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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 GosfordJul 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.

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Coming the "sweet prawn" in Palermo: Chips Mackinolty on food, fashion and Dolce & Gabbana

Bob GosfordJul 6, 2017

Intanto alla Vucciria Chips Mackinolty, street artist australiano, realizza “Dolce & Gamberi”, il dipinto di un abito d’“alta moda” con stampa di cannoli e gamberoni. L’ennesimo omaggio ad una Palermo che, per un lungo weekend, sarà davvero internazionale.

"Follow the money, bruss!" A short history of electoral funding in the NT

Bob GosfordMay 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 ...

Keith Windschuttle and the Aboriginal sovereignty conspiracy that never was

Keith Windschuttle and the Aboriginal sovereignty conspiracy that never was

Bob GosfordNov 20, 20161 Comment

It is unsurprising that Windschuttle—as most of us do—struggles with the complexity of the Native Title Act but the least we can expect is that if he is going to throw up ideas based on the application of that Act it is not unreasonable that he exhibit at least a working comprehension of the operation of the Act and its basic concepts.

NT juvenile justice:

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

Bob GosfordJan 7, 20164 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.

What price for water? Stylo Station sold for $5.5 million.

What price for water? Stylo Station sold for $5.5 million.

Bob GosfordDec 23, 2015

Stylo Station is a modest cattle property near Mataranka in the NT's so-called "never-never" country. Why it is of such interest and controversy is all part of an unfolding tale, with many parts yet to come. Here is the latest ...

Daniel's Law - a bad law gone for good

Bob GosfordDec 7, 2015

Is the wealth of the North a myth?

Is the wealth of the North a myth?

Bob GosfordAug 1, 20153 Comments

Xavier Herbert on the North: “The blunny place is always either a desert or a lake,” wrote the Australian author in his novel Capricornia. “Rabbits’ve got more sense than them blowbags that write in the Southern papers.”

Trouble at the Bar in the Top End

Trouble at the Bar in the Top End

Bob GosfordJun 12, 2015

Outside of Court, matters have not gone well for Alistair Wyvill SC and solicitor Cathy Spurr. NT Solicitor-General Michael Grant has referred misconduct complaints against both to the NT Law Society.

All change (again) in the NT?

All change (again) in the NT?

Bob GosfordSep 1, 20143 Comments

Chief Minister Adam Giles looks increasingly rattled by the chaos that surrounds him and it may well be that tonight his long-suffering party will call it quits on his leadership.