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Articles by Bob Gosford

Morgue horror stories: death and politics in rural NT

Who’s responsible for morgues in rural areas of the Northern Territory? Years of buck-passing have resulted in truly horrific facilities.

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Abbott’s $10k Pollie Pedal expenses: did he make a profit?

No one begrudges the blood and sweat that Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his fellow politicians have shed while riding thousands of kilometres in the annual Pollie Pedal cycling fundraising tours — or the more than $2.5 million they have raised for charities since it started in 1998. But what distinguishes Abbott from the dozens of politicians […]

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How the Yirrkala bark petitions changed a nation as we knew it

In a  small display case in a dimly lit room in Australia’s Parliament House in Canberra — cheek by jowl with a facsimile of the Magna Carta and Australia’s constitution  — sit three panels of richly painted stringy bark. These are the 1963 Yirrkala bark petitions. The first two of these petitions were presented to the Commonwealth Parliament in August 1963 and […]

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‘Human booby trap’ Grace Collier obsessed with PM cleavage

Radio National on a Sunday morning is not where you would normally expect a debate over the Prime Minister’s cleavage. But commentator Grace Collier kicked off a panel discussion with it yesterday morning.

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Is the NT’s Hells Angels ban unlawful? Some history helps

What possible connection could there be between the Hells Angels motorcycle club, ex-federal politician Mal Brough and the Northern Territory Intervention? As The Northern Myth noted last week, NT Deputy Chief Minister Dave Tollner, wearing his Business Minister’s hat, had issued a decree that, pursuant to his powers under section 33AA of the NT’s Liquor Act, at […]

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How Adam Giles (and his mates) seized power in the NT

It took the Country Liberal Party’s parliamentary wing a long time to get around to sacking Terry Mills as the Northern Territory chief minister. They finally nailed him yesterday. In fact, it played pretty much as Crikey called it a week ago. The delay was down to Alison Anderson, who spiked Giles’ grab for the leadership and […]

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The NT political spill that solved nothing: MPs threaten breakaway

Yesterday afternoon the slow moving train wreck that is the Northern Territory Country Liberal Party government led by Terry “Freckles” Mills drove itself over a cliff. Just six months old and riddled with in-fighting and struggling to get a message — any message — across, the CLP may soon split into a smattering of fringe parties and coalitions. If […]

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Who wants to be chief minister? NT govt a rabble without a leader

At 6.01pm last night Northern Territory Country Liberal Party Deputy Chief Minister Robyn Lambley quit and threw her party — just six months into government after 10 years in the wilderness — further into chaos. Her brief presser was devoid of relevance and reasons for her resignation: “The government has made a number of extremely tough but necessary decisions […]

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Not local, not Labor, not preselected: NT bags Peris parachute

Syd Stirling spent 18 years in the NT Parliament and was a long-term deputy chief minister and treasurer before retiring in 2008. Yesterday he went on local radio to slam the move by Julia Gillard to parachute Olympic gold medallist Nova Peris into the Senate — in the bluntest of language. “I bagged Gillard and her absolute contempt for […]

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Some questions from Australia for ‘Cancer Jesus’ Lance

Unlike the several hundred thousand Australians that will be glued to their small screens on Friday and Saturday nights this week watching a marshmallow “interview” the biggest fraud in sporting history, I’ll have something better to do. Like eating my own liver. Or standing outside a bar in Darwin’s Mitchell Street picking fights. I’ll do […]

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Terry Napilil Pascoe: sun sets on Sunrize rock legacy

Indigenous musician Terry Napilil Pascoe passed away in Darwin last Thursday, surrounded by family and friends. I can’t remember when or where I first met Terry Napilil Pascoe (his classificatory skin name) but it must have been sometime in the mid to late 1980s at his home community of Maningrida in central Arnhem land. We later […]

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Little Prick(s) bring out the dead in NT politics

The Little Prick” is a loose coalition of Northern Territory artists that delight in taking a long-overdue piss-take out of those things that local politicians, the mainstream media and commerce hold dear. Their device is a new take on the cover art of the vacuous and glossy lifestyle magazines that have proliferated in recent years. Their latest […]

