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Saving Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan – last chance to change course

Saving Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan – last chance to change course

Bob Gosford February 25, 2015 12 Comments

What is the message that Australians, and in particular the Australian government, should be sending to the Indonesian public? It is that the rationale given by President Widodo for not making an exception in relation to Sukumaran and Chan is patently false on the known facts.

My first Crikey piece. “Tony Jones has a big night out in Darwin”

My first Crikey piece. “Tony Jones has a big night out in Darwin”

Bob Gosford February 16, 2015

"Lateline and Tony Jones are up for a Walkley Award. Nothing could be more disgraceful in Australian journalism. The fact that this program has been nominated undermines the Walkley Awards … I think it is an absolute disgrace that he is invited here for the media awards on Saturday night." Syd Stirling, Deputy Chief Minister, NT Legislative Assembly, 19 October 2006.

Why Queensland will never Joh again …

Why Queensland will never Joh again …

Bob Gosford February 2, 2015

The LNP, convinced of its electoral invincibility and drunk on its own ideological Kool-Aid, had turned itself into the political equivalent of a suicide squad.

A Territory Testamentary Tale

A Territory Testamentary Tale

Bob Gosford November 15, 2014 2 Comments

The takeaway message from this Territory Testamentary Tale is a simple one. Making a valid will isn’t as straightforward as it might look. You certainly shouldn’t draw it up yourself nor should you get a non-lawyer friend to do so. Using one of those DIY wills kits that you can buy at a newsagent is probably okay in a straightforward situation, as long as you are capable of reading and carefully following the instructions.

Marion Scrymgour. From Elliott, Robinson River, the Tiwi Islands and beyond: “Recognise” that blackfellas have survived.

Marion Scrymgour. From Elliott, Robinson River, the Tiwi Islands and beyond: “Recognise” that blackfellas have survived.

Bob Gosford October 9, 2014

Despite poverty and marginalisation, there was a spirit of defiance and pride amongst the Elliott mob. The slogan from the previous year’s anti-bicentennial – ‘we have survived’ – had continuing resonance. There was respect for the endurance and fortitude of the many former stockmen who lived in the town. Through their skill and discipline they had earned a limited degree of autonomy, despite working for white bosses, and they had managed to maintain culture and ceremony under difficult conditions.

Bird of the Week: Yilingkirrkkirr – the White Throated Grasswren

Bird of the Week: Yilingkirrkkirr – the White Throated Grasswren

Bob Gosford October 4, 2014

Applied ethno-biology at its best. This guest post from Peter Cooke examines the benefits that Aboriginal fire management regimes can have on fragile landscapes and vulnerable --literally -- bird and mammal species.

East Timor’s media law unconstitutional – Court of Appeal

East Timor’s media law unconstitutional – Court of Appeal

Bob Gosford August 21, 2014

Jose Belo: "The Courts today have upheld our constitution, which we fought so hard for. This is a victory for the East Timorese people. The government is trying to stop freedom of the media and freedom of expression ... It would now seem our politicians need help from the lawmakers to understand what the constitution means."

La morte di un altro giornale?

La morte di un altro giornale?

Bob Gosford July 13, 2014

"The journalists say they are satisfied with the good reception given to the special issue in June [this year], which recalled the death of former Secretary of the Communist Party Enrico Berlinguer. It happened thirty years ago, when l’Unità had a circulation of almost two hundred thousand copies.”

Vale Jane Hodson, 1957–2014

Vale Jane Hodson, 1957–2014

Bob Gosford May 23, 2014

Jane had a great capacity for fun, a wicked sense of humour and a bold and lively wit. She was known to give frank and fearless advice - whether asked for or not - and was inclusive, supportive and compassionate.

Bird of the Week: Mile Jedinak’s Crystal Palace Eagles soar in the Premier League

Bird of the Week: Mile Jedinak’s Crystal Palace Eagles soar in the Premier League

Bob Gosford April 20, 2014 2 Comments

Australian player Mile Jedinak joined Crystal Palace three seasons ago. Palace has been a home to a number of Aussie bone-shattering defenders in recent years - Kevin Muscat, Craig Moore, Craig Foster and Tony Popovic - all powerful Socceroos with a nose for blood, have been Palace Eagles. Jedinak’s performance at Palace is one of the great sporting stories of 2014.