The NT News. The slow death of a once valued journal of record.

The first image on this post is today’s front page of the NT News. Below that is page 90, the back page of the same edition. Local, National and International reporting, The Neddies and Advertising By my (admittedly quick & nasty) tally of the content between pages one and 90, if you’d paid your full [...]

A crocodile called Elvis

Part 3: Munkara v Santos NA Barossa Pty Ltd (No 3) Not the Tiwi Island Crocodile called "Elvis". But a nice one nonetheless ... At paragraph 312 of Justice Natalie Charlesworth’s decision in Munkara v Santos NA Barossa Pty Ltd (No 3) witness Tony Pilakui said in his statement that he disputed the truth of [...]

“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)

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

Part Two – The lights at the end of the tunnel are … “remarkable achievements” In part one of this article we looked at some of the facts arising from the recent “discovery” of the Gouldian Finch at a Defence Housing Australia housing project in Darwin’s northern suburbs and asked the question, “So, how to [...]

By |2024-02-08T22:58:54+09:30February 8th, 2024|Animals, Birds, Birds and people, Northern Territory politics, Some places I've been, 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?

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?

Vale Wojeiech Jacek “Jack” Karczewski KC

This is a guest post by legal commentator Hector Lung. Jack Karczewski KC was admitted to practice in the NT in 1984 and provided almost 40 years of service to the Territory’s criminal justice system. He passed away in late 2023. In early 2024 a few rather brief and underwhelming notices appeared to mark his [...]

By |2024-01-31T17:21:55+09:30January 31st, 2024|Crime, Northern development, Northern Territory politics, Some places I've been, The Law, The Northern Myth, Writing and writers|Comments Off on Vale Wojeiech Jacek “Jack” Karczewski KC

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

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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