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Robert Gosford

Likes birds and people, not necessarily in that order.

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Ecuador’s new constitution – nature has rights!!

Ecuador’s new constitution – nature has rights!!

November 12, 2008 2 Comments

Now that rights to exist and persist have been recognised for nature and living things in the new Ecuadorean constitution, could Australia adopt a similar provision and would we want to?

Safe Houses in the NT – a $21 million “massive stuff-up”

Safe Houses in the NT – a $21 million “massive stuff-up”

November 12, 2008 12 Comments

Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has labelled the NT intervention safe house initiative a “massive stuff-up.” 15 months after Former Indigenous Affairs Minister Mal Brough’s promise to provide safe houses at part of the NT intervention, not one of the 16 shipping-container based safe houses has opened its door for clients and no staff have been […]

Garrett’s resale royalty proposal – views from the Aboriginal arts industry

November 7, 2008 9 Comments

When Big Pete Garrett got to his feet in Parliament last month and announced that he would implement Labor’s long-held commitment to a resale royalty scheme for all Australian visual artists, he told the House that: “This is a landmark and genuinely historic moment for the more than 20,000 Australian visual artists. The decision to […]

Bird of the Week – Collared Sparrowhawk Accipiter cirrhocephalus

Bird of the Week – Collared Sparrowhawk Accipiter cirrhocephalus

November 5, 2008 4 Comments

This glum-looking Collared Sparrowhawk, Accipiter cirrhocephalus, has been hanging around my back yard over the past few weeks – most likely lured in by the Zebra Finches, small Honeyeaters and other birds that crowd in for the water in the backyard. Here he, and I’m pretty sure it is a he – like many raptors […]

Worst road in the world?…Australia? The Tanami Road

Worst road in the world?…Australia? The Tanami Road

October 31, 2008 13 Comments

WARNING – this road eats cars…and trucks…and road trains…and caravans…and just about everything else that travels across it!! The Tanami Road/Track/Highway (take your pick) runs for just over 1,000 kilometres from just north of Alice Springs in the NT through to Halls Creek in WA. The first 200 kilometres to the crossing at the dry-as-a-bone-at-this-time-of-year […]

Yuendumu: the pool, the press, protocols and permits…and the Code of Conduct for Ministerial Staff

October 30, 2008 11 Comments

As Crikey and The Northern Myth have reported and discussed on Tuesday and Wednesday this week there are real concerns at Yuendumu and across central Australia about the way that some journalists went about their business reporting on what should have been, and largely was, a good news story. The opening this past Monday of […]

Peggy Napaljarri Brown’s fury

Peggy Napaljarri Brown’s fury

October 29, 2008 14 Comments

As I walked up the road yesterday morning to get some milk, I spotted Peggy Napaljarri Brown, Jenny Macklin’s best new friend and Valerie Napaljarri Martin sitting in the shade of a tree outside the ramshackle office of the Yuendumu Mining Company. Next to her sat Harry Jakamarra Nelson. They all have better things to […]

‘Ngurrju School, Ngurrju Pool’ (Yes School – Yes Pool) – Jenny Macklin finds a few friends at Yuendumu

‘Ngurrju School, Ngurrju Pool’ (Yes School – Yes Pool) – Jenny Macklin finds a few friends at Yuendumu

October 28, 2008 4 Comments

“I’ve found a friend!” Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin tells Crikey as she walks arm-in-arm across the dusty main street of Yuendumu with Peggy Nampijinpa Brown. Jenny and Nampijinpa have just been to visit the several hundred people who have come down from their sorry business at West Camp where they are mourning the […]

Dog(s) of the week – Dion Beasley and his Cheeky Dogs

Dog(s) of the week – Dion Beasley and his Cheeky Dogs

October 27, 2008 5 Comments

We were in Alice Springs for a few days last week and went along to a great exhibition by the young Aboriginal artist, Dion Beasley at the Olive Pink Botanical Gardens. Dogs Life is a small collection of Dion’s hand-coloured drawings of what he calls his Cheeky Dogs.  As anyone who has spent time in […]

Court day in Yuendumu Part 2 – The Community Court caravan rolls into town

October 23, 2008 1 Comment

When Stipendiary Magistrate John Birch’s Court caravan rolled into Yuendumu late last week he bought a new model of the law into town with him. Community Courts, as distinct from the regular Magistrates Court being held in a community, have been around in the Territory since 2005 but until last week had only been active […]