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Articles by Bob Gosford

Abortion reform bill must go further to improve access for Territory women 

Since it was approved in 2006, RU486 has been safely prescribed by general practitioners in all jurisdictions in Australia except the NT. In 2013, it was added to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme without fuss or fanfare. For pregnancies under 7 weeks, the drug is 96% effective and serious side effects occur in less than 0.5% of cases.Ninety-two percent of Australian women who have taken RU486 say they would recommend the method to a friend.

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“From time immemorial.” The Mangarrayi law for water and their struggle for land.

“Territory Parliament was in an uproar. The government said the new owners would ruin Elsey as a cattle station and cause untold damage to the Territory economy. Aborigines were taking over the land at a terrifying rate, a sure sign of the imminent death of the cattle industry.” Background Briefing, 1999.

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‘Nigger Hunts’ in the never never. The battles for land and water on the Roper River, 1870-1945.

“Until the long arm of the law interfered, white men killed the black fellow because they were hungry with a hunger that must be fed with gold, having been trained in a school that for generations has acknowledged ‘Thou shalt not kill’ among its commandments.” Jeannie Gunn, We of the Never Never, 1908.

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David Bowie and all the young Darwin dudes, summer 1972

Back in Darwin during Christmas holidays 1972 my friend Fred McCue had returned from London holidays with his family early and we hung around in the blessed aircon and smoked pot. On the first morning back from London he walked out of his bedroom and threw some albums on the table. “These are big in London,” he said. They were Ziggy Stardust, Hunky Dory, Man Who Sold the World and Space Oddity

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First look: The Wanarn Painters of Place and Time: Old Age Travels in the Tjukurrpa

This exquisite art book contains the precious story and transformative work of celebrated artists now living in an aged care facility in Ngaanyatjarra country, a remote and isolated community that is the centre of their abundant world amongst ancient Dreamings.

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NT juvenile justice: “a blight on the entire Australian legal system”

The debacle that has been exposed in the past two years within the NT juvenile justice system shows quite clearly that by deliberate design and policy Aboriginal children in are treated in a barbarous, inhumane and illegal way. Multiple incidents within the juvenile detention facilities have revealed that the NT Government prosecutes policies against Aboriginal children which include spit-hooding, gassing, hand cuffing, shackling and extensive periods of unlawful solitary confinement.

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Why Malheur NWR matters and “armed, out of state militia groups” don’t

The occupation of Malheur by armed, out of state militia groups puts one of America’s most important wildlife refuges at risk. It violates the most basic principles of the Public Trust Doctrine and holds hostage public lands and public resources to serve the very narrow political agenda of the occupiers. The occupiers have used the flimsiest of pretexts to justify their actions.

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What price for water? Stylo Station sold for $5.5 million.

Stylo Station is a modest cattle property near Mataranka in the NT’s so-called “never-never” country. Why it is of such interest and controversy is all part of an unfolding tale, with many parts yet to come. Here is the latest …

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Strider’s Almanac, Vol. 1, Pt 2: How the growing season began in late 2012

Depending upon the thickness of the leaf litter layer, and the rate at which the rain falls, anything between the first 3 to 12 mm of a rainfall will be completely absorbed by the leaf litter and hardly a drop will find its way through to the soil beneath it. For this reason we can discount all of the cases or drops of rain and traces in the gauge as fairly irrelevant to what is going on in the soil.

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Will the proposed s116A prohibit or entrench racial discrimination in the Constitution?

Darwin lawyer Matt Punch takes a close look at the proposed new section 116A of the Australian Constitution and reckons both the progressives and conservatives have got it wrong.

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