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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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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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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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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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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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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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