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Glencore community funds allegedly misused

The Northern Territory government and miner Glencore have been accused of misusing millions of dollars set aside to help Aboriginal traditional owners. June 27, 2021 The Northern Territory government and a massive lead and zinc mine have been accused of misusing millions of dollars set aside for the benefit of traditional owners. Glencore’s McArthur River Mine […]

US Marines in Top End ready for action

With more than 2000 Marines in Australia’s north, commander USMC Colonel David Banning says the force isn’t just in the Top End to train, it’s ready for action. June 26, 2021 US Marines stationed in Australia’s north aren’t just in the Top End to train, says their commanding officer. USMC Colonel David Banning insists his […]

Safety concerns before soldier’s death

Safety officers failed to notice a young soldier who was fatally shot was in danger zone when a live-fire exercise in the NT was paused due to safety concerns. May 26, 2021 A young soldier was fatally shot in the head two minutes after a live-fire exercise was restarted after being paused due to safety […]

Assault and bullying in disabled care home

A royal commission has heard a carer at Sydney residential facility for disabled people was charged with assault over his treatment of a blind and autistic man. May 24, 2021 A supervisor at a NSW residential care home for disabled people was charged with assault, stalking and intimidation over his treatment of a blind and […]

Juukan inquiry for NT traditional owners

Traditional owners are likely to travel to Canberra to make submissions to the Juukan inquiry about Glencore’s McArthur River Mine in the Northern Territory. May 16, 2021 A delegation of Northern Territory traditional owners will likely testify before a federal inquiry into a massive lead and zinc mine’s impacts on Aboriginal sacred sites. Glencore’s McArthur River […]

India COVID flights may stress NT Health

Howard Springs quarantine facility in the Northern Territory is set to receive three flights of the most urgent cases from India. May 7, 2021 The Northern Territory is doing its bit to help Australians stranded in India amid a COVID-19 emergency, but will its health system be able to cope? Darwin’s Howard Springs quarantine facility […]

Kakadu site closure amid racism claims

Jawoyn traditional owners have voted to symbolically close a popular site at Kakadu National Park amid allegations of racism by Parks Australia management. May 6, 2021 A popular site at World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park will be symbolically closed by traditional owners amid allegations of racism by federally funded Parks Australia. Gunlom – a cascading […]

Refugees unlawfully detained in NT: lawyer

Lawyers for five refugees detained in a Darwin hotel for more than a year have launched a legal case against the federal government for false imprisonment. April 28, 2021 Five refugees detained in a Darwin hotel for more than a year are taking the federal government to court for false imprisonment and negligence after witnessing […]

Microplastics contaminating food and water

Airborne microplastics have become so widespread that humans are breathing, drinking and eating them on a daily basis, with fears they could cause cancers. April 14, 2021 Airborne microplastic particles from broken-down rubbish have become so widespread that humans are breathing, drinking and eating them on a daily basis. The near-invisible, dust-like pieces leach chemicals […]

Kakadu wants sacred site case dropped

The Northern Territory government has been asked to drop court action over an allegedly illegally disturbed Aboriginal sacred site in Kakadu National Park. April 8, 2021 Kakadu National Park management has asked the Northern Territory government to drop court action over an allegedly illegally disturbed Aboriginal sacred site. Parks Australia – which is part of the […]

Qld ‘very concerned’ over PNG virus spread

Queensland’s top doctor says she’s worried about Papua New Guinea’s soaring COVID-19 infection rate as health officials race to vaccinate far north communities. April 3, 2021 Papua New Guinea’s soaring COVID-19 infection rate has Queensland’s top doctor worried as health officials race to vaccinate vulnerable communities in the state’s far north. PNG, which is just […]

NT mine talks over Aboriginal sacred site

One of the world’s biggest zinc and lead mines is set to enter negotiations with traditional owners after alleged damage to Aboriginal cultural sites. April 1, 2020 A massive Northern Territory mine dogged by environmental incidents and alleged damage to Aboriginal cultural sites is set to start negotiations with traditional owners. McArthur River Mine says it […]

