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The Northern Territory news Mon 25 Jan 2021



The Northern Territory news Mon 25 Jan 2021

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08 NEWS MONDAY JANUARY 25 2021 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 a site called Madjedbebe. Combined with other archaeological evidence found at the site, the recent research shows the Kakadu region was probably a resilient area because of its climate even during glacial periods. It allowed people to thrive during the driest spells in Australias history, Dr Florin said. This included during the Last Glacial Maximum a period of global aridity occurring between about 25,000 and 18,000 years ago in which Australias arid zone dramatically expanded. We can now see the region would have allowed early Australians to thrive during long dry spells, perhaps also attracting communities from surrounding areas. Dr Florin said the research also showed that right now was the driest time Kakadu had experienced in that 65,000-year period. Kakadu is experiencing the driest time since humans first arrived in the country, she said. The regions plants and animals are experiencing extreme hardships. Feral animals, loss of biodiversity and disruptions to cultural landscape management, including vegetation burning, all pose increased threats to the health and wellbeing of the landscape and its Traditional Owners. ARCHAEOLOGISTS have been able to generate 65,000year-old rainfall records from the Kakadu region after discovering ancient food scraps, and found that the region is the driest it has been since human occupation began. The research by the University of Queenslands Anna Florin, released today, provides a glimpse into what the Kakadu regions climate was like when people first occupied Australia. It comes after a number of nutshells, commonly known as pandanus, were found during excavations in the Alligator Rivers region in 2012. The nutshells are the leftovers of meals eaten by humans as long as 65,000 years ago. Using the scraps from meals eaten tens of thousands of years ago, we can tell a localised story of climate change and explore its effects on communities living in the Kakadu region through time, Dr Florin said. The nutshells hold evidence in their composition for the amount of water available to them when they were growing, and can be used to understand past rainfall. The research was done alongside Mirarr Traditional Owners in the Kakadu area at SARAH MATTHEWS Ancient tucker a clue to climate Kakadu in record dry CDU students Hugh Woodbury and Colleen Rosas. Picture: Che Chorley WITH only two per cent of the NTs lawyers being Indigenous compared to 84 per cent of people in the NTs prisons Charles Darwin University (CDU) is on a mission to get more Aboriginal people studying law. The fourth year of the CDU Indigenous Pre-Law Enabling Program opened with a smoking ceremony on campus last week to welcome its 20 new students from all over the country. Student Colleen Rosas has worked in the Indigenous justice space in the NT for decades, including establishing the current Aboriginal Interpreter Service and working at the chairwoman for the Northern Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency. Ms Rosas has experienced first-hand the need for more Aboriginal representation in the courts. The dream should be that in 10 years time we have our own Aboriginal judges, prosecutors and defence lawyers, so people are making decisions about us coming from the same cultural perspective, she said. The court services should reflect the people theyre working with and providing a service to. Everyone in this course has had some family member whos had contact with the justice system. Ms Rosas said the Pre-Law program gave her an opportunity she never dreamt of: From being an uneducated little girl and coming over here (to the NT from Queensland) without even a high school diploma wow and now Im able to study law, she said. Lawyers to me were always rich white people. Students in this years program have come to Darwin from areas including Alice Springs, Ramingining, Gove, Broome and Weipa. SARAH MATTHEWS PRE-LAW STUDENTS SET TO RAISE BAR Clara Tuck Meng Soo. Doctor returns medal in protest A CANBERRA GP has handed back her Order of Australia Medal in protest against Margaret Court receiving an Australia Day honour. LGBTIQ advocate Clara Tuck Meng Soo said awarding Court a Companion of the Order of Australia was promoting discrimination and prejudice. Dr Soo, one of the first GPs to undergo gender transition in Australia, received an Order of Australia medal in 2016. In a letter to the Governor-General, she said she could not be seen to support the 24-time grand slam winner, who is being recognised for her tennis achievements, but has made controversial comments on homosexuality, conversion therapy and transgender people. 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