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Past articles by Bob:

Why a banned book of sacred Indigenous knowledge is still available for sale

The case of Nomads of the Australian Desert sheds light on the legal system's struggle to reckon with the publication of sacred Indigenous material. → Read More

World Ranger Day commemorates the shocking number of rangers killed at work

World Ranger Day celebrates the work of park rangers around the world, a surprising amount of whom are killed on the job. → Read More

Part two: the Northern Territory shuffle and the bottom of the harbour scheme

In the early 1980s, pressure was building against the Northern Territory as a tax haven and those protecting it, writes Bob Gosford. → Read More

When the NT was Australia's premier domestic tax haven – part one

The Darwin Shuffle is an avoidance scheme that operated in the NT from at least the early 1970s through to the 1980s and had serious political ramifications. → Read More

NT court deals with “a species of contempt heretofore unknown to the law”

The case of NT News reporter Craig Dunlop, who has been facing contempt of court charges, should be a lesson for magistrates everywhere: if you're going to charge a journalist and their employer, make sure you know who published what, when and on whose authority. → Read More

I could've committed voter fraud in the marriage equality postal vote

Bob Gosford received three marriage equality voting forms in the mail, where he should've only received one. What would you do in his situation? → Read More

NT government releases security bond amounts for mines

How much does the NT government holding in security bonds from mining companies? The companies don't want you to know -- but a tiny band of determined activists have brought the information to light. → Read More

How the "dysfunctional" Country Liberal Party lost the Northern Territory

It's a long, slow march back to power for the CLP. → Read More

Deliberately boring Michael Gunner needs exciting policy for the NT

The real test of the NT government will be what forward-thinking policy they can implement during this period of stability. → Read More

All quiet on Quintis: why is the NT govt backing a dud?

When Quintis gained major project status from the CLP many were sceptical. But now the new government has decided to back the company, we have to ask "why?" → Read More

BuzzFeed's Garma Festival photo essay walks the noble savage line

BuzzFeed has a lesson in how not to cover the Garma Festival. → Read More

NT indigenous employment program might be fraudulent as well as racist

The Indigenous Employment Provisional Sum might, unsurprisingly, turn out to be subject to widespread fraud, writes Bob Gosford. → Read More

Is the Northern Territory Mansfield inquiry into political donations already doomed?

Michael Gunner’s appointment of retired justice John Mansfield to conduct an inquiry into political donations in the NT was long overdue and welcome. → Read More

NT magistrate rants at 13-year-old Tennant Creek boy whose mother was murdered in January

In January this year, a 13-year-old boy’s mother was killed following a horrendous and sustained assault. Later, the boy himself appeared in court ... → Read More

Calls for a treaty with Aboriginal Australia have a long and troubled history

The Uluru statement is the latest call from Aboriginal Australia to the dominant settler society for a re-setting of fundamental national relationships. → Read More

Ornithogenic Fire: Raptors as Propagators of Fire in the Australian Savanna

There is compelling evidence that at least two raptor species – the Brown Falcon and the Black Kite – act as propagators of fire within the Australian savanna woodlands and perhaps in other similar biomes elsewhere → Read More

Billboards, Baptists and the “Trail of Blood”

So what are the connections between Baptists, blood and billboards? Bob Gosford explores the backroads and dusty doctrinal tracts of southern Baptist theology to find out. → Read More

NT juvenile detention system – unhealthy, incompetent, punitive and in crisis

The NT's juvenile detention system is in crisis, its management is incompetent, staff are undertrained, operational practices are haphazard and overly-punitive, and thereâ��s been cover-ups when things go wrong. And the system is doing nothing to rehabilitate the young people whom it locks up. → Read More

The NT Labor Party is revolting

Lawrie appears determined to hang onto leadership despite the numbers running against her. If the caucus remains split at 5-3 she will need at least 60 per cent of the rank and file to vote her way. If, as is widely expected, she loses even one of those supporters then the odds and the numbers will be firmly stacked against her. → Read More

“Both barrels were empty” – NT Labor’s Darwin Award nomination –

Yesterday's judgment by Justice Stephen Southwood in Lawrie v Lawler has driven the final nail in the coffin of Delia Lawrie's fraught leadership of NT Labor. The ramifications of Justice Southwood's judgment will ring long and loud through both political and legal circles in the NT. → Read More