The former Northern Territory Country Liberals government was given a $5600 donation from a US coal seam gas company days before the August election.

The Governor-General has recognised the efforts of indigenous people in defending the nation when Japanese planes bombed Darwin during World War II.

Territorians living near the Gulf of Carpentaria are bracing for Cyclone Alfred to make landfall on Tuesday, with evacuations in a remote Aboriginal community.

From the devastation of WWII, former enemies Australia and Japan forged a powerful bond in an act of reconciliation that has paid off, Malcolm Turnbull says.

One of the last surviving WWII Darwin bombing veterans remembers the day war came to Australia's backyard on the wings of 188 Japanese planes a lifetime ago.

Australia's alliance with the US was forged by combined sacrifice in battles such as the Darwin bombing and it remains rock solid, the prime minister says.