Northern Territory

Aug 24, 2012

NT election preview: race card played as major parties tussle

Rumours are swirling that some candidates are playing the race card as the NT gears up for its election tomorrow. Crikey's man in Darwin reports on the campaign and gives his prediction of the result.

Bob Gosford — Editor of The Northern Myth

Bob Gosford

Editor of The Northern Myth

“Traditional”, “culture”, “yella-fella”, “ceremony man”, “malaywi”. Sources tell me these are the keywords in a series of alleged vicious whispering campaigns aimed at chasing Aboriginal votes in the dozens of small remote mobile polling booths that have been running for the past two weeks, in the lead-up to tomorrow’s Northern Territory election.

It is at these mobile bush booths that NT electoral politics gets face-to-face and personal as no static booth in a large town or city can.

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