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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

Alison Anderson - a political force of nature hangs up her spurs

Alison Anderson - a political force of nature hangs up her spurs

Bob GosfordAug 4, 2016

We have to have faith in the future with young people like Chansey [Paech, Labor candidate for Namatjira]. The future is theirs. Our time has to come to an end at some stage at some stage and young people have to take over ... the same with Scotty [McConnell, Labor candidate] in Stuart – they are two very, very tough candidates and they are good human beings and yes, I support both of them. Alison Anderson, 3 August 2016.

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The Montara oil spill - Australia's shame finally gets to court

The Montara oil spill - Australia's shame finally gets to court

Bob GosfordAug 3, 20161 Comment

Montara has seen thousands of hardworking seaweed farmers rendered into abject poverty without being advised of or understanding the cause. For too long now, the polluter has tried to hide behind the poverty and remoteness of its victims. The people who bore the brunt of Montara's lethal discharge will now, finally, have their voices heard in an Australian court: Darwin lawyer Greg Phelps.

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The "Black Prince" falls on his sword - what now for the Juvenile Justice Royal Commission?

Bob GosfordAug 1, 20161 Comment

A good start would be the appointment of at least two senior Aboriginal people as co-commissioners. In that regard Olga Havnen and Mick Dodson are top of mind.

Shane Stone - as the blame game escalates, do we really need a Royal Commission?

Shane Stone - as the blame game escalates, do we really need a Royal Commission?

Bob GosfordAug 1, 2016

I am wondering out loud whether the Royal Commission should proceed at all. Look at the mess we are in – Coalition and Labor can’t agree on the Commissioner(s), the Commissioner himself now appears in doubt, senior people – black and white – are calling into question whether a Royal Commission is justified and best way forward and indigenous leaders say they weren’t consulted on the terms of reference.

Nigel Scullion. “The Land is our Backbone.” Address to Garma 2016

Nigel Scullion. “The Land is our Backbone.” Address to Garma 2016

Bob GosfordJul 31, 2016

I would like to acknowledge the absolute horrors that have occurred within the Don Dale Correctional Facility. I, like everyone who saw the footage this week, was shocked and appalled by the mistreatment of children at the detention centre. Every child in our justice system must be treated with humanity and respect at all times. Nigel Scullion, Garma Festival, 30 July 2016

Michael Gunner speech - Garma Festival, 30 July 2016

Michael Gunner speech - Garma Festival, 30 July 2016

Bob GosfordJul 30, 2016

When children are in government’s care -- we are their parents. As a parent there is a clear relationship -- of love, of care, of trust. Yothu Yindu -- child and mother -- that's the proper way. As the leader of the Labor Party in the NT I accept our share of the responsibility. Michael Gunner, Gulkula, 30 July 2016

Brian Ross Martin is wrong: Supreme Court has dealt with Dylan Voller's abuse before

Brian Ross Martin is wrong: Supreme Court has dealt with Dylan Voller's abuse before

Bob GosfordJul 29, 20161 Comment

This appointment is wrong for all manner of reasons, and Aboriginal people in the Territory will not have confidence in the appointment of Brian Martin. As Chief Justice, he sat at the apex of the NT’s justice system. He presided over all judicial officers who sentenced young Aboriginal offenders to detention, and he knew them all: Olga Havnen, AMSANT.

The most shocking thing about the Four Corners footage is that the abuse was legal

The most shocking thing about the Four Corners footage is that the abuse was legal

Bob GosfordJul 26, 20161 Comment

"It would be an absurd result of the legislation if somehow more extreme force could be used in a case such as this, where a detainee is ‘at risk’, than would otherwise be the case in disciplining the detainee."

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