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Sideshow alley packed on Show Day One

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… and fireworks are yet to come. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Will you pay for this, Adam?

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Chief Minister puts “explosives in the hands of morons,” local resident says, but Alice Springs police had no reports of injuries nor damage. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Pistol shooting and donuts making have a lot in common

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The fastest donuts in the west have a history almost as long as the Alice Springs Show. PHOTO: Pistol Club life member Bill Low with a high caliber donut machine. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Show bull: His hindquarter made him grand champion

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Length and a really good hind quarter got this bull the champion ribbon. ERWIN CHLANDA reports from the Alice Springs Show.

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At the Show, pollies can run, but they can’t hide

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At the Show, pollies can run, but they can’t hide. If you ever felt like giving a high and mighty a piece of your mind, today’s your day. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Voting Independent is not a waste of time

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History has shown that any government holding unchecked power will almost certainly abuse that power, writes HAL DUELL.

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MacFarlane: Better life in the bush will solve problems.

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Lease conditions for Aboriginal freehold land need reform to remove an obstacle to commercial development. ERWIN CHLANDA spoke with the CLP candidate for Lingiari (pictured). FULL STORY »

Council cops out on frack-free zone

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Opts instead for an almost meaningless request that the NT Government protect the Alice Springs water supply now and into the future. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

‘Making beanie dreams come true’

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Last year’s all time record of four and half thousand beanies sold, bringing in almost $180,000, will likely be surpassed this weekend, the 20th anniversary of the Beanie Festival. Story and photos by KIERAN FINNANE. FULL STORY »

Local $1 diesel? NT bureaucrats couldn’t care less.

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Our oil riches are under our nose but we’re paying for them through our nose. ERWIN CHLANDA investigates.

  FULL STORY »

Storage major obstacle for going mostly solar: TG

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Territory Generation (TG) says we need gas power, the Estimates Committee was told this morning. No firm forecasts for more solar were given. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Senior TG executives at the hearing.

  FULL STORY »

Alice diesel for less than $1?

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As the government touts “gas to liquid” as the Territory’s next bonanza, what happens with our Mereenie crude oil raises questions. ERWIN CHLANDA investigates.

  FULL STORY »

Helpers rally to reopen cinema after storm

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Hopes to resume screenings in two weeks. Government announces aid for NGOs. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

These people are not homeless …

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… but they are sleeping out tonight to raise money for those who are. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

UPDATE: THE MORNING AFTER

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Couture on the wildside

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A pooch helped deliver the wow factor; other animal inspiration delivered on the theme. Story and photos by KIERAN FINNANE. FULL STORY »

Buffel inaction makes mockery of parks hype

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Minister defends inaction on plant that has been declared a noxious weed in South Australia. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Box drains a worry in hail storms

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When the down pipes get blocked, water is likely to get inside the building. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Merger of Middle and Senior schools

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After “painful experience of creating the middle school model” is the government rushing through a new change without adequate consultation, asks Robyn Lambley.

  FULL STORY »

Native title: Fighting each other for power, money

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Supermarket investment appeal on hold as native title meeting turns into a no-show. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Hail damage $3.5m to $4m, two schools closed

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Wet carpets means students have to move, and emergency services personnel are taking stock of damage mostly done by drains that should have been cleared. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photos by DAVE BATTY.

UPDATE 2pm: Response by the TIO insurance company.

  FULL STORY »

Serious Whitefella Stuff: have we got a program for you!

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The ‘problem’ of Indigenous affairs is forever being reconceptualized, leading to new policy announcements and programs. A new book tells stories of what happens on the ground, when policy meets practice by living, breathing individuals. KIERAN FINNANE reviews. FULL STORY »

Darwin’s CPI reduced as nation’s rises

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Drops in costs of fuel, rents and utilities make a difference, writes Chief Minister Adam Giles (pictured).

  FULL STORY »

Hail stones usually don’t come that big

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Yesterday’s big hail stones were unusual for this time of the year. Likely back to sunny Centre this arvo. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Native title body CEO quits, no comment from chair

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Top level resignation in latest Lhere Artepe brawl. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: “No comment” from chairperson Rosalie Kunoth-Monks (pictured).

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Rural land misuse in Tollner’s too hard basket

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Estimates Committee Robyn Lambley (pictured) also quizzes Lands Minister on the lack of NBN in Kilgariff, and the Chief Minister about the Indigenous cultural centre. Will it be in Darwin or Alice Springs? ERWIN CHLANDA reports. See UPDATE re NBN.

  FULL STORY »

20th Beanie Fest about so much more than headwear

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An unprecedented number of beanies are expected for this year’s exhibition, submitted from artists worldwide, with many crossing the boundaries from warm headgear into wearable art. FULL STORY »

Learning from the experts how to save the Bilby

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Tiny Kiwirrkurra, home to a healthy Bilbly population, welcomes a summit on saving the iconic Australian species from extinction. FULL STORY »

‘Made in NT’ Finke trucks head for China

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Territory built Extreme 2WD truck in the Mall last week during the Tatts Finke media launch: Mark I in trade with China started by local entrepreneurs Steve Strike and Ross Bohlin? ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Big police audit as simple crime remains unsolved

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Bag snatchers from a small community apparently keep slipping through the net. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: The victim in a re-enactment.

