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Articles by Bob Gosford

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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Fear and Loathing 2016: Hunter S. Thompson, George Wallace and Donald Trump

Fear and Loathing ’72 is … “a kind of bible of political reporting. It’s given birth to a whole generation of clichés and literary memes, with many campaign reporters finding themselves consciously or unconsciously making villainous Nixons, or Quislingian Muskies, or Christlike McGoverns out of each new quadrennial batch of presidential pretenders.” Matt Taibbi, 2012

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Strider: The loss of an extraordinary environmental elder

Strider will be missed by an enormous network of friends, students and fellow campaigners across the Northern Territory, Australia and indeed the world. Strider passed away on Tuesday night in his home in the Solar Village, Humpty Doo, surrounded by loved ones after a long journey with cancer and associated illnesses. He dealt with this journey over the last year with the same dignity and grace in which he lived his full and purpose filled life.

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Strider’s Almanac Part 1 – How the rainy season began in 2012

9 October. On this day I noticed new leaf on the Red Bead Tree (Adenanthera pavonina) and on a young Green Plum Tree (Buchanania obovata). I also noticed that the re-leafing of the Canarium Trees had become widespread and general.
10 October. There were complex cloud patterns in the sky in the morning but it became clear later in the day. There was another White Tailed Spider on the verandah at might.

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Strider: How the environment centres came to be

In the Northern Territory in 1973 there was an organisation called The Environment Council of the Northern Territory. It was a forum for discussion among organisations with an interest in ecology and nature conservation matters. Member bodies included the Chamber of Commerce and the National Trust as well as the Darwin Conservation Society. Membership was not open to individuals. Secretariat services were provided to the Council by the Keep Australia Beautiful Council, which had a paid Executive Officer and an office in the Town Hall.

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The travel agent, the Minister’s office and an unravelling travel scandal in the NT

Justice Dean Mildren: “Prior to September 2013 you provided no travel services for the Honourable Bess Price. In the period between 12 September 2013 and 21 November 2014 you obtained the opportunity to provide in excess of $325,000 in travel bookings for the Honourable member and her staff. You obtained the opportunity to provide travel bookings for other government departments as a consequence of recommendations by Mossman.”

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NT Chief Minister Adam Giles: On life, burnout and working 20 hours a day, 7 days a week

Whether Giles’ statement that he ‘works seven days a week, 20 hours a day’ is accurate or not, anything close to that figure would be unhealthy in both personal and professional terms and is indicative of a work-life balance well out of whack.

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Five reasons why Yarralin must be returned: The battle for land rights at Yarralin, Part 3

From the early days, young Aborigines were trained and used as labour on VRD and the number of white men, according to Big Mick, was very small, often only the manager, head stockman and cook. In those days the Aborigines received no wages, only rations of dry bread and beef, sugar and tea, and at the end of the season were given small amounts of tobacco, flour, sugar and tea: Dr. Partick McConville.

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They never gave up the fight: the battle for land rights at Yarralin, Part 2.

This article first appeared in the July 2015 edition of Land Rights News, published by the Northern Land Council and edited by Murray McLaughlin. WHEN the Federal government makes good on its commitment to hand back land* at Yarralin in the Victoria River District, it will have turned the last page of a long history […]

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