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BOB GOSFORD | September 02, 2014 | AUSTRALIAN POLITICS | 2 |

Adam Giles appoints “Deputy Dawg.” “Tired” Tollner to “have a rest” but tipped to return

Don’t blame me that Peter Glen Chandler who on Monday night was promoted — as I predicted here earlier that day — from relative backbench obscurity to newly-minted Deputy Chief Minister of the Northern Territory by his Country Liberal party and Chief Minister Adam Giles — is henceforth known as “Deputy Dawg.”

Back to Chandler in a bit. For mine the most revealing parts of the Giles presser following Chandler’s appointment didn’t concern his new Deputy but his former Deputy Dave Tollner, who resigned his commission in ignominious circumstances a week ago.

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BOB GOSFORD | September 01, 2014 | AUSTRALIAN POLITICS | 3 |

All change (again) in the NT?

Just a week ago Shadow Minister for Government Accountability, Ken Vowles — speaking in the context of the looming seventh Ministerial reshuffle on the two year anniversary of the Country Liberal Party’s return to government after eleven years in the wilderness that is opposition — described the CLP Government as “the most dysfunctional administration anywhere in Australia.”

“Two years into Government the scorecard tells a story of rank incompetence, arrogance and chaos,” Mr Vowles said.

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BOB GOSFORD | August 31, 2014 | ART | |

Phonebooths of the remote Northern Territory

When I came back to the Northern Territory in 2006 after living down south for five years or so I moved to Yuendumu, a small town 300 or so kilometres north-west of Alice Springs.

At first I was surprised to see people walking around with phones — thinking firstly they were using landline remotes — and then I was pleasantly surprised to see that Telstra had chosen Yuendumu as a trial site for the roll out of mobile phone and internet services into dozens of small townships across the NT.

BMP (Before Mobile Phones) there were few options if you wanted to contact someone out bush to arrange a meeting or visit. You could call the local Council office and leave a hopeful message, call one of the intermittently functional public phones scattered across town (“Nah, call that top camp phone, he might be up there“); try one of the few domestic landlines or you could drive for hours on spec to pass on a message or hold a meeting.

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BOB GOSFORD | August 31, 2014 | AUSTRALIAN POLITICS | |

“I dare ya!” A Turkish-Australian non-religious Muslim on hatred, dogma and understanding

This is a guest post from a young woman who – for personal reasons – asked to be identified as Meryem Brown, which reflects both sides of her life as a Turkish-Australian.

I haven’t considered myself Muslim for a long time.

I guess that mostly makes me an atheist. I say ‘mostly’ because I do consider myself Turkish and, for the most part, being a Turk means being a Muslim (because most Turks are Muslim in case people didn’t know that), which means that a lot of the cultural things we Turks do have their tradition in Islam.

As someone who would find it extremely difficult (to say the least) to separate the purely non-religious things about her culture from the religious things about her culture, I consider myself to be ‘culturally Muslim’ which is really the best description of myself that I can come up with.

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BOB GOSFORD | August 26, 2014 | AUSTRALIAN POLITICS | 2 |

More strife in the Top End as Maley SM resigns

“I’m currently a magistrate, I don’t know for how long.”

As I reported here they were the words embattled Northern Territory Stipendiary Magistrate Peter Maley used to describe his job prospects at a public event in Darwin two weekends ago. Last evening Maley resigned his appointment as magistrate after eleven months and apparently intends to return to private practise as a solicitor.

It has been a rough few days in NT political and legal circles. Just last Friday Deputy Chief Minister and Treasurer Dave Tollner resigned following gay slurs made to a staffer (and son of a fellow Minister) in a cabinet meeting. This morning the opposition is calling for Attorney-General John Elferink to also fall on his sword after the Maley affair.

Close friend and recipient of a $5,000.00 election donation from Maley, Elferink issued this statement:

“Tonight I was contacted by Magistrate Peter Maley who has tendered his resignation,” he said. ”He has also advised the Chief Magistrate of his decision.

“I would like to thank Mr Maley for his service to the people of the Northern Territory and congratulate him for building a reputation as a fair, astute and hard-working magistrate during the short time that he was on the bench.”

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BOB GOSFORD | August 24, 2014 | UNCATEGORIZED | |

Borroloola Amateur Race Club Campdraft, Gymkhana and Rodeo. Part 5 – Faces in the crowd

Last weekend I spent a few days at the annual Borroloola Amateur Race Club Campdraft, Gymkhana and Rodeo meeting – you can see my photos of the various competitions at previous posts.

Here are some faces from the crowd and around the chute and yards. 

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BOB GOSFORD | August 23, 2014 | ANIMALS | |

Borroloola Amateur Race Club Campdraft, Gymkhana and Rodeo – Part 4 – the Bullriders

Bullriders are, for mine, the crazy-brave guys of the rodeo. Bullriding, according to this outline, is perhaps the most dangerous rodeo event:

“It’s not if you get hurt, it’s when,” and nearly every bull rider can attest to the truth of that saying.

As with bareback riding, and saddle bronc, bull riders ride with one hand and cannot touch themselves or their bull with the free hand.

Doing so results in a no score … bull riders use a bullrope and rosin. The bullrope is a thickly braided rope with a cowbell attached.

The cowbell acts as a weight, allowing the rope to safely fall off the bull when the ride is over. The rosin is a sticky substance that increases the grip on their ropes.

Bull riders wrap their bullrope around the bull and use the remainder to wrap around their hand tightly, trying to secure themselves to the bull.

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BOB GOSFORD | August 23, 2014 | UNCATEGORIZED | |

Borroloola Campdraft, Gymkhana and Rodeo 2014. Part 3 – Bucking broncs

Saddle bronc riding is, according to the information at the Mt. Isa Rodeo page:

A classic rodeo event, Saddle Bronc Riding stems back to the taming and training of wild horses for farm transport and hunting. Some horses would not submit easily and so the contest began.

Today, the event is a stylised and highly skilled event on the rodeo circuit. The cowboy begins with his feet turned out and over the break of the horses shoulder as it leaves the chute.

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BOB GOSFORD | August 23, 2014 | ANIMALS | |

Borroloola Campdraft, Gymkhana and Rodeo 2014. Part 2 – the junior gymkhana

This is part two of a series of posts from the Borroloola Amateur Race Club (B.A.R.C) Campdraft, Gymkhana and Rodeo meeting held last weekend at Borroloola in the Gulf country of the south-eastern corner of the Northern Territory.

Here I post a few pictures of some of the local kids competing in the Junior Gymkhana competition.

If you have any names or relevant information please feel free to pass that information on and I’ll update this post accordingly.

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BOB GOSFORD | August 23, 2014 | ANIMALS | |

Borroloola Campdraft, Gymkhana and Rodeo 2014. Part 1 – “in the camp … “

Borroloola is a small town nestled in the banks of the McArthur River just inside the Northern Territory in the Gulf country that runs through to Queensland.

The “‘Loo”, as it is often called, has a very troubled past but a bright future.

Conflict between the local Aboriginal people and interlopers in this “most colourful and lawless part of Australia” started in the early 1870′s.

In the 1880′s government surveyor Walther Cuthbertson said that the town was the “resort of the scum of Northern Australia.”

The large floating population included “criminals on the run from police in Queensland and other colonies, and men who had served time in goal for violent crimes.”

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