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“Donald Trump never fit in here” – Richard Stark on Trump,  Mar-a-Lago and Palm Beach

“Donald Trump never fit in here” – Richard Stark on Trump, Mar-a-Lago and Palm Beach

December 28, 2017

'Donald Trump never fit in here' ... 'I should be pleased Mr Trump took over Mar-a-Lago,' Lesley said, 'I think we should all be pleased, because we didn't want it to turn into Miss Havisham's wedding cake out there, but to be honest with you, I think a place must be just a little déclassé if Donald Trump has even heard of it.'

The Poinciana Woman of Darwin’s East Point. By Roland Dyrting

December 22, 2017

There was once a beautiful brown-skinned Asian woman who long ago was raped by a group of Japanese fishermen out on East Point. She became deranged after this event and when she discovered that she was pregnant she hanged herself from a branch of a Poinciana tree near where she’d been assaulted. She has since become a wraith who stalks and kills men at night. She entices them by initially appearing as a beautiful, white-robed, long-haired young woman but then transforms into a hideous wild-haired eagle-clawed hag just before she eviscerates her victims and feeds on their still-steaming guts.

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

December 11, 2017 3

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."

Judy Bamberger: Refugees Welcome Here

Judy Bamberger: Refugees Welcome Here

December 6, 2017 2

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 […]

Law, disorder and CAALAS – the view from Yuendumu

Law, disorder and CAALAS – the view from Yuendumu

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

Dear Abby – I have two extra SSM survey envelopes. What do I do?

Dear Abby – I have two extra SSM survey envelopes. What do I do?

September 16, 2017 5

On Thursday last I went to my post office to check my mail and noted, with some surprise that there were three SSM postal survey envelopes inside. One was addressed to me, the others to a married couple—I’ll call them the Smiths—who had been previous tenants of my post box. Over the past few years […]

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.

‘Racist’ black-cladding business policy canned by NT government, referred to NT Police for investigation

‘Racist’ black-cladding business policy canned by NT government, referred to NT Police for investigation

August 6, 2017

CLP candidate Steve Brown described the indigenous employment and procurement polices as 'ill-considered' and 'blatantly racist.' Brown didn't elaborate on what aspects of his party's policies he considered 'racist' but it may be that he considered the policies unfairly favoured Aboriginal workers. Or discriminated against non-Aboriginal businesses or workers. Or both.

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

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

July 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.

November 20, 2016 2

The recent call by the Australian Road Crew Association (ARCA)—including this piece on the ABC by Guy Stayner that highlights the appalling suicide rates in the live music industry—gave me pause to reflect on my previous career in music, mainly working as a roadie (doing FoH sound in the main) with rock ‘n roll bands […]