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NT Police naming and shaming of juveniles on social media - lazy policing or overreach?

NT Police naming and shaming of juveniles on social media – lazy policing or overreach?

Bob GosfordSep 7, 2017

There are many reasons why naming and shaming youth offenders is not a good idea, particularly where they are only alleged offenders. Social media is unforgiving and unforgetting. The image of a child aged 11 years has a long future ahead of it. In addition to addressing any alleged offending, they now have to deal with the stigma. No amount of new schools or new names will be able to reintegrate them into the community.

Darwinites Rally against the destruction of Frog Hollow Heritage Precinct

Darwinites Rally against the destruction of Frog Hollow Heritage Precinct

Bob GosfordSep 6, 20171 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 GosfordSep 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?

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A look at all things northern... and some of the myths behind them.

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Copenhagen Agreement: Permanent Boundary or CMATS redux?

Copenhagen Agreement: Permanent Boundary or CMATS redux?

Bob GosfordSep 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.

Australia and East Timor agree on the Timor Sea

Australia and East Timor agree on the Timor Sea

Bob GosfordSep 3, 2017

While no specific details are available, the agreement that has been reached refers to a ‘pathway to the development of the [Greater Sunrise] resource, and the sharing of the resulting revenue’. Australia had previously offered East Timor a 50-50 split of revenue from the Greater Sunrise field, so it is expected that the agreement will increase East Timor’s share of revenues. The agreement also leaves open the question of the ‘pathway to the development’ of the field.

Peace in our time between Timor-Leste and Australia over the Timor Gap?

Peace in our time between Timor-Leste and Australia over the Timor Gap?

Bob GosfordSep 2, 20171 Comment

I thank the Commission for its resolve and skill in bringing the Parties together, through a long and at times difficult process, to help us achieve our dream of full sovereignty and to finally settle our maritime boundaries with Australia. This is an historic agreement and marks the beginning of a new era in Timor-Leste’s friendship with Australia: former President of Timor-Leste Xanana Gusmão

No more

No more “Nigger Creek,” “Black Gin Road” and “Lubra Springs” in the NT? A good start but …

Bob GosfordSep 1, 2017

Toponymy - the study of place names* - is for many of us an arcane corner of linguistic and anthropological study. Notwithstanding the complexities of the issues it throws up, it is a key to understanding our connections to land and place.

Stevie Ray Vaughan,

Stevie Ray Vaughan, “Texas Flood”

Bob GosfordAug 29, 2017

Well there's floodin' down in Texas All of the telephone lines are down Well there's floodin' down in Texas All of the telephone lines are down And I've been tryin' to call my baby Lord and I can't get a single sound "Texas Flood", from the Stevie Ray Vaughan album of the same name.

Locum nullius: what’s in a name?

Locum nullius: what’s in a name?

Bob GosfordAug 29, 2017

Domestic Cat Monitoring in Alice Springs

Domestic Cat Monitoring in Alice Springs

Bob GosfordAug 29, 2017

The domestic cats involved in this study roamed to neighbouring properties, road verges, adjacent bushland and some cats were observed to impact the local wildlife through predation. The results of the study show that even the domestic cats that do not leave their property boundary often, still have the capacity to negatively impact native wildlife. This suggests that the management of the domestic cats could do with improvement.

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