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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bob GosfordAug 19, 2016
"Dexter [Daniels] died unrecognized and unsung. I learnt that he died on fucking Christmas day the year before ... I reckon that Dexter Daniels achieved a fucking good sight more than Charlie Perkins." Brian Manning, Australia Day, 2011.
Bob GosfordAug 16, 2016
Mr Frank’s painting captured the hearts and minds of our elected members,” said Central Land Council chair Francis Kelly.
Bob GosfordAug 15, 2016
There is little apparent support or advice from the south this time around--either from prominent Liberal politicians or back-room workers--and this bolsters the widely held view that right now, Adam Giles is the Typhoid Mary of Liberal politics.
Bob GosfordAug 9, 2016
A cultural paradigm exists in Northern Territory politics that neither major party is yet to break. The CLP have never tried, the ALP sort of tried but unless the shackles of “NT Political jingoism” are broken, the NT will remain wedded to mediocrity at best, political suicide at worse.
Bob GosfordAug 8, 2016
Hopefully if enough Territory whitefellas change their identification on the census form it will eventually force the Commonwealth to provide funding based on socio-economic disadvantage and not on identity.