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The kill-or-be-killed world of NT politics, 2012 to 2016

Bob GosfordNov 29, 20161 Comment

Giles’s mood had changed from denial, to anger, to bargaining. He first denied any knowledge of an unfolding coup. Later he raged about the stupidity of it. And in our last conversation, just after midnight, before the phone was hurled from the balcony, he seemed to think there was a way to fight on.

Crocs in the Cabinet: The CLP, politics as farce and farce as politics

Crocs in the Cabinet: The CLP, politics as farce and farce as politics

Bob GosfordNov 27, 2016

This book is about the fall of an empire – about the power struggles and missteps and flawed characters that took the CLP from the Northern Territory’s dominant political force to near extinction, from an election win in 2012 to holding just two seats in Parliament four years later: Ben Smee and Christopher Walsh.

Keith Windschuttle and the Aboriginal sovereignty conspiracy that never was

Keith Windschuttle and the Aboriginal sovereignty conspiracy that never was

Bob GosfordNov 20, 20161 Comment

It is unsurprising that Windschuttle—as most of us do—struggles with the complexity of the Native Title Act but the least we can expect is that if he is going to throw up ideas based on the application of that Act it is not unreasonable that he exhibit at least a working comprehension of the operation of the Act and its basic concepts.

"JESUS LOVES NACHOS" Graffiti Rules in K-town, OK?

Bob GosfordNov 3, 20162 Comments

”Jesus Loves Nachos is not to be touched,” the spokeswoman said when pressed, "It’s an icon.” Back in the eighties the bridge had another less benign example of the graffiti artist's work. Thankfully "FREE KLAUS BARBIE" is long gone.

Blacks in the back cunts in the front. New work by Therese Ritchie

Blacks in the back cunts in the front. New work by Therese Ritchie

Bob GosfordSep 25, 2016

Blacks in the back, cunts in the front and the response to it, is emblematic of how non-indigenous Australia embraces and yet looks away from aboriginal people at the same time. This ruptured thinking process is the stringy bond with our earlier task of occupying, claiming and settling Australia, in particular the ‘wilderness consciousness’ that in its day encouraged mate-ship, an easy going attitude, and above all, manners (you could not swear at the dinner table or in front of your mother) whilst allowing rape and killing to be seen as pragmatic.

The NT electoral system is a joke. But can Hare-Clark fix it?

The NT electoral system is a joke. But can Hare-Clark fix it?

Bob GosfordSep 22, 20169 Comments

Welcome to politics as farce. There is little doubt that the NT electoral system is broken. The bigger question is how we fix it. Discuss.

Northern Territory – a tale of systemic dysfunctional governance

Bob GosfordSep 13, 20163 Comments

Political cronyism is hardly unheard of in other states, but its sheer extent and audacity in the Northern Territory over the last four years is deeply troubling. The higher levels of the public sector have been utterly politicised and any semblance of a professional public service able to advise government without fear or favour no longer exists.

The right to drink? Wrong

The right to drink? Wrong

Bob GosfordSep 13, 20161 Comment

We’ve just had another change of government in the Northern Territory, and they’ve promised to bring the BDR back in, thank goodness. We now have a golden opportunity to make it stronger, smarter and more effective.

The CLP got Gunnered ...

The CLP got Gunnered ...

Bob GosfordAug 28, 2016

On Saturday night, as gracious as Giles' speech was, so Gunner's was shambolic. "Tonight is extraordinary" he said three times while the baying crowd called for blood and more beer.

Vincent Lingiari Art Awards - David Frank is the CLC Delegate's Choice

Vincent Lingiari Art Awards - David Frank is the CLC Delegate's Choice

Bob GosfordAug 16, 2016

Mr Frank’s painting captured the hearts and minds of our elected members,” said Central Land Council chair Francis Kelly.

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