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Territory Talk, Wednesday 4 October

Is it time for the government to stop underwriting operations that compete with commercial enterprise and instead refocus taxpayers’ dollars into attracting private sector investment?

Peter Butler talks with tourism operators Graeme and Giovanna Webb, owners of Crocodylus Park, about the decade long fifty percent decline in interstate tourist numbers to the Top End and the challenges of operating a business in a failing Territory economy.


Picture: ABC

Territory Talk, Tuesday 3 October

Charles Darwin University Professorial Research Fellow Rolf Gerritsen proposed that Darwin should be partitioned off from the rest of the Northern Territory as part of a solution to achieve better fiscal equity in the NT.

Morning host Peter Butler interview the Alice Springs based academic who said Darwin should be excised from the Territory if the NT is to develop a sustainable future.

Territory Talk, Monday 2 October

The Top end cyclone season is nigh. How committed or complacent are you? How prepared are you? What is in your cyclone kit?

Morning host Peter Butler talks with CDU’s experts in emergency and disaster management, Akhilesh Surjan and Jonatan Lassa about the importance for Darwinite’s to be more proactive than reactive with managing the risk of living in a cyclone prone environment.

Territory Talk, Wednesday 27 September

Territory’s Children’s Commissioner, Colleen Gwynne talks with Peter Butler about the toxic rhetoric by politicians against children that has caused serious damage and had no effect on rehabilitating juvenile offenders.

Gwynne agrees with law Professor Chris Cunneen who said, “raising the age of criminal responsibility to at least 14 would reduce the risk of children embarking on life-long involvement with the criminal justice system”.  The Commissioner said that putting a ten-year-old into Don Dale was a recipe for disaster and calls on the NT Government lead the way and raise the age of criminal responsibility to the age of 12.

Territory Talk, Wednesday 27 September

The Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the NT will present its report late in 2017.  A large amount of evidence was tested and an abhorrent body of facts were established during the Territory’s second RC.

John Lawrence, Territory-based lawyer and critic of the NT youth justice system talks with Peter Butler about concerns that key people within the system and publicly identified in the Commission’s transcripts and media reports have not been held responsible for their actions.

Territory Talk, Wednesday 27 September

Host Peter Butler chats with John Lawrence SC about the plea bargain from a defence lawyers point of view and the importance of victim lobby groups.

John also spoke about the Retta Dixon inquiry and failure with DPP policy to consult with some victims on the fact charges had been dropped.

Territory Talk, Wednesday 27 September

Chris Fearn from Victims of Crime NT talks with Peter Butler about the important work his organisation performs and the Territory Justice Departments Charter for Victims. Also discussed was the relationship between the victim and the public prosecutor.

Territory Talk, Wednesday 27 September

Plea bargaining and the Territory’s Attorney General calling for a review of NT murder laws where some of the topics discussed with Daryl Manzie and Peter Butler. The interview is lengthy but enlightening. What are your thought? You be the judge.

Territory Talk, Tuesday 26 September

Heath from the PANDA PROJECT speaking to Pete Butler on their massive recycling drive up the highway.

There's a big WELCOME party are the BEACHFRONT for the panda lads this friday from 6pm ! 


Territory Talk, Tuesday 26 September

Peter Butler talks with Chief Minister Michael Gunner about pressing issues facing his government, namely:

•                Senator Nigel Scullion calls for an audit on federal funded NT police positions out bush

•                The NT is looking to join the space race with a proposed space launch base in Arnhem Land.  There are  questions around land acquisition and tenure given the complex management of traditional lands through myriad agencies

•                Drunk itinerants to be moved on but, to where?

•                PM Turnbull’s renewed call to save the near destitute eastern sea board with Territory gas.

•                CDU’s  Alice Springs-based professorial research fellow Rolf Gerritsen arguing that Darwin should be separated from the rest of the Territory as a type of “city territory” to end the Government’s urban bias.