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Articles by Bob Gosford

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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Suspend Northern Territory self-government!

The Territory has very few friends “down south”, where we have come to be seen as over-indulged redneck mendicant whingers, sucking endlessly on the public nipple of taxpayer generosity. Suspending NT self-government would be a popular decision in most parts of Australia.

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“I’m fucking Australian!” Section 18C is alive and kicking on the mean streets of Darwin

“You’re a fucking Indian mate. Have a respect for our country … speak English. It’s our country. Australia mate. White people. You’re not white.” “Mate you’re from fucking India. You’re from India mate. You’re not even fucking white. You’re boat people.”

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Failed statehood. Is it time for an(other) NT intervention?

As Rothwell notes, the good tax-payers of the Australian south-east fork out around $4 billion a year to keep the NT running. Divide that number by the 220,000 people in the NT and the figure is around $18,000 per head. “Thanks and it is your shout!!”

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NT politics – from crazy-brave to crazy and back again.

“There is no doubt the Country Liberals have been divided for many, many, many years on a range of different areas, policy and structural and personalities … What we have seen as a result of last night is a party completely disintegrate in terms of different factions, warring factions.” Adam Giles, 3 February 2015.

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