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Junction journal



Junction journal


Sue Shotton


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Sue Shotton

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Douglas Daly


Junction journal


Volume 29 Issue 1, January 2020

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Sue Shotton


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Junction Journal January, 2020 10 January is the month past cabinet records are released. This year we look back on 1989. What were you doing? 30 years is a long time in someone's life or community so to look back at what was happening 30 years ago gives everyone a look at how things have changed and whether things that were done in the past have had an impact on our future. So what did happen in the Northern Territory 30 years ago. Woman gained some rights with the drafting of an Equality of Status of Married Persons Bill. Prior to this bill being drafted women lost most of their property rights and their independent legal capacity once they were married. I remember sitting in a lawyers office when I was 18 and making my first will to be told that my will would be non void as soon as I became engaged to someone due to a law dating back to the early 1900s stating that once a promise of betrothal occurred (engagement) then the male had legal rights to everything the female owned. At least this new Bill in 1989 prevented this from happening. The Aboriginal Sacred Sites Act (NT) 1989 was passed by the Legislative Assembly. Ironically this was passed the last time the Assembly met in the building on Mitchell Street, which was demolished to make way for the new Parliament House building. Nitmiluk National Park was leased to the Jawoyn people and Prime Minister Bob Hawke opened Stage 1 of RAAF Base Tindal. Both big events for Katherine that year. The Northern Territory University was formed this year and the early approval of the Arafura Sports Festival commenced. The Arafura Sports Festival occurred in 1991 and was later to become the Arafura Games in 1998. The Territory Wildlife Park opened to the public whilst the Darwin Symphony Orchestra performed Image courtesy of Library & Archives NT, Department of the Chief Minister, NTRS 3813 P1, Item 11 First Perron Ministry (14 July 1988 to 30 July 1989) EH [Eric] Poole, TR [Terry] McCarthy, T [Tom] Harris, FA [Fred] Finch, MA [Mike] Reed, DF [Don] Dale, BF [Barry] Coulter, MB [Marshall] Perron, DW [Daryl] Manzie

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