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Failed state, failed party. The Country Liberal Party’s “long march” back to electoral credibility

Failed state, failed party. The Country Liberal Party’s “long march” back to electoral credibility

Bob Gosford September 8, 2017 3 Comments

The CLP's 2016 election campaign was a shambles. Loughnane and Mitchell describe a"rudderless" and dramatically underfunded campaign. The Northern Myth understands that, notwithstanding the repeated assurances during the campaign that the CLP had a campaign war chest of $1 million, it was only after the election that the party's campaign debt of around $500,000 was revealed.

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”

Bob Gosford 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.

Quintis, the NT government and picking major project losers

Quintis, the NT government and picking major project losers

Bob Gosford August 16, 2017 1 Comment

Similarly curious is the fact that the Gunner government has seen fit to continue Quintis' major project status. As will become clear, if there were grounds for concern about the company's activities in the NT eighteen months ago, recent events warrant even closer attention.

‘Racist’ black-cladding business policy canned by NT government, referred to NT Police for investigation

‘Racist’ black-cladding business policy canned by NT government, referred to NT Police for investigation

Bob Gosford August 6, 2017

CLP candidate Steve Brown described the indigenous employment and procurement polices as 'ill-considered' and 'blatantly racist.' Brown didn't elaborate on what aspects of his party's policies he considered 'racist' but it may be that he considered the policies unfairly favoured Aboriginal workers. Or discriminated against non-Aboriginal businesses or workers. Or both.

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?

Bob Gosford 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.

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

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

Bob Gosford 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”.

“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

Bob Gosford 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 ...

The kill-or-be-killed world of NT politics, 2012 to 2016

Bob Gosford November 29, 2016 1 Comment

Giles’s mood had changed from denial, to anger, to bargaining. He first denied any knowledge of an unfolding coup. Later he raged about the stupidity of it. And in our last conversation, just after midnight, before the phone was hurled from the balcony, he seemed to think there was a way to fight on.

Crocs in the Cabinet: The CLP, politics as farce and farce as politics

Crocs in the Cabinet: The CLP, politics as farce and farce as politics

Bob Gosford November 27, 2016

This book is about the fall of an empire – about the power struggles and missteps and flawed characters that took the CLP from the Northern Territory’s dominant political force to near extinction, from an election win in 2012 to holding just two seats in Parliament four years later: Ben Smee and Christopher Walsh.

The NT electoral system is a joke. But can Hare-Clark fix it?

The NT electoral system is a joke. But can Hare-Clark fix it?

Bob Gosford September 22, 2016 9 Comments

Welcome to politics as farce. There is little doubt that the NT electoral system is broken. The bigger question is how we fix it. Discuss.