Bob GosfordJul 13, 2017
The Northern Territory’s murder sentencing regime is not only harsh and unfair, it is ruinously expensive and contributes substantially to this jurisdiction’s crisis of hyper-incarceration. In 1999, the average period served in Australian prisons by persons convicted of murder before conditional release was around 13 years. The gross disparity between the Northern Territory and the rest of the nation appears to have narrowed somewhat, as interstate politicians have ratcheted up statutory penalties following “my-laws-are-tougher-than-yours” election campaigns.
Bob GosfordNov 20, 20162 Comments
Bob GosfordAug 1, 2016
I am wondering out loud whether the Royal Commission should proceed at all. Look at the mess we are in – Coalition and Labor can’t agree on the Commissioner(s), the Commissioner himself now appears in doubt, senior people – black and white – are calling into question whether a Royal Commission is justified and best way forward and indigenous leaders say they weren’t consulted on the terms of reference.
Bob GosfordJul 29, 20161 Comment
This appointment is wrong for all manner of reasons, and Aboriginal people in the Territory will not have confidence in the appointment of Brian Martin. As Chief Justice, he sat at the apex of the NT’s justice system. He presided over all judicial officers who sentenced young Aboriginal offenders to detention, and he knew them all: Olga Havnen, AMSANT.
Bob GosfordJul 26, 20161 Comment
"It would be an absurd result of the legislation if somehow more extreme force could be used in a case such as this, where a detainee is ‘at risk’, than would otherwise be the case in disciplining the detainee."
Bob GosfordJul 26, 2016
"Putting a 12-year-old in solitary confinement for nine days is tantamount to torture": WA Shadow Minister for Child Protection Sue Ellery
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 GosfordFeb 25, 20161 Comment
My two cents worth? When it comes to alcohol we should be helping troubled individuals instead of focusing on locking us all out or locking them up.
Bob GosfordFeb 8, 20162 Comments
"I'm allowed to be here. I'm a fucking poet. I'm a poet. You cunts, I'm a fucking poet. Police brutality. I'm allowed to be here": Trevor Jenkins, Darwin Literary Awards, May 2014.
Bob GosfordJan 13, 20169 Comments
"Until the long arm of the law interfered, white men killed the black fellow because they were hungry with a hunger that must be fed with gold, having been trained in a school that for generations has acknowledged 'Thou shalt not kill' among its commandments." Jeannie Gunn, We of the Never Never, 1908.