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Why Essendon and Hird must appeal

The decision by Justice John Middleton in the Essendon v ASADA case is an existential threat to fairness and justice in Australian sport. Bob Gosford explains why it must be appealed by the Essendon Football Club and coach James Hird.

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Desperately seeking Steven

Like vultures swooping on a rotting carcass the media pack descend with ferocious speed and an aggression born only of desperate need. “Feed this hungry beast!” The flock are all the while firing questions at Dank. “Why are you here Steve?,” “What about the ‘show-cause’ notices Steve?”

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

Giles: Dave [Tollner] chose to abstain from the meeting. He’s gonna to take some time off.
Journalist: When you say he is going to “take some time off” has he quit?
Giles: No, no. Dave’s gonna take some time off. I think we all know that the life and the role as a public figure and in a political environment, particularly holding some of the portfolios that Dave did. You do get tired after a while and quite clearly Dave wants a rest and he’s gonna have a rest.

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All change (again) in the NT?

Chief Minister Adam Giles looks increasingly rattled by the chaos that surrounds him and it may well be that tonight his long-suffering party will call it quits on his leadership.

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

I get that you’re scared. I understand that people and customs that you’re not familiar with are going to be uncomfortable to accept much less tolerate. I understand that your prejudiced behaviour is influenced by the mass media who has bought and sold the arses of our governments for decades now. I get it.

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More strife in the Top End as Maley SM resigns

Justinian on Peter Maley: “Why is a judicial officer ringing up a member of parliament, and were he in a position to sue would it be a nice look to bring a defamation action in the courts in his home jurisdiction?”

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The Sharks ‘offer’ – another set back for the credibility of anti-doping in Australia

Martin Hardie: “Actions like this by ASADA only serve to further undermine the public’s faith in the anti-doping system. We can only hope that the Federal Government properly reviews the operations of ASADA to restore faith in the anti-doping system and to create some semblance of fairness for athletes.”

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Elliott, NT. The town the Northern Territory forgot …

“This is just bullshit; it’s all gone backwards. Everything goes to Tennant Creek (headquarters of Barkly Council). We want to get Elliott going again, but Tennant Creek just shoots us down in flames,” Councillor Ray Aylett.

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NT Parliament calls for Foundation 51 inquiry. CLP spits dummy.

Gerry Wood: “People in the NT would like to know what the truth is, they want to see a system of elections that is not tainted, they want to see a government bringing out policies that are not favoured or tainted by whether someone is a donor to the party.”

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Peter Maley SM: Fit to sit?

Russell Goldflam: As I stated, “ … for a judicial officer to publicly continue an association with a political party is inconsistent with the principle of both impartiality and judicial independence”. That is my firm view.

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