Topic archives: Bess Price

Accountability and transparency? The Gunner government gets a Fail grade so far

Accountability and transparency? The Gunner government gets a Fail grade so far

May 25, 2017

The Gunner government’s end of semester Report Card gives it a fairly miserable failing D grade in the subject Accountability and Transparency. Teacher’s comment: “Occasional glimpses of promise and a marginal improvement on last year’s class (the worst the school has ever had) but much more effort is needed”.

The CLP’s greatest hits – 2012 to 2016

The CLP’s greatest hits – 2012 to 2016

May 15, 2016

“ … a rancid dead dog.” Ex-CLP leader Jodeen Carney. Northern Territory News. July 2015, channeling an Adam Giles quote from 2009.

“Not fit for humans” – the remote housing  crisis in the NT

“Not fit for humans” – the remote housing crisis in the NT

April 12, 2016

NT housing minister Bess Price admitted that Aboriginal housing was unacceptable. “I’ve visited communities, where the houses have been built in the eighties, and it’s not fit for humans.”

“See that shiny thing?” Adventures in the language of politics and the politics of language in the Northern Territory

“See that shiny thing?” Adventures in the language of politics and the politics of language in the Northern Territory

February 21, 2016 4

Dickson and others are right to claim that our parliaments are killing Aboriginal languages, but they aren’t doing it by denying their occasional use by parliamentarians. The linguistic killing fields are not in the NT parliamentary precinct but in the dozens of small Territory townships where on every school-day kids walk out of their houses where English is spoken as a third, fourth or fifth language and up the road to spend the day in a mono-lingual classroom.

The travel agent, the Minister’s office and an unravelling travel scandal in the NT

The travel agent, the Minister’s office and an unravelling travel scandal in the NT

December 16, 2015 1

Justice Dean Mildren: "Prior to September 2013 you provided no travel services for the Honourable Bess Price. In the period between 12 September 2013 and 21 November 2014 you obtained the opportunity to provide in excess of $325,000 in travel bookings for the Honourable member and her staff. You obtained the opportunity to provide travel bookings for other government departments as a consequence of recommendations by Mossman."

Adam Giles – last man standing on the CLP’s ship of fools?

Adam Giles – last man standing on the CLP’s ship of fools?

November 30, 2015 4

Whoever wins the next NT election will face daunting political and economic challenges. Arrogance, hubris, venality and rank political stupidity have proven a fatal combination for the CLP, a party that could once claim pride of place in Territory politics. Right now it is little more than a shambling, punchdrunk rabble.

Joe Hockey was right – Adam Giles’ push for NT Statehood is a joke

Joe Hockey was right – Adam Giles’ push for NT Statehood is a joke

July 25, 2015 4

NT Chief Minister Adam Giles may be looking for a new career in stand-up comedy with his latest "Statehood" routine. Joe Hockey was laughing like a drain and I nearly drove into one. Here is why ...

Robyn Lambley on the ‘politics of hate, discord and lies’ – the ‘dark, unpleasant, amoral cabal’ that rules the NT

Robyn Lambley on the ‘politics of hate, discord and lies’ – the ‘dark, unpleasant, amoral cabal’ that rules the NT

June 18, 2015 2

Robyn Lambley on NT Chief Minister Adam Giles: 'This is the Chief Minister whose modus operandi is to eliminate, execute, annihilate and assassinate – and of course has no use for the truth.'

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

"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.

CLP spill pours petrol, not oil, on NT’s troubled political waters

CLP spill pours petrol, not oil, on NT’s troubled political waters

February 3, 2015

One rusted-on CLP member told Crikey this morning, “The brains are all on the backbench, the fuckwits are running the party”.

Trashing Tony’s tough-love truancy travesty

Trashing Tony’s tough-love truancy travesty

March 17, 2013 7

The obvious point is that this sort of politically attractive - but fundamentally naive and cruel - quick fix does not work. To get kids back into school successfully takes more than tough love, fines or hawk-eyed cops. Success will come with resources, planning, proper encouragement, good role models, joyful love and humour.

How Adam Giles (and his mates) seized power in the NT

How Adam Giles (and his mates) seized power in the NT

March 14, 2013 14

It took a little longer than originally planned but Adam Giles has taken power in the NT. So how did Australia's first Aboriginal political leader make it to the top? It wasn't easy.

On “boys”, “little boys” and the politics of intra-racial discrimination in the Northern Territory

On “boys”, “little boys” and the politics of intra-racial discrimination in the Northern Territory

March 8, 2013

For mine, Anderson used "boys" and "little boys" as dog-whistles to the broader Aboriginal community in the NT to send a barely-encoded message that the pretenders to the Mills throne are no more than boys, uncircumcised (or sub-incised) grown men unworthy of consideration as men.

NT politics in chaos: Terry Mills flicks the switch from terrible to toxic

NT politics in chaos: Terry Mills flicks the switch from terrible to toxic

March 7, 2013 5

Yesterday afternoon the slow moving train wreck that is the Northern Territory Country Liberal Party government led by Terry “Freckles” Mills drove itself over a cliff. Just six months old and riddled with in-fighting and struggling to get a message — any message — across, the CLP may soon split into a smattering of fringe […]

Was the 2012 Northern Territory election the dirtiest ever?

Was the 2012 Northern Territory election the dirtiest ever?

September 17, 2012 4

Peter Hanks QC: " ... If the facts as alleged in the 8 statutory declarations are accurate, several offences against s. 266(2) of the Electoral Act (NT) were committed at Wadeye ... offences that seriously threaten the integrity of he operation of the Electoral Act (NT) and the sytem of representative government in the Northern Territory."

Defending Bess Price from The Oz, Gary Johns and the “southern Monday morning quarterbacks”

Defending Bess Price from The Oz, Gary Johns and the “southern Monday morning quarterbacks”

August 31, 2012 3

Johns, Price and her supporters and advisers and the editorial team at The Australian need to wake up to the realisation that as much as they may dislike it the politics of racial division have little place in the contemporary Northern Territory.New Chief Minister Terry Mills has made clear that in relation to Aboriginal issues his CLP government will concentrate on the politics of unity - not division.

The CLP brings bush politics back to the town.

The CLP brings bush politics back to the town.

August 27, 2012 10

Mills and the CLP got smart - and got some smart advice and advisors - and realised that government in the NT was theirs for the taking - not by the usual head-butting over seats in the northern suburbs of Darwin but by concentrating on what had long been accepted as Labor's heartland, the bush seats. And they didn't forget that they only needed one seat to get them over the line. By close of the count Saturday night the CLP had taken government.

NT election: race card played as major parties tussle

NT election: race card played as major parties tussle

August 24, 2012 5

Bess Price, CLP candidate for the massive seat of Stuart (think Victoria plus Tasmania), kicked off her election campaign with an attack on local Amnesty International workers and a senior Aboriginal activist that smacked more of Pauline Hanson’s politics than the sedate election campaign conduct we are used to in Territory politics. Price went on national TV to join a debate that for most in the NT had long faded into history — intra-racial envy.

Am I white enough for you?

Am I white enough for you?

August 20, 2012 32

While I’m prob’ly not black enough for the likes of Andrew Bolt and Bess Price, I’m damn certain I’m still not white enough for the rest of you. Half-breeds like me, we’re still pawns in the middle of a big, nasty, lateral violence fueled discourse, led by self-interested types with ulterior motivations. And that’s why I fight.

An(other) open letter from Sue Stanton – to Bess Price and Larissa Behrendt

An(other) open letter from Sue Stanton – to Bess Price and Larissa Behrendt

April 14, 2011 11

I am a member of the McGinness Family – the eldest Granddaughter of Jack McGinness, freedom fighter and committed human rights campaigner. The legacy of my Gurindji family and our early day revolutionaries at Wave Hill are also part of my rich culture and heritage. We continue our fight for freedom and rights in this country.