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Ah Kit rejects claims Darwin's racial divide could turn violent

Extract from Australian Broadcasting Corporation - ABC Online, on March 11th, 2002.

The Northern Territory Labor Minister, John Ah Kit, has dismissed claims Darwin could become one of the world's most violent cities because of the economic divide between the indigenous population and the rest of society.

Mr Ah Kit is the Territory Government's only Aboriginal minister.

He says claims by the former Territory Law Society president, Jon Tippett, that Darwin could become a Port Moresby or Johannesburg are wrong.

"That's an extreme reaction and I don't believe that we're going to be anywhere near getting to a situation such as Johannesburg and Port Moresby," he said.

"What we have to do is to embark on an exercise and to let people know that there is this marginalisation that's happened over the last 20 years."



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