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The Ord River was targeted for agricultural expansion in the 20th century. isthatdaves/Wikimedia Commons

Water in northern Australia: a history of Aboriginal exclusion

Ever since British settlement, water rights in Australia's north have favoured landowners over traditional owners, effectively locking Aboriginal people out of agricultural development.
George Brandis, former NT chief justice Brian Martin, who will head the royal commission, and Malcolm Turnbull announce the commission’s terms of reference. AAP/Andrew Taylor

The NT royal commission: it’s a good start but more leadership is needed

The royal commission's terms of reference hold some promise, but more needs to be done about juvenile justice and child protection systems across Australia.
Northern Territory Chief Minister Adam Giles, flanked by corrections commissioner Mark Payne and police commissioner Reece Kershaw, speak to the media on Tuesday. Neda Vanovac/AAP

Evidence of NT detention centre abuse was there for all to see

It is surely extraordinary it took a Four Corners program, excellent as it was, to force the attention of Northern Territory and federal politicians on to the scandal of the NT detention system when most…
Solomon MP Natasha Griggs holds one of the most marginal Coalition seats, so will be hoping for more prime ministerial visits – with funding attached. AAP/Lyndon Mechielsen

State of the states: how local politics in the Northern Territory could muddy the federal vote

Territorians will go to the polls for the next Northern Territory election only eight weeks after the July 2 election – blurring the lines between local controversies and how people vote federally.
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Why is it still possible to climb Uluru?

Uluru's traditional owners have asked for decades that tourists not climb their sacred site. Parks Australia has committed to closing the climb – but only when some ambitious goals have been met.
Tom E Lewis translated parts of King Lear into Kriol for the Malthouse Theatre production of The Shadow King. Malthouse Theatre

Explainer: the largest language spoken exclusively in Australia – Kriol

It's spoken by up to 20,000 people, but most Australians have never heard of Kriol. The creole of North Australia has evolved into a distinct language – but is it helping or killing Indigenous dialects?
Graduates of a 2015 Tertiary Entry Program, which paves the way into university courses, with lead author and CQUniversity’s Pro Vice-Chancellor of Indigenous Engagement, Bronwyn Fredericks (fourth from left) and Provost Hilary Winchester (far right). Peter Lawrence/CQUniNewsPICs

Laying pathways for greater success in education for Indigenous Australians

If we're serious about closing the gap in Indigenous education, our new research shows the value of building better bridges into universities and vocational education.
The remote rivers of northern Australia could be home to untold numbers of new and threatened fish. Matthew Le Feuvre

We discovered 20 new fish in northern Australia – now we need to protect them

A score of new fish species discovered recently in northern Australia remind us how little we know about our country.
Syphilis outbreaks tend to occur in marginalised populations where there is a lack of affordable, appropriate and culturally acceptable health care. yaruman5/Flickr

Northern Australia syphilis outbreak is about government neglect, not child abuse

The syphilis outbreak in Central Australia is not about child abuse. But it highlights the urgent need for investment in sexual health services for Aboriginal Australians living in remote areas.
The Northern Territory’s Alcohol Mandatory Treatment Act is disproportionately applied to Aboriginal people. Terry Trewin/AAP

How mandatory treatment for public drunkenness is failing Aboriginal people

In the Northern Territory, public drunkenness can force someone into an alcohol treatment centre for three months. The policy has no basis in evidence and discriminates against Aboriginal people.
Mandatory reporting of family violence on a woman’s behalf threatens dignity and takes away her power. Andreas Levers/Flickr

Family violence victims need support, not mandatory reporting

Legal requirements for doctors to report family violence to police may sound good at first glance. But evidence shows it's better doctors are trained to support women to make their own decisions.
The white paper on developing northern Australia outlines a solid vision - now for action. Andrew Campbell

Is the white paper a game-changer for northern Australia?

The White Paper on Developing Northern Australia represents the most comprehensive attempt yet to think through the development possibilities of the north.
The Northern Territory’s ‘paperless arrest’ powers are at odds with recommendations by the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. Shutterstock/Igor Golovniov

Paperless arrests are a sure-fire trigger for more deaths in custody

Northern Territory police powers to make 'paperless arrests' are completely contrary to recommendations by the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, and now the inevitable has happened.
Indigenous prisoners perform a welcome ceremony at the 2014 opening of Darwin’s $500 million prison, which is likely to be full by 2018. AAP/Neda Vanovac

State of imprisonment: if locking ‘em up is the goal, NT’s a success

The Northern Territory stands out for having one of the highest imprisonment rates in the world - much higher even than in the US - and it's hard to argue that this does the community much good.

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