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Rambling in the NT political desert, Part Two

Feb 08, 2013 | Discuss

Rambling in the NT political desert, Part Two

The wild history of our fight for Federal representation Bob Durnan The controversy over Gillard’s decision to try to railroad Nova Peris through the pre-selection process has reminded me of a few adventures along these electoral paths in the past – adventures which may not be known to many recent arrivals in the Territory, and which have probably been forgotten by most other residents anyway. The NT has only had fully fledged representatives in the Federal Parliament since the election that...Read more

Are some critics of Alison Anderson exploiting racial tensions?

Jan 31, 2013 | 11 Comments

Are some critics of Alison Anderson exploiting racial tensions?

Outstation housing maintenance needs funding By Bob Durnan On Saturday 5th January, NT Indigenous Advancement Minister Alison Anderson’s office placed a large ad in the NT News. The ad outlined the facts concerning Anderson’s intention to fund some house repairs on outstations (aka ‘homelands’ and ‘homelands communities’ in the top end). The advertisement followed a couple of months’ speculation about the details of Anderson’s proposal, and allegations about the grants being pers...Read more

Rambling in the NT political desert, Part One

Jan 28, 2013 | Discuss

Rambling in the NT political desert, Part One

Searching for a Super Nova By Bob Durnan I am a long term ALP member, having joined the NT branch in 1983. I have participated actively in every Federal ALP election campaign since that of 1974, every NT ALP campaign since that of 1977, and held many party positions. I have often been a campaign manager, in a variety of NT seats, including for several Aboriginal candidates. I understand Nova Peris lives in Canberra; presumably that is where she is on the electoral roll. Nova appears to have been...Read more

The Silence of the Clams: mouths wide shut

Jan 17, 2013 | 10 Comments

The Silence of the Clams: mouths wide shut

By Bob Durnan Are we not sentient molluscs? In central Australia, as in many other parts of our turbulent galaxy, we find isolated clam populations surviving in government aquaria, as well as their natural habitats; they still live buried in sand or mud, siphoning air, despite the fierce tides of climate change, corporate malfeasance, fund fiddling bankers, and Terry Mills’ deceitful election promise to reduce living costs, which all swirl around them. Unlike other molluscs, such as the darwin...Read more

Coming up next: the Banned Juveniles Register?

Jan 09, 2013 | Discuss

By Bob Durnan Northern Territory citizens would do well to think carefully about accepting a law enforcement direction which abandons due processes for people accused of committing crimes. Some of our valuable liberties seem to be coming under systematic attack from those who wish to remove hard-won civil rights that were established during centuries of struggle for the rule of law. They want to replace the rights with streamlined processes for imprisoning people suspected of being troublesome t...Read more

Death, violence and politics in the festive season

Jan 03, 2013 | Discuss

Death, violence and politics in the festive season

By Bob Durnan Like the NT’s Acting Chief Minister Robyn Lambley, I too am saddened by yet more needless deaths of young Aboriginal people in the Alice Springs region over the Christmas and New Year period. One woman, who was visiting Alice Springs from the Engawala community, died at the Mpwetyerre town camp on South Terrace very late on Christmas Eve, apparently from violent causes. Another woman, a local town camp resident, was run over by an L-plated motorcycle rider as she lay sleeping on ...Read more

Turn IGA bottle-os into licensed clubs

May 28, 2012 | Discuss

Turn IGA bottle-os into licensed clubs

By Bob Durnan (see previous post by Bob) Update Sunday 27th: Friday evening saw even more cops out and about, with three by the Woolies liquor entrance each time I passed by. They were very relaxed, joking and chatting. It didn’t look like there were many punters from prohibited addresses attempting to smuggle contraband through that particular checkpoint. They were still outside the Eastside IGA as well. Perhaps they have worked out a way to check people’s photo ID addresses against a list...Read more

Give cops a floor price – they need a break.

May 25, 2012 | 1 Comment

Give cops a floor price – they need a break.

By Bob Durnan Thursday May 24th Alice Springs in lockdown? There’s cop on the door of every grog shop when I leave work. A polite young constable is handing out ‘No belt no brains’ deodorisers for your car at the entrance to the Woolies bottle-o, and accosting Aboriginal shoppers to ask them where they are heading with that one-litre bottle of Hardy’s Chardonnay (11 standard drinks for $11.99) or that 700ml Bundy (just gone on special at $32.99, or $1.65 per standard drink – down a fai...Read more

Rolling back reality

Jun 08, 2011 | 5 Comments

Rolling back reality

Rebuilding the Chaos, from the Ground Up: anti-Intervention groups call for a return to year zero in remote Aboriginal communities. (A version of this article also appears on The Drum.) By Bob Durnan Winter is icumen in, here in central Australia; the car windows are filling with frost. The solstice is nigh. With the winter solstice, as in the three years just past, comes the anniversary  (1 ) of the announcement of the Northern Territory Emergency Response (2), and thus also the ritual gatheri...Read more