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Poverty tourism, dysfunction and the lucky country

Poverty tourism, dysfunction and the lucky country

June 4, 2014

The media's "poverty tourism" to remote NT communities does no good, writes Bob Gosford

Is media freedom in Timor-Leste under threat by a ‘return to dictatorship’?

Is media freedom in Timor-Leste under threat by a ‘return to dictatorship’?

June 2, 2014

A free press is essential to good democracy and government -- so what next for Timor-Leste's media?

Alison Anderson, John Elferink and the second person accusative.

Alison Anderson, John Elferink and the second person accusative.

May 9, 2014

Things are so tense in the NT parliament that a simple grammatical error can trigger a political brawl.

Will Napthine’s new route ruin Melbourne’s Metro?

Will Napthine’s new route ruin Melbourne’s Metro?

May 8, 2014

The Victorian government’s promised Melbourne Rail Link replaces the former government’s Metro. It follows a different route but the outcome is a lot better than the early leaks suggested.

Owls want loving too: ethno-ornithology from Zambian schoolchildren

Owls want loving too: ethno-ornithology from Zambian schoolchildren

May 5, 2014

In Zambia, owls are often seen as bad omens and killed as a result. Could owl populations be saved by educating the next generation of Zambians?

How the north was won: the battle over an NT byelection

How the north was won: the battle over an NT byelection

April 14, 2014

Adam Giles will keep his job, and it's all thanks to Alison Anderson -- the "Typhoid Mary" of NT politics.

We will rebuild: the resilience of Darwin

We will rebuild: the resilience of Darwin

April 4, 2014

Darwin's been destroyed and rebuilt four times. What is it about our most northern city that keeps people coming back?

ASADA, the AFL and WADA – The main game

ASADA, the AFL and WADA – The main game

March 20, 2014

The bloody-minded focus upon a possible assertion of a possible anti-doping case against Essendon players, staff or even Stephen Dank, may well be found to be lacking.

Legal hostilities end in failure for the Aboriginal corporate regulator

Legal hostilities end in failure for the Aboriginal corporate regulator

February 21, 2014

The very organisation that was attacking small Aboriginal corporations of no commercial consequence for being late with their paperwork itself had an out-of-date data base.

Good money after bad: The NT government and the Ord River Irrigation Scheme

Good money after bad: The NT government and the Ord River Irrigation Scheme

February 14, 2014

How viable will the proposed expansion of the massive Ord River Irrigation scheme be? Governments are bullish but science, the environment, economics and history tell a very different story.

Traditional law v the Westminster system

Traditional law v the Westminster system

February 12, 2014

The authors of the Little Children are Sacred report argue it is more likely that Indigenous people will respond positively to their own law and culture than to laws imposed upon them.

Djambuy’s case and the recognition of Aboriginal customary law

Djambuy’s case and the recognition of Aboriginal customary law

February 7, 2014

Creating a legal system where tribal laws work alongside current state regulations is hard work, but definitely possible in the NT.

‘Learning to play the typewriter’: remembering Andrew McMillan

‘Learning to play the typewriter’: remembering Andrew McMillan

January 30, 2014

Two years on from the Territory scribe's death, Bob Gosford remembers McMillan's rockstar journo past.

Behind the razor wire

Behind the razor wire

January 23, 2014

Polly Hemming taught English to teenagers in immigration detention in Darwin, and found the system hindered more than it helped.

An open letter to the PM’s Indigenous Advisory Group

An open letter to the PM’s Indigenous Advisory Group

January 15, 2014

Don MacAskill, Chief Executive Officer of the Awabakal Newcastle Aboriginal Co-Operative, implores Warren Mundine and Tony Abbott to rise above bureaucracy to help Indigenous Australians.

Person of interest: reading your ASIO file, 40 years on

Person of interest: reading your ASIO file, 40 years on

January 14, 2014

Bill Day had a pretty good idea that ASIO was keeping an eye on him as a result of his work with the Aboriginal land rights movement, but finding the documents online still came as a shock.

Back to school in the NT, with bonus enforcers

January 9, 2014

Students in the Northern Territory will start their school year with more truancy officers on the beat, but some locals say it's a publicity stunt that will have minimal impact on school non-attendance.

From South Africa to East Timor: when Gusmao met Mandela

From South Africa to East Timor: when Gusmao met Mandela

December 10, 2013

East Timorese Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao spent the 1990s in prison for his anti-Indonesia activities. His efforts attracted the attention of the-then South African Prime Minister, who paid him a visit in an Indonesian jail.

Two territory women, an Australia Day protest and a defamation lawsuit

November 15, 2013

On the afternoon of the 26th of January 2012, Rebecca Healy and Rosalie Kunoth-Monks were near the Aboriginal Tent Embassy across from Old Parliament House in Canberra. What happened next would see them on opposite sides in the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory.

‘I am a Territory girl …’ Senator Nova Peris’ maiden speech

‘I am a Territory girl …’ Senator Nova Peris’ maiden speech

November 14, 2013

The former Olympian and first Aboriginal person elected to Federal Parliament talks racism, history and failed Interventions in her maiden speech.