  FULL STORY »

Tourism: joining the dots

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We need to promote the Alice Springs calendar of events as a whole instead of “in silos”.

KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Something is film, Somewhere is Alice

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The inaugural Something, Somewhere Film Festival, held in Alice in early May, sold out in every session, but that’s the last thing director Alex Kelly mentions when I ask her about the festival’s success and its future. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Flood mitigation: Don’t mention the dam

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Inexplicably, after all these years of angst about flooding – following the 1992 moratorium on construction of a dam at Junction Waterhole – topographical data in the upper catchment of the Todd has still not been collected. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Solar: Giles out by a factor of 10, say Greens

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Lingiari candidate’s estimate of cost for households to get off the grid.

  FULL STORY »

No guesses what keeps him smiling

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Price from NSW wins bikes and comes second in the cars – an unprecedented achievement – but locals, Walsh and Stokie, are in the top four.

  FULL STORY »

The Greens are wrong on station sale: MacFarlane

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They ignored information publicly available, she says. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Finke car veteran gets his first win

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Leaves the high powered tanks in the dust. ERWIN CHLANDA reports from the start finish line.

  FULL STORY »

Finke Day One: Two Alice riders in the first four

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Owen (pictured) and Price (bikes) first into Finke. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Price rides to big lead in the Finke prologue

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… he is faster than the fastest car. ERWIN CHLANDA reports from the start-finish line. PHOTO: Spectators admiring Price in the prologue this afternoon.

  FULL STORY »

Stop Medicare rebate freeze: Greens

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Patients who can’t afford GPs will swamp hospitals, writes Senate candidate Dr Michael Connard.

  FULL STORY »

Stop government funding promoting Rock: Steve Brown

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Alice Springs should become the destination again, with Uluru as an add-on, says CLP candidate for Araluen. Popular Chinese actress, model and television presenter Lily Ji in a Tourism NT promotion. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Huge Finke media contingent to put Alice on the map

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Rhodes tops this morning’s Car and Buggy Prologue (so far). ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: The media contingent at yesterday’s briefing given by Finke president Antony Yoffa (far right).

  FULL STORY »

Greens to put Snowdon ahead of MacFarlane

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… and in the Territory Senate vote: Next captain’s pick to go wrong, this time with Malarndirri McCarthy (pictured)? Report by ERWIN CHLANDA.

  FULL STORY »

The Finke’s under way, and that’s official!

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Let the race weekend begin: Official media launch in the Mall today. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

‘I sign the cheques’: Scullion

p2332-MacFarlane-Scull-SMCorruption in some Aboriginal corporations “has been going on far too long,” says Nigel Scullion. And Mutitjulu is set to grow, the idea of building the resort at Yulara away from The Rock notwithstanding. ERWIN CHLANDA reports from the media scrum at the launch of a $2.36 million extension to St John Ambulance. (photo).

See also UPDATE FULL STORY »

Sharp rise in women behind bars

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When the Alice Springs gaol was built in 1996, it did not cater for women. The rare female offender serving more than 28 days was sent to Darwin. In recent times it has been stretched beyond capacity by upwards of 70. Many of these women are also survivors of violence.  KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Back to the land of milk and honey

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The Finke is starting, accommodation is full, shops are busy, the countryside is beautiful after the rain, and beef prices are at a premium, writes Steve Brown, Candidate for Araluen, in a LETTER TO THE EDITOR.

  FULL STORY »

Secret Desert Knowledge? Back to the future.

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Is the Indigenous Business Australia’s Eddie Fry (pictured) the new chairman of Desert Knowledge Australia? It’s all a secret at DKA – again. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Note UPDATES. FULL STORY »

‘Disenfranchised’ pensioners hitting back at government

Council on Ageing demands reinstatement of axed benefits, writes Stephanie Kendall. FULL STORY »

Humble objects of women’s work used to ask big questions

 

In a new exhibition at the National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame the objects assembled are about more than nostalgia for the past or curiosity about its ways. KIERAN FINNANE reviews. FULL STORY »

Getting the full theatrical package fit for national tour

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“Griffin realised that what was being produced theatrically in Alice Springs was as original and appealing as what she saw at the Australian Performing Arts Market, but without the same standard in production values.” KIERAN FINNANE talks to creators of The Package. FULL STORY »

Widow cities and rural bliss: a diverse electorate

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With a foot in each camp, Namatjira candidate Heidi Williams wants all kids to have a chance. She spoke with ERWIN CHLANDA.

