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Commonwealth Government Records about the Northern Territory


12 Law and Order

Law and order in the Northern Territory were sometimes seen as a contentious issue, particularly by observers in the southern States. The Territory's remoteness and vast size helped to foster the image of the rugged, wild frontier, where common rules of law and order did not apply. This might also have been in response to skirmishes between white settlers and Aboriginal people.

Yet from the beginning both South Australia and the Commonwealth established a police force and a judicial system to ensure that some semblance of law and order was maintained across the Territory.


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Chapter 12
Law and Order