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Northern Territory looks for a quick fix on judge snafu

Northern Territory looks for a quick fix on judge snafu

The Northern Territory General Assembly has tried to patch up a recent fiasco involving the incorrect appointment of local court judges. The problem is that it's not such an easy mistake to fix.

R v Bayden Flash: what 'going in house' means for criminal justice in the NT

R v Bayden Flash: what 'going in house' means for criminal justice in the NT

To ensure the adversarial system works as well as it can, the accused must have counsel at least on par with that of the Crown. In the NT, this is rarely the case.

What does each state want from the NEG?

What does each state want from the NEG?

The Council of Australian Governments meets today to have their say on the NEG, and not every state and territory is going in with a smile.

The NT and the 'bottom of the harbour' scheme

The NT and the 'bottom of the harbour' scheme

In the early 1980s, pressure was building against the Northern Territory as a tax haven and those protecting it.

When the NT was Australia's premier domestic tax haven – part one

When the NT was Australia's premier domestic tax haven – part one

Doing the Darwin Shuffle was big in the '70s. No, it wasn't a dance move. The Darwin Shuffle is an avoidance scheme that operated in the NT from at least the early 1970s through to the 1980s and had serious political ramifications.

Why an NT News court reporter was facing a contempt of court charge

Why an NT News court reporter was facing a contempt of court charge

The case of NT News reporter Craig Dunlop, who has been facing contempt of court charges, should be a lesson for court administrators and judges everywhere: if you're going to charge a journalist and their employer, make sure you know who published what, when and on whose authority.

NT government release terribly timed press release on Tennant Creek

NT government release terribly timed press release on Tennant Creek

There are certainly some details missing in this offering from the Minister for Tourism and Culture.

Bigger than Adani: the NT 'carbon bomb' waiting to explode

Bigger than Adani: the NT 'carbon bomb' waiting to explode

By itself, Queensland’s proposed Adani coal mine would result in 5 billion tonnes of carbon-dioxide greenhouse gas emissions. Clearly, Adani is a "carbon-bomb".

Fate of Pine Gap protesters could set an ugly precedent for free speech

Fate of Pine Gap protesters could set an ugly precedent for free speech

The upcoming sentencing of Pine Gap protesters found guilty under harsh defence laws will signal our commitment to disproportionately penalising dissent, no matter how peaceful.

'My people are a multimillion-dollar industry and still they die'

'My people are a multimillion-dollar industry and still they die'

The Tiwi people, exploited by an industry of researchers, educators, and politicians, have the highest incidence of suicide on the planet, writes author Marie Munkara