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".
The NT intervention is going military, writes our NT insider, with a leaked invite to a going away party for NT boss of the Department of Family and Community Services, Housing and Indigenous Affairs, Brian Stacey.
Maj Gen Chalmers' press release on the progress of the NT invervention included the claim that "over 700 children have had health checks so far." But a government insider told NIT this morning that the number of health checks performed was actually between 400 and 500. The difference in figures, he explained, was the result of "double-counting" and "confusion".
The two key members of the government’s intervention into indigenous communities, Dr Sue Gordon and Major General Dave Chalmers, flew into the top end fulcrum of Maningrida yesterday to begin a two-day survey into what shape the intervention would take in the community. Maningrida resident Hamish Townsend reports.