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Stripping Afghanistan War Veterans of Military Service Awards Sends Wrong Message

It’s been a heavy period of reckoning for the nation this past week after the revelations of alleged war crimes were laid bare in Inspector-General Paul Brereton’s report. The horrific allegations have left all Australians struggling to understand what was done in our name. I’ve been contacted by dozens of current and former service people in the past week, many just needed to talk...

Solidarity In Good Moments And Bad

Member for Solomon Luke Gosling recognising 21 years since The International Force East Timor (INTERFET) in Darwin recently. INTERFET was a multinational non-United Nations peacemaking taskforce, organised and led by Australia in accordance with United Nations resolutions to address the humanitarian and security crisis that took place in East Timor from 1999–00...

Labor Leadership Tours The Top End

Labor Leader Anthony Albanese pictured with Luke Gosling, Member for Solomon (Supplied). It’s been a busy few weeks after Leader Anthony Albanese touched down in Darwin recently, as a part of a three-day visit to listen to business and community members and outline his vision for the Top End. Just moments after landing at...

2020 Federal Budget & Reply

Last week in Canberra the Federal Treasurer brought down the 2020 budget. There was some modest roads funding for the NT that we all hope eventuates, and Labor supports the first two stages of income tax cuts. There was also some good support for business, although we believe it’s too...

No Port in Storm

The federal Coalition government’s Australia’s Foreign Relations bill puts a Darwin Port review on the table. Well it should, if you read the fine print. But curiously, the government says that it won’t. “Infrastructure” is explicitly mentioned 21 times in the bill’s explanatory memorandum. It also states very plainly that, under the act,...

Still no Plan as the Number of Stranded Australians Rises to 23,000

The number of Australians stranded overseas has jumped by more than 20 per cent in a fortnight and the Morrison Government still has no plan to get vulnerable people home. Officials from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade confirmed there are now 23,000 Australians who want to return home from overseas. 3,450...