016 1

This appointment is wrong for all manner of reasons, and Aboriginal people in the Territory will not have confidence in the appointment of Brian Martin. As Chief Justice, he sat at the apex of the NT’s justice system. He presided over all judicial officers who sentenced young Aboriginal offenders to detention, and he knew them all: Olga Havnen, AMSANT.

Kenbi Land Claim handback, 21 June 2016. Speech by NLC CEO Joe Morrison.

Kenbi Land Claim handback, 21 June 2016. Speech by NLC CEO Joe Morrison.

June 21, 2016

Joe Morrison: "I want to take you on a short journey through the last four decades of the story of the Kenbi land claim. It’s been a tumultuous journey, so buckle up and come along for a bumpy ride through a long and tortuous history."

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

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

June 20, 2016

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

The Kenbi Land Claim explained – who gets what

June 20, 2016

The details of the settlement of Australia's longest-running Aboriginal land claim are contained in this article that was first published in the April 2016 edition of Land Rights News, produced by the Northern Land Council.

The battle for Cox Peninsula – the Kenbi Land Claim 1975 – 2016

June 20, 2016

In December 1978, just a few short months after the grant of (limited) self-government for the NT, the conservative CLP government promulgated the Town Planning Regulations, subsequently held to be invalid as made for an improper purpose, under the Town Planning Act (TPA) These regulations stated that large areas of land (including submerged lands in Darwin Harbour) surrounding Darwin, Katherine, Tennant Creek, and Alice Springs were to be treated as if part of a town.

The ABC, the Country Liberal Party, the Kenbi land claim and a southern journalist.

The ABC, the Country Liberal Party, the Kenbi land claim and a southern journalist.

May 26, 2016 1

The Kenbi land claim survived. But it would face more challenges from CLP governments until a newly-elected Labor government decided in 2001 to call a halt to legal shenanigans and accept the December 2000 recommendations of Aboriginal Land Commissioner Peter Gray.

Frydenberg’s nuclear waste dump – between an Adnyamathanha rock and a hard place

May 2, 2016 1

The choice of Barndioota—a scratch on the map with more dingoes and emus than people—as the most likely candidate for the dump has more than a few scratching their heads. I’ll bet Barndioota-to-a-brick that the Flinders Ranges will not be the site of the next nuclear waste dump.

NT juvenile justice: “a blight on the entire Australian legal system”

NT juvenile justice: “a blight on the entire Australian legal system”

January 7, 2016 4

The debacle that has been exposed in the past two years within the NT juvenile justice system shows quite clearly that by deliberate design and policy Aboriginal children in are treated in a barbarous, inhumane and illegal way. Multiple incidents within the juvenile detention facilities have revealed that the NT Government prosecutes policies against Aboriginal children which include spit-hooding, gassing, hand cuffing, shackling and extensive periods of unlawful solitary confinement.

Will the proposed s116A prohibit or entrench racial discrimination in the Constitution?

Will the proposed s116A prohibit or entrench racial discrimination in the Constitution?

December 20, 2015 3

Darwin lawyer Matt Punch takes a close look at the proposed new section 116A of the Australian Constitution and reckons both the progressives and conservatives have got it wrong.

Five reasons why Yarralin must be returned: The battle for land rights at Yarralin, Part 3

Five reasons why Yarralin must be returned: The battle for land rights at Yarralin, Part 3

December 7, 2015

From the early days, young Aborigines were trained and used as labour on VRD and the number of white men, according to Big Mick, was very small, often only the manager, head stockman and cook. In those days the Aborigines received no wages, only rations of dry bread and beef, sugar and tea, and at the end of the season were given small amounts of tobacco, flour, sugar and tea: Dr. Partick McConville.