Topic archives: The Northern Myth

“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.

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.

Coming the “sweet prawn” in Palermo: Chips Mackinolty on food, fashion and Dolce & Gabbana

Coming the “sweet prawn” in Palermo: Chips Mackinolty on food, fashion and Dolce & Gabbana

July 6, 2017

Intanto alla Vucciria Chips Mackinolty, street artist australiano, realizza “Dolce & Gamberi”, il dipinto di un abito d’“alta moda” con stampa di cannoli e gamberoni. L’ennesimo omaggio ad una Palermo che, per un lungo weekend, sarà davvero internazionale.

“Follow the money, bruss!” A short history of electoral funding in the NT

“Follow the money, bruss!” A short history of electoral funding in the NT

May 23, 2017

I'll be in Darwin next week for the first phase of my research, focussing on documentary research and getting a few interviews. Drop me a line and we can catch up ...

Keith Windschuttle and the Aboriginal sovereignty conspiracy that never was

Keith Windschuttle and the Aboriginal sovereignty conspiracy that never was

November 20, 2016 1

It is unsurprising that Windschuttle—as most of us do—struggles with the complexity of the Native Title Act but the least we can expect is that if he is going to throw up ideas based on the application of that Act it is not unreasonable that he exhibit at least a working comprehension of the operation of the Act and its basic concepts.

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.

What price for water? Stylo Station sold for $5.5 million.

What price for water? Stylo Station sold for $5.5 million.

December 23, 2015

Stylo Station is a modest cattle property near Mataranka in the NT's so-called "never-never" country. Why it is of such interest and controversy is all part of an unfolding tale, with many parts yet to come. Here is the latest ...

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 […]

Is the wealth of the North a myth?

Is the wealth of the North a myth?

August 1, 2015 3

Xavier Herbert on the North: “The blunny place is always either a desert or a lake,” wrote the Australian author in his novel Capricornia. “Rabbits’ve got more sense than them blowbags that write in the Southern papers.”

Trouble at the Bar in the Top End

Trouble at the Bar in the Top End

June 12, 2015

Outside of Court, matters have not gone well for Alistair Wyvill SC and solicitor Cathy Spurr. NT Solicitor-General Michael Grant has referred misconduct complaints against both to the NT Law Society.

All change (again) in the NT?

All change (again) in the NT?

September 1, 2014 3

Chief Minister Adam Giles looks increasingly rattled by the chaos that surrounds him and it may well be that tonight his long-suffering party will call it quits on his leadership.

East Timor’s media law unconstitutional – Court of Appeal

East Timor’s media law unconstitutional – Court of Appeal

August 21, 2014

Jose Belo: "The Courts today have upheld our constitution, which we fought so hard for. This is a victory for the East Timorese people. The government is trying to stop freedom of the media and freedom of expression ... It would now seem our politicians need help from the lawmakers to understand what the constitution means."

Good money after bad. The NT Government and the Ord River Irrigation Scheme

Good money after bad. The NT Government and the Ord River Irrigation Scheme

February 13, 2014 8

How viable will the proposed expansion of the massive Ord River Irrigation scheme be? Government's are bullish but science, the environment, economics and history tell a very different story.

Did the Prime Minister turn a profit from Pollie Pedal?

Did the Prime Minister turn a profit from Pollie Pedal?

October 25, 2013 9

Julie Owens MP: "I don’t believe that you can call it charity work if the taxpayer is paying your salary to do it - let alone if you make a profit out of it on the back of $350 in travelling allowance a day."

Birds, Fire and Culture – a new research project

Birds, Fire and Culture – a new research project

April 13, 2013

There is a growing body of evidence to suggest that some species are active promoters of fire in the northern Australian savannah landscapes, using small fire-sticks and embers to spread fire throughout the open grass and woodlands of the semi-tropical north.

Bad Law of the Week: S. 33AA Liquor Act (NT) – moral panic posing as law

Bad Law of the Week: S. 33AA Liquor Act (NT) – moral panic posing as law

April 4, 2013 2

Moral panic or good law and policy? S. 33AA of the NT Liquor Act as a blunt instrument of social control.

Ten (Australian) questions for Cancer Jesus

Ten (Australian) questions for Cancer Jesus

January 17, 2013 18

If Cancer Jesus ever returns to Adelaide he can expect to be dragged from his private jet at the airport, hitched to the back of a truck with a rope, hauled into the city down Anzac Parade and his lifeless body hung for display from a light standard in Victoria Square while the crowds that once sang his praises to the sky bay for his blood. He doesn't deserve any better.

The Northern Myth’s “Leak of the Week” competition

The Northern Myth’s “Leak of the Week” competition

September 6, 2012 1

Darwin is very much a public service town and the sense of dread of the arrival of the long white envelope is palpable - particularly among those who (a) may have had the temerity to vote for that other mob at some time, or (b) may be married to; was married to; is thinking about getting married to ... you get the drift ... someone who has voted for that other mob at some time.

Dump(s) of the week: Borroloola. Gulf country, Northern Territory

Dump(s) of the week: Borroloola. Gulf country, Northern Territory

October 22, 2011 1

AMSANT noted in its submission that it: "...note[d] that the many threats to environmental and public health that have been largely eliminated in the rest of the nation over the past century still blight many of our communities: urban, regional and remote. To this extent, the capacity of comprehensive primary health care to meet the needs of Aboriginal Territorians—to Close the Gap—will continue to be frustrated in environments in which fundamental public health protections are not available or unmet." AMSANT was concerned at the parlous state of environmental health of many of the communities that its members serve, where: "Poor environmental health conditions in remote communities and town camps include inadequate sanitation, water supply, rubbish disposal and grossly overcrowded housing. Basic infrastructure in many remote communities is either absent, inadequate and/or poorly maintained."

“I will have the Police shoot your Dog” – animal management in the NT

“I will have the Police shoot your Dog” – animal management in the NT

August 7, 2011 10

This brings us back to the Notice at the Nyirripi Store and begs the following question. Has anyone bothered to ask the locals if they want the Police to shoot their dogs? No? I thought not.