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Memo to Michael Gunner: time to switch from “excitedly boring” to just “exciting”

Memo to Michael Gunner: time to switch from “excitedly boring” to just “exciting”

August 27, 2017

Gunner's real problems will be those he can do nothing—or little—about. The NT—a mendicant state that cannot pay its own way—is in a long downward spiral of economic and demographic decline. Mining and major industry is waiting for the next boom, the massive construction workforce at the Inpex gas plant in Darwin harbour will gradually wind down ahead of the plant coming on-stream in late 2018 or early 2019, and much more. The prospects for the Territory's economy over the next decade or so—a period during which Labor should continue to hold government—are little better than bleak.

Has the Mansfield Inquiry into NT political donations been crippled from the start?

Has the Mansfield Inquiry into NT political donations been crippled from the start?

July 16, 2017

Foundation 51 has been the subject of intense media attention, and of formal enquiries by both the Australian and the NT electoral commissions and, despite years of digging by the media, NT Labor and others, no smoking gun has been, or is likely to be found. Foundation 51 was deregistered in May 2015.

“Follow the money, bruss!” A short history of electoral funding in the NT

“Follow the money, bruss!” A short history of electoral funding in the NT

May 23, 2017

I'll be in Darwin next week for the first phase of my research, focussing on documentary research and getting a few interviews. Drop me a line and we can catch up ...

Northern Territory – a tale of systemic dysfunctional governance

September 13, 2016 3 Comments

Political cronyism is hardly unheard of in other states, but its sheer extent and audacity in the Northern Territory over the last four years is deeply troubling. The higher levels of the public sector have been utterly politicised and any semblance of a professional public service able to advise government without fear or favour no longer exists.

The Northern Territory: Political Hustlers, Deadbeats and Others

The Northern Territory: Political Hustlers, Deadbeats and Others

August 9, 2016

A cultural paradigm exists in Northern Territory politics that neither major party is yet to break. The CLP have never tried, the ALP sort of tried but unless the shackles of “NT Political jingoism” are broken, the NT will remain wedded to mediocrity at best, political suicide at worse.

Never mind the quality, feel the disclosure. The CLP’s Foundation 51, the AEC and electoral funding law reform

Never mind the quality, feel the disclosure. The CLP’s Foundation 51, the AEC and electoral funding law reform

April 29, 2016

Senator Wong may be a patient and thorough interrogator but she cannot match the forensic inquisitorial skills of Labor's bad cop-bad cop team of John Faulkner and Robert Ray, now both unfortunately retired from the Senate.

Jack Doolan, the VRD walk-off and the battle for land rights at Yarralin, Part 1.

Jack Doolan, the VRD walk-off and the battle for land rights at Yarralin, Part 1.

December 7, 2015

This article first appeared in the July 2015 edition of Land Rights News, published by the Northern Land Council and edited by Murray McLaughlin. JACK DOOLAN (14 June 1927–29 January 1995), a Patrol Officer with the Commonwealth Department of Aboriginal Affairs, was a friend and champion of the Aboriginal workers at Victoria River Downs station who walked off […]

Vale Leigh Bruce “Tracker” Tilmouth. A man of word and deed

Vale Leigh Bruce “Tracker” Tilmouth. A man of word and deed

March 1, 2015 9 Comments

"Labor likes pet niggers, and I'm counted as a pet nigger. I'm allowed to mow the lawns, but I'm not allowed up on the verandah." Tracker on his struggles with pre-selection for the Senate in the NT.

Everybody go “wwaaahhhh.” Adam Giles on going nuts, cracking the shits and getting hammered

Everybody go “wwaaahhhh.” Adam Giles on going nuts, cracking the shits and getting hammered

February 20, 2015 2 Comments

"I enjoyed having a night off and getting hammered ... the level of incompetence of these people is just madness. It was absolute madness, mindless stupidity and political immaturity." Adam Giles reflects on politics, a failed coup and a big night in.

The CLP – cleaning up a “crazy” house in crisis?

The CLP – cleaning up a “crazy” house in crisis?

March 22, 2013 4 Comments

Adam Giles has to restore credibility to the troubled CLP government, which last week he described as "divided" and "in crisis" under former Chief Minister Terry Mills.