Hope as Australian environment fights back

The Australian environment has shaken off some of the toughest years on record and started a slow recovery, according to Australia’s Environment Report. March 31, 2021 The Australian environment has started a slow recovery from some of the toughest years on record, a new study has concluded. Researchers found robust species rebounded in 2020, despite […]

Kakadu managers call for Commonwealth help

Kakadu National Park will ask the federal government to intervene in a court case after it allegedly disturbed an Aboriginal sacred site. March 29, 2021 Kakadu National Park management is set to ask the Commonwealth Attorney-General to intervene after it was sued for allegedly illegally disturbing an Aboriginal sacred site. Parks Australia – which is […]

Native title laws not balanced: study

Weak native title laws allow mining companies to legally start mining projects without obtaining traditional landowner consent, a study has found. March 20, 2021 Some top mining companies are flouting international human rights conventions when negotiating with Indigenous Australians over land use, a study has found. Companies, including Origin Energy and Glencore, have failed to […]

NT and ACT join forces over euthanasia law

The Northern Territory and ACT have upped the pressure on the federal government over a law banning the territories from passing legislation on assisted dying. March 4, 2021 The Northern Territory and ACT are again calling on the federal government to restore their right to make voluntary euthanasia laws. NT Attorney-General Selena Uibo and the […]

NT mine to impact Indigenous sacred site

Glencore’s McArthur River Mine in the Northern Territory is likely to impact an Indigenous sacred site, a federal parliamentary inquiry has been told. March 2, 2021 The expansion of a massive Northern Territory mine is likely to impact an Indigenous sacred site, a federal parliamentary inquiry has been told. A growing waste rock pile over […]

Land council wants sacred site law reform

The Northern Territory Central Land Council wants laws overhauled to give traditional owners more say over development on country not protected by land rights. March 2, 2021 A Northern Territory Indigenous land council wants laws reformed to give traditional owners more say over development in areas not protected by Top End land rights legislation. The Central […]

Dingo landscape impact seen from space

The effects dingoes have on the environment have been captured in 32 years of NASA satellite imagery along Australia’s 5600km dingo fence. February 24, 2021 The environmental impacts of eradicating dingoes from the landscape are visible from space, a new study shows. Researchers studied 32 years of satellite imagery along the dingo fence which stretches […]

NT cop’s murder trial may be on YouTube

The trial of Northern Territory police officer Zachary Rolfe, who is charged with the shooting murder of a young Indigenous man, could be webcast on YouTube. February 23, 2021 The trial of a Northern Territory police officer charged with the shooting murder of a young Indigenous man could be broadcast on YouTube. Zachary Rolfe, 29, […]

More pressure on Woolies over NT grog shop

Health and community organisation have called on Reconciliation Australia to dump Woolworths over a controversial Dan Murphy’s megastore in Darwin. February 23, 2021 More than 30 health and community organisation leaders have called on Reconciliation Australia to distance itself from Woolworths over a controversial Dan Murphy’s megastore in Darwin. A letter sent to Reconciliation Australia […]

Darwin WWII bombing attack remembered

One of the last surviving WWII Darwin bombing veterans remembers the day war came to Australia’s backyard on the wings of 188 Japanese planes a lifetime ago. February 19, 2021 Mervyn Ey was a 20-year-old Australian Army private stationed in Darwin when bombs rained down on him and his mates 79 years ago. Now 99, […]

Parole board sounds warning on NT jails

Drug use, failing rehabilitation and staff resistance to change have pushed Northern Territory jails to a tipping point, the head of the parole board says. February 18, 2021 The Northern Territory’s overcrowded jails are at a “critical tipping point” with widespread drug use, failing rehabilitation programs and staff resistant to reform, the head of the […]

NT Labor sacks MP for ‘dishonest acts’

A Territory Labor MP has been dumped by the party for allegedly lying about an inappropriate relationship amid media claims of illegal drug use by unnamed MPs. February 18, 2021 Northern Territory Labor has dumped a member of its parliamentary team for allegedly lying about an inappropriate relationship. Former policeman turned politician Mark Turner was […]

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