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Unholy alliances:  The conservative forces at play against land rights: 1967-1976

Unholy alliances: The conservative forces at play against land rights: 1967-1976

Bob GosfordJun 20, 2016

Northern Territory Attorney General John Elferink: Land rights, he said, had become a “wall of imprisonment” blocking Aborigines from participating in northern development.

The Kenbi Land Claim explained - who gets what

Bob GosfordJun 20, 2016

The details of the settlement of Australia's longest-running Aboriginal land claim are contained in this article that was first published in the April 2016 edition of Land Rights News, produced by the Northern Land Council.

The battle for Cox Peninsula - the Kenbi Land Claim 1975 - 2016

Bob GosfordJun 20, 2016

In December 1978, just a few short months after the grant of (limited) self-government for the NT, the conservative CLP government promulgated the Town Planning Regulations, subsequently held to be invalid as made for an improper purpose, under the Town Planning Act (TPA) These regulations stated that large areas of land (including submerged lands in Darwin Harbour) surrounding Darwin, Katherine, Tennant Creek, and Alice Springs were to be treated as if part of a town.

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The rise and rapid fall of Minister Nathan Barrett

The rise and rapid fall of Minister Nathan Barrett

Bob GosfordJun 14, 2016

By early Saturday afternoon Nathan Barrett was gone from the NT Cabinet, a "horrified" Chief Minister Adam Giles telling the media that Barrett "had to go."

Save Darwin Festival!

Save Darwin Festival!

Bob GosfordJun 8, 20165 Comments

Darwin is a small place. If an independent Darwin Festival doesn’t survive, it’s going to get much, much smaller.

"Soft as, bruss!" Tony Jones flogs Adam Giles with a feather

Bob GosfordJun 2, 2016

Giles can win this election, even with the odds stacked against him. Incumbency and being cashed-up will help with that but, with most of his senior list retiring he'll be hard pressed to put together a quality team if he does win, and the NT's economy is set to all-but-collapse in the next 12 months.

Pandora’s Box - the Council for Aboriginal Affairs, 1967 - 1976

Pandora’s Box - the Council for Aboriginal Affairs, 1967 - 1976

Bob GosfordJun 1, 2016

The Council comprised Dr H C (‘Nugget’) Coombs as chairman, who would retire as the first Governor of the Reserve Bank to take up the appointment; Professor W E H (Bill) Stanner, a renowned anthropologist who had worked in the Daly/Wadeye region; and Barrie Dexter, an officer of the Department of External (now Foreign) Affairs.

The Left is revolting ... and why Bill Shorten is toast

The Left is revolting ... and why Bill Shorten is toast

Bob GosfordMay 31, 2016

Bill Shorten--unless Malcolm Turnbull falls under one of his beloved trains--will lose this election. Soon after losing Shorten will either fall on his sword or be pushed by the Left, who have long regarded Rudd's succession rule as farcical.

The next Senator for the NT will be ... a captain's pick

The next Senator for the NT will be ... a captain's pick

Bob GosfordMay 27, 20161 Comment

The right faction has swung behind Ursula Raymond, most recently the chief of staff for retiring Senator Nova Peris and an associate producer for Darwin's annual Garrmalang Festival. Raymond is reportedly strongly-favoured by the Federal member for Lingiari, Warren Snowdon, and is a close friend of Snowdon's wife Elizabeth.

The ABC, the Country Liberal Party, the Kenbi land claim and a southern journalist.

The ABC, the Country Liberal Party, the Kenbi land claim and a southern journalist.

Bob GosfordMay 26, 20161 Comment

The Kenbi land claim survived. But it would face more challenges from CLP governments until a newly-elected Labor government decided in 2001 to call a halt to legal shenanigans and accept the December 2000 recommendations of Aboriginal Land Commissioner Peter Gray.