Author Archives: Ken Parish

About Ken Parish

Ken Parish is a legal academic at Charles Darwin University, with research areas in public law (constitutional and administrative law) and teaching & learning theory and practice. He has been a legal academic for almost 12 years. Before that he ran a legal practice in Darwin for 15 years and was a Member of the NT Legislative Assembly for almost 4 years in he early 1990s.

A Tale of Two Chinese Cities

Once upon a time (in 2010) a wealthy Chinese businessman granted a long-term lease of a luxury apartment at an apparent undervalue to a senior Hong Kong government official, and then undertook multi-million dollar refurbishment works to it free of … Continue reading

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Donghai dong low sweet subsidy chariot

Long-ish article but a must-read in my humble opinion for Territorians interested in NT economic development (especially tourism). The Gunner government isn’t keen to disclose the terms of its “partnering” agreement with Donghai Airlines that resulted in the airline’s inaugural … Continue reading

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A Vibrant Darwin CBD – vision and reality

It seems like time to review progress on the Gunner government’s quest to create a vibrant Darwin CBD. They actually appointed an assistant Minister for that noble quest (Paul Kirby) on achieving government in 2016. In terms of on-the-ground progress … Continue reading

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Unloading the Duelling Constitutional Six Shooters

As far as I can tell, the position of the Australian Republic Movement ever since the failure of the 1999 Republic Referendum has effectively if tacitly been that there is no point in another referendum while the current Queen remains … Continue reading

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Neutering the Nattering Nabobs of Negativism

This article is a follow-up to my recent long piece titled Northern Territory development, debt and deficit – the long and winding road. Urban development ideas are invariably bedevilled by community dissension, much of it uninformed and anything but constructive.  … Continue reading

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MPs’ disqualification and Constitution section 44

I posted the piece over the fold some time ago (early January) but the fact that the federal Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters is about to publish its report into the ongoing legal and constitutional debacle surrounding the … Continue reading

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Northern Territory development, debt and deficit – the long and winding road

The media debate about last Monday’s NT Budget sure could do with some context and perspective.  The Australian’s Amos Aikman was an honourable exception: Everyone could see this mess coming. You can’t have a mining boom, two new gas plants, … Continue reading

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