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Building up … going Troppo in the Top End

Building up … going Troppo in the Top End

Bob Gosford October 21, 2017

Too. Fucking. Hot. I cleared the breathalyser and turned off Lee Point Road. As I drove past, just one hundred metres away from the alcohol and drug testing station, I could see one of the many old mates of Darwin’s Northern Suburbs leaning back in his plastic chair, pulling on a bong. Happy Thursday to you, Old Mate.

NT News throws its best under a bus

NT News throws its best under a bus

Bob Gosford October 20, 2017

The reasons for Walsh's shock departure are unclear at present and may never be revealed—though there is no shortage of rumour on the street.

Midnight Oil – Alice Springs rolls out the red dirt carpet for a classic rock show

Midnight Oil – Alice Springs rolls out the red dirt carpet for a classic rock show

Bob Gosford October 3, 2017

The Oils were in classic rock mode. No new songs, rarely testing the boundaries of tried and true winners, the audience wasn’t really challenged. Jim Moginie and Martin Rotsey enjoyed the brilliant clarity of the sound and delivered most of the thrills.

In defence of the Ludmilla, Kulaluk, Nightcliff foreshore: saving Darwin’s secret gardens

In defence of the Ludmilla, Kulaluk, Nightcliff foreshore: saving Darwin’s secret gardens

Bob Gosford September 20, 2017

"If the take the mangroves, we Saltwater People will have nothing left of our traditional way of life which has been handed down to us by our old people," Joy White, Public Officer, Bagot community, Darwin.

Fireflies—twinkling magicians of the night sky

Fireflies—twinkling magicians of the night sky

Bob Gosford September 19, 2017 1 Comment

"Magical – that's the word I keep on using, it was magical. It was like being around fairies – the forest was glowing.": Nick Moir

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

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

Bob Gosford September 13, 2017 1 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

A perfect storm. An insider’s view of failure of climate change policy in Australia

A perfect storm. An insider’s view of failure of climate change policy in Australia

Bob Gosford September 8, 2017

This is a guest post by lawyer and climate policy specialist Peter Shaw. It seems like a lifetime ago and I suppose it was. The year was 1989 and full of hope I joined the Australian Gas Light Company (AGL). In those distant, salad days AGL only sold gas (we will skate over a questionable […]

Darwinites Rally against the destruction of Frog Hollow Heritage Precinct

Darwinites Rally against the destruction of Frog Hollow Heritage Precinct

Bob Gosford September 6, 2017 1 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 Gosford September 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 Gosford September 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.