The first article I submitted to the Northern Territory’s Law Society journal Balance was in 1999. In that article I called for the reform of the Northern Territory’s mandatory murder sentencing laws, which were then and are still the harshest and most unfair in the nation.

I revisited this issue briefly in my column in the first edition of Balance for 2016. There having since been a change in government, but not the law, it is worth raising the issue once again, as I did in my submissions on the occasion of the ceremonial opening of the Supreme Court in Alice Springs on May 5, 2017.