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Up to their ankles in sewage, a remote community’s patience runs out

Chris Graham August 5, 2009 28 Comments

The NT community of Ampilatwatja is overrun with raw sewage, and with complete inaction from the government, the residents have finally cracked.

Territory set to sail uncharted constitutional waters

Crikey August 5, 2009

The upheaval in the Northern Territory government could result in the first constitutional test of Australia's move to fixed-term Parliaments, says the ABC's resident wonk Antony Green. Will the NT ALP sit it out until 2012, or play some tricky numbers games to wrangle an early election?

Robinson: Anderson was a ticking time-bomb

Crikey August 5, 2009

NT Minister Alison Anderson's explosive exit from the state's parliament yesterday was inevitable, says Natasha Robinson: the "bolshie" Anderson was never going to last "watching the machine grind on as her family struggled in poverty".

Anderson quits, NT government on the brink

Chris Graham August 4, 2009 16 Comments

The ALP may have lost the numbers in the NT parliament, after Minister for Indigenous Policy, Alison Anderson, walked out on her cabinet post this afternoon.

Macklin’s town camp takeover derailed by big guns

Chris Graham July 31, 2009 3 Comments

Within 24 hours of Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin's announcement, the town camp takeover had well and truly derailed.

There’s no Alice town camps deal, not now and not likely

Chris Graham July 30, 2009 2 Comments

The truth is, the battle for the Alice Springs town camps is just beginning, despite Minister for Indigenous Affairs Jenny Macklin's latest deal.

Racism is a blanket in Alice Springs

Chris Graham July 29, 2009 33 Comments

Alice Springs town council is proposing a range of new powers; all pointed to one end: tackling anti-social behaviour. Except, it includes throwing out blankets used by homeless people...

Macklin botches Alice Springs town camp compulsory acquisition

Chris Graham July 27, 2009 17 Comments

Jenny Macklin has botched the compulsory acquisition of the Alice Springs town camps for the second time in as many months, and now faces the prospect of having to cut a deal with Tangentyere Council.

Aboriginal patients may end up the real losers in ACC victory

Crikey July 23, 2009 1 Comment

After a long-running legal tussle, a remote Aboriginal health clinic has lost its battle against the Australian Crime Commission to safeguard the privacy of its patient records.

No fairy floss, no show, for NT kids under income management

Sophie Black July 23, 2009 7 Comments

Thousands of Aboriginal Territorians, half of whose income is controlled through income quarantining and management, won’t be able to access money through their Basic Cards to get into the Royal Darwin Show this week.