Court reopens, witnesses start publicly giving evidence in rape trial of NT police officer

The rape trial of a Northern Territory police officer has heard the accused was spoken to by a colleague about his relationship with the alleged victim, before “inappropriate behavior” allegations were raised. Key points: Patrick Carson has pleaded not guilty to two charges of sexual intercourse without consent The trial has been closed to the … Read more

Isolated children in the NT relish chance to play with others as mobile playgroup returns to Brunette Downs Races

Ella Gibson has only known life playing with her two siblings. Key points: Children in isolated parts of Australia can go weeks or months without face-to-face contact with other kids The mobile playgroup visits remote children in Indigenous communities, small townships and pastoral stations About 1,000 children access the service each year The six-year-old lives … Read more

Australian study aims to uncover mystery of extreme period pain in young people

Roughly half the world’s population suffers from it every month, but even today mystery still surrounds period pain. Key points: More than 80 per cent of teenage girls have experienced period pain Researchers are trying to understand why it’s more severe for some They’re currently recruiting participants in the Northern Territory How can some people … Read more

NT ICAC failed to offer procedural fairness to Darwin Turf Club board member in investigation into $ 12 million grandstand grant, court finds

The Northern Territory’s anti-corruption watchdog failed to offer procedural fairness before making findings of improper conduct in a major corruption investigation, the Northern Territory Supreme Court justice has found. Key points: The ICAC made adverse findings against the Darwin Turf Club board and five individuals in its investigation into a grant awarded to the club … Read more

Crocodile frying pan attack prompts safety advice amid Northern Territory tourism season

An outback pub owner’s feisty encounter with a crocodile – fighting it off with only a frying pan – has prompted warnings for tourists flocking to the Northern Territory this dry season. Key points: The 3.5-meter crocodile tried to attack the public south of Darwin Tourists and locals are being warned about crocodile safety More … Read more

Ute strike on pedestrian at Darwin hotel stemmed from Wadeye unrest, NT police allege

Police allege a family feud stemming from the remote community of Wadeye has erupted on Darwin streets, with three men charged after a pedestrian was struck by a stolen car. Key points: Three men have been charged with alleged offenses relating to a pedestrian being hit by a car in Darwin on Saturday Police say … Read more

NT pastoralist takes Sweetpea Petroleum to Supreme Court over fracking exploration access agreement

A cattle station owner trying to stop a gas company from fracking on his property has taken his fight to the Supreme Court. Key points: A tribunal granted gas company Sweetpea Petroleum the right to access Tanumbirini Station despite the owner’s opposition The pastoralist’s lawyers argue the move interferes with the cattle station’s operations The … Read more

NT Police drop dozens of charges against shooters over alleged mass horse killing on NT station

Dozens of charges against two men accused of killing 30 horses on a Northern Territory station have been dropped almost two years after police started an investigation. Key points: Two professional shooters were accused of killing 30 pet horses instead of ferals Lawyers claim the case has been drawn out and lacking sufficient evidence Workers … Read more

World War II veteran and Rat of Tobruk Sydney George Kinsman dies in Alice Springs, aged 100

A World War II veteran who was one of Australia’s last living Rats of Tobruk has died at the age of 100. Key points: Sydney George Kinsman has died in Alice Springs, a few weeks shy of his 101st birthday. He served during World War II, including at the famous Siege of Tobruk, and escaped … Read more

The underground world of blachan in the Northern Territory where recipes are top secret

A drive out of Darwin and into the heart of the city’s suburbia, a peculiar smell drifts out of a home and it’s drawing in the flies. “It’s like a real dead fishy smell,” said Mark Motlop, who cooks the spicy condiment, blachan, from his home in Wulagi. “But when you start to cook it … Read more