Category Archives: Politics – Northern Territory

Optional preferential voting in the Northern Territory

The Giles Country Liberal NT government managed to ram through legislation this week which not only implements optional preferential voting for Territory elections but also prohibits handing out of “how to vote” and other candidate materials to voters on polling … Continue reading

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The impossible dream of competent NT government

Here for my sins is the text of another letter I have just submitted to the local Northern Territory News: Dear Editor The statement in your editorial of 2 December 2015 that “neither of the major political parties is in … Continue reading

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A puzzled reader’s guide to next week’s NT parliamentary “no confidence” motion

If next Tuesday’s Labor “no confidence” motion against the minority Giles Country Liberal government succeeds in the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly, it will mark the first real test of the 4 year fixed term election arrangements that have become increasingly … Continue reading

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Northern Territory Statehood Push Offers Opportunity for Community Reflection

This article was published at UNSW’s Gilbert & Tobin Centre for Public Law site Australian Public Law. However they seem to be having some virus/accessibility issues so I am parking the article here for the moment. Statehood for the Northern … Continue reading

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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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