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BOB GOSFORD | August 22, 2014 | AUSTRALIAN POLITICS | 1 |

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

This is a guest post by Deakin University law lecturer Martin Hardie. It was originally posted at the Deakin Speaking website.

Current and former Cronulla Sutherland players have reluctantly decided to a put an end to their involvement in the ASADA case. They have done so after being placed in an untenable and unfair position by ASADA this week.

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BOB GOSFORD | August 21, 2014 | THE LAW | |

East Timor’s media law unconstitutional – Court of Appeal

This is a guest post by Ted McDonnell, originally posted at his personal bog here.

EAST Timor’s controversial media law has been declared unconstitutional by the country’s Court of Appeal.

The fledgling nation’s President Taur Matan Ruak refused to promulgate the restrictive laws last month and sent the media bill to the Court of Appeal questioning whether they were unconstitutional.

The Court of Appeal yesterday found that a number of articles within the media law were contrary to East Timor’s Constitution. The law will now return to the National Parliament to be revised or abandoned.

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BOB GOSFORD | August 21, 2014 | AUSTRALIAN POLITICS | |

Elliott, NT. The town the Northern Territory forgot …

This post was originally published in Land Rights News (Northern Edition), published by the Northern Land Council.

ELLIOTT, halfway between Darwin and Alice Springs, is a town forgotten.

From the Stuart Highway, the only obvious sign of activity these days is at the two remaining service stations.

“This used to be a thriving little town,” Ray Aylett, deputy president of Barkly Regional Council and member for the local Yapakurlangu Ward, told a meeting at Elliott attended by Northern Land Council (NLC) officers.

The NLC had called the meeting to apprise local residents of a new Town Plan which the NT Government wants to declare.

The meeting fast lapsed into a long lament about Elliott’s decline over recent years, especially since the creation of the Barkly Regional Council in July 2008, and about the sorry state of public housing in the town.

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BOB GOSFORD | August 21, 2014 | AUSTRALIAN POLITICS | |

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

Foundation 51 is a $2 company that — according to the NT’s Country Liberal Party version of affairs — is a private company providing essential electoral and business research to like-minded supporters of the CLP but has no official connection with the party.

Others see the relationship between the CLP and Foundation 51 very differently. For the NT Labor Party opposition, Foundation 51 is little more than a secretive slush fund that channels millions of dollars from anonymous, big-end-of-town donors to their favourite political party.

Foundation 51 has been a running sore for the CLP since early this year. As I reported here in May, leader of the Palmer United Party in the NT, Alison Anderson, asked CLP Chief Minister Adam Giles the following questions:

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BOB GOSFORD | August 20, 2014 | AUSTRALIAN POLITICS | 4 |

Peter Maley SM: Fit to sit?

This is a guest post by Russell Goldflam, President of the Criminal Lawyers Association of the NT.

On a Friday after work, there is nothing better we Northern Territory criminal lawyers like to do as we kick back and sip on our glasses of Château Lafite Rothschild Pauillac 2009 than to get stuck into the beak of the week.

The particulars vary. We whinge about the smiling assassins and the limp dishrags, the cynics and the pushovers, the over-polite silvertails and the over-the-top bullies, the slowcoaches and the express trains.

But one of the magistrates we tend not to whinge about is Peter Maley SM.

It is generally considered that on the bench he is able, astute, affable, efficient, sensitive and fair.

Mr Maley, however, is also at the centre of a legal storm, largely if not entirely of his own making, arising from his apparent failure or refusal to unequivocally dissociate himself from party politics after taking judicial office.

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BOB GOSFORD | August 11, 2014 | AUSTRALIAN POLITICS | 1 |

Peter Maley. 100% Territorian

Recently appointed Stipendiary Magistrate Peter Maley is one hundred per cent Territorian. Territory born, bred and educated*,  Maley has been very successful in the law and business but his appointment to the bench is currently tearing the NT legal establishment apart.

Last Saturday evening Maley participated in 100% Darwin, the local iteration of the concept first pioneered by German theatre company Rimini Protokol as part of the annual Darwin Festival. The Festival blurb says that 100% Darwin ” … brings statistics to life, and life to statistics.” Whatever that means.

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BOB GOSFORD | August 09, 2014 | UNCATEGORIZED | 4 |

Australia. Where the only good cat is a dead cat

Apparently last Friday 8th August was “World Cat Day.” A Google search of that phrase gives a gazillion links to … you guessed it … funny cat videos.

How did we get to this? We celebrate a vicious killer species – who kills for nought but sport – of just about any other creature that falls within it’s impressive armoury of tooth, claw,smarts and power. The moggy in the picture above – perfectly camouflaged for the centralian bush – was so intent on stalking the nearby flock of Banded Lapwings that it ignore my mate with his camera (and hopefully, his gun).

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BOB GOSFORD | August 09, 2014 | SOME PLACES I'VE BEEN | |

Church of the Week: Aborigines Inland Mission Church, Newcastle Waters, NT

Newcastle Waters is a small (virtually) abandoned township just north of the small town of Elliott. Elliott is just about equidistant from Darwin and Alice Springs so if you were looking for somewhere in the middle of not much, the Elliott district is a good place to start.

Regular church services are no longer held at the Newcastle Waters church but it is used by the Newcastle Waters school next door for school concerts and functions and for the occasional funeral.

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BOB GOSFORD | August 09, 2014 | ABORIGINAL & ISLANDER ART | |

In memory of Eric Brown. A tribute to a life well-lived, by Liam Campbell

This is a guest post from my centralian mate, Liam Campbell. 

My friend Eric Brown passed away about a week ago. His son found my number in his phone and called me.

I first met Eric and Isobel when they were living at White Gums near Alice Springs about 22 years ago. They would travel between the NT and SA.

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BOB GOSFORD | August 09, 2014 | ART | 2 |

The warbirds of Pitch Black 2014

I spent a few hours yesterday morning sitting at the end of the Darwin International Airport (which doubles as the RAAF’s local base) watching the comings and goings of the many and various warbirds taking part in Exercise Pitch Black 2014, the biennial air warfare exercise based at the Darwin airbase and at the RAAF base at Tindal, just south of Darwin. You can see my posts from PB 2012 here and here.

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