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Barry Hansen: The NT government is the worst government financial disaster in Australian history

Barry Hansen: The NT government is the worst government financial disaster in Australian history

What is required is a regional structure with culturally appropriate boundaries which oversees all programs and consultations in the region. The directors would be elected to salaried positions and there would be staff to support and advise the elected members. Local Government bodies could not fill this role because they are ultimately controlled by the Minister, and they have roles that conflict with a body such as I propose. This would eliminate the random and uncoordinated “consultation“ burden and replace it with something much more effective and productive.

Catch 22: The case for biodiversity in climate change policy

Catch 22: The case for biodiversity in climate change policy

Nearly 10% of domesticated breeds of mammals used for food and agriculture had become extinct by 2016, with 1000 more breeds still threatened which means the pool of genetic variation which underpins food security has declined. Astoundingly, the Report is  the first intergovernmental report on biodiversity and ecosystems that takes into account indigenous knowledge.

Are there legal protections for drinking water in the Northern Territory?

Are there legal protections for drinking water in the Northern Territory?

When the next incident of water contamination surfaces, it is important that there are clear public standards for testing, reporting, and remediation with direct lines of legal accountability to residents. Such legislated standards are necessary to reduce the likelihood of such incidences and to protect drinking water for all residents of the NT.

Which way? That way! The High Court issues a mud map for native title compensation

Which way? That way! The High Court issues a mud map for native title compensation

Lawyers will be excited and busy this week. Government lawyers will be reading the decision closely and working out how to proceed.  Often where States or Territories have granted tenure for specific projects (such as a mine) there is a contractual agreement between the State or Territory and the project proponent that passes compensation liabilities through to the proponent, so there will also be some company lawyers busy assessing potential liabilities.  Lawyers who represent indigenous groups will be carefully considering where to go next.

The long overdue and well-deserved death of “political correctness.” An explainer by Michael Vaughan.

The long overdue and well-deserved death of “political correctness.” An explainer by Michael Vaughan.

I prefer the definition attributed by some to former US president Harry S Truman in 1945: "Political correctness is a doctrine, recently fostered by a delusional, illogical minority and promoted by a sick mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a piece of shit by the clean end." Amen to that.

When pot was king in the NT: Chapter One – the Batchelor crop of 1976

When pot was king in the NT: Chapter One – the Batchelor crop of 1976

Darwin has always been a haven for desperados, chancers, carpet baggers and those trying to run away from the dark shadows of a previous life. I'll admit to being one of the latter when I turned up in mid-1984. From the long-lens-view of the populated south-east of the country, Darwin was an attractive bolt-hole, not least because it was about as far away as you could get from your southern ghosts. Not that there was any lack of opportunity for new troubles in the Top End.

Sun sets on NT edition of the Rural Weekly.

Sun sets on NT edition of the Rural Weekly.

Over its four years, Rural Weekly NT emphasised news and views from the pastoral, mining, agriculture, land management and conservation sectors. Politically, it covered the 2016 election loss of former Chief Minister Adam Giles and the rise of Labor’s Michael Gunner. But other issues also rose to the fore, matters deeply affecting those in the bush, including health services, especially mental health and youth suicide, as well as the wind-down of the Inpex project, the impacts of climate change and the potential hydraulic fracturing (or fracking) of the Territory’s gas reserves.

When pot was king. Cannabis cultivation in the NT: Part One – Introduction.

When pot was king. Cannabis cultivation in the NT: Part One – Introduction.

We'll never know with any certainty just how many crops were grown in the NT from the late 1970s through to the late 1990s but through my research over the past couple of years I’ve located reports - sourced from court reports, personal reports, NT Police material and of course contemporaneous media accounts – that indicate the Northern Territory was a hot-spot for cannabis cultivation during that period.

A new literary journal for the Northern Territory: The Borderlands project

A new literary journal for the Northern Territory: The Borderlands project

Literary journals are an important component of Australia's literary culture and can help to foster a range of Indigenous, non-indigenous and multicultural voices. However, the Northern Territory has no such platform, and its lack is a significant shortfall in the artistic lives of Territorians.

States of deferral: Securing housing in Borroloola, NT

States of deferral: Securing housing in Borroloola, NT

“The government comes, has a look and goes back to their air-conditioned office”: Miriam Charlie. Residents in the four town camps - Mara, Yanyula, Garawa 1, and Garawa 2 - face overcrowding, insecure tenancy, water contamination, and failing health hardware. The recently released Town Camps Review classifies 34 per cent of Borroloola houses in “very poor” condition, and another 25 per cent in “poor” condition.