Time in Northern Territory (Australia)

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What is the Time in Northern Territory in Australia

The current local time in Northern Territory in Australia is shown live on the analog clock running on top. The Zone Time of Northern Territory in Australia is UTC + 09:30 hours. The Northern Territory in Australia does not utilise DST or Daylight Saving Time any time during the year and hence the local time in Northern Territory remains UTC+09:30 hours throughout the year which is also called ACST or Australian Central Standard Time. Darwin located in Co-ordinates 20oS133oE is the capital city of Northern Territory in Australia  The people in Northern Territory in Australia  are called Northern Territorian or just Territorian.

About Northern Territory in Australia

Indigenous Australians are known to have lived in the Northern Territory in Australia for over 40,000 years. It is said that there was extensive trade links between Northern Territory in Australia and Indonesia for more than five centuries. There were four attempts by the British settlers and all of them died of starvation and despair in this hard land. Between 1825 to 1863 the Northern Territory was a part of the Colonial New South Wales. Then it became part of South Australia between till 1911. Overland Telegraph came in 1870 and a Railway line between Palmerston and Pine Creek came in by 1885. Cattle raising and mining was well established  by 1911 with half a million cattle around. Victoria River Downs was at that time the largest cattle station in the entire world. Then gold was found at Grove Hill in 1872 and Copper was found in Daly River. During the World War II, the top end of Northern Territory came under military government and on 19 Feb 1942 even Darwin had a Bomb dropped on it.

Area and Population  at this Time in Northern Territory

At this time in Northern Territory has an area of 1,420,970 square kilometers which is in the third position in Australia area wise. Out of this 1,349,129 square kilometers is land and water covers about 5% or 71,839 square kilometers which is a considerable water logged area. Northern Territory in Australia has a population of 243,700 people which puts it at eighth position in australia populationwise, with a population density of one man in about 6 sqare kilometers. or 0.17 person per square kilometer. The population of Northern Territory in Australia in 1901 was estimated at 4,765 people which grew to 19,556 by 1956 and further grew to 200,019 by 2002. The last census of 2011 accounted for 211,945 residents in Northern Territory in Australia

Climate at this Time in Northern Territory

At this time in Northern Territory has two distinct zones of climate. The first one including Darwin in the Northern end has high humidity and two types of season. The Wet climate between October to April and dry season between May to September. In the dry season the day is warm and sunny but humidity in the afternoon is as low as 30%. The rainfall is also scanty in the dry weather. Jun to July are the coolest and temperature dips to about 14 deg C but never reaches frost levels. The wet season on the other hand is troubled with monsoon rains and even tropical cyclones. December to March months sees the maximum rainfall with thunderstorms being a common affair. The afternoon humidity in the wet season averages to 70%. The central region of the country is desert with semi arid climate with rainfall in the hottest months between October and March. The highest temperature recorded was on 01 Jan 1960 reaching 48.3 deg C or 118.9 deg F. The lowest recorded temperature in Northern Territory in Australia  was -7.5 deg C or 18.5 deg F.

Tourism at this Time in Northern Territory

At this time in Northern Territory, Tourism is one of the major industries. The Iconic trouist destinations like Uluru and Kakadu in Northern Territory of Australia a major tourist capital of the world for both domestic as well as international travellers. Wide open spaces, water falls, aboriginal culture, beautiful landscapes, tamed as well as untamed wild life etc makes tourism in the Northern Territory an immersive experience in tourism. It is estimated that over 1.4 million people visited the Northern Territory in Australia  in 2005-06 totalling to a massive figure of 9.2 million nights spent and over 1.5 Billion US Dollars spent in the Northern Territory. Other tourist attractions in Northern Territory in Australia are Kakadu National Park in the top end with Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park in Ayers Rock of Central Australia and the mining etc.

Government at this Time in Northern Territory

The Northern Territory in Australia, the government with a responsible Legislative Assembly headed by Chief Minister came in 1978. But at this time in Northern Territory in Australia  the Parliament is one of the three Unicameral Parliaments in the Country. It had a Northern Territory Legislative Council which was replaced in 1974 by the newly created Northern Territory Legislative Assembly based on the Westminster System. This Legislative Assembly exercises similar powers as the governments in other states of Australia but the difference is that it does this by legislated devolution of powers not by any constitutional rights, but  from the Commonwealth Government which retains the right to legislate for the Northern Territory that includes the power to over ride the legislations passed by the Northern Teritory Legislative Assembly at any time. The Administrator of the Northern Territory performs the role similar to a State Governor represents the Monarch.

Functioning of Northern Territory Government at this Time

At this time the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly has 25 members who are elected for a four year term from single member electorates. The Chief Minister is the Head of the Government of the self governing territory where as the Head of Government of Northern Territory in Australia is  the Premier. The Chief Minister is appointed by the Administrator of the Northern Territory. who is normally the leader of the party that holds the majority seats in the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly. The Administrator of the Northern Territory is normally appointed by the Governor General of Australia on the advice of the Commonwealth Government in consultation with the Territory Government. The Northern Territory in Australia is divided into 17 Local Government Areas including 11 Shires and 5 Municipalities. In addition there are Aboriginal Land Councils which are groups of Aoriginal Landowners which were setup under the Aboriginal Land Rights Act.

Languages at this Time in Northern Territory

The Official language at this time in Northern Territory is Australian English. Officially it is also said that Australia per say has no Official Language. But at this time in Northern Territory in Australia over 100 Aboriginal languages are spoken in addition to English. The major indigenous languages spoken in the Northern Territory are Murrinh-patha, Ngangikurrungurr, Warlpiri, Warumungu, Arrernte, Pintupi-Luritja, Pitjantjatjara, Yolngu, Djambarrpuyngu, Burarra, Maung, Gunwinggu, Iwaidja, Tiwi etc. Amazingly litrature is also available in many of these Aboriginal languages of Northern Territory in Australia.

Why is it named Northern Territory?

Northern Territory was originally a part of South Australia. Later in 1911 it split from South Australia and thus was named the Northern Territory even though at this time there are parts of Queensland much north than the Northern Territory.