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Territory Talk, Wednesday 22 November

Peter Butler talks with Attorney General Natasha Fyles about the passing of the ICAC Bill and also responds to the challenges for government to tackle recurring issue of juvenile crime across the Territory.

Territory Talk, Tuesday 21 November

Opposition Leader Gary Higgins talks with Peter butler about day one of the last sitting week for 2017.

Topics discussed: the findings and recommendations of the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory, the ICAC bill debate and the pressing need to balance alcohol reform with community expectations.

Territory Talk, Tuesday 21 November

Federal Member for Solomon Luke Gosling talks with peter butler about the machinations of Canberra politics and Prime Minster Malcom Turnbull decision to cancel the scheduled second last week of parliament sittings for 2017.

Mr Gosling also relayed to listeners the positive reception given to NT representation at an investment forum held in Cairns.

Territory Talk, Tuesday 21 November

Morning host Peter Butler caught-up with eminent Territory barrister John Lawrence SC who says that, in the main, he is happy with the findings of the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory and that the recommendations have now put the NT back on keel with what the government should have been doing ten years ago and since.

Mr Lawrence laments that through a combination of reasons the Territory’s justice system deteriorated to the depths as uncovered by the Commissioners’ investigations.  John further maintains that there is no way the system can be fixed up if there is no accountability for those individuals who were named in the Royal Commission.

Territory Talk, Tuesday 21 November

The CEO of Danila Dilba - Olga Havnen responds to the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory final report tabled in parliament and the recommendations made to overhaul and reform both the Territory’s juvenile justice and protection sytems.

Ms Havnen told Morning host Peter Butler that she could never understand why aboriginal health services were never engaged by the previous NT Department of Children and Families to provide input to family support programmes especially, in the early intervention and prevention space.

Territory Talk, Thursday 16 November

Former Palmerston Mayor Robert Macleod responded to calls by some members of the local business community to delay the council election for six months.

Mr Macleod was emphatic that the election must proceed as planned as residents expected council to be run by elected members not an appointed manager from the Territory Government.

The entire elected Palmerston council members were suspended without pay in June and Mark Blackburn was appointed as official manger until a new council is elected.


On 29 June 2017 the Minister for Housing and Community Development, Gerald McCarthy:

(a) under section 224 (1) of the Local Government Act, placed the City of Palmerston under official management; and

(b) under section 224 (2)(b)(i) of the Act, appointed Mark Blackburn to manage the affairs of the council; and

(c) under section 224 (2)(b)(ii) of the Act, appointed Russell Anderson to investigate and report back to the Minister by 29 December 2017 on the conduct of the suspended members and the affairs and financial position of the council.

Territory Talk, Thursday 16 November

Labor’s Federal Member for Kingsford Smith Matt Thistlethwaite caught-up with Morning host Peter Butler and local Member for Solomon Luke Gosling to talk about policies to reduce drowning deaths in the Territory.

Also discussed were issues surrounding Commonwealth funding for the NT and the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility and the perception of the NAIF being a lethargic, underperforming and yet to deliver anything white-elephant.

white elephant


a possession that is useless or troublesome, especially one that is expensive to maintain or difficult to dispose of.

"a huge white elephant of a house that needed ten thousand spent on it"

Territory Talk, Wednesday 15 November

As part of Epilepsy Awareness Month and in in keeping with Morning’s drive to provide knowledge for Territorians and to promote a more caring and thoughtful community host Peter Butler discovered more about the neurological condition that affects more than 250,000 Australians.

Territory FM was recently confronted with a staff member who had an epileptic seizure whilst at work and Butler wanted to know more and to understand what his producer Mya was experiencing.

The subject expert – Dianna Day from Epilepsy Association of SA & NT.

Territory Talk, Wednesday 15 November

This morning Peter Butler talked with Treasurer Nicole Manison about the Treasury-conducted review looking at introducing a land tax to broaden the NT’s revenue base.

Territory Talk, Tuesday 14 November

Morning host Peter Butler talks with Josh Aylward from Shine Lawyers about his firm gauging community support for a class-action against the Commonwealth in relation to the unfolding PFAS contamination crisis.

Josh as the lead lawyer for a similar case on the eastern seaboard travelled to Katherine and spoke with over 300 residents potentialy affected by soil and water contamination said to have originated from fire-fighting foam used at RAAF Base Tindal.

Mr Aylward will conduct a presentation in Darwin on Monday 27th of November.