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Welcome to the resource area for locating NLC publications including media releases, newsletters, public notices and the Land Rights News (Northern Edition), Australia's longest running Aboriginal newspaper.

Land Rights News (Northern Edition) is published by the Northern Land Council and is distributed free to communities in the Northern Territory. See the rates to advertise in the only newspaper to reliably reach Aboriginal people in the remote Top End.

The Barunga Agreement

A Memorandum of Understanding to provide for the development of a framework for negotiating a Treaty with the First Nations of the Northern Territory of Australia.

Subject: Treaty

Barunga Agreement: Joint Land Councils and Northern Territory Government Statement

The Northern Territory’s four Land Councils and the Northern Territory Government have today signed an historic Memorandum of Understanding (the “Barunga Agreement”), paving the way for consultations to begin with Aboriginal people about a Treaty.

Subject: Treaty

Land Councils and Northern Territory agree on an MoU for Treaty

A historic meeting between the Northern Territory Government and the Territory’s four land councils has agreed to establish a working group to develop a Memorandum of Understanding about how a treaty between the government and the NT’s Aboriginal people should progress.

Subject: Treaty

A Territory Treaty

The NLC’s Executive Council hosted a workshop in Darwin, 19-20 February, to discuss how a Treaty could be progressed between the Northern Territory Government and Aboriginal people. Staff of the Central Land Council also attended. The workshop preceded a meeting of the Executives of the four NT Land Councils in Darwin in early March.

Subject: Treaty

Land Councils Support Treaty

​In the wake of the despair of Indigenous Australians about the refusal of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to accept the recommendation of the Referendum Council as espoused in the Uluru Statement from the Heart, the four Northern Territory Land Councils have embraced the decision of NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner to open a discussion about a treaty with the Territory’s Aboriginal people.

Subject: Treaty

Shall there be a treaty?

Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner has committed to engaging with Northern Territory Land Councils about a possible treaty.

Subject: Treaty