Darwin ‘vigilante’ couple sentenced over armed alleyway ambush of teenage girls

A “vigilante” couple who, armed with a knife and metal pole, ambushed and assaulted two teenage girls in a terrifying alleyway attack, have narrowly avoided jail time. Key points: Jordan Lewis held a knife to the throat of a 16-year-old girl Timothy Lewis threatened a 13-year-old girl with a metal pole The couple said they … Read more

Darwin Port lease remains under scrutiny as PM’s department seeks input from national security agencies

The federal government has asked national security agencies for assessments of the Darwin Port as part of an ongoing review into the leasing of the facility to the Chinese-owned company Landbridge, an internal briefing obtained by the ABC shows. Key points: The NT government leased the Darwin Port to Landbridge in 2015 as part of … Read more

Celebrity crocodile wrangler, former police officer, helicopter pilot faces court over fatal crash

Prosecutors in the case against celebrity crocodile wrangler Matt Wright will make an application to vary his bail conditions by “three words” on Friday, the Darwin Local Court has heard. Key points: Matt Wright will seek a change to his bail conditions Former police officer Neil Mellon also applied for a variation to his bail … Read more

Watch live: Prime Minister Anthony Albanese faces questions about Voice to Parliament and deteriorating Alice Springs crisis on Sky News Australia

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has been grilled on the federal government’s response to a rampant crime wave in Alice Springs. Mr Albanese had a sit-down interview on Wednesday with Sky News Australia’s Political Editor Andrew Clennell where he was questioned about whether it could be assumed he forced the hand of the Northern Territory Labor … Read more

Informal imports of a highly addictive psychostimulant give seasonal workers in Australia a taste of home

In an Australian airport, en route to his new home in Darwin, Solomon Islander James Meiko Lengi recalls the sinking feeling he had when a border force sniffer dog singled him out in a line-up. Key points: Australian biosecurity laws allow up to 10kg of betel nut to be imported Demand for betel nut in … Read more

Sun Cable’s solar project is in voluntary administration. Why has it happened, and what does it mean?

It’s an ambitious project that was destined to be difficult. The mission: To turn the blistering heat of the Northern Territory into a solar energy powerhouse supplying electricity to Singapore and Darwin. The method: By building a giant 20-gigawatt solar farm — supported by the world’s biggest battery network — that connects to Darwin, before … Read more

Ukraine Ambassador Vasyl Myroshnychenko welcomes ADF training commitment as first troops deploy from Darwin

Ukraine’s ambassador to Australia has praised ADF troops traveling to the UK to help train Ukrainian recruits for providing “essential” assistance to his country’s fight against Russia. Key points: Australian troops will help train Ukrainian soldiers in Europe The deployment was announced on Wednesday, with 70 soldiers flying out of Darwin Ukraine’s ambassador to Australia … Read more

Death-in-custody inquest begins into suicide of Aboriginal man Bernard Hector, 31, at Darwin Correctional Center

WARNING: This story contains descriptions of self-harm which some readers may find distressing. It also contains the name of an Indigenous man who has passed away, used with the permission of his family An Indigenous man who died by suicide while on remand in Darwin prison had likely been dead for more than eight hours … Read more

Calls for northern Australia’s World War II legacy to be better recognized on the national stage

Those who stayed on the island that day were struck by the sound. Like great dragonflies, the menacing hum grew louder by the second. Janice Munhdhu Ganambarr remembers well the stories of her mother, from the day Milingimbi in remote East Arnhem Land was hit by Japanese bombers, 80 years ago, in May 1943. “When … Read more

After pandemic population disruptions, here’s where Australia’s cities are headed

As the world enters its fourth year of the COVID-19 pandemic, there are increasing signs of a return to people crisscrossing the globe. That includes overseas migration, an important driver of Australia’s population growth. In the latest forecasts, the federal government’s Center for Population suggests the nation’s population growth will remain steady over the next … Read more