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“Both barrels were empty” – NT Labor’s Darwin Award nomination

Yesterday’s judgment by Justice Stephen Southwood in Lawrie v Lawler has driven the final nail in the coffin of Delia Lawrie’s fraught leadership of NT Labor. The ramifications of Justice Southwood’s judgment will ring long and loud through both political and legal circles in the NT.

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On “lifestyle choices” – an open letter to PM Tony Abbott from footballer Matthew Stokes

Comments like those made recently by our Prime Minister only serve to empower the ugly side of our society. For what it’s worth, I don’t think Mr Abbott was deliberately being racist, but one comment from someone in such a powerful position can cause so much damage.

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Is this the cheapest hotel deal in the country? Elliott Hotel, NT.

A bargain at $45 bucks a night! The rooms at the Elliott Hotel might be a little rustic, but they are the cheapest beds in a town that the Territory, time, Tripadvisor, Trivago and the rest of the country forgot.

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Getting hot, sweaty and happy at the Rayella Band album launch at Elliott, NT

Mark Raymond is a deserved legend in these parts. He is an ex-copper and lead singer of the great and sadly retired Kulumindini Band, who made three great albums (one with the best title – “You’re Not Useless” – I’ve heard in a while) in the late eighties and mid-nineties. Kulumindini gave us a long “tuning-up-song” intro and then launched into their greatest hits and more. The crowd, as they say, went wild.

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Art, land and people. Will Stubbs on why homelands matter

There is a trajectory in Australian political and intellectual thought that is carrying us towards a true national identity and spirit. It is crucial that Yolŋu thought and philosophy continue to exist strongly for that to occur. We need to celebrate Indigenous wisdom in the hope that some of it can rub off

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Vale Leigh Bruce “Tracker” Tilmouth. A man of word and deed

“Labor likes pet niggers, and I’m counted as a pet nigger. I’m allowed to mow the lawns, but I’m not allowed up on the verandah.” Tracker on his struggles with pre-selection for the Senate in the NT.

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Saving Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan – last chance to change course

What is the message that Australians, and in particular the Australian government, should be sending to the Indonesian public? It is that the rationale given by President Widodo for not making an exception in relation to Sukumaran and Chan is patently false on the known facts.

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Dumping on the Chief. Robyn Lambley on NT Chief Minister Adam Giles and more

I have no faith in a government lead by Adam Giles. I have stated publicly I believe Adam Giles has no integrity. I stand by that statement, and that alone is enough to mean he should not hold a position of community leadership. I believe a political party should be bigger than one person and as such I have not sought to depart from the Country Liberal Party. Robyn Lambley, 24 February 2015.

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Send in the troops – Arnhem Land has been ‘smashed’

“I’m mystified why the Territory and Federal governments haven’t sent the troops in to help with the utter devastation in Arnhem Land. We have Robertson Barracks in Darwin that is full of troops on standby to do this kind of work. We have people living with no water, no power and in houses that have been smashed by fallen trees and they need help and now.” Alastair King, CEO, Arnhem Land Progress Association

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Leak of the Week: The Country Liberal Party, the Esky of Silence and the Alice Springs Tapes

Got a Leak of the Week? Drop me a line below, send me a DM on Twitter to @bgosford or a message at my Facebook page.

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