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‘A sense of unease and misgiving’: Catholic abuse on the Tiwi islands

Twenty years ago a young man gave evidence to Northern Territory Police investigating allegations the principal of his school had systematically abused children on the Tiwi Islands just to the north of Darwin. Ten years later that evidence — supported by his oral evidence in court and a further supporting affidavit — was recalled in his application for compensation […]

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NT Treasurer: ‘don’t ask me, I’m from Alice Springs’

Today should be one of the proudest days in fledgling Country Liberal Party Deputy Chief Minister and NT Treasurer Robyn Lambley’s short political career. After the pomp and ceremony of the first session of the new CLP Government she will take her seat for the first time as a minister and face … utter humiliation. As […]

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Down Under, the red carpet was rolled out for Armstrong

In mid-July 2008, Mike Turtur, director of South Australia’s Tour Down Under, was a very worried man. His race was “in crisis” following the decision by 17 of the 18 professional teams that formed the International Cycling Union’s ProTour circuit not to renew their licenses for 2009. The Tour Down Under had only received entry into the prestigious — though highly […]

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Post Armstrong, Australian cycling body eats itself alive

Cycling Australia, the self-described “principal body for the competitive sport cycling in Australia”, yesterday issued a statement ”on behalf of the board to all members and supporters”. In times of institutional crisis this is what we expect of our peak bodies — a settling statement that will calm the nervous, give hope to the doubtful and answers to the querulous. Sadly, […]

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The SA research centre Lance Armstrong built on a fraud

Has Adelaide’s Flinders University and its Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer  — incorporating the LIVESTRONG Cancer Research Centre  — been caught up in the murky web of relationships around Lance Armstrong and his related companies the Lance Armstrong Foundation, Livestrong.org and Livestrong.com? There is now no doubt Armstrong is a fraud. As ABC journalist Francis Leach said yesterday on the ABC’s Offsiders: “The […]

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Was the NT election the dirtiest on record?

There is now a very real question as to whether the Northern Territory general election on August 25 was the dirtiest election we’ve seen in the NT’s short self-governing history.

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From sublime to shameful: Senate hung up on West Papua

One week ago, public servant and refugee advocate Vikki Riley lay on a hospital bed fighting for life after a terrible accident. She passed away a few hours later. I wrote a brief piece on her tragic end. On Wednesday afternoon last Democratic Labor Party Senator for Victoria John Madigan and South Australian independent Senator Nick Xenophon proposed a […]

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Water law: ‘your Honour, I appear for the Whanganui River’

A tribunal in New Zealand has recognised — perhaps for the first time in legal history — that a river has personality sufficient to allow it to be heard in a court of law.

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NT leader in Garma: gets tested, passes, but put on notice

Terry Mills was sworn in as the new Northern Territory Chief Minister last Wednesday and has hit the ground — or at least the airstrips — running. Late last week he travelled to Nguiu — the small Bathurst Island township that won Country Liberal Party candidate Francis Xavier Maralampuwi his seat in the new NT Parliament — to Ramingining in central Arnhem land and […]

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NT poll fallout: Mills rolled over deputy, Henderson falls on sword

It’s never a good look when the leader of a political party gets mugged by his own caucus, more so when he hasn’t even been sworn into office after a historic victory. That’s just what happened yesterday to Northern Territory Country Liberal Party leader and Chief Minister-elect Terry Mills, who was rolled over his choice […]

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How the bush was won: Country Libs get smart in NT

By rights, the Northern Territory Country Liberal Party leader Terry Mills should have won government in 2008. Back then, Labor chief minister Paul Henderson  — spooked by bad advice, sensing a chance to further monster a weakened CLP and seeking a personal electoral mandate after rolling Clare Martin the previous November in a bloodless coup — ran to an election […]

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NT election preview: race card played as major parties tussle

Rumours are swirling that some candidates are playing the race card as the NT gears up for its election tomorrow. Crikey’s man in Darwin reports on the campaign and gives his prediction of the result.

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Phoney NT battle between Mr Beige and Mr Chroma-Key

Absent of any dramatic events over the next few days, Paul Henderson’s NT Labor Party is a shoo-in to win the NT election next Saturday.

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