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Mining in the NT - the Gunner government made a good start but ...

Mining in the NT - the Gunner government made a good start but ...

Bob GosfordSep 14, 2017

There are a number of legacy mine sites which pose a risk to the environment and/or public safety. Most of these sites ceased operations before 2005 and predated the requirement for operators to lodge a rehabilitation security bond and have either inadequate or non existent securities. The estimated level of historical mining liabilities in the NT is $1 billion.

What's a mine worth in the NT? This much ...

What's a mine worth in the NT? This much ...

Bob GosfordSep 13, 2017

The mining security bond will be utilised by government, if required, to prevent, minimise or rectify environmental harm caused by mining activities on or off the mining site or for completion of rehabilitation. Mining securities are calculated based on the amount of disturbance likely to be caused by the authorised mining activities.

Glencore,

Glencore, "open and transparent" government and the little EDO (NT) that could

Bob GosfordSep 13, 20171 Comment

In the Territory these amounts have previously been confidential, but we know it is important for Territorians to know the mining industry is being held accountable. With that in mind, we are moving in line with other jurisdictions to make security amounts available to the public: NT Minister Ken Vowles

Failed state, failed party. The Country Liberal Party's

Failed state, failed party. The Country Liberal Party's "long march" back to electoral credibility

Bob GosfordSep 8, 20173 Comments

The CLP's 2016 election campaign was a shambles. Loughnane and Mitchell describe a"rudderless" and dramatically underfunded campaign. The Northern Myth understands that, notwithstanding the repeated assurances during the campaign that the CLP had a campaign war chest of $1 million, it was only after the election that the party's campaign debt of around $500,000 was revealed.

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?

Bob GosfordSep 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.

Darwinites Rally against the destruction of Frog Hollow Heritage Precinct

Darwinites Rally against the destruction of Frog Hollow Heritage Precinct

Bob GosfordSep 6, 20171 Comment

We are holding a rally in Raintree Park to press our concern with the Chief Minister Michael Gunner and Minister Nicole Manison, overseeing the NT Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics to demand that proper community consultation take place, and delay this road to nowhere until alternative measures are examined.

Saving Darwin - from itself

Saving Darwin - from itself

Bob GosfordSep 5, 2017

Darwin's suburbs are wild, wonderful spaces that people retreat to with great delight. Look at what the suburbs do well. How do you translate these ideas into an urban setting without resorting to 'tropical character' architectural cliches?

Copenhagen Agreement: Permanent Boundary or CMATS redux?

Copenhagen Agreement: Permanent Boundary or CMATS redux?

Bob GosfordSep 5, 2017

La’o Hamutuk considers this celebration like the ‘celebration’ in 2005, when Timor-Leste and Australia agreed on the CMATS Treaty ... Sadly, although the celebration had begun, in the end that ‘agreement’ was not considered a victory for Timor-Leste. This is because the CMATS Treaty blocked Timor-Leste from speaking about its sovereign rights while Greater Sunrise was in production, and continued to recognize Australia’s rights to sea areas which properly belong to Timor-Leste under principles of international law.

Peace in our time between Timor-Leste and Australia over the Timor Gap?

Peace in our time between Timor-Leste and Australia over the Timor Gap?

Bob GosfordSep 2, 20171 Comment

I thank the Commission for its resolve and skill in bringing the Parties together, through a long and at times difficult process, to help us achieve our dream of full sovereignty and to finally settle our maritime boundaries with Australia. This is an historic agreement and marks the beginning of a new era in Timor-Leste’s friendship with Australia: former President of Timor-Leste Xanana Gusmão

No more

No more "Nigger Creek," "Black Gin Road" and "Lubra Springs" in the NT? A good start but ...

Bob GosfordSep 1, 2017

Toponymy - the study of place names* - is for many of us an arcane corner of linguistic and anthropological study. Notwithstanding the complexities of the issues it throws up, it is a key to understanding our connections to land and place.