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Troubled NT mine compliant: watchdog

Glencore’s massive McArthur River Mine in the Top End has improved its environmental performance, a watchdog says, despite traditional owner concerns. May 31, 2021 A massive Northern Territory lead and zinc mine that’s been dogged by environmental incidents and alleged damage to Indigenous cultural sites has lifted its game, an independent monitor says. Glencore’s McArthur River […]

Victorian Ghan passengers in quarantine

Dozens of Victorian travellers have been removed from The Ghan and Indian Pacific train services in SA, NT and NSW amid COVID-19 travel restrictions. May 28, 2021 Dozens of Victorian tourists aboard two outback train services have had their holiday plans disrupted after being ordered into COVID-19 quarantine. More than 50 passengers were offloaded from The […]

Health chief in Howard Springs quarantine

Northern Territory Chief Health Officer Hugh Heggie is in COVID-19 quarantine at the Howard Springs facility after travelling in Victoria. May 28, 2021 The Northern Territory’s chief health officer is in COVID-19 quarantine at the Howard Springs facility. Hugh Heggie was travelling in Victoria when the NT declared Greater Melbourne a hotspot on Thursday. Dr Heggie […]

Two charged over Darwin car park murder

Two men have been charged with murder after a 20-year-old man was fatally stabbed in the car park of a Darwin shopping centre. May 28, 2021 Two men have been charged with murder after another man was fatally stabbed outside a Darwin shopping centre late at night. Peter and Matthew Gardiner, aged 20 and 26, […]

NT treaty commissioner could be sacked

The Northern Territory opposition are expected to move a motion in parliament to sack Treaty Commissioner Mick Dodson, who’s accused of abusing women. May 27, 2021 The Northern Territory’s underfire Indigenous treaty commissioner Mick Dodson could be removed by an act of parliament. Professor Dodson has been accused of verbally abusing and threatening an Aboriginal […]

NT man dead after shopping centre attack

A man is dead after being attacked outside a Northern Territory shopping centre and a woman is in hospital with significant injuries after being stabbed. May 27, 2021 A man has died after being stabbed outside a Darwin shopping centre and a woman is in a serious condition after being assaulted at a nearby home. […]

NT mine’s environmental bond docs fight

Traditional owners are likely to tussle with the Northern Territory government over documents about a massive lead and zinc mine’s environmental security bond. May 27, 2021 The Northern Territory government is resisting handing over sensitive ministerial documents about the decision to slash massive lead and zinc mine’s environmental security bond. Traditional owners from Borroloola and […]

Soldier’s death a ‘catastrophic failure’

A young soldier’s fatal head wound during a live-fire exercise was a catastrophic failure to comply with work health and safety duties. May 27, 2021 A young soldier’s death after being shot in the head during a live-fire exercise was a catastrophic failure to comply with work health and safety duties. Victorian soldier Private Jason Challis, […]

Thousands vaccinated across remote Top End

More than 42,000 coronavirus vaccines have been administered across the Northern Territory, with 5.5 per cent of the 246,500-strong population now inoculated. May 26, 2021 More than 10,000 people in the Northern Territory are now fully inoculated against coronavirus, with in excess of 42,000 vaccine doses administered. The rollout is tracking well, with the first jab […]

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 […]

Soldier’s training death was avoidable

The Defence Department has admitted breaching its duty of care to a young soldier fatally shot in the head during a live-fire exercise. May 26, 2021 A young soldier’s fatal head wound during a live-fire exercise was a terrible and avoidable tragedy, the Defence Department says. Victorian soldier Private Jason Challis, 25, died after he […]

Charges laid after NT worker killed on job

A Northern Territory excavator operator has been charged by the safety watchdog after a fellow worker was fatally struck by the machine’s bucket. May 25, 2021 A Northern Territory excavator operator could be jailed after a fellow worker was fatally struck by the machine’s bucket Kim Murray is accused of reckless conduct and failing his […]

Defence pleads guilty over soldier’s death

The Defence Department has pleaded guilty to breaching its duty of care to a young Victorian soldier killed in a Northern Territory live-fire exercise in 2017. May 25, 2021 The Defence Department has admitted breaching its duty of care to a young soldier fatally shot in the head during a live-fire exercise, saying it was […]

Disability hearing focuses on care homes

A royal commission has heard the exhausted mother of an intellectually disabled woman had to abandon her daughter at a NSW care home to get help. May 24, 2021 The exhausted mother of an intellectually disabled woman had to abandon her daughter at a NSW care home to get help, an inquiry has heard. The […]

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 […]

NT treaty commissioner can’t stay in job

NT Indigenous treaty commissioner Mick Dodson has lost the confidence of the chief minister following allegations he publicly threatened a woman. May 22, 2021 Professor Mick Dodson can’t continue as the Northern Territory’s Indigenous treaty commissioner until allegations he verbally abused two women are cleared up, Chief Minister Michael Gunner says. The former Australian of […]

Outback pub patrons disarm chainsaw bandit

A man has allegedly threatened drinkers in an outback Northern Territory pub full of grey nomads before being wrestled to the ground by one of them. April 21, 2021 A man has allegedly threatened tourists with a chainsaw in an outback Northern Territory pub before being wrestled to the ground. The allegedly drunk 41-year-old walked […]

NT domestic violence assault rates soar

New Northern Territory crime statistics show domestic violence and assaults skyrocketed during the COVID-19 pandemic. May 21, 2021 The Northern Territory suffered skyrocketing rates of domestic violence and assaults during the COVID-19 pandemic, crime statistics reveal. But property crimes, including house break-ins and motor vehicle theft, plummeted due to community lockdowns, NT police say. Domestic […]

NT treaty commissioner loses govt support

Northern Territory Chief Minister says he’s lost confidence in Indigenous treaty commissioner Mick Dodson following allegations he verbally threatened a woman. May 21, 2021 The Northern Territory’s Indigenous treaty commissioner Mick Dodson has lost the confidence of the chief minister following allegations he publicly threatened a woman. Professor Dodson has been accused of verbally abusing […]

Migrant women farmers honoured in Top End

Two migrant women have been recognised for their contribution to Australian agriculture after building large-scale farms supplying the major supermarket chains. May 20, 2021 Two women farmers originally from Germany and Thailand have been recognised for their outstanding contribution to northern Australian agriculture. From humble beginnings with tiny patches of dirt in the nation’s harshest […]

Calls to review NT’s largest water licence

Peak environmental groups in the Northern Territory want the water licence handed to a massive fruit and vegetable farm near Alice Springs reviewed. May 20, 2021 Peak environmental groups have applied for a Northern Territory government review of the water license handed to a massive Central Australian fruit and vegetable farm. Fortune Agribusiness wants to […]

NT police block docs for Rolfe legal team

Northern Territory Police Force has refused to hand over reports about an officer charged with the shooting murder of an Indigenous man to his defence lawyer. May 19, 2021 Northern Territory Police Force has refused to release information about an officer charged with the shooting murder of a young Indigenous man to his legal team. […]

Calls to lift criminal responsibility age

Dozens of legal, health and community organisations have again called for the age of criminal responsibility to be raised from 10 to 14 years. May 19, 2021 Dozens of legal, health and community organisations have again called on all levels of Australian government to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 14 years. […]

Third NT arrest for sex assault of a minor

A Northern Territory man has been charged for allegedly sexually assaulting a teenage girl. May 18, 2021 A Northern Territory man who allegedly sexually assaulted a teenage girl has been charged, the third assault of a minor in less than a week. The 14-year-old girl reported the incident to police on Sunday, saying she’d been […]

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