Topic archives: NT News

“A species of contempt heretofore unknown to the law”: Registrar of the Supreme Court (NT) v Nationwide News and Craig Dunlop

“A species of contempt heretofore unknown to the law”: Registrar of the Supreme Court (NT) v Nationwide News and Craig Dunlop

April 3, 2018

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.

The Poinciana Woman of Darwin’s East Point. By Roland Dyrting

December 22, 2017

There was once a beautiful brown-skinned Asian woman who long ago was raped by a group of Japanese fishermen out on East Point. She became deranged after this event and when she discovered that she was pregnant she hanged herself from a branch of a Poinciana tree near where she’d been assaulted. She has since become a wraith who stalks and kills men at night. She entices them by initially appearing as a beautiful, white-robed, long-haired young woman but then transforms into a hideous wild-haired eagle-clawed hag just before she eviscerates her victims and feeds on their still-steaming guts.

NT News throws its best under a bus

NT News throws its best under a bus

October 20, 2017 1

The reasons for Walsh's shock departure are unclear at present and may never be revealed—though there is no shortage of rumour on the street.

Essential documents from Aboriginal Australia: 6 – the 1972 Larrakia Petition

Essential documents from Aboriginal Australia: 6 – the 1972 Larrakia Petition

July 20, 2017

The battered document was later mailed to Buckingham Palace with a covering letter of apology, signed by Larrakia leader Bobby Secretary and four others, who claimed that there had been no reply to a note they gave to an aide with the Royal Couple, leaving the Larrakia’s last hope to try and break through the police barrier. The letter noted: ‘We are sorry to send the petition in this condition. We hoped and planned to present it personally to Princess Margaret.’

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?

July 16, 2017

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.

Accountability and transparency? The Gunner government gets a Fail grade so far

Accountability and transparency? The Gunner government gets a Fail grade so far

May 25, 2017

The Gunner government’s end of semester Report Card gives it a fairly miserable failing D grade in the subject Accountability and Transparency. Teacher’s comment: “Occasional glimpses of promise and a marginal improvement on last year’s class (the worst the school has ever had) but much more effort is needed”.

The Northern Territory is the most corrupt jurisdiction in Australia. Discuss.

The Northern Territory is the most corrupt jurisdiction in Australia. Discuss.

February 24, 2017 1

My punch-bowl moment at yesterday's first day of the NT governance summit—that the NT is the most corrupt jurisdiction in the country—drew a few audible groans and mutters of protest from the good-and-locally-great and protests that, well, Queensland, Joh and Eddie Obeid. Yeah, well, they would say that.

Crocs in the Cabinet: The CLP, politics as farce and farce as politics

Crocs in the Cabinet: The CLP, politics as farce and farce as politics

November 27, 2016

This book is about the fall of an empire – about the power struggles and missteps and flawed characters that took the CLP from the Northern Territory’s dominant political force to near extinction, from an election win in 2012 to holding just two seats in Parliament four years later: Ben Smee and Christopher Walsh.

The rise and rapid fall of Minister Nathan Barrett

The rise and rapid fall of Minister Nathan Barrett

June 14, 2016

By early Saturday afternoon Nathan Barrett was gone from the NT Cabinet, a "horrified" Chief Minister Adam Giles telling the media that Barrett "had to go."

The NT Economy – On-Track or off the rails?

The NT Economy – On-Track or off the rails?

March 16, 2016 4

Darwin lawyer Matt Punch has a look at the recent economic indicators and the CLP government’s ‘stimulus’ that tell us all is not well in the Territory.

Willem Rudolf Westra van Holthe: the accidental Deputy

Willem Rudolf Westra van Holthe: the accidental Deputy

February 14, 2016 1

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.

The travel agent, the Minister’s office and an unravelling travel scandal in the NT

The travel agent, the Minister’s office and an unravelling travel scandal in the NT

December 16, 2015 1

Justice Dean Mildren: "Prior to September 2013 you provided no travel services for the Honourable Bess Price. In the period between 12 September 2013 and 21 November 2014 you obtained the opportunity to provide in excess of $325,000 in travel bookings for the Honourable member and her staff. You obtained the opportunity to provide travel bookings for other government departments as a consequence of recommendations by Mossman."

Daniel’s Law – a bad law gone for good

December 7, 2015

“Mr Deputy Speaker … I seek leave to withdraw Daniel’s Law from the Notice Paper.“ With those few words in the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory on the first day of December 2015, NT Attorney-General John Elferink rang the death knell for “Daniel’s Law,” more properly the Sex Offender and Child Homicide Offender Public Website (Daniel’s […]

RU486 – will the NT allow women the right to choose?

RU486 – will the NT allow women the right to choose?

December 2, 2015

Dr Suzanne Belton, chair of the Family Planning Association NT: "The NT [is] at least 25 years behind the rest of the world and is out of step with all other states and territories in Australia." Kezia Purick has long expressed concern that the unavailability of RU486 in the NT was forcing women to travel interstate to obtain access.

NT Health Minister John Elferink on death, dollars and dialysis

NT Health Minister John Elferink on death, dollars and dialysis

August 21, 2015 10

"Renal failure is a post-colonial disease, short and simple. The causes of renal failure are complex. But what we do know is that the highest rates of kidney disease are found in fourth world communities. This is the situation we face in central and remote Australia." Sarah Brown, Western Desert Dialysis

“Journalist lunatics” – 1; Travel agent – 1 in NT Supreme Court suppression standoff

“Journalist lunatics” – 1; Travel agent – 1 in NT Supreme Court suppression standoff

August 19, 2015 2

"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 [2015] NTSC 48.

Dear New Matilda, it isn’t always about race …

Dear New Matilda, it isn’t always about race …

August 2, 2015

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.

Send in the troops – Arnhem Land has been ‘smashed’

Send in the troops – Arnhem Land has been ‘smashed’

February 24, 2015 5

"I'm mystified why the Territory and Federal governments haven't sent the troops in to help with the utter devastation in Arnhem Land. We have Robertson Barracks in Darwin that is full of troops on standby to do this kind of work. We have people living with no water, no power and in houses that have been smashed by fallen trees and they need help and now." Alastair King, CEO, Arnhem Land Progress Association

Why Delia Lawrie will never be Chief Minister of the NT

Why Delia Lawrie will never be Chief Minister of the NT

February 17, 2015

NT opposition leader Delia Lawrie has been odds-on to seize power from the hapless CLP government led by Chief Minister Adam Giles for months. But has she cruelled her own chances?

Failed statehood. Is it time for an(other) NT intervention?

Failed statehood. Is it time for an(other) NT intervention?

February 5, 2015 16

As Rothwell notes, the good tax-payers of the Australian south-east fork out around $4 billion a year to keep the NT running. Divide that number by the 220,000 people in the NT and the figure is around $18,000 per head. "Thanks and it is your shout!!"