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NT judge engages in “inappropriate judicial conduct,” brings “judiciary into disrepute” – keeps job

NT judge engages in “inappropriate judicial conduct,” brings “judiciary into disrepute” – keeps job

Bob Gosford December 11, 2017 3 Comments

CAALAS stated that "This series of complaints has shone a light on the stresses under which judges, lawyers and court staff work and much needs to be done to rectify this situation generally."

The empty shops of Darwin CBD – where retail goes to die

The empty shops of Darwin CBD – where retail goes to die

Bob Gosford December 7, 2017 2 Comments

Empty shops and broken dreams ... the fag end of small business in the tropics.

Judy Bamberger: Refugees Welcome Here

Judy Bamberger: Refugees Welcome Here

Bob Gosford December 6, 2017 2 Comments

This is a guest post by Sean Davey, a freelance photographer, curator and gallery director based in Canberra, Australia. For the last week and a half, Judy Bamberger has been staging a one-woman protest at the front of Parliament House in Canberra, sitting under a makeshift awning in the constant rain. Judy is protesting the treatment […]

Corruption in the NT – meat, maggots and backhanders – the 1982 Royal Commission Into the Australian Meat Industry

Corruption in the NT – meat, maggots and backhanders – the 1982 Royal Commission Into the Australian Meat Industry

Bob Gosford November 23, 2017 2 Comments

The really disturbing feature of these revelations was that the people concerned were not evil - many of them would have been regarded as reliable and effective officers. They were ordinary Australians, in positions of some responsibility, who were either demanding, or at least accepting, clearly improper payments which could only have the effect of compromising them in the performance of their duties.

“And still my family die.” Marie Munkara on the commodification of life and death on the Tiwi islands

“And still my family die.” Marie Munkara on the commodification of life and death on the Tiwi islands

Bob Gosford November 22, 2017

The mission arrived one hundred and six years ago. Despite having a perfectly functioning society for thousands of years, they came to “Save” us, but since their arrival we have the highest incidence of suicide on the planet and domestic violence is rife. So what does that tell you? They were too busy coveting our souls to really Love Thy Neighbour weren’t they? We are not people to them, we are objects of religious zeal.

Realising Mungarrawuy’s legacy – Galarrwuy Yunupingu and the Gumatj clan forge a new future in north-east Arnhem Land

Realising Mungarrawuy’s legacy – Galarrwuy Yunupingu and the Gumatj clan forge a new future in north-east Arnhem Land

Bob Gosford November 20, 2017

And Galarrwuy Yunupingu? He's about to turn 70, but still keeps a sharp eye on development and is guiding every step taken. He has straddled the whole of the Northern Territory's history of self-government, been public enemy number one, and respected elder number one, sometimes at the same time. He has hosted every prime minister since Whitlam and none claim to have bettered him.

Death of a Hyundai, south of Tennant Creek, NT

Death of a Hyundai, south of Tennant Creek, NT

Bob Gosford November 15, 2017

Earlier today, Scott McConnell— the very well-travelled member of the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly for the seat of Stuart—sent through this photo of a burnt-out Hyundai from about 150 kilometres or so south of Tennant Creek in the NT. He took this shot while travelling up to the Tennant to attend a meeting of the […]

Law, disorder and CAALAS – the view from Yuendumu

Law, disorder and CAALAS – the view from Yuendumu

Bob Gosford November 14, 2017

The law is like a spider’s web, In all humility I explain: the rich man fears it not neither he that is in command. The large beetles break free and only the small insects are ensnared

Punks, junkies, bikies and an iconic poster – From Uluru to Wollongong and back

Bob Gosford November 1, 2017 1 Comment

Wollongong, and in no small way the junkies, punks, bikies—and barmaids—of that town, had made an unsung contribution to the success of the Uluru handback. They had proved to one Anangu man that Australians of good will can be found in the most unexpected places.

A short tribute to Sir Ninian Stephen

A short tribute to Sir Ninian Stephen

Bob Gosford October 31, 2017 1 Comment

When Sir Ninian Stephen found that lands around Uluru-Kata Tjuta [Ayers Rock] were to be returned to their traditional owners he put his hand up to be the official representative of the Crown in handing over the title deeds.