Frank Vincent: the 2014 Austin Asche Oration

On 4 September 2014, Hon. Frank Vincent AO QC delivered the Austin Asche Oration in Darwin on the topic "Law and Order in a Rapidly Changing Society".

For those of you who missed this event, and by permission of the orator and the editor of the Northern Territory Law Journal (where in due course the Oration will appear), CLANT is now pleased to publish the Oration.

Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation Lecture: 23 October 2014

CLANT Patron the Hon. Justice Virginia Bell will deliver the ninth annual Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation Lecture, to be streamed live from Sydney to the Supreme Court, Darwin, on Thursday, 23 October 2014.  Following the launch by the Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation of "Psychological Wellbeing: Best Practice Guidelines for the Legal Profession" earlier this year, Justice Bell will discuss the Best Practice Guidelines and their significance in driving change in the profession.

To attend, book here.

Alarmed but not Alert: "Daniel's Law"

CLANT has strongly criticised the announcement by NT Attorney-General John Elferink on 15 October 2014 of legislation to introduce a Northern Territory Sex Offender Public Website (NTSOPW).

CLANT's views are set out in "Alarmed but not Alert", an article for the Law Society journal Balance.

40 years on and going strong!

CLANT congratulates the publication by the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency of "Celebrating 40 Years of Aboriginal Legal Services in the Top End 1972 to 2012".

CLANT is proud to have provided a modest contribution to the production costs of this colourful and informative booklet.

Bail Amendment Bill (2014): more bad medicine

In March 2013, CLANT made this submission to the NT Department of Justice review of the Bail Act.  In July 2014, the government circulated a consultation draft of the Bail Amendment Bill.  Regrettably, the draft Bill does not adopt either of CLANT's key recommendations, which were that there be a general presumption in favour of bail, and that the offence of breaching bail be repealed.  On the contrary, the Bill broadens the range of offences attracting a presumption against bail.  In response, CLANT has made this further submission.  

Youth detention under review(s)

On 2 October 2014 CLANT, together with 11 other signatories, issued this statement calling for urgent action from the Northern Territory Government to improve youth detention facilities and commission a purpose-built youth detention facility.

Also on 2 October 2014, NT Attorney-General John Elferink announced an "independent review into the youth justice system". Notwithstanding this, the following day Northern Territory Children's Commissioner Dr Howard Bath announced that he would conduct a "comprehensive independent inquiry into the operation of youth detention facilities"

CLANT welcomes both these initiatives, and will watch their progress with keen interest.

The Fitzgeralds: 2014 NT Human Rights Awards

CLANT is proud to be a sponsor of the Fitzgeralds, the inaugural Northern Territory Human Rights Awards, named after Mr Tony Fitzgerald, CLANT stalwart and NT Anti-Discrimination Commissioner from 2002 to 2009.

We are starting off small, but hope with your involvement to grow the celebration and recognition of the work of those who on a daily basis  promote, encourage and advocate for Human Rights in the Northern Territory.

The Awards night will be celebrated on United Nations Day for Human Rights – 10 December 2014 – at a function at the Supreme Court, Darwin. 

We are now asking that you consider nominating colleagues work mates or friends for an Award.

There will be four awards

  • The Fitzgerald Youth Award
  • The Fitzgerald Justice Award
  • The Fitzgerald Change Award
  • The Fitzgerald Diversity Award

The nomination form which sets out briefly the broad scope of each award can be found at Fitzgeralds nomination form. Completed forms can be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mailed to  Human Rights Awards, LMB 22 GPO, Darwin NT 0801

Nominations are open now and close on 30 October 2014. The Judging panel will include Hon. Justice Jenny Blokland and  NT Anti-Discrimination Commissioner Sally Sievers.

International Crim Law Conf, MCG, Oct 2014


The 14th International Criminal Law Conference will be held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground from 8-12 October 2014.  The conference features a strong program of speakers who will address a broad range of topical issues.  Register here.

Peer Panel demonstration

Janet Truong, a member of the Chief Minister’s Round Table of Young Territorians, is running Peer Panel demonstrations with a view to establishing this restorative justice model for young offenders in the NT. The Peer Panel harnesses positive peer pressure to help participants understand their wrongdoings and pay back the community. It has been adopted in countries including the United States (where it is also known as "Teen Court"), Canada and England.

The next demonstration of the Peer Panel will be on Friday, 12 September 2014 at Darwin City Library - Civic Centre Function Room from 11:00am to 12:00pm. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Wednesday 10 September 2014.

Anti-Racial Vilification laws for the NT?

CLANT has supported the opposition to proposals (now apparently abandoned) to radically restrict the protection afforded to victims of racial vilification under the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth).  In the context of this debate, on 27 August 2014 a private members Bill was introduced in the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly to amend the Anti-Discrimination Act 1993 (NT) by inserting provisions similar to the existing Commonwealth anti-racial vilification measures.

The Bill is set to be debated in October 2014, and we will note the position taken by Members on this significant and sensitive issue with interest.

Read the Bill and second reading speech here

Criminal law reform issues update: August 2014

In August 2014, the Department of the Attorney-General and Justice presented Information Sessions on current Northern Territory law reform issues.  If you missed the session conducted in your area, you can catch up by reading this presentation (reproduced by permission of DoA-G&J), adapted here to cover only criminal law reform issues.

We have a venue...


CLANT is delighted to announce that the 15th biennial Bali Conference, on the theme "Curing Injustice", will be held at the Prama Sanur Beach Hotel, commencing with a Cocktail Party on Saturday 20 June 2015 and concluding with a Gala Dinner on Friday 26 June 2015.  Solusi Business Solutions, our conference organisers, are holding confirmed accommodation with great rates for all room categories. Registration and hotel bookings have commenced: contact Solusi.

Frank Vincent to give Austin Asche Oration

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Professor Simon Maddocks
Vice-Chancellor, Charles Darwin University

cordially invites

Members of the Criminal Law  Association of the Northern Territory (CLANT)

to attend the

2014 Austin Asche Oration in Law and Governance

by The Honourable Frank Vincent AO QC

Law and Order in a Rapidly Changing Society

Thursday 4 September 2014, 5:30pm – 7:00pm

Dining Room & Nitmiluk Lounge

Parliament House

Mitchell Street, Darwin

Click here for location map

Please RSVP by Friday 29 August 2014

E. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.         T. 08 8946 6554

RSVP is essential to gain entry to Parliament House

Please bring this invitation with you to assist with entry
Light refreshments will be served at 5:30pm

Dress code: Territory Informal

Gentlemen: Neat casual trousers, open neck shirt
Ladies: Neat casual

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