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BOB GOSFORD | November 15, 2014 | AUSTRALIAN POLITICS | 1 |

A Territory Testamentary Tale

This is a guest post from Darwin-based lawyer and legal academic Ken Parish, originally published at the website of Parish McCulloch.

A Northern Territory Supreme Court decision handed down on Wednesday provides a wistful postscript to the life of a great eccentric territory character as well as a salutary warning to aspiring DIY will drafters.

Andrew McMillan was the self-styled Hunter S Thompson of the Northern Territory. A well-known author, journalist and erstwhile musician, his books included Strict Rules (which dealt with the 1986 Warumpi Band/Midnight Oil tour), Death in Dili, Catalina Dreaming and the award-winning An Intruder’s Guide to East Arnhem Land.

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BOB GOSFORD | November 07, 2014 | ABORIGINAL & ISLANDER ART | 1 |

“Kabindi-kebdjirrkkan kurebeh kondabeh” – understanding Township Leasing in the NT

This is a guest post from Murray Garde. You can see his thoughts about local hand-sign language here.

This piece was originally posted in the October edition of Land Rights News, published by the Northern Land Council. 

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BOB GOSFORD | November 05, 2014 | ANIMALS | |

Getting the names right. Adventures with sand goanna nomenclature in central Australia

This is a guest post by  linguist and ethnobiologist Dr. Myfany Turpin that was originally published at the Endangered Languages and Cultures website.

The names for ‘sand goanna’ (Varanus gouldii) in the languages of areas where they are found often correspond to two ethnospecies.

Photographed here are the small arlewatyerre and the large aremaye, both from near Barrow Creek, NT, as they are called in Arandic languages (Arrernte, Kaytetye, Anmatyerr and Alyawarr).

On this day my companions successfully hunted both in close proximity, so I thought I’d see if there were differences in the scientific taxonomy that could improve my translations of ‘small sand goanna’ and ‘large sand goanna’ respectively.

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BOB GOSFORD | November 04, 2014 | NORTHERN DEVELOPMENT | |

Where morgues matter. Dignity for the dead in remote NT townships

Few of us think about how our bodies will be dealt with when we pass on. We assume that after dying peacefully in our sleep at home or much less so in a car-wreck that our mortal remains will be treated respectfully between the time of our death and when we are flung into that final fire or laid in the ground for the worms.

This is true for how most people in the Northern Territory will meet their maker, particularly those who live in cities and larger towns.

But it can be a very different situation in many remote — particularly remote Aboriginal — townships in the NT.

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BOB GOSFORD | November 03, 2014 | AUSTRALIAN POLITICS | 5 |

New Matilda, the public interest and the Senator

Maverick journalist Chris Graham took over the struggling New Matilda website (previously owned by Marni Cordell, now editor of Crikey) in mid-May 2014.

Since May Graham has — to his credit and those of his writers — maintained NM’s ten-year history of investigative reporting, sustained no doubt by contributing editor Wendy Bacon and a supporter base of comfortably suburban left-leaners. But three recent pieces — that Graham will no doubt be proud of in his own bullish way — may have sown the seeds for the demise of the NM masthead.

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BOB GOSFORD | October 30, 2014 | AUSTRALIAN POLITICS | 3 |

Senator Nova Peris. “I stand here today proud of who I am”

This is the full text of a speech given by Senator Peris OAM to the Senate earlier today.

SENATOR PERIS OAM, SENATOR FOR THE NORTHERN TERRITORY

Personal Explanation

Senate, Parliament House

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Mr President, I seek leave to make a personal explanation under Standing Order 190.

I rise to give a personal explanation in response to recent media reports relating to a number of private matters. The first thing that I want to say is I am completely overwhelmed by the support I have received from so many Australians.

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BOB GOSFORD | October 26, 2014 | AUSTRALIAN POLITICS | 9 |

The NT’s “Daniel’s Law” – Alarmed But Not Alert

This is a guest post by Russell Goldflam, President of the Criminal Lawyers Association of the NT.

The Northern Territory Sex Offender Public Website (Daniel’s Law) Act (“the NTSOPW Act”), as it will apparently be formally designated, sends so many wrong messages it is hard to know where to start. Of course, at the time of writing, no details have yet been provided.

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BOB GOSFORD | October 22, 2014 | UNCATEGORIZED | |

The Gurindji people farewell that “jangkarni marlaka”

This is a media release from the Karungkarni Art and Culture Aboriginal Corporation at Kalkarindji.

The Gurindji people gathered yesterday to express their sorrow at the passing of that “jangkarni marlaka” (big important man), Gough Whitlam. Men, women and children sat together through the day sharing stories in his honour. At sunset the women and young girls performed a farewell wajarra ceremony at Handover Park in Daguragu.

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BOB GOSFORD | October 21, 2014 | ABORIGINAL & ISLANDER ART | |

“That old maluka” – Warren Snowdon on the passing of a great man

This is the speech given by Warren Snowdon, Member for Lingiari in the Northern Territory on the passing of the Hon. Edward Gough Whitlam AC QC

MOTION OF CONDOLENCE – HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

TUESDAY, 21 OCTOBER 2014

It is indeed a great honour and privilege to be at the despatch box today to contribute to this fine discussion. I commend all who have spoken for their eloquence and their reverence for the occasion but most importantly for recognising the greatness of Gough Whitlam.

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BOB GOSFORD | October 12, 2014 | AUSTRALIAN POLITICS | |

Marion Scrymgour on Stronger Futures and Constitutional reform

This is the final of four extracts from the speech given by Marion Scrymgour on 8 October 2014 at the 2014 H.C. “Nugget” Coombs Memorial Lecture at Charles Darwin University, Darwin.

 You can read the first here, the second here and the third here.

Stronger Futures

Under Labor, the Commonwealth government let the Intervention run its full 5 year term, ignoring advice received from an independent review team lead by Peter Yu. My hope had been that at the end of the 5 years the Commonwealth would simply butt out and leave us alone, and I conveyed that view to Minister Macklin. It wasn’t to be. Instead we got ‘Stronger Futures’.

It is probably not fair to describe ‘Stronger Futures’ as the Intervention mark 2. Most of the 5 year measures in the NTNER were discontinued. The original stronger penalty for bringing alcohol into a restricted area was reinstated, but the whole alcohol restrictions situation was by then a mess, and so it has remained. The damage had already been done.

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