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The battle for Cox Peninsula - the Kenbi Land Claim 1975 - 2016

Bob GosfordJun 20, 2016

In December 1978, just a few short months after the grant of (limited) self-government for the NT, the conservative CLP government promulgated the Town Planning Regulations, subsequently held to be invalid as made for an improper purpose, under the Town Planning Act (TPA) These regulations stated that large areas of land (including submerged lands in Darwin Harbour) surrounding Darwin, Katherine, Tennant Creek, and Alice Springs were to be treated as if part of a town.

Action and inaction, transparency and secrecy in the NT

Action and inaction, transparency and secrecy in the NT

Bob GosfordApr 19, 2016

Are the people of Darwin - and the institutions that should protect them - prepared for and protected from the environmental risks associated with an escalation of military traffic and construction of new military infrastructure, including new ammunition handling facilities to support the US Air Forces Air Force Global Strike Command?

"Not fit for humans" - the remote housing crisis in the NT

Bob GosfordApr 12, 2016

NT housing minister Bess Price admitted that Aboriginal housing was unacceptable. “I’ve visited communities, where the houses have been built in the eighties, and it’s not fit for humans.”

The CLP's 'treacherous bastards' face the prospect of electoral oblivion

Bob GosfordMar 7, 20162 Comments

This past weekend's CLP Central Council meeting was an underwhelming success that brings the internal turmoil and political future of key party members into closer focus. Bob Gosford reports from Alice Springs.

Willem Rudolf Westra van Holthe: the accidental Deputy

Willem Rudolf Westra van Holthe: the accidental Deputy

Bob GosfordFeb 14, 20161 Comment

The reason ministers are supposed to abide by strict standards is not just because they are senior members of the government, but because of the power, juicy information and influence they wield ... If you're on holidays as a minister, it simply means you'll either continue to take work calls anyway and your paperwork builds up in your inbox: Judith Ireland, SMH.

‘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.

Strider: How the environment centres came to be

Strider: How the environment centres came to be

Bob GosfordDec 17, 2015

In the Northern Territory in 1973 there was an organisation called The Environment Council of the Northern Territory. It was a forum for discussion among organisations with an interest in ecology and nature conservation matters. Member bodies included the Chamber of Commerce and the National Trust as well as the Darwin Conservation Society. Membership was not open to individuals. Secretariat services were provided to the Council by the Keep Australia Beautiful Council, which had a paid Executive Officer and an office in the Town Hall.

The travel agent, the Minister's office and an unravelling travel scandal in the NT

The travel agent, the Minister's office and an unravelling travel scandal in the NT

Bob GosfordDec 16, 20151 Comment

Justice Dean Mildren: "Prior to September 2013 you provided no travel services for the Honourable Bess Price. In the period between 12 September 2013 and 21 November 2014 you obtained the opportunity to provide in excess of $325,000 in travel bookings for the Honourable member and her staff. You obtained the opportunity to provide travel bookings for other government departments as a consequence of recommendations by Mossman."

NT Chief Minister Adam Giles: On life, burnout and working 20 hours a day, 7 days a week

Bob GosfordDec 10, 20151 Comment

Whether Giles' statement that he 'works seven days a week, 20 hours a day' is accurate or not, anything close to that figure would be unhealthy in both personal and professional terms and is indicative of a work-life balance well out of whack.

They never gave up the fight: the battle for land rights at Yarralin, Part 2.

They never gave up the fight: the battle for land rights at Yarralin, Part 2.

Bob GosfordDec 7, 2015