Northern Territory

Aboriginal prisoners used as slave labour in Northern Terriory

The Northern Territory branch of the United Voice union says a program that allows prisoners to work at a central Australian salt mine for award wages is akin to slave labour.

The Territory Government says low-security prisoners are being trained for work at a potash project near Curtain Springs because the company had trouble recruiting staff. Read more about Aboriginal prisoners used as slave labour in Northern Terriory

Racism alive and well in the Territory

Ms Ryder

Five men from Alice Springs have used bankruptcy declarations to evade a court order to pay $180,000 compensation to a grieving indigenous mother of Trainee Ranger Kwementyaye Ryder over the death of her son when young white males went on a drinking binge. Brian Martin, the Commissioner of the Royal Commission in The NT Detention. Previously the Commissioner of the Royal Commission in The NT Detention of children in 2016, Brian Martin, was the Supreme Court Chief Justice of the Northern Territory and the judge in this case where he called a savage murder of an Aboriginal man, 'Manslaughter by negligence' when sentencing 5 white boys. Read more about Racism alive and well in the Territory

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Indigenous leaders suspect remote NT communities will be closed

Milingimbi remote community

Despite repeated assurances that no Northern Territory remote homelands would be closed, a lack of government communication has left leaders in the Arnhem land community of Milingimbi believing it to be inevitable.

Residents' concerns have been outlined in a petition sent to the chief minister, Adam Giles, the local government and community services minister, Bess Price, and the federal Indigenous affairs minister, Nigel Scullion, and signed by 135 elders and senior people. Read more about Indigenous leaders suspect remote NT communities will be closed

No guarantees sought over NT remote Indigenous communities, Senate hears

Nigel Scullion, federal Indigenous affairs minister said
the commonwealth did not seek an assurance from the Northern Territory government that remote Indigenous communities would remain open before it proposed a change in funding arrangements. The federal government set aside a one-off payment of $155m in the budget for the territory government to take full control of municipal services. In the 2014-15 financial year, the commonwealth provided nearly $21m for municipal services in 376 NT outstations and homelands. Read more about No guarantees sought over NT remote Indigenous communities, Senate hears

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