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"Unconscionable and unsustainable". Why does mandatory sentencing for murder still run in the NT?

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.

My life as a roadie, Part 1: For those gone to the great bump-out in the sky.

My life as a roadie, Part 1: For those gone to the great bump-out in the sky.

Bob GosfordNov 20, 20162 Comments

Shane Stone - as the blame game escalates, do we really need a Royal Commission?

Shane Stone - as the blame game escalates, do we really need a Royal Commission?

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.

Brian Ross Martin is wrong: Supreme Court has dealt with Dylan Voller's abuse before

Brian Ross Martin is wrong: Supreme Court has dealt with Dylan Voller's abuse before

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.

The most shocking thing about the Four Corners footage is that the abuse was legal

The most shocking thing about the Four Corners footage is that the abuse was legal

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."

"Torture" in the "monster factories": Juvenile detention in WA's deep north in 2011.

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

Giving a shit. Koulla Roussos on art and law

Giving a shit. Koulla Roussos on art and law

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.

Sydneysiders locked out, Aboriginal Territorians locked up.

Sydneysiders locked out, Aboriginal Territorians locked up.

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.

The Territory's greatest living artist gets his day in Court

The Territory's greatest living artist gets his day in Court

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.

‘Nigger Hunts’ in the never never. The battles for land and water on the Roper River, 1870-1945.

‘Nigger Hunts’ in the never never. The battles for land and water on the Roper River, 1870-1945.

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.

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