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The NT electoral system is a joke. But can Hare-Clark fix it?

The NT electoral system is a joke. But can Hare-Clark fix it?

Bob GosfordSep 22, 20168 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.

Northern Territory – a tale of systemic dysfunctional governance

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.

The right to drink? Wrong

The right to drink? Wrong

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.

"Because kartiya never give us fair go, that’s why we bin walk off from Wave Hill Station."

Bob GosfordAug 12, 2016

‘No, we had enough with all you mob now, we bin working real hard with all you mob, but never get pay. We only bin work for tea, flour and sugar, and sick of tobacco, that’s all.’: Vincent Lingiari

Land-Clearing in Queensland: On the Brink

Land-Clearing in Queensland: On the Brink

Bob GosfordAug 12, 2016

Leading the LNP cheer squad has been Pearson and his mates, who control various Cairns-based organisations including the Cape York Institute and the Balkanu Cape York Development Corporation. Prominent among them are Noel's brother Gerhardt Pearson and Cape York Land Council chairman Richie Ahmat. They say the new law will prevent the development of indigenous agricultural and other development projects.

The Northern Territory: Political Hustlers, Deadbeats and Others

The Northern Territory: Political Hustlers, Deadbeats and Others

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.

Closing the Census Gap - why every white Territorian should register as

Closing the Census Gap - why every white Territorian should register as "Indigenous"

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.

Bob Debus: On changing the community - Part Three of the 2016 Frank Walker Lecture

Bob GosfordAug 5, 2016

The worst was saved for last. On the eve of the 2007 general election the Howard Government launched a sudden, manifestly ill-planned and grotesquely wasteful “emergency Intervention” on the Indigenous people of the Northern Territory. It was led by the military and regarded with utter dismay by the authors of the Little Children Are Sacred Report to which it was allegedly responding. This was not a matter of failing to consult in good faith: it was a defiant failure to consult at all. Bob Debus, Frank Walker Lecture, 2016.

Bob Debus: On Changing the Justice System, Land Rights and Self-determination. Part Two

Bob Debus: On Changing the Justice System, Land Rights and Self-determination. Part Two

Bob GosfordAug 4, 2016

“…No grassroots black,” he said, “is ever going to regard any hideously expensive, white-anted, white-controlled showpiece, no matter how much it costs, as anything but the travesty of truth it is. When will white men ever realise that it is no use giving the substance unless they also give the spirit ...[Otherwise] it becomes mere palliation. Real compensation will only be paid in so far as the money sets up a situation which allows for real human growth for blacks”: Kevin Gilbert, Because a White Man'll Never Do it.

Bob Debus: “The Things Which Must Be Done…” Aboriginal Incarceration. Part One

Bob Debus: “The Things Which Must Be Done…” Aboriginal Incarceration. Part One

Bob GosfordAug 4, 2016

On 30 June last year there were more than 9,000 Indigenous prisoners in Australia and 7,100 of them had been in prison before.15 Don Weatherburn shows why it is quite critical to understand that – as a statistical matter – the higher rate at which Aboriginal people first arrive in prison is much less significant than rate at which they come back to it. Bob Debus, August 2016

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