August 28, 2016
On Saturday night, as gracious as Giles' speech was, so Gunner's was shambolic. "Tonight is extraordinary" he said three times while the baying crowd called for blood and more beer.
August 4, 2016
On 30 June last year there were more than 9,000 Indigenous prisoners in Australia and 7,100 of them had been in prison before.15 Don Weatherburn shows why it is quite critical to understand that – as a statistical matter – the higher rate at which Aboriginal people first arrive in prison is much less significant than rate at which they come back to it. Bob Debus, August 2016
August 1, 2016
I am wondering out loud whether the Royal Commission should proceed at all. Look at the mess we are in – Coalition and Labor can’t agree on the Commissioner(s), the Commissioner himself now appears in doubt, senior people – black and white – are calling into question whether a Royal Commission is justified and best way forward and indigenous leaders say they weren’t consulted on the terms of reference.
May 26, 2016 1
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.
December 10, 2015 1
Whether Giles' statement that he 'works seven days a week, 20 hours a day' is accurate or not, anything close to that figure would be unhealthy in both personal and professional terms and is indicative of a work-life balance well out of whack.
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 […]
December 7, 2015
“Mr Deputy Speaker … I seek leave to withdraw Daniel’s Law from the Notice Paper.“ With those few words in the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory on the first day of December 2015, NT Attorney-General John Elferink rang the death knell for “Daniel’s Law,” more properly the Sex Offender and Child Homicide Offender Public Website (Daniel’s […]
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.
April 15, 2015 3
Lawrie appears determined to hang onto leadership despite the numbers running against her. If the caucus remains split at 5-3 she will need at least 60 per cent of the rank and file to vote her way. If, as is widely expected, she loses even one of those supporters then the odds and the numbers will be firmly stacked against her.
April 1, 2015 2
Two and a half years later--after all of the character assassination--the players are now found not to have doped. Somebody in government needs to look at why this has happened and how can we ensure that it doesn’t happen again.
October 25, 2013 9
Julie Owens MP: "I don’t believe that you can call it charity work if the taxpayer is paying your salary to do it - let alone if you make a profit out of it on the back of $350 in travelling allowance a day."
February 27, 2012 2
The ensuing crisis will ensure ... a form of politics in which the government might reign but it no longer governs. For a new world we need a new politics. For bringing this to the attention of many we should be grateful to former PM Rudd.
November 15, 2010 4
This is the third and final part in Colin McDonald QC’s thoughts (and perhaps confessions…) on his life at the Bar. Here he talks about some of the characters and colleagues with whom he shared his professional life in the Northern Territory – in particular during his days at William Forster Chambers, the pre-eminent barristers […]
November 2, 2010 12
Frank was the finest addresser to juries I ever witnessed. He spoke without notes, with conviction and power. In his addresses he seized on emotional truths and had almost a symbiotic relationship with the jury. I was fortunate to witness many of his addresses both as an Associate and as his reader. I thank him for his spirit of independence and his courage to put the bold or difficult argument. He was deft, polite and fearless before Judges.
September 3, 2010 15
John Liddle: Like most Aboriginal males in Central Australia I am sick of going to funerals and seeing our courts, jails, health clinics and hospital filled with brothers and sisters who have been involved in family violence. It is time that Aboriginal males stood up both morally and culturally, taking positive action and a zero tolerance approach to stop the excessive violence in families, communities and towns, a crisis that is having a devastating effect on community members of all ages and genders, especially the children.
January 25, 2010 3
Right now it seems that the meaning of “philanthropic”, in South Australia corporate and government circles at least, is a work in progress.