  FULL STORY »

Making Alice all solar would raise costs 300%: Giles

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Making Alice all solar would cost $1.4b and triple electricity costs, says Chief Minister Adam Giles, but the new $2000 home improvement voucher can be used to put solar panels on your roof. PHOTO and artist’s impression: Part of the plant of the Alice Springs Airport which now generates 50% of its energy needs from the sun. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Telegraph Station hologram is half the story

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The Bungalow and its people did not get a gig in the hologram launched today, while the ghost-like image of explorer John McDouall Stuart did. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

SEE UPDATE

  FULL STORY »

Street kids: ‘We can’t casework our way out of this’

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A program of night-time activities for youth is essential to thin out the numbers of youths on the street, says veteran youth worker. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

UPDATE: Chief Minister Adam Giles responds. FULL STORY »

$500m public housing history being made: Giles

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A new authority will oversee $500m worth of new homes and upgrades in the next five years. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Jazz talent scores Darcy a place in top US music school

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Now he has to raise $US50,000 for tuition and board, and fund-raising gigs are helping him do it. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Bush Bands Bash: women’s band in main line-up for first time

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The Sandhill Women will take the audience on a musical story-telling journey about a woman walking in two worlds, sung in Mudburra and English. FULL STORY »

Crime in Alice ‘trending down’ police tell council

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But isn’t the downward trend from month to month usual for this time of year whereas in reality the figures are still significantly higher “year to date”, asked Councillor Jade Kudrenko? KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Chansey taking a chance?

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Councillor’s absence not a good look, writes Dave Carpenter.

 

UPDATE: Cr Paech replies. FULL STORY »

Contractors invited for $100m gas, diesel power stations

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November deadline for expression of interest. A RePower Alice Springs member says that time frame may allow the inclusion of renewable energy elements. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

The sorrows of war

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Artist Pip McManus tackles her large subject with a very particular story: the war experience of the father she didn’t know. KIERAN FINNANE reviews. FULL STORY »

‘Local’ means different things to different people

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“Indigenous” companies – are they being set up to cash in on government conditions, asks Joel Olzomer. PHOTO: Government buy local advertising.

  FULL STORY »

Department mum on public funds paid to Deek

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Did half of the public funding for the Indigenous Marathon Project go into Robert de Castella’s pockets? PHOTO from the IMP website. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Archaeology: bigger is better

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Movie to celebrate Central Australia’s big beasts of the past.

  FULL STORY »

Plan for jobs, income and cultural understanding

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A fee for service enterprise promoting Arrernte culture, run by Arrernte people, just across the road from the Royal Flying Doctor Base and a few doors up from the Reptile Centre. By KIERAN FINNANE. FULL STORY »

Fracking amendment lacks independent well inspection

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Minister, department and industry given sole control over mining operations, although this is against the government’s own professed policy, writes Lauren Mellor, of the Frack Free Territory Alliance. PHOTO: Demonstrators in the public gallery of the town council in July 2014.

  FULL STORY »

Sex aids and fracking: Up the wrong tree

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Nigel did mean condoms and not condiments. And a circular fracking survey.

  FULL STORY »

We are in deep trouble and 2017 will be worse: Gerritsen

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Budget: The family jewels – TIO, Darwin Port, and so on – have been sold but pitifully little has been saved, says Prof Rolf Gerritsen (pictured). Report by ERWIN CHLANDA.

  FULL STORY »

‘TROUBLE mirrors our ugly parts: we can learn from this.’

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When a mob beat Kumunjayi Pollard to death, when Ed Hargrave was fatally stabbed, when Kwementyaye Ryder died at the hands of five men, and Liam Jurrah attacked women, two “dark and dangerous fluids” were running through our town: one was blood, the other grog. They also run through Kieran Finnane’s book. FULL STORY »

Skywalk Budget item could be game changer for Alice

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A $10m Budget line could be a game changer for Alice Springs. ERWIN CHLANDA comments. PHOTO: View to the west from Mt Gillen. FULL STORY »

NT Greens announce Federal candidates

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A community artists, Rob Hoad (at right in the photo), and a doctor, Michael Connard, stand for development of renewables and against fracking.

  FULL STORY »

The rollercoaster Budgets

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See the graph that tells the story. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Interpreter lives the Redtails way

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Three languages, three years in the job, and dedicated to the group that links footy with personal development. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Seeing his name in the credits drives Josh

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Still in his teens Josh Tranter has no doubt his future is in the movies. He spoke with ERIN CHLANDA.

  FULL STORY »

Budget good for home buyers, kids at risk, roads

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Chamber of Commerce, Mayor give thumbs up. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: The Youth Centre undergoing an upgrade. There is $2.8m for it in today’s budget.

  FULL STORY »

Big capital works spend in Centre pledged

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$50m for the controversial expansion of the the Owen Springs Power Station, and an upgrade of the Tennant Creek Power Station, are the biggest expenditures in Central Australia. FULL STORY »

Federal funds for domestic violence legal service

It will operate from Flynn Drive Health Centre and the hospital, writes Senator Michaelia Cash. FULL STORY »

‘Street kids of a kind we haven’t seen before’

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“This is a ticking time bomb. I’m very worried about the long-term future of this town if we don’t get some good policy in place”, but bail measures aren’t it. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

When things got tighter, ALEC got tougher

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RePower Alice, water allocations, environmental regulations, battling buffel, making money: Busy year for ALEC. PHOTO: Staffