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Muckaty opponents on dangerous ground: the NLC responds

Northern Land Council media officer Murray McLaughlin responds to claims made in Crikey last week by opponents of the shelved Muckaty Station nuclear dump.

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Muckaty battle won, but war far from over

The Warlmanpa have successfully blocked government plans to put a nuclear waste dump on their land. But will that be the end of the story?

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On a mother of a day, bureaucrats dither, native languages wither

Today is the UN’s official International Mother Language Day, a day to recognise the importance of indigenous languages. But writer and linguist Greg Dickson says that for Australia’s indigenous communities, those languages are being erode — and will never return.

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CRIKEY INTERN | NT |

When gay sex was a crime: campaign to expunge records goes national

Victoria and South Australia will finally expunge those convicted of consensual gay sex. So will other states follow? Crikey intern Broede Carmody examines the roadmap.

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Abbott government peddles De Soto on Arnhem Land rights

Economist Hernando de Soto’s ideas on capitalism and poverty don’t fit the Australian Aboriginal experience. So why is the Abbott government trying to apply them, asks ANU professor Jon Altman?

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Crikey Clarifier: should nuclear waste be stored at Muckaty Station?

Newly minted NT Senator Nova Peris used her maiden speech to denounce plans to put a nuclear waste dump at Muckaty Station, raising concerns about the impact on indigenous people. Freelance writer Sally Whyte takes a look at the issue.

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Crikey Blogs | NT |

NT drama (no crocs though): Alison Anderson dumped

The notoriously turbulent Northern Territory government has unceremoniously dumped another minister — but this one has friends in high places.

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Crikey Blogs | NT |

Does Mundine support another military intervention in the NT?

Is Warren Mundine in favour of military intervention in the NT?

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NT |

Informed consent and human rights for indigenous Australians

The Commonwealth government has a history of intervening in indigenous affairs without local consultation. ANU professor Jon Altman asks: do the Stronger Futures laws contravene human rights?

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Will America park its drones on our lawn? Military men talk options

Congressional hearings in Washington have revealed the US military is openly canvassing hosting controversial unmanned aircraft in the region — including at Australian bases.

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Crikey Blogs | NT |

Iannucci, eat your heart out: NT Estimates hearings’ real-life Thick of It

If Armando Iannucci and his team of writers for The Thick of It run out of material, they can take a squiz at transcripts from this year’s Estimates Committee hearings of the NT Legislative Assembly. Bob Gosford scours the records for comedy gold.

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Crikey Blogs | NT |

Yirrkala Church Panels: how pictures redrew indigenous history

This week’s 2013 NAIDOC celebrations focus on the role of the Yirrkala bark petitions. Bob Gosford examines the equally significant history and importance of the Yirrkala Church Panels, also created in 1963.

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Crikey Blogs | NT |

‘Make a bark petition’: how an old typewriter changed the course of history

The 1963 Yirrkala Bark Petitions had a huge impact on Aboriginal land rights. Bob Gosford reflects on how they came to be — and the role an old typewriter had in changing the course of Australian history.

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ANDREW CROOK | NT |

Rudd takes on reform: NSW intervention 40 years in the making

Kevin Rudd has intervened into the rotten branches of the NSW Labor Party, promising to spread reform nation-wide. He’s in a better position to do it than Julia Gillard.

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Crikey Blogs | NT |

Deceit for a cause: why the ALNF are wrong about indigenous literacy

In a new marketing campaign, the Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation claim four out of five indigenous kids in remote communities can’t read. It’s an incorrect statistic and its wrong of them to pretend otherwise, writes Greg Dickson.

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Crikey Blogs | NT |

An angry open letter to Bess Price from a dyed-in the wool lefty

Incensed by a speech Northern Territory MP Bess Price made earlier this month about the political left’s approach to Aboriginal issues, self-described black feminist Celeste Liddle fires back.

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A ‘right to drink’ in Alice? Banned boozers register debate

The NT government’s abolition of the Banned Drinkers Register has divided opinion in Central Australia. Swinburne Institute for Social Research research fellow Eleanor Hogan reports for Inside Story.

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Crikey Blogs | NT |

NT govt’s ‘problem drinkers’ policy: reasons to be concerned

The NT government’s proposed initiative to mandatorily detain “problem drinkers” is discriminatory and risks causer wider harm. Win Yee Tan and Melanie Johnson explain why.

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Crikey Blogs | NT |

Pickled policy: why NT’s mandatory grog rehab scheme is doomed for failure

The NT government’s $100 million plan to detain citizens who have not committed crimes but are regularly liquored-up in public is the latest alcohol initiative that won’t work — and more than likely exacerbate the problem.

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Adam Giles’ pie-in-the-sky indigenous jobs plan

Adam Giles abolished the NT’s indigenous affairs portfolio and vowed to put Aboriginal people to work. But that’s easier said than done, writes ANU Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research’s Jon Altman.

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Crikey Blogs | NT |

NT Police go the Thumper: Losing the war against grog and crime

Police operations like Thumper in Katherine and other towns of the Top End do not stand unsupported. Thumping is now big business, writes Bob Gosford.

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Crikey Blogs | NT |

In the NT, Adam Giles must restore a ‘crazy’ house in crisis

Adam Giles has to restore credibility to the troubled CLP government, which last week he described as “divided” and “in crisis” under former Chief Minister Terry Mills, writes Bob Gosford.

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Crikey Blogs | NT |

Abbott on truancy: why Tony’s tough love won’t work

Tony Abbott says that under a Coalition Government parents would face on-the-spot fines for “failing” to send their kids to school. But it won’t work, writes a criminal justice system insider.

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Crikey Blogs | NT |

How Adam Giles (and his mates) seized power in the NT

It took a little longer than originally planned but Adam Giles has taken power in the NT. So how did Australia’s first Aboriginal political leader make it to the top? It wasn’t easy, writes Bob Gosford.

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Crikey Blogs | NT |

Message to Labor from deep north: do something or we’re doomed

If Labor continues its current trajectory, the party is doomed. Now is the time for serious decisions, writes disgruntled NT Labor Shadow Minister Kon Vatskalis.

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