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Robert Gosford

Likes birds and people, not necessarily in that order.

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Glencore, “open and transparent” government and the little EDO (NT) that could

Glencore, “open and transparent” government and the little EDO (NT) that could

September 13, 2017 1 Comment

In the Territory these amounts have previously been confidential, but we know it is important for Territorians to know the mining industry is being held accountable. With that in mind, we are moving in line with other jurisdictions to make security amounts available to the public: NT Minister Ken Vowles

Happy Thylacine Day: Thylacines were lucky to last as long as they did

Happy Thylacine Day: Thylacines were lucky to last as long as they did

September 9, 2017

Since the European invasion of Australia in 1788, on the whole Australia’s wildlife has been incredibly unlucky. The agents of extinction that Europeans brought with them – predators to eat them, herbivores to starve them, changed fire regimes, drastically altered habitats, direct hunting, invasive plants and even climate change – have brought the native fauna to its knees.

A perfect storm. An insider’s view of failure of climate change policy in Australia

A perfect storm. An insider’s view of failure of climate change policy in Australia

September 8, 2017

This is a guest post by lawyer and climate policy specialist Peter Shaw. It seems like a lifetime ago and I suppose it was. The year was 1989 and full of hope I joined the Australian Gas Light Company (AGL). In those distant, salad days AGL only sold gas (we will skate over a questionable […]

Failed state, failed party. The Country Liberal Party’s “long march” back to electoral credibility

Failed state, failed party. The Country Liberal Party’s “long march” back to electoral credibility

September 8, 2017 3 Comments

The CLP's 2016 election campaign was a shambles. Loughnane and Mitchell describe a"rudderless" and dramatically underfunded campaign. The Northern Myth understands that, notwithstanding the repeated assurances during the campaign that the CLP had a campaign war chest of $1 million, it was only after the election that the party's campaign debt of around $500,000 was revealed.

NT Police naming and shaming of juveniles on social media – lazy policing or overreach?

NT Police naming and shaming of juveniles on social media – lazy policing or overreach?

September 7, 2017

There are many reasons why naming and shaming youth offenders is not a good idea, particularly where they are only alleged offenders. Social media is unforgiving and unforgetting. The image of a child aged 11 years has a long future ahead of it. In addition to addressing any alleged offending, they now have to deal with the stigma. No amount of new schools or new names will be able to reintegrate them into the community.

Darwinites Rally against the destruction of Frog Hollow Heritage Precinct

Darwinites Rally against the destruction of Frog Hollow Heritage Precinct

September 6, 2017 1 Comment

We are holding a rally in Raintree Park to press our concern with the Chief Minister Michael Gunner and Minister Nicole Manison, overseeing the NT Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics to demand that proper community consultation take place, and delay this road to nowhere until alternative measures are examined.

Saving Darwin – from itself

Saving Darwin – from itself

September 5, 2017

Darwin's suburbs are wild, wonderful spaces that people retreat to with great delight. Look at what the suburbs do well. How do you translate these ideas into an urban setting without resorting to 'tropical character' architectural cliches?

Copenhagen Agreement: Permanent Boundary or CMATS redux?

Copenhagen Agreement: Permanent Boundary or CMATS redux?

September 5, 2017

La’o Hamutuk considers this celebration like the ‘celebration’ in 2005, when Timor-Leste and Australia agreed on the CMATS Treaty ... Sadly, although the celebration had begun, in the end that ‘agreement’ was not considered a victory for Timor-Leste. This is because the CMATS Treaty blocked Timor-Leste from speaking about its sovereign rights while Greater Sunrise was in production, and continued to recognize Australia’s rights to sea areas which properly belong to Timor-Leste under principles of international law.

Australia and East Timor agree on the Timor Sea

Australia and East Timor agree on the Timor Sea

September 3, 2017

While no specific details are available, the agreement that has been reached refers to a ‘pathway to the development of the [Greater Sunrise] resource, and the sharing of the resulting revenue’. Australia had previously offered East Timor a 50-50 split of revenue from the Greater Sunrise field, so it is expected that the agreement will increase East Timor’s share of revenues. The agreement also leaves open the question of the ‘pathway to the development’ of the field.

Peace in our time between Timor-Leste and Australia over the Timor Gap?

Peace in our time between Timor-Leste and Australia over the Timor Gap?

September 2, 2017 1 Comment

I thank the Commission for its resolve and skill in bringing the Parties together, through a long and at times difficult process, to help us achieve our dream of full sovereignty and to finally settle our maritime boundaries with Australia. This is an historic agreement and marks the beginning of a new era in Timor-Leste’s friendship with Australia: former President of Timor-Leste Xanana Gusmão