About the Summit

The Northern Territory Governance Summit was a 2 day conference held in Darwin on 23 and 24 February 2017 by the School of Law at Charles Darwin University. Held at CDU’s Waterfront Campus in Darwin’s CBD, the Summit brought together over 40 speakers including current and past NT politicians, journalists, Aboriginal leaders, businesspeople and academics from across Australia.

We explored a range of issues important to good government in an informal, inclusive discussion format (a bit like ABC TV’s Q and A program) where Territorians were able to discuss issues with the experts and practitioners/politicians who have conducted Northern Territory government over the period of almost 40 years since the Commonwealth conferred self-government in 1978.

The context for the Summit also included dysfunctional government especially over the last 4 years of the Giles government.  We wanted to explore how the Territory’s system of governance might best be improved and developed to reduce the probability of another period of governmental chaos in future.

Contribute to the blog

Now that the Summit has taken place, we have decided to turn this site into a magazine-style blog where Territorians can continue discussing issues of good government in a written but conversational format.  See the post and comment links in the left navigation menu. You are invited to join the conversation, either by posting a comment to an existing post/article or submitting one for publication yourself. To do the latter attach your draft article (no more than 1500 words) to an email to ken.parish@cdu.edu.au .

Summit archives

However the site will also continue to serve as an archive for the Summit proceedings.  All Summit sessions were broadcast over Facebook Live, and you can access session video recordings and other archival material via the top menu item.