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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.

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.

Fireflies—twinkling magicians of the night sky

Fireflies—twinkling magicians of the night sky

"Magical – that's the word I keep on using, it was magical. It was like being around fairies – the forest was glowing.": Nick Moir

Ten questions for Robbo aka @BiteTheDust

Ten questions for Robbo aka @BiteTheDust

In September 2015, Robbo was named the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia Pharmacist of the Year for 2015. Robbo has worked for the last ten years as a remote pharmacist in the vast Ngaanyatjarra Lands of Western Australia adjoining the NT and South Australian borders and is a tireless advocate for improvements in Aboriginal health.

Adam Giles – last man standing on the CLP’s ship of fools?

Adam Giles – last man standing on the CLP’s ship of fools?

Whoever wins the next NT election will face daunting political and economic challenges. Arrogance, hubris, venality and rank political stupidity have proven a fatal combination for the CLP, a party that could once claim pride of place in Territory politics. Right now it is little more than a shambling, punchdrunk rabble.

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

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

"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

Camp dog of the week – Bung-eyed Basil

Camp dog of the week – Bung-eyed Basil

Basil is a kind and attentive host, particularly when evening scraps are his due. He might be ugly, scarred and with a bad case of bung-eye (I forgot to get some Golden Eye ointment for his conjunctivitis from the local clinic) that hopefully should be cleared up in a few days. He isn't riddled with ticks and is obviously reasonably healthy - in mind and body. In all he is just a normal dog - except that he is (technically) homeless.

Bird(s) of the week: White-bellied Sea Eagle…and more

Bird(s) of the week: White-bellied Sea Eagle…and more

Earlier this week I drove out to the west coast of the NT’s Gulf of Carpentaria for work. On the first morning out bush I was lucky enough to be up before dawn and wandered down to the foreshore to see what might wander past and into my camera. I’d seen a pair of adult […]

Roadkill of the week – Dingo, Carpentaria Highway NT

Roadkill of the week – Dingo, Carpentaria Highway NT

Dingoes play an important role in Australia's ecosystems; they are apex predators and the continent's largest terrestrial predator. Because of their attacks on livestock, dingoes and other wild dogs are seen as pests by the sheep industry and the resultant control methods normally run counter to dingo conservation efforts.

Bird of the week: When sluts rule…the genetic advantages of promiscuity

Bird of the week: When sluts rule…the genetic advantages of promiscuity

Female Superb Fairy-wrens Malurus cyaneus initiate extragroup fertilizations by forays to the territory of preferred males, just before sunrise, 2–4 days before egg laying. Over a prolonged breeding season, males advertise their availability to foraying females by singing during the dawn chorus.