A very general category examining a wide swath of Australian & international politics, from small-town Northern Territory going’s on to national and international political issues that have piqued my interest – or outrage – from time to time over the past fifteen years …

“We’re working through those processes … “ Munkara v Santos NA Barossa Pty Ltd (No 3)

Part Two: … and a crocodile called Elvis. Santos CEO Kevin Gallagher. Darwin, February 2024 By Bob Gosford In the first part of this seriesI looked at the recent Federal Court decision of Justice Charlesworth in Munkara v Santos NA Barossa Pty Ltd (No 3) [2024] (Munkara) and briefly explored the judicial history of principles [...]

By |2024-02-18T23:35:04+09:30February 18th, 2024|Australian politics, Indigenous land management, Mining and Resources, Northern development, Northern Territory politics, NT Politics, Some places I've been, The Law, The Northern Myth, Tiwi Islands|Comments Off on “We’re working through those processes … “ Munkara v Santos NA Barossa Pty Ltd (No 3)

Evidence that was “qualitatively and quantitively inadequate.” Munkara v Santos NA Barossa Pty Ltd (No 3)

Part One: Why Alderson v Northern Land Council (still) rules after forty years. Tiwi lead applicant Simon Munkara By Bob Gosford After two weeks of hearings in late December, in mid-January 2024 Justice Charlesworth of the Federal Court of Australia delivered her 258-page demolition of the application for a permanent injunction by three Tiwi Island [...]

By |2024-02-18T22:47:16+09:30February 18th, 2024|Australian politics, Indigenous land management, Mining and Resources, Northern Territory politics, NT Politics, Some places I've been, The Law, The Northern Myth, Tiwi Islands|Comments Off on Evidence that was “qualitatively and quantitively inadequate.” Munkara v Santos NA Barossa Pty Ltd (No 3)

Brought to book

By Mark Butler* FARRAGO 9 – Waterman: A Picaresque Tale of Old Sydney I HAVE always wanted to write something to live up (or down)  to that headline which, throughout my many years as  a newspaper subeditor never lost its place as one of the top five banned hackneyed puns, so i hope this makes [...]

By |2024-02-16T21:44:41+09:30February 16th, 2024|Australian politics, Crime, FARRAGO, Fun stuff, Poetry, Some places I've been, The Arts, The Northern Myth, Writing and writers|Comments Off on Brought to book

The Billion-Dollar bird: What weighs 14 grams, combines ‘novelty, beauty and elegance’ and has derailed Darwin’s billion-dollar housing development?

Part One: The facts mate, and only the facts Novelty in itself has attractions, but when with novelty, beauty and elegance are combined, the attractions are augmented beyond measure ….John Gould, The Birds of Australia, 7 volumes, 1840 to 1848. John Gould was describing the Gouldian Finch, Amadina gouldiae, shortly after his wife and collaborator [...]

By |2024-02-12T18:51:43+09:30February 8th, 2024|Animals, Australian politics, Birds, Birds and people, Northern Territory politics, NT Politics, The Northern Myth|Comments Off on The Billion-Dollar bird: What weighs 14 grams, combines ‘novelty, beauty and elegance’ and has derailed Darwin’s billion-dollar housing development?

To Paraguay! Documenting the descendants of the New Australia Colony

FARRAGO 8 – A guest post by Peter Solness, artist, teacher, traveller and sometimes Henry Beaufoy Merlin* impersonator. As a young photographer in the 1980’s the jingoism of Australia Day back then never convinced me. I was looking for stories that would engage more fully with our journey as a nation. At 26 years of age in 1985 [...]

By |2024-02-03T16:06:48+09:30February 3rd, 2024|Australian politics, FARRAGO, The Northern Myth, Writing and writers|Comments Off on To Paraguay! Documenting the descendants of the New Australia Colony

Musical Dispatch from the Front — Thirroul

This Musical Dispatch from the Front is a guest post by my old—in both senses of that word—friend Frank Baarda,* a long-term resident of Yuendumu. For decades we have made our annual trek up and down the Stuart Highway.  I recall some memorable road: signs: Ki Ki – Australia’s Pistachio Capital Bordertown – Bob Hawke’s [...]

By |2024-02-26T12:53:35+09:30January 24th, 2024|Australian politics, Books, Fun stuff, Some places I've been, The Northern Myth, the Tanami Track, Yuendumu|Comments Off on Musical Dispatch from the Front — Thirroul

First (Australian) cab off the electoral rank for 2024 – the Northern Territory

2024 will be a big year for elections, with some estimates stating that half (really?) the world population will get the opportunity to vote in 2024. Time magazine reckons that 64 countries—and the European Union—will conduct national elections this year with elections in Taiwan, Bangladesh, Russia and Ukraine all must-watch events for a variety of [...]

By |2024-01-24T18:59:29+09:30January 24th, 2024|Australian politics, Fun stuff, Northern development, Northern Territory politics, NT Politics, Some places I've been, The Law, The Northern Myth|Comments Off on First (Australian) cab off the electoral rank for 2024 – the Northern Territory

Australia’s Silent Housing Crisis – Northern Territory Homelands

A guest post by Nathan Evans* The Northern Territory Homelands Movement began in the 1970s and was a visible demonstration of Aboriginal people across the Northern Territory asserting their rights to determine their lives on their traditional lands.  When first established, these homelands received almost no government services.  The construction of physical infrastructure was left [...]

By |2024-01-08T12:28:26+09:30January 8th, 2024|Australian politics, Indigenous land management, Northern development, Northern Territory politics, NT local government, NT Politics, Some places I've been, The Law, The Northern Myth|Comments Off on Australia’s Silent Housing Crisis – Northern Territory Homelands

“Loser …” Joe Biden launches 2024 re-election campaign, Valley Forge, PA. 5 January 2024

President Joseph Biden’s re-election campaign speech earlier today US time at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania was a speech for the ages and has set the tone for the campaign that will run for the next 10 months until election day. Hang on, it will be a great ride. At nearly 4,000 words the transcript is a [...]

By |2024-01-06T14:40:14+09:30January 6th, 2024|Australian politics, Crime, Media, NT Politics, Some places I've been, The Law, The Northern Myth, US Politics|Comments Off on “Loser …” Joe Biden launches 2024 re-election campaign, Valley Forge, PA. 5 January 2024

Bobo Ngarritj!

Bob Gosford This piece was first published in the Northern Land Council’s Land Rights News December 2023 edition and is a tribute to the long-serving member and Chairman of the Northern Land Council Dr Bush-Blanasi, who passed away after a short illness in November 2023. You can read more about Dr Bush-Blanasi’s life at previous [...]

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