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Renewed hope five years after Uluru penned

Five years after hundreds of Indigenous leaders endorsed the Uluru Statement from the Heart, there is renewed hope constitutional reform will be implemented. May 26, 2022 It has been five years since hundreds of Indigenous leaders from across the country gathered to endorse the Uluru Statement from the Heart. Rejected by the Turnbull government in […]

Kumanjayi inquest to probe cop’s drug use

An inquest into the death of an Indigenous teenager Kumanjayi Walker will examine whether Northern Territory police constable Zachary Rolfe was using drugs. May 26, 2022 An inquest into the death of an Indigenous teenager will examine if the Northern Territory police officer who fatally shot him was using drugs. Kumanjayi Walker, 19, died on November […]

NT murder accused in court, intruder shot

A man accused of the shooting murder of an alleged home intruder in remote Northern Territory has faced court in Darwin. May 25, 2022 A man accused of murder over the fatal shooting of an alleged intruder at a remote Northern Territory home has faced court. Kim Jamie Keith Kellett, 38, is accused of killing […]

Gas fracker’s remote NT access threats

A gas exploration company could employ security guards to ensure it can access a remote Northern Territory cattle station in the Beetaloo Basin. May 25, 2022 A gas exploration company may use security guards to ensure it can access a remote Northern Territory cattle station protected by pastoralists and Indigenous traditional owners. Tamboran Resources subsidiary […]

Used tyres like sunscreen for roads: study

A study has found roads built from a mix of bitumen and used tyres are 50 per cent more UV resistant, slowing ageing and the need for maintenance. May 25, 2022 Rubber from used tyres acts like sunscreen for roads and halves the rate of sun damage when mixed with bitumen, Australian research has found. […]

Threatened species could be saved: study

Dozens of Australia’s most threatened animal species could be saved from extinction with enhanced conservation efforts, a study has found. May 24, 2022 More than 60 of Australia’s most threatened animal species could be saved from extinction with a little extra conservation effort, scientists say. Mammals, birds, reptiles, frogs and freshwater fish are among the […]

Aussie scientists battle killer bacteria

Australian scientists may have found a way to stop a rare but deadly bacterial infection that kills 60 per cent of patients within days. May 24, 2022 Australian scientists may have found a way to treat a common but deadly bacteria that kills more than half of the people it infects. Clostridium septicum is a highly […]

NT’s new chief minister unveils cabinet

Chief Minister Natasha Fyles has revealed her new Northern Territory Labor cabinet, with women in all but two of the top jobs after the reshuffle. May 23, 2022 Northern Territory Chief Minister Natasha Fyles has unveiled her new cabinet, with women in all but two of the top jobs after the reshuffle. Ms Fyles will […]

NT law replacing remote booze ban slammed

The Northern Territory’s new liquor laws which require dry Indigenous communities to apply to remain booze-free are a disgrace, social services groups say. May 18, 2022 Booze will be allowed back into hundreds of Northern Territory remote Indigenous communities under “disgraceful” new laws replacing Intervention-era alcohol bans. The NT government says its amended liquor laws, […]

US Marine charged with NT indecent assault

A 21-year-old US Marine based in the Northern Territory has been charged with indecent assault, following an alleged incident at a Darwin bar. May 18, 2022 A US Marine based in the Northern Territory will face court over indecent assault allegations at a Darwin bar. The alleged incident involving the 21-year-old man on April 30 is […]

NT police call for tougher assault laws

The Northern Territory police union wants tougher laws for first-time offenders who assault its members after 37 officers were allegedly assaulted in 37 days. May 18, 2022 The Northern Territory police union has thrown its support behind tougher laws for first-time offenders who assault its members and other key workers after a surge in violence […]

Booze ban to end for NT remote communities

Proposed Northern Territory liquor laws to replace expiring Intervention-era alcohol bans will give dry Indigenous communities a choice about accessing alcohol. May 17, 2022 The Howard government’s race-based Intervention-era alcohol bans are set to expire in the Northern Territory after almost 15 years. Hundreds of dry remote Indigenous communities and camps will soon be able to […]

Manison to remain in NT’s deputy chief job

Northern Territory’s deputy chief minister Nicole Manison will keep her job after a Labor leadership shuffle in the Top End. May 17, 2022 The Northern Territory’s deputy chief minister will keep her job after Michael Gunner’s surprise resignation led to Labor’s left seizing power in the Top End. Right-faction member and deputy Nicole Manison was […]

Violent brawl in remote Top End community

Civil unrest has returned to a remote Northern Territory Indigenous community after a violent brawl involving hundreds of armed people broke out. May 17, 2022 A brawl involving hundreds of armed people has erupted in a remote Northern Territory Indigenous community as a violent feud between rival clans rolls on. About 300 people were involved […]

NT’s new chief to tackle social issues

New chief minister Natasha Fyles plans to tackle growing social issues in the Northern Territory, including alcohol abuse and property crime. May 16, 2022 The Northern Territory’s new chief minister Natasha Fyles has hit the ground running in her first week in office with a promise to tackle social issues and their causes. Alcohol abuse, […]

NT’s new chief minister shocked to get job

Natasha Fyles has been chosen by Labor colleagues as the Northern Territory’s new chief minister, replacing Michael Gunner after his surprise resignation. May 14, 2022 The Northern Territory’s new chief minister Natasha Fyles says she is shocked to be selected for the top job, but is ready to hit the ground running. The former health […]

New chief minister to hit ‘ground running’

Natasha Fyles is the Northern Territory’s new chief minister following Michael Gunner’s surprise resignation, becoming the second woman to lead the NT. May 13, 2022 A former school teacher is the Northern Territory’s new chief minister following Michael Gunner’s surprise resignation. Former health minister Natasha Fyles, 43, was elected by Labor’s 14-member caucus on Friday following […]

Natasha Fyles new NT chief minister

Natasha Fyles is the Northern Territory’s new chief minister following Michael Gunner’s surprise resignation, becoming the second woman to lead the NT. May 13, 2022 A former school teacher and mother of two boys will be the Northern Territory’s next chief minister following Michael Gunner’s surprise resignation. Former health minister Natasha Fyles, 43, was selected by […]

New NT chief minister to be revealed

The Northern Territory is expected to learn who its new chief minister will be following Michael Gunner’s surprise resignation on Tuesday. May 13, 2022 The Northern Territory is expected to learn who its next chief minister will be following Michael Gunner’s surprise resignation from the top job. The 46-year-old stood down moments after handing down […]

NT chief minister reveal could take weeks

The Northern Territory may have to wait weeks for a new chief minister if Labor’s left and right factions fail to agree on a replacement for Michael Gunner. May 13, 2022 The Northern Territory could face weeks of leadership uncertainty following Michael Gunner’s shock resignation as chief minister. The 46-year-old stood down moments after handing […]

NT chief minister vote could take weeks

The Northern Territory may have to wait weeks for a new chief minister if Labor’s left and right factions fail to agree on a replacement for Michael Gunner. May 12, 2022 The Northern Territory could face weeks of leadership uncertainty following Michael Gunner’s shock resignation as chief minister. The 46-year-old stood down moments after handing […]

Gunner departs to praise, but has critics

There’s been mixed reaction to Michael Gunner’s decision to resign as Northern Territory chief minister for personal reasons. May 10, 2022 Business groups, Labor colleagues and a powerful Indigenous land council have praised outgoing Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner, but others have criticised his environmental record. The first Top End-born NT leader resigned on […]

Gunner steps down as NT chief minister

Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner has resigned, saying he knew it was time to go when he held his new baby son in his arms. May 10, 2022 Michael Gunner has resigned as chief minister moments after handing down the Northern Territory budget, saying his head and heart are no longer in the job. […]

NT budget recovering quicker than expected

The Northern Territory economy is recovering quickly but the government will remain deep in the red for the foreseeable future despite reining in spending. May 10, 2022 The Northern Territory’s economic recovery is happening quicker than expected but the budget remains deep in the red, despite the government reining in spending. The 2022/23 budget released […]

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