An array of bowties on offer at the monthly Old Wares Fair in Townsville shows that in this tropical city there are males prepared to inject a dash of colour into their dress - even if the editor of the Townsville Bulletin is shown from time to time in a coat and bland tie .
This blog has long lamented the dress of politicians in the Northern Territory capital, Darwin, once known as a place of shirtsleeve legislators. Now male politicians there adorn their electorate offices with larger than life portraits of themselves in suits on the exterior . A former Leader of the ALP Opposition, Jon Isaacs wore a cool, suitable safari suit. The colourful politician Harold "Tiger "Brennan , who wore a pith helmet and smoked a cigar, roasted those " blinkin' bods in Canberra ." He also slept through Cyclone Tracy .
When a new Administrator of the Northern Territory, Roger " One Eye " Nott, held his first meet the people in the Darwin Town Hall he removed his suit coat , invited members of the throng to do the same , and declared Darwin rig - shirt , tie and long trousers ...shoes , not thongs .
|Dressed for a killing .|
During the recent " Cuckoo Coup " in the CLP government in Darwin , leading figures in the fiasco paraded in a variety of suits which seemed like a cross between recycled prison uniforms and typical clobber of a member of the Junior Chamber of Commerce . Over at Government House people were lined up in their finery waiting for the new Chief Minister to arrive and be sworn in , but this did not eventuate because the supposedly dethroned Chief Minister, Adam Giles , refused to discard his cloak of authority and sign the appropriate removal instrument ("the knife? ") and retained his throne . After a lively meeting , the key blokes were later seen in shirt sleeves and a hard working female , somehow , was stripped-of her ministerial portfolio.