November, 2016

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Crocs in the Cabinet: The CLP, politics as farce and farce as politics

, Nov 27, 2016

This book is about the fall of an empire – about the power struggles and missteps and flawed characters that took the CLP from the Northern Territory’s dominant political force to near extinction, from an election win in 2012 to holding just two seats in Parliament four years later: Ben Smee and Christopher Walsh.
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Lord Ashcroft’s Republican Convention Diary: Days One and Two

, Jul 24, 2016

So far, Trump has relied largely on the media to get his message out. As one experienced Donald-watcher explained: “It’s not that he hates the media – he doesn’t like investigative reporting about himself. Hillary hates the press. She’d be fine if the press never covered her again, but Donald Trump wouldn’t.”
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Website redesign latest … Crikey and The Northern Myth are upgrading …

, Apr 20, 2016

A thank you for your patience, and a request to send feedback concerning the redesign to the designated email address. Work will continue over the coming days and weeks to bed down the very major overhaul that Crikey has undergone, in terms of both its appearance and backstage architecture. I’m told the most glaring bugs […]
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“I’m sad for my house” – Five case studies in decay and neglect in remote NT Housing

, Apr 12, 2016

"I ask them ‘I got a problem with my water and I got a problem with my house, can I get someone to help me’? “They say ‘sorry, come back next week’.”
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New NT Government lineup – the 16th* CLP reshuffle since August 2012

, Feb 16, 2016

It is almost impossible to keep count on how many iterations of the CLP government (under coup victim Terry Mills from August 2012 to March 2013) and Adam Giles (from March 2013 to date) - the ABC is today reporting the tally at fifteen but others are pitching sixteen, so I'll go for the higher number until proven otherwise.
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Strider: The loss of an extraordinary environmental elder

, Dec 17, 2015

Strider will be missed by an enormous network of friends, students and fellow campaigners across the Northern Territory, Australia and indeed the world. Strider passed away on Tuesday night in his home in the Solar Village, Humpty Doo, surrounded by loved ones after a long journey with cancer and associated illnesses. He dealt with this journey over the last year with the same dignity and grace in which he lived his full and purpose filled life.

Felco No. 2 secateurs. My favourite thing no. 1,278.

, Nov 17, 2015

One of my favourite things ... Felco No. 2 pruning shears.
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Delia Lawrie and a “wilful disregard of the known facts”

, Aug 20, 2015

"Mr Maurice submitted that in fact Ms Lawrie, Mr Wyvill and Ms Spurr had conspired to engage in a course of deceit and despicable behaviour to make it appear that the plaintiff had not adopted a strategy to ignore, disengage and discredit the Inquiry. The case depended upon Ms Lawrie, Mr Wyvill and Ms Spurr getting away with an outrageous deception of the Court. Justice Stephen Southwood." Lawrie v Lawler (No 2) [2015] NTSC 46.
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Un’altra dimostrazione di sostegno ad Adamo Goodes.

, Aug 01, 2015

Chips Mackinolty and the long view (from Palermo) on the Adam Goodes furore: "La dimostrazione di sostegno è di circa un uomo aborigeno, un calciatore molto importante, che viene abusato dai tifosi razzisti ... simili in modi ad alcuni appassionati di calcio europei. Il suo nome è Adam Goodes, e in questa foto è sostenuto dagli aborigeni della regione centrale del deserto dell'Australia."
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Robyn Lambley: We stand at a crossroads for the Territory

, Jun 17, 2015

Robyn Lambley on the CLP and Chief Minister Adam Giles: "The Northern Territory Country Liberals have been betrayed, and taken over by a dark, unpleasant, amoral cabal" ... "the Chief Minister whose modus operandi is to eliminate, execute, annihilate and assassinate – and of course has no use for the truth."
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Set the budgies free! Indian Courts find for the birds

, May 18, 2015

The court favoured constitutional status for rights of animals like citizens. It said, “Parliament, it is expected, would elevate rights of animals to that of constitutional rights, as done by many of the countries around the world, so as to protect their dignity and honour.”
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Speaking truth to power: Northern Land Council CEO Joe Morrison. National Press Club, 11 February 2015

, Feb 11, 2015

I believe that northern Australia is in the midst of enormous economic and social change. In that context, the ongoing traditional connection that north Australian Indigenous people have with their country must be seen as an asset for this nation, and to northern development, not a problem.
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Jurlak lintarrwaji ngujkaji ngarrungkap tankuwaji – Gurindji bird knowledge

, Jan 04, 2015

Karrkany-ju-ma ngumpit nguyina panana kurnpirlirn-pirrji. Karnti ngurla-nyanta nyanuny puya-ngarna yuwanana. Nyamu-wa nyila-ma ngumpit-ma panana karrkany-ju-ma karrinyana nyangunyangu na. This bird makes Aboriginal people into traditional healers. It does this by throwing a stick at someone's body. When bird hits the person with a stick, they become a traditional healer or 'clever man'.
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The Gurindji people farewell that “jangkarni marlaka”

, Oct 22, 2014

“As a mark of respect, Gurindji people will now refer to this man as 'kulum Whitlam'. This great man helped us get better wages, health, education and housing, and most importantly, gave us our land back. Our people pay their respects to the family of kulum Whitlam,” Gurindji elder Michael George
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Get Well Soon – wealth and fame gets a turn “on the machine”

, Oct 02, 2014

Chronic kidney disease [CKD] is a big slice of the gap in life expectancy for Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory and remote areas of Western Australia, Queensland and South Australia. From 2004 to 2006 Aboriginal people in these jurisdictions for males and females were respectively seven and eleven times more likely to die from CKD. The deaths occurred at a younger age than amongst non-Aboriginal Australians.
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Borroloola Amateur Race Club Campdraft, Gymkhana and Rodeo. Part 5 – Faces in the crowd

, Aug 24, 2014

Last weekend I spent a few days at the annual Borroloola Amateur Race Club Campdraft, Gymkhana and Rodeo meeting - here are some photos of faces in the crowd - and at the rodeo chute.
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Borroloola Campdraft, Gymkhana and Rodeo 2014. Part 3 – Bucking broncs

, Aug 23, 2014

Saddle Bronc Riding stems back to the taming and training of wild horses for farm transport and hunting. Some horses would not submit easily and so the contest began. Today, the event is a stylised and highly skilled event on the rodeo circuit.
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Australia. Where the only good cat is a dead cat

, Aug 09, 2014

No cat is a good cat. The only good cat is a dead cat..
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Sei isole in un mare di morti. (Six islands in a sea of death)

, Jul 07, 2014

Chips Mackinolty writes from Palermo on the Sei isole in un mare di morti. The six islands in a sea of death refer to Sicily and Lampedusa, but as well to Christmas Island, Nauru, Manaus and Australia itself.
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A fat Aussie on a bogan bizarro bash in Cuiba. Glen Dooley reports from the World Cup.

, Jun 16, 2014

My arse is in a particularly unglamorous state due to my clothing debacle. My baggage was lost enroute so I'm buying tees and shorts from incredulous Brasilian shops who simply do not have the stock to cater for the fat Aussie on tour.