My thanks to Mark Zaicos for this one.
The campaign in the Northern Territory for statehood is underway again. You will find the web site here. This means that New England, North Queensland and the NT are all in competition for the honour of becoming Australia's seventh state. All are using a 7th state slogan.
Unlike New England or North Queensland where the existing Government is an obstacle that has to be overcome, the NT Government is driving the new state push. It wants genuine independence as a state, not territory, within the Australian Federation.
As part of the campaign, a series of community forums have been organised. The photo shows the forum in the remote centre of Galiwinku.
The idea of community forums makes a lot of sense and should be considered by the re-emerging New England (Northern) New State Movement as part of its campaign.
I wonder which area will make it first? It's a lot easier for the NT, but we New Englanders have not given up hope!