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.
This is a guest post by Chips Mackinolty, an artist and journalist based in Palermo and Darwin. On 9 August 1974, eight years almost to the day after the famous Wave Hill Walk Off, a group of largely Mangarrayi speaking families walked off Elsey Station. Yes, the place of the colonialist pastoral fantasy of We […]
A report of the sale of a large freehold cattle station in the NT to the country's largest grower of sandalwood is denied by the station owners but questions remain over the future of the station's controversial water allocation.
A bargain at $45 bucks a night! The rooms at the Elliott Hotel might be a little rustic, but they are the cheapest beds in a town that the Territory, time, Tripadvisor, Trivago and the rest of the country forgot.
"This is just bullshit; it’s all gone backwards. Everything goes to Tennant Creek (headquarters of Barkly Council). We want to get Elliott going again, but Tennant Creek just shoots us down in flames," Councillor Ray Aylett.
“I’m not sitting here and reflecting on the morality,” said Justice Anthony North of the Federal Court. “If it was so, I would have an easy answer.”
Bob Gosford looks at the impact of external global forces, local regulatory compliance concerns and internal turmoil on the future of the Northern Territory's junior iron miner, Sherwin Iron.
Johnny Lee Clary on the KKK: "Wherever there are white people, they go and recruit," he said. "They go to areas wherever there are any types of racial problems, for instance, where there have been problems between Aborigines and white people."
Apart from all-to-frequent roadkill there isn't much to see along the 400 or so kilometres of the Carpentaria Highway that runs from the Stuart Highway at Daly Waters to the coast just east of the small town of Borroloola.