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The CLP got Gunnered …

The CLP got Gunnered …

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.

Bob Debus: “The Things Which Must Be Done…” Aboriginal Incarceration. Part One

Bob Debus: “The Things Which Must Be Done…” Aboriginal Incarceration. Part One

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

Shane Stone – as the blame game escalates, do we really need a Royal Commission?

Shane Stone – as the blame game escalates, do we really need a Royal Commission?

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.

The ABC, the Country Liberal Party, the Kenbi land claim and a southern journalist.

The ABC, the Country Liberal Party, the Kenbi land claim and a southern journalist.

May 26, 2016 1 Comment

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.

NT Chief Minister Adam Giles: On life, burnout and working 20 hours a day, 7 days a week

December 10, 2015 1 Comment

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.

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 […]

Daniel’s Law – a bad law gone for good

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 […]

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 Comments

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.

The NT Labor Party is revolting …

The NT Labor Party is revolting …

April 15, 2015 3 Comments

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.

Essendon and Hird – vindicated after 784 days in the AFL’s anti-doping hell

Essendon and Hird – vindicated after 784 days in the AFL’s anti-doping hell

April 1, 2015 2 Comments

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.