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BOB GOSFORD | July 13, 2014 | FUN STUFF | |

La morte di un altro giornale?

Days are numbered for l’Unità, founded in February 1924 by Antonio Gramsci, one of the fathers of the Italian Communist Party [PCI} looks set to go if backers cannot be found by the end of this month.

The paper—banned under the fascists, and out of print in 2000 until it was revived in 2001—currently has 50 journalists and 15 production workers.

None have been paid since April.

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BOB GOSFORD | July 07, 2014 | BIRDS | |

Sei isole in un mare di morti. (Six islands in a sea of death)

This is a guest post from Chips Mackinolty, an Australian artist and writer living in Vucciria in the capital city of Sicily, Palermo.

I have been reading from time to time about the situation with refugees back in Australia—specifically “boat people”—and of the rumours about boats being turned back, if not handed back to the Sri Lankan navy.

Here, Italy is in the front line of refugees arriving by boat.

While there is much to criticise about the Italian government’s treatment of refugees once on shore, the story at sea is far different, with the Italian navy and air force, assisted by merchant boats, actively seeking to save people and bring them to land safely in Italy.

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BOB GOSFORD | July 06, 2014 | BIRD OF THE WEEK | |

Birds of the Week: Raptors of the Barkly Stock Route

Last weekend I had the good fortune to drive along the several hundred k’s of the Barkly Stock Route from just south of Elliott to where it meets the Tablelands Highway at Anthony Lagoon Station.

I was en route to the annual Brunette Downs race week (see more here and here) and, as is my wont, I took time out to grab some photos of any interesting raptors (and what raptor isn’t?) I saw along the way.

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BOB GOSFORD | July 02, 2014 | FUN STUFF | |

A call to prayer at the Brunette Downs Campdraft

Like the Islamic pre-dawn Fajr call to prayer, the beckonings of the campdraft announcer ring out across the sleeping township that is the Brunette Downs race weekend camp. I’m snug under three blankets and canvas in my swag on a chilly morning and I can see the coming day as just a golden smear low on the eastern horizon as I peer out at the coming day.

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BOB GOSFORD | June 21, 2014 | FUN STUFF | |

Church of the Week: Christ the King Catholic Church, Tennant Creek NT.

I’ve not spent a lot of time inside a church since I was a pup – apart from the odd funeral or wedding.

A few weeks back I was prowling the pre-dawn streets of Tennant Creek looking for interesting subjects and the Christ the King Catholic Church caught my eye.

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BOB GOSFORD | June 20, 2014 | AUSTRALIAN POLITICS | 2 |

Muckaty: Legality confronts morality

This is a guest post by Northern Land Council media officer Murray McLaughlin

Ron Merkel QC was into the second day of his opening address in the Federal Court at Melbourne, arguing that Aboriginal people — other than traditional owners of the 255 hectares of land at Muckaty earmarked for use by the Commonwealth to store nuclear waste — had been locked out of negotiations.

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BOB GOSFORD | June 19, 2014 | AUSTRALIAN POLITICS | 1 |

Northern Land Council settles Muckaty claim

This is a statement read in Darwin earlier today by the Northern Land Council CEO, Joe Morrison.

The Northern Land Council (the NLC) has led the process to settle this case, and the Commonwealth government has agreed with our position.

We have agreed to accept the offer to settle because we have at heart the interests of the family groups who make up the Muckaty Aboriginal Land Trust.

The NLC remains satisfied that it made the nomination with the consent of traditional owners and after consultation with other Aboriginal people with interests in the land.

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BOB GOSFORD | June 18, 2014 | AUSTRALIAN POLITICS | 1 |

Ruckus in the red dirt – the battle for control of the NT’s Sherwin iron ore mine

In a world where, as David Llewellyn-Smith wrote here earlier this week, even Fortescue Mining is considered a minnow, spare a thought for the baby miners. Including Sherwin Iron, which operates a small mine in the Northern Territory’s Roper Valley.

Sherwin faces the same three tsunamic forces — demand and supply imbalance, easing Chinese fixed investment growth and an out-of-whack steel supply cycle – that Llewellyn-Smith identifies as foretelling a generational crisis in Australian iron ore production that he says will see iron ore juniors — like Sherwin — “wiped off the map.”

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BOB GOSFORD | June 16, 2014 | UNCATEGORIZED | |

A fat Aussie on a bogan bizarro bash in Cuiba. Glen Dooley reports from the World Cup.

This is a guest post from Glen Dooley, the biggest leprechaun I’ve ever seen.

Brasilian toilets. That’s what’s on my mind.

The drill here in Cuiaba (and all of Brasil I believe) is that you do NOT put toilet paper in the bowl after … errrrr … you have conducted your business.

The bottom (errr) line is that the sanitary system is only designed to carry the Hawks colours and nothing else.

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BOB GOSFORD | June 16, 2014 | AUSTRALIAN POLITICS | |

Essendon and Hird v ASADA

Deakin University law lecturer Martin Hardie  looks at the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Agency (ASADA) and Australian Football League (AFL) joint investigation and recent developments.

The question of the joint investigation’s consistency with existing Australian legislation that governs the powers and activities of ASADA is the key issue for consideration in the case filed by Essendon and James Hird in the Federal Court last Friday.

As far back as 1995 in the case of USA Shooting & Q./ International Shooting Union, the CAS stated that “The fight against doping is arduous, and it may require strict rules. But the rule-makers and the rule appliers must begin by being strict with themselves.

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