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Ghan train passengers in COVID quarantine

The Northern Territory ordered 20 Queensland tourists into COVID-19 self-isolation after they crossed the border aboard the Ghan train from South Australia. March 31, 2021 More than a dozen Queensland tourists have had their Northern Territory holiday plans disrupted and are in COVID-19 isolation after crossing the border on The Ghan train. NT Health directed […]

NT chief minister negative for COVID-19

The Northern Territory chief minister has tested negative for COVID-19 after developing cold-like symptoms. March 31, 2021 Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner has returned a negative COVID-19 test after coming into contact with family members visiting from Queensland and developing cold-like symptoms. Mr Gunner’s family arrived in Darwin from Toowoomba on Friday, a week […]

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 […]

NT LNG project set to boost local jobs

Hundreds of jobs are set to be created for Northern Territory workers after Santos confirmed its $3.6 billion Barossa gas field project will go ahead. March 30, 2021 Hundreds of jobs are expected to be created after the Northern Territory’s largest private economic investment in a decade was given the green light. Santos confirmed its financial […]

NT chief minister in COVID self-isolation

The Northern Territory chief minister remains in COVID-19 self-isolation with cold-like symptoms after meeting family members visiting from Queensland. March 30, 2021 Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner remains in COVID-19 self-isolation after coming into contact with family members visiting from Queensland and developing cold-like symptoms. Mr Gunner’s family arrived in Darwin from Toowoomba on […]

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 […]

Darwin mass shooting trial postponed

The trial of a man accused of the shooting murders of four people in Darwin in 2019 has been adjourned for six months, four days before it was due to start. March 24, 2021 The trial of a man accused of killing four people during the Northern Territory’s worst-ever mass shooting has been adjourned for […]

Proposed NT youth bail law changes slammed

Aboriginal legal services, social workers, humanitarians and lawyers have condemned the Northern Territory government’s proposed changes to youth bail laws. March 24, 2021 An Aboriginal legal service has joined social workers, humanitarians and lawyers in denouncing the Northern Territory government’s proposed changes to youth bail laws. Child offenders who breach their bail conditions would be […]

New police powers to curb NT youth crime

Northern Territory laws will be changed and police will be given more power to crack down on youth crime, including automatic remand for offending on bail. March 23, 2021 Young offenders alleged to have breached their bail conditions are set to be automatically placed on remand under the Northern Territory government’s proposed crackdown on crime. […]

NT’s Gunner gets jab amid vaccine fear

Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner has received an AstraZeneca COVID-19 jab after fearful Territorians posted messages on his Facebook page. March 22, 2021 Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner has rolled up his sleeve for an AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccination to allay concerns it could be unsafe. Dozens of worried Territorians posted messages on Mr Gunner’s […]

Classic Holdens celebrated on stamp series

Motoring enthusiasts are expected to race into post offices to buy a new stamp series featuring classic Holden cars, including the 1968 Holden Monaro. March 22, 2021 A Kingswood and a Monaro are among five classic Holden car models depicted on a new series of Australia Post stamps. Motoring enthusiasts are expected to race into […]

Anglers given access to Arnhem Land waters

Northern Territory recreational fishers and fishing tour operators can now access coastal waters near the Mini Mini and the East Alligator River regions. March 22, 2021 Northern Territory recreational anglers and fishing tour operators have been granted access to coastal tidal waters near two Arnhem Land rivers. The traditional owners of the sea country in Mini […]

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 land council boss for Labor in Lingiari

The Australia Labor Party is set to endorse Indigenous community leader Marion Scrymgour for the Northern Territory seat of Lingiari. March 18, 2021 Indigenous community leader Marion Scrymgour is set to be endorsed as the Labor candidate for the fedral Northern Territory seat of Lingiari. Current sitting member Warren Snowdon announced in December he would not […]

More Indigenous birthing centres needed

Researchers are calling for more Indigenous birthing centres after a seven-year study found they improve health outcomes for First Nations mothers and babies. March 18, 2021 More Indigenous birthing centres are needed to reduce pre-term births and improve health outcomes for First Nations mothers and babies, midwifery researchers say. A specialised birthing on country service could […]

Human error behind widespread NT blackout

An investigation into a power outage that left half of all customers on the Darwin-Katherine grid sweltering in November says human error caused the failure. March 18, 2021 Human error was the cause of a widespread Northern Territory power blackout that left thousands of people sweltering, an investigation has found. About 49,000 or half of […]

Police Indigenous policies up for review

An investigation into police engagement with the Indigenous community in the ACT has made a number of recommendations to improve relations. March 17, 2021 When and how is it appropriate for police to ask members of the public for their Indigenous status? Finding an answer to that question is among a number of recommendations by […]

Second COVID vaccine jabs start in NT

Frontline health, border and quarantine workers have started receiving their second COVID-19 vaccine doses in the Northern Territory. March 16, 2021 Northern Territory frontline health, border and quarantine workers have begun receiving their second COVID-19 vaccine doses. Two shots of the Pfizer vaccine administered about three weeks apart are needed to ensure the best protection […]

Drought surviving crops a step closer

Scientists hope the discovery of a new way to measure a plant’s water loss will help them find crops that can better survive droughts and heatwaves. March 16, 2021 The search for crops that can survive long droughts may be a step closer after Australian scientists found a way to precisely measure plants’ water loss. Researchers […]

NT AstraZeneca delay won’t impact rollout

The Northern Territory’s health minister has rejected concerns about delivery delays for the AstraZeneca vaccine. March 15, 2021 Health Minister Natasha Fyles has reassured the Northern Territory the COVID-19 vaccine rollout is on track despite AstraZeneca delivery delays. The Gunner government failed to place an order for about 1500 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, which […]

NT Indigenous culture set to lure tourists

A new interstate advertising campaign will present the Northern Territory as the beating heart of First Nations culture and encourage tourists to head north. March 15, 2021 Australian Indigenous culture will take centre stage in a new advertising campaign to encourage interstate visitors to the Northern Territory in winter The NT government “beating heart of […]

Qld COVID hotel probed for links to doctor

A Brisbane COVID-19 quarantine hotel is in lockdown as health authorities investigate if an infected traveller has links to an infected hospital doctor. March 14, 2021 Queensland health authorities are investigating whether a COVID-19 infected traveller in hotel quarantine has links to an infected Brisbane hospital doctor. The traveller was staying at the Hotel Grand […]

Qld premier defends COVID vaccine rollout

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has defended Queensland’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout after a Brisbane doctor contracted the virus from a patient. March 14, 2021 Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has defended Queensland’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout after an unvaccinated doctor contracted the virus from a patient at a Brisbane hospital. Only half the frontline health workers at Princess Alexandra Hospital […]

Pacific fruit pickers bound for SA

More than 1000 South Pacific fruit pickers are due to arrive in South Australia after a regional COVID-19 quarantine facility was set up in the Riverland. March 14, 2021 About 1200 South Pacific fruit pickers are expected to arrive in South Australia to help fill critical shortages of seasonal agriculture workers. The SA government’s attempts to […]

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