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Who’s next? Judicial stress, secondary trauma and the practice of law

Who’s next? Judicial stress, secondary trauma and the practice of law

Bob Gosford December 17, 2017

In my earliest days of legal practice, as a young articled clerk, I saw angry judges. I saw bullies. Nasty performers ... Amongst the terrifying judges, whom I prayed to avoid, were Justice Edward (“Dumbo”) Dunphy of the Commonwealth Industrial Court, Justice Freddie (“Funnelweb”) Myers of the Supreme Court of NSW, and Justice J J (“Black Jack”) McKeon of the Industrial Commission NSW: Michael Kirby, Judicial Stress and Judicial Bullying, 2014.

What future the arts in the Top End?

What future the arts in the Top End?

Bob Gosford June 22, 2017 1 Comment

The Darwin Festival has failed local visual artists. Spending money on a roving class of interstate creatives and acts is capital that gets drained out of the local culture making economy. There is no substantial quota for local engagement, there is no compulsion that local creatives get engaged and employed. The current festival model fails to connect with and engage the local culture makers. Even the influx of DF production crew in August are like carnies - here for the month then off again to fleece another community with their generic arts festival business model.

Art, law and the environment – the little EDONT that can

Art, law and the environment – the little EDONT that can

Bob Gosford June 5, 2017

One of this year’s stand out pieces is the Bombing of Darwin, by Susan Wanji Wanji. Impressive in scale and remarkable in its detail and subject matter, the piece records Wanji Wanji’s recollection of being on the Tiwi Islands when the Bombing of Darwin occurred during the Second World War.

NT juvenile justice: “a blight on the entire Australian legal system”

NT juvenile justice: “a blight on the entire Australian legal system”

Bob Gosford January 7, 2016 4 Comments

The debacle that has been exposed in the past two years within the NT juvenile justice system shows quite clearly that by deliberate design and policy Aboriginal children in are treated in a barbarous, inhumane and illegal way. Multiple incidents within the juvenile detention facilities have revealed that the NT Government prosecutes policies against Aboriginal children which include spit-hooding, gassing, hand cuffing, shackling and extensive periods of unlawful solitary confinement.

“Journalist lunatics” – 1; Travel agent – 1 in NT Supreme Court suppression standoff

“Journalist lunatics” – 1; Travel agent – 1 in NT Supreme Court suppression standoff

Bob Gosford August 19, 2015 2 Comments

"There should be no further publication of photographs of the defendant showing her in handcuffs or being placed in the back of a paddy wagon. There should be no suggestions that the defendant is the centrepiece of a web of deception or anything like that. There should be no reference to other suggestions of a scandalous kind and in particular as to the defendant’s relationship with the former Police Commissioner, ministers or former ministers of the Crown or their staffers." Acting Justice Dean Mildren, The Queen v Kamitsis [2015] NTSC 48.

Brandis’ new NT judge and the continuing trials of Labor MLA Delia Lawrie

Brandis’ new NT judge and the continuing trials of Labor MLA Delia Lawrie

Bob Gosford July 31, 2015

Once the cat—the failed claim for legal professional privilege of documents that Lawrie’s legal team should have known would fundamentally undermine their case once provided to the respondents—was out of the bag then the preferable option would—or should—have been to “save the furniture” and their client’s costs.

Water rights in never-never land: Tina Macfarlane denies report Stylo Station sold for $4m

Water rights in never-never land: Tina Macfarlane denies report Stylo Station sold for $4m

Bob Gosford June 10, 2015 1 Comment

A report of the sale of a large freehold cattle station in the NT to the country's largest grower of sandalwood is denied by the station owners but questions remain over the future of the station's controversial water allocation.

Art, law and environment: saving the NT EDO, one artwork at a time.

Art, law and environment: saving the NT EDO, one artwork at a time.

Bob Gosford June 2, 2015

NT EDO principal lawyer David Morris on local support for the auction: "It's been an incredible outpouring. Particularly, I'm astounded at the response by places where we haven't worked that have heard about this and have said, we want to support this because there's a real potential that our community might need this service in the future."

“Both barrels were empty” – NT Labor’s Darwin Award nomination

“Both barrels were empty” – NT Labor’s Darwin Award nomination

Bob Gosford April 2, 2015 6 Comments

Yesterday's judgment by Justice Stephen Southwood in Lawrie v Lawler has driven the final nail in the coffin of Delia Lawrie's fraught leadership of NT Labor. The ramifications of Justice Southwood's judgment will ring long and loud through both political and legal circles in the NT.

Lies, death threats and personality theft – the NT Education Department and the “Trained Tattoo Monkey”

Lies, death threats and personality theft – the NT Education Department and the “Trained Tattoo Monkey”

Bob Gosford January 4, 2015 7 Comments

I won't take their shit anymore. The NT education department has thrown everything at me—legal cases, angry letters, kicked me out of my house and job, tried to bleed me dry with legal costs and I had to move to another state to do the job I love—but I'm still standing and I can laugh at them now.