Bob GosfordJun 8, 20165 Comments
Darwin is a small place. If an independent Darwin Festival doesn’t survive, it’s going to get much, much smaller.
Bob GosfordJun 2, 2016
Giles can win this election, even with the odds stacked against him. Incumbency and being cashed-up will help with that but, with most of his senior list retiring he'll be hard pressed to put together a quality team if he does win, and the NT's economy is set to all-but-collapse in the next 12 months.
Bob GosfordJun 1, 2016
The Council comprised Dr H C (‘Nugget’) Coombs as chairman, who would retire as the first Governor of the Reserve Bank to take up the appointment; Professor W E H (Bill) Stanner, a renowned anthropologist who had worked in the Daly/Wadeye region; and Barrie Dexter, an officer of the Department of External (now Foreign) Affairs.
Bob GosfordMay 31, 2016
Bill Shorten--unless Malcolm Turnbull falls under one of his beloved trains--will lose this election. Soon after losing Shorten will either fall on his sword or be pushed by the Left, who have long regarded Rudd's succession rule as farcical.
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.
Bob GosfordMay 26, 20161 Comment
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.
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.
Bob GosfordMay 21, 20161 Comment
Meanwhile my wallet gets stiffed three ways--iiNet get their monthly fee for an ADSL2+ service I can't access and Telstra gets two bites of my cherry--rental for a dead landline and $50 a pop every time I recharge the mobile wi-fi dongle.
Bob GosfordMay 19, 2016
Begin by accepting that no one should be represented by an underpaid and under experienced lawyer, and no one in the arts should work to make your life brighter and richer for a pittance or for free, Koulla Roussos, Darwin 2016.
Bob GosfordMay 19, 2016
Many Warlpiri, like Judy Napangardi, elected to use the wildest, most inventive of palettes to represent their country and as a means of re-affirming their relationship with it