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Articles by Bob Gosford

Everybody go “wwaaahhhh.” Adam Giles on going nuts, cracking the shits and getting hammered

“I enjoyed having a night off and getting hammered … the level of incompetence of these people is just madness. It was absolute madness, mindless stupidity and political immaturity.” Adam Giles reflects on politics, a failed coup and a big night in.

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Gulag Territory – how the NT leads the world in indigenous incarceration

Gulag NT spends more money per capita on Police and Corrections than any other Australian jurisdiction. It costs $100,000 per year to house each adult prisoner, and $200,000 for each juvenile. The present CLP Government has just opened its new Superjail (originally commissioned by the previous Labor Government) at a cost of $1 billion-plus. The Attorney-General has said it will ultimately cost the taxpayer $1.8B and take 30 years to pay off. It is the largest-ever NT Government outlay for a capital works project. Meanwhile, the present Government regularly makes significant cuts to education and health services. The Superjail is built to hold 1100 prisoners and is already close to full, so it won’t be long until another will be required.

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Why Delia Lawrie will never be Chief Minister of the NT

NT opposition leader Delia Lawrie has been odds-on to seize power from the hapless CLP government led by Chief Minister Adam Giles for months. But has she cruelled her own chances?

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My first Crikey piece. “Tony Jones has a big night out in Darwin”

“Lateline and Tony Jones are up for a Walkley Award. Nothing could be more disgraceful in Australian journalism. The fact that this program has been nominated undermines the Walkley Awards … I think it is an absolute disgrace that he is invited here for the media awards on Saturday night.” Syd Stirling, Deputy Chief Minister, NT Legislative Assembly, 19 October 2006.

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Jeffrey Lee’s Koongarra – where love for land trumps love for money.

“I have said no to uranium mining at Koongarra because I believe that the land and my cultural beliefs are more important than mining and money. Money comes and goes, but the land is always here.” Jeffrey Lee, November 2014.

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Shamejob – the funding of NT remote Indigenous education is a disgrace

The Northern Territory is the only jurisdiction in Australia that does not have a needs-based school staff-funding model. This is despite the fact that it invested time and resources from 2007, over multiple years, to fund a unit dedicated to revising the staffing formula to include needs based weightings.

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The NT gets an “F for FAIL” on remote community education

At one of the COAG working party negotiations that I attended one state representative remarked that there was no point giving any funds to the NT because they wouldn’t deliver the goods and that the close-the-gap target could be achieved by focusing on the Indigenous population in the eastern states alone. Let’s not make this chilling black humour a reality.

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109 Australian Parliamentarians speak, but will Indonesia listen?

Mr Sukumaran and Mr Chan have demonstrated genuine remorse and have become model prisoners, working constructively at Kerobokan not only on their own rehabilitation and reform, but also for that of other prisoners … we believe it is significant that both Mr Chan and Mr Sukumaran were only apprehended as a result of the Australian Federal Police providing information to Indonesian Police. Their crime, serious as it was, was intended to impact on Australians in Australia, not Indonesia.

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Speaking truth to power: Northern Land Council CEO Joe Morrison. National Press Club, 11 February 2015

I believe that northern Australia is in the midst of enormous economic and social change. In that context, the ongoing traditional connection that north Australian Indigenous people have with their country must be seen as an asset for this nation, and to northern development, not a problem.

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Paul Kelly and the Merri Soul Sessions – Darwin, 10 February 2015

Paul Kelly and his fellow Merri Soul Sessions collaborators – including Dan Sultan, Clairy Browne, Kira Puru, Vika Bull and Linda Bull as well as his long-serving touring band rolled into Darwin for the last but one of their current tour.

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