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Likes birds and people, not necessarily in that order.

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Accountability and transparency? The Gunner government gets a Fail grade so far

Accountability and transparency? The Gunner government gets a Fail grade so far

Bob GosfordMay 25, 2017

The Gunner government’s end of semester Report Card gives it a fairly miserable failing D grade in the subject Accountability and Transparency. Teacher’s comment: “Occasional glimpses of promise and a marginal improvement on last year’s class (the worst the school has ever had) but much more effort is needed”.

Matthew van Roden, you train your child - a review by Koulla Roussos

Matthew van Roden, you train your child - a review by Koulla Roussos

Bob GosfordMay 24, 2017

For van Roden, growing up within a Pentecostal Christian family, biblical verses and ideas were imprinted at a young age. “The spanking paddle, a manifestation of scriptural text, held within it the promise of keeping one’s children on the straight and narrow, a tool to guide them through the follies of youth; to temper the demonstrations of original sin. Disobedience of parents was rebellion against God and this scriptural inscribed spanking paddle would play its part in the righteous life.”

"Follow the money, bruss!" A short history of electoral funding in the NT

Bob GosfordMay 23, 2017

I'll be in Darwin next week for the first phase of my research, focussing on documentary research and getting a few interviews. Drop me a line and we can catch up ...

Probable Night Parrot detected in the Northern Territory

Probable Night Parrot detected in the Northern Territory

Bob GosfordMay 23, 20171 Comment

Mark Carter and Chris Watson: "We were able to compare our recorded call to other examples of Night Parrot whistle calls from WA. While there is not an exact match, the calls from WA Night Parrot and the bird recorded in the NT are very similar."

The Northern Territory is the most corrupt jurisdiction in Australia. Discuss.

The Northern Territory is the most corrupt jurisdiction in Australia. Discuss.

Bob GosfordFeb 24, 20171 Comment

My punch-bowl moment at yesterday's first day of the NT governance summit—that the NT is the most corrupt jurisdiction in the country—drew a few audible groans and mutters of protest from the good-and-locally-great and protests that, well, Queensland, Joh and Eddie Obeid. Yeah, well, they would say that.

Day 1 - Northern Territory governance summit - Introductory Remarks

Day 1 - Northern Territory governance summit - Introductory Remarks

Bob GosfordFeb 23, 2017

The political instability, division and in some cases poor ethical behaviour  that have been evident especially over the last 4 years but to an extent over the last decade indicate that there is a need for stronger governance safeguards ensuring greater levels of accountability and transparency from our politicians.

Butterfly of the Week: Double-spotted Line Blue, Nacaduba biocellata

Butterfly of the Week: Double-spotted Line Blue, Nacaduba biocellata

Bob GosfordJan 17, 2017

Geely GC9 spied in Alice Springs

Geely GC9 spied in Alice Springs

Bob GosfordJan 14, 2017

All manner of dire predictions were made about the end of the Northern Territory as a preferred location for hot-weather, high-speed following the announcement by the Northern Territory Labor Party during the 2016 general election that it would revoke the open speed limits on large sections of the NT highways.

Why the chicken crossed the road. And how.

Why the chicken crossed the road. And how.

Bob GosfordJan 7, 2017

On Chickens: Chickens have the capacity to reason and make logical inferences. For example, chickens are capable of simple forms of transitive inference, a capability that humans develop at approximately the age of seven

Bird of the Week: Willy Wagtail -

Bird of the Week: Willy Wagtail - "where's my dinner Mum?"

Bob GosfordJan 2, 2017

The local pair of Willy Wagtails have taken advantage of the great season we are having in the centre this year and so far have raised two clutches, and I'll expect that, as prime examples of avian opportunism in the desert, they may raise another couple yet in this season.

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