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

Bob Gosford November 29, 2016 1 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.

Dead cars on a dirt road

Dead cars on a dirt road

Bob Gosford November 26, 2016 2 Comments

On the outbound run the number of old car bodies littered in the scrub caught my eye so I decided to take a closer look on the way back. Here are just a few.

Straight outta Darwin. The Spangeld Drongoes, live at Bonehead’s (updated)

Straight outta Darwin. The Spangeld Drongoes, live at Bonehead’s (updated)

Bob Gosford August 23, 2015

If you need to ask you don't deserve to know ... or as NC says, "I've lived in this town for thirty years ... and I put new bullets in my gun, chamber after chamber ... oh, my God, oh, my God."

Leak of the Week: The Country Liberal Party, the Esky of Silence and the Alice Springs Tapes

Leak of the Week: The Country Liberal Party, the Esky of Silence and the Alice Springs Tapes

Bob Gosford February 22, 2015 1 Comment

Got a Leak of the Week? Drop me a line below, send me a DM on Twitter to @bgosford or a message at my Facebook page.

Suspend Northern Territory self-government!

Suspend Northern Territory self-government!

Bob Gosford February 9, 2015 3 Comments

The Territory has very few friends “down south”, where we have come to be seen as over-indulged redneck mendicant whingers, sucking endlessly on the public nipple of taxpayer generosity. Suspending NT self-government would be a popular decision in most parts of Australia.

NT politics – from crazy-brave to crazy and back again.

NT politics – from crazy-brave to crazy and back again.

Bob Gosford February 4, 2015

"There is no doubt the Country Liberals have been divided for many, many, many years on a range of different areas, policy and structural and personalities ... What we have seen as a result of last night is a party completely disintegrate in terms of different factions, warring factions." Adam Giles, 3 February 2015.

Reporting From Arnhemland

Reporting From Arnhemland

Bob Gosford February 3, 2014 3 Comments

Another day in the office for a journalist on the Arnhemland beat. "The corrugated iron is covering a litter of dead puppies ..."

“Learning to play the typewriter” – Andrew McMillan’s life of words and rock ‘n roll

“Learning to play the typewriter” – Andrew McMillan’s life of words and rock ‘n roll

Bob Gosford January 29, 2014 2 Comments

"The best advice that I ever got was given by members of Status Quo “Whatever you do, don’t puncture your skin.” Snort it, drink it, smoke it, swallow it … but don't ever stick a needle in."

What to do if pulled over by Queensland police? Make a movie.

What to do if pulled over by Queensland police? Make a movie.

Bob Gosford January 16, 2014

Anyone on a bike or wearing biker clothing can be reasonably suspected to have criminal associations in Queensland. That is nothing short of discrimination and “profiling”, yet it is now enshrined in Queensland law. “The difficulty with that is a police officer can say to a person that they have a reasonable suspicion, but in reality that would be totally unreasonable,”

When drought stalks the land, graziers become rent-seekers and bone collectors

When drought stalks the land, graziers become rent-seekers and bone collectors

Bob Gosford January 5, 2014 24 Comments

Bad news from the west - Western Queensland: Pasture condition is generally poor across the area and stock are requiring supplements. Stock condition is generally poor across the area. An increasing number of livestock are in a condition that is less than required for trucking