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The next Senator for the NT will be ... a captain's pick

The next Senator for the NT will be ... a captain's pick

Bob GosfordMay 27, 20161 Comment

The right faction has swung behind Ursula Raymond, most recently the chief of staff for retiring Senator Nova Peris and an associate producer for Darwin's annual Garrmalang Festival. Raymond is reportedly strongly-favoured by the Federal member for Lingiari, Warren Snowdon, and is a close friend of Snowdon's wife Elizabeth.

The ABC, the Country Liberal Party, the Kenbi land claim and a southern journalist.

The ABC, the Country Liberal Party, the Kenbi land claim and a southern journalist.

Bob GosfordMay 26, 2016

The Kenbi land claim survived. But it would face more challenges from CLP governments until a newly-elected Labor government decided in 2001 to call a halt to legal shenanigans and accept the December 2000 recommendations of Aboriginal Land Commissioner Peter Gray.

The Super Nova that never was

The Super Nova that never was

Bob GosfordMay 24, 2016

According to Labor's affirmative action rules--that at least one in three candidates should be a woman--the tip would be for a woman, preferably an Aboriginal woman, to get the gig. But that can be overridden by the urgency rule, and the decision on a replacement for Peris can, and most likely will, be made by the local administrative committee.

The CLP’s greatest hits – 2012 to 2016

The CLP’s greatest hits – 2012 to 2016

Bob GosfordMay 15, 2016

“ … a rancid dead dog.” Ex-CLP leader Jodeen Carney. Northern Territory News. July 2015, channeling an Adam Giles quote from 2009.

The NT's CLP in bed with the Eels, but how slimy are the sheets?

The NT's CLP in bed with the Eels, but how slimy are the sheets?

Bob GosfordMay 13, 2016

An unkind observer might note that the Parramatta Eels are the only show in town with more reshuffles and coups than the NT’s Country Liberal Party.

Never mind the quality, feel the disclosure. The CLP's Foundation 51, the AEC and electoral funding law reform

Never mind the quality, feel the disclosure. The CLP's Foundation 51, the AEC and electoral funding law reform

Bob GosfordApr 29, 2016

Senator Wong may be a patient and thorough interrogator but she cannot match the forensic inquisitorial skills of Labor's bad cop-bad cop team of John Faulkner and Robert Ray, now both unfortunately retired from the Senate.

"Gaunt POW lookalike" - the Sunday Territorian on Foreign Minister Julie Bishop

Bob GosfordApr 25, 2016

Has Darwin's Sunday Territorian indulged in a little "thin-shaming" by calling Foreign Minister Julie Bishop a "POW lookalike"?

Frontiers of feminist advocacy in the NT: cowboys, missionaries and some modern ladies

Frontiers of feminist advocacy in the NT: cowboys, missionaries and some modern ladies

Bob GosfordApr 22, 2016

Here’s the news - women risk their health and wellbeing every day by simply managing their fertility though contraceptive, pregnancy, birth and menopause options. All are risky. It is women who experience teenage pregnancies, hormonal related illnesses and cancers, maternal sickness and death so please give us some credit.

Nganana tatintja wiya - why nobody should be climbing Uluru*

Nganana tatintja wiya - why nobody should be climbing Uluru*

Bob GosfordApr 20, 20161 Comment

Ask a Red Centre tour guide - you can’t tell Australians anything. During school holidays we would always get a lot of school trips; of the ones I guided 100% of students climbed up Uluru along with most of their teachers. Many had decided even before they departed school grounds that it would be the crowning achievement of the trip.

Action and inaction, transparency and secrecy in the NT

Action and inaction, transparency and secrecy in the NT

Bob GosfordApr 19, 2016

Are the people of Darwin - and the institutions that should protect them - prepared for and protected from the environmental risks associated with an escalation of military traffic and construction of new military infrastructure, including new ammunition handling facilities to support the US Air Forces Air Force Global Strike Command?