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Kicking the Treaty can down the road ... again

Kicking the Treaty can down the road ... again

Bob GosfordMay 31, 2017

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.

Send in the troops - Arnhem Land has been 'smashed'

Send in the troops - Arnhem Land has been 'smashed'

Bob GosfordFeb 24, 20155 Comments

"I'm mystified why the Territory and Federal governments haven't sent the troops in to help with the utter devastation in Arnhem Land. We have Robertson Barracks in Darwin that is full of troops on standby to do this kind of work. We have people living with no water, no power and in houses that have been smashed by fallen trees and they need help and now." Alastair King, CEO, Arnhem Land Progress Association

"Speaking with one voice" - WA's changes to Aboriginal Heritage law rejected at bush meetings

Bob GosfordSep 30, 20142 Comments

Be careful what you pray for. By proposing to strip away protection for Aboriginal people’s heritage across the board, and throughout the State, the Barnett Government appears to have unwittingly conjured up a strong, united and angry Aboriginal coalition which is now mobilising against the AHA amendments.

Turning the fire hose on Pilger's dystopia

Turning the fire hose on Pilger's dystopia

Bob GosfordJun 3, 201412 Comments

When we see dangerously naïve or misguided non-Aboriginal crusaders running around hurling emotional Molotov cocktails willy nilly into the flammable undergrowth of community perceptions and politics, I believe it is sometimes necessary to turn the fire prevention hoses onto them.

The F-35 flies! A sneak peak from the US Marines airshow (updated)

The F-35 flies! A sneak peak from the US Marines airshow (updated)

Bob GosfordMay 17, 2014

Upwards of 75,000 people will be at the Cherry Point Marine Base in North Carolina today for what is only the second time that the F-35 Lighting Joint Strike Fighter has flown for the public. The Northern Myth got a sneak preview yesterday.

Out from behind the razor wire.

Out from behind the razor wire.

Bob GosfordJan 18, 20146 Comments

Polly Hemming's contacts "through the wire" with a group of young asylum seekers have enriched her life. Her story is one we can all - hopefully - take heart and our own lessons from.

Did the Prime Minister turn a profit from Pollie Pedal?

Did the Prime Minister turn a profit from Pollie Pedal?

Bob GosfordOct 25, 20139 Comments

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."

'Cheap at twice the price'. The Prime Minister and Big Pharma

Bob GosfordSep 13, 201315 Comments

Max Markson told The Northern Myth that if AMGEN was paying $80,000 a year to have Tony Abbott promote their brand that it was sponsorship that was 'cheap at twice the price'.

The day Alison 'King Brown' Anderson got bit.

The day Alison 'King Brown' Anderson got bit.

Bob GosfordSep 10, 20133 Comments

Yesterday afternoon NT Chief Minister Adam Giles dumped Aboriginal MLA Alison Anderson from his Cabinet and sent her to the backbench. Watch this space.

Warren Mundine's new military intervention into Aboriginal Australia

Warren Mundine's new military intervention into Aboriginal Australia

Bob GosfordSep 9, 20132 Comments

Warren Mundine on the role of the military in Aboriginal communities: "Actually the military does have a place … In the tsunami of Indonesia, you know at Sumatra and the Indian Ocean. And I said the military has got to train for emergency services and war situations."

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