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Quintis, the NT government and picking major project losers

Quintis, the NT government and picking major project losers

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.

Kicking the Treaty can down the road … again

Kicking the Treaty can down the road … again

If Abbott had been in power last Friday he would have in all likelihood made a better response than the equivocation from our current leaders. Neither Turnbull or Shorten have the wit, interest or political savvy to get a treaty—or the other proposals in the Uluru Statement—past their respective right wings, who as my colleague Bernard Keane stressed in Crikey yesterday will—with their fellow-travellers—be more than willing to employ dishonesty and deceit to push back on any proposal for a treaty.

“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

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 ...

“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

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.

Saving Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan – last chance to change course

Saving Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan – last chance to change course

What is the message that Australians, and in particular the Australian government, should be sending to the Indonesian public? It is that the rationale given by President Widodo for not making an exception in relation to Sukumaran and Chan is patently false on the known facts.

New Matilda, the public interest and the Senator

New Matilda, the public interest and the Senator

The latest iteration of New Matilda has had a rocky start with Graham as editor. One article has a source facing criminal charges and possible jail time, another has NM facing a complex and expensive civil suit in the Federal Court and now NM is poking it's nose into a Senator's messy child custody and property dispute.

Pilger’s ‘Utopia’ – not journalism, not a documentary. The News from Alice Springs

Pilger’s ‘Utopia’ – not journalism, not a documentary. The News from Alice Springs

"The film cannot rightly be called ‘documentary’ or ‘journalism’ if those words are still to have any standards attached to them. It does not ask questions, other than ones Pilger thinks he knows the answers to ... "

Julia Gillard’s cleavage and Grace Collier, the “human booby trap”

Julia Gillard’s cleavage and Grace Collier, the “human booby trap”

What happens when a "human booby-trap" shares her professional views on Prime Minister Julia Gillard's parliamentary dress-sense?

The Partido Socialista de Timor and the 2012 Timor-Leste elections – “Even if we lose we win”

The Partido Socialista de Timor and the 2012 Timor-Leste elections – “Even if we lose we win”

We may be saving money for the next generation but now is it not too hard to take that money to free the 150,000 families from poverty? The idea of saving this money for the "next generation" is a big problem when all we are doing is condemning that generation to even greater poverty.

Lance Armstrong and the conspiracy of dunces*

Lance Armstrong and the conspiracy of dunces*

These charges are baseless, motivated by spite and advanced through testimony bought and paid for by promises of anonymity and immunity. Although USADA alleges a wide-ranging conspiracy extended over more than 16 years, I am the only athlete it has chosen to charge. USADA’s malice, its methods, its star-chamber practices, and its decision to punish first and adjudicate later all are at odds with our ideals of fairness and fair play. I have never doped.