Northern Territory

Mar 15, 2012

A (big, blue) sign of the times for NT Intervention

On Tuesday night the Darwin City Council considered a letter from Dave Chalmers, state manager of the federal Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs' NT state office, with the seemingly innocuous subject of "highway and community signs".

Bob Gosford — Editor of The Northern Myth

Bob Gosford

Editor of The Northern Myth

On Tuesday night the Darwin City Council — in its last meeting before the local government elections later this month — considered a letter from Dave Chalmers, state manager of the federal Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs’ NT state office, with the seemingly innocuous subject of “highway and community signs”.

Like the NT Intervention’s “big, blue signs”, Chalmers has been with the Aboriginal rescue program pretty much from the start. Appointed by then federal indigenous affairs minister Mal Brough to spearhead the Intervention, Major General Chalmers returned to mainstream Defence Force duties in early 2009, but by October that year Labor’s Minister Jenny Macklin announced Chalmers would return to the NT as a civilian to head up her department in the NT.

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2 thoughts on “A (big, blue) sign of the times for NT Intervention

  1. Edward James

    So many in power seem to function like car park attendents taking all care and no responcibility. Edward James

  2. Bill Parker

    Gee Edward, that’s an insult to carpark attendants!

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