Category Archives: Politics – Northern Territory

Natural gas, global warming and the NT

I’ve written a few Northern Territory posts recently.  This is another one, but it has some significant national implications (I think). Tuesday’s announcement of Asian conglomerate Jemena as the preferred bidder to construct a gas pipeline connecting the Northern Territory to Queensland … Continue reading

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A tropical night in Darwin and another failed political coup

There has been yet another failed political coup in Darwin overnight, with the minority CLP government failing to carry a motion to sack Independent (and erstwhile CLP) Speaker Kezia Purick. Keen watchers of the Gilbert and Sullivan comic opera known … Continue reading

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The perils of penal reform

The effective sacking of NT Corrective Services Commissioner Ken Middlebrook is sad but politically inevitable.  It came in the wake of the escape and subsequent voluntary surrender of axe murder and rapist Edward Horrell from a Sentenced to a Job … Continue reading

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NAAJA v NT – a wider perspective

Further to my post on Tuesday, the result in yesterday’s High Court decision in NAAJA v NT [2015] HCA 41 will not have made either side completely happy.  The Court upheld the validity of the NT government’s “paperless arrest” law … Continue reading

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Giles and the Country Liberals – a Jekyll and Hyde government?

There are just over 9 months until the 2016 Territory election next August, unless there’s a successful “no confidence” motion in the Legislative Assembly in the meantime, or next May’s Budget is rejected. Both those possibilities presently look fairly unlikely … Continue reading

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Sentenced to a Job – is it working?

Sentenced to a Job is a prison-based program in the NT first planned under Labor but implemented and developed under the current Country Liberal government.  It seems like a good idea but is it working? Crime and punishment are subjects … Continue reading

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Sitting on the dock of the bay

NT Chief Minister Adam Giles announced yesterday that his government had signed a deal to lease the Darwin Port to the Chinese-owned Landbridge Group for 99 years for $506 million.  The deal involves the NTG/Australian interests retaining a 20% interest … Continue reading

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