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Nicholas Hynes

Nicholas Hynes is the 2020 ABC News Cadet in Darwin.

You can reach him at or on Twitter @nicholaschynes

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Darwin mass shooter loses lawyer in 'hot water prison assault'

Mass shooter Benjamin Hoffmann may be unrepresented in an upcoming court case over an alleged prison assault, after his lawyer withdrew due to ongoing funding issues.
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A sketch of Benjamin Glenn Hoffmann in court.

'If I could take it all back I would': Darwin shooter takes to the stand, as sentencing approaches

Three years after killing four people in a shooting rampage in Darwin, Benjamin Hoffman is edging closer to being sentenced. 
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Benjamin Hoffmann sits in the back of a police cage in a police car after his arrest.

Gas giant Inpex commits to a net zero emissions future in the Northern Territory. Will it get there?

An energy expert says it's "ambitious" to think a net zero agreement between gas giant Inpex and the Northern Territory government will be enough to offset carbon emissions from the company's expanding projects. 
Inpex shipment

Dozens arrested in a single day after months of unrest in remote Wadeye

Hundreds of residents remain displaced from the remote community after months of unrest, with 25 people arrested by police in a single day. 
Wadeye community, Northern Territory

ICAC failed to offer procedural fairness in major Northern Territory investigation, court finds

An Independent Commission Against Corruption investigation into a controversial multi-million dollar grant ended up in the Supreme Court. The court has found one man wasn't offered fairness.
The Darwin Turf Club's grandstand at the Fannie Bay racecourse on Darwin Cup day, 2021. 

Fracking fight over gas exploration reaches the Supreme Court

Northern Territory laws allow gas companies to enter cattle stations to explore, even if the leaseholders oppose it. One cattle station is fighting that in the Supreme Court.  
two men with arms folded and backs to each other with several people on horses behind them.

How the Northern Territory has avoided the power crisis unfolding in the eastern states — for now

As the eastern states grapple with the perfect storm behind a rapidly worsening energy crisis, the skies over the Northern Territory's power system are pretty clear. Here's what makes the NT's situation different — for now.
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Powerlines seen at dusk in Darwin.

The string of failures from police and corrections that left a woman dead

Roberta tried to escape her abusive ex-partner. She called triple-zero but police said "stop calling us". Five days later, she was dead.
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A medium close-up of a smiling woman with black hair and a black singlet

Mother and son charged over alleged hit-and-run after leg discovered on highway

A mother and son who allegedly attempted to hide the body of a woman killed in a suspected hit-and-run will likely plead guilty to multiple charges, the Darwin Local Court has heard.
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An aerial view of a section of Stuart Highway in Coolalinga, on the outskirts of Darwin.

Roberta was killed by her ex-partner. Days before, police told her to 'stop calling us'

A coronial inquest into the death of Roberta at the hands of her partner has heard two officers were disciplined, after telling her to "stop calling us".
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A medium close-up of a smiling woman with black hair and a black singlet

Roberta called police days before she was killed. The coroner is now examining what happened

An inquest has begun in Darwin examining the death of a woman who was killed by her ex-partner, while he was out on a suspended sentence for a separate violent assault.
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The entrance of the Darwin Local Court, on a sunny day. There are palm trees and blue sky in the background.

Darwin prison in 'crisis' due to overcrowding, corrections officer alleges

Workers at Darwin prison have walked off the job in protest against a proposed wage freeze, as well as alleged resourcing and overcrowding issues.
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people wearing khaki and red caps holding protest signs

Aboriginal elder and storyteller Kathy Mills dies aged 86

Prominent Northern Territory Aboriginal elder Kathy Mills is being remembered for her lifelong work advocating for and supporting Aboriginal people. 
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Kathy Mills, an indigenous elder, sits in her living room.

Scott Morrison promises Northern Territory cash splash, $130 million to go to gas giants

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has headed to the Northern Territory to detail a $300 million energy spend that would see more than a third handed to gas giants to invest in carbon capture and storage.
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A man in a blue shirt talks to Prime Minister Scott Morrison in Alice Springs. Mr Morrison is holding papers.

Review into Country Liberal Party’s future suspended ahead of upcoming election

The Australian Electoral Commission has paused a review into the Northern Territory's major conservative party, which was launched after the CLP's only sitting senator, Sam McMahon, quit the party. 
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A sign featuring the CLP NT logo.

NT Health Minister taken to court over COVID-19 emergency declaration as new cases remain stable

A group of Territorians opposed to the coronavirus health measures argue the emergency "no longer exists", as they launch civil action against NT Health Minister Natasha Fyles.
Natasha Fyles is wearing a pink shirt and looking serious into the distance.

‘Left behind’: Senior custodian raises concerns about future of sacred sites amid Supreme Court hearing

A pending Supreme Court decision over alleged sacred site damage in Kakadu National Park could have implications for the protection of other sacred grounds, a senior custodian believes.
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Looking down from the top of Gunlom Falls in the Northern Territory.

Commonwealth fronts Supreme Court over alleged Kakadu sacred site disturbance

The federal government faces a criminal charge over allegedly building a walking track near a sensitive part of a sacred site, against the wishes of traditional owners. It's arguing it can't be prosecuted.
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Sunset at the top of Gunlom Falls.

There's one corner of the country where the petrol price hike might hit hardest

Thousands of kilometres from the east coast capitals, there's a corner of the country bracing for an already-high cost of living to climb even higher.
A sign advertising fuel prices at a petrol station in the Darwin CBD. 

Football to continue at Darwin stadium while ICAC probes safety compliance issues

The AFL Northern Territory has confirmed "football will go ahead as planned this weekend" while the anti-corruption watchdog investigates safety compliance issues at Marrara Stadium. 
A Tiwi Bomber kicks around her body on TIO Stadium.

ICAC launches investigation into safety compliance issues at major Darwin sports stadium

The Northern Territory's anti-corruption watchdog has confirmed it is investigating the NT government over a stadium that could be in breach of the Building Act.
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A match is seen being played at TIO Stadium during sunset.

Chief minister says NT vaccine mandate to remain, despite unvaccinated police officers returning to work

The Northern Territory won't be following South Australia's lead in dropping a vaccine mandate, despite impending legal challenges.
Michael Gunner at a COVID press conference on November 18, 2021.

CLP president steps down in latest resignation for embattled NT party

The Northern Territory's Country Liberals are rocked by another resignation, with president Jamie De Brenni stepping down amid a tumultuous start to the year for the party.
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Sam Mcmahon, a woman wearing a hat, stands next to Jamie De Breni, a man wearing a dark blue blazer and green shirt.

Cyclone watch for tropical low off NT/WA coast, chance of category two storm near Darwin

The weather bureau is monitoring a tropical low forming in the Timor Sea, with the chance a category two storm could form west of Darwin in the coming days.
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Thurs cyclone track map

'Extremely selfish': AFL fan avoids more jail time for border breaches

A Melbourne man who lied his way across two states to attend the AFL grand final in Perth last year avoids more jail time after pleading guilty in a Darwin court.
People in Melbourne Demons garb celebrating in the change rooms with a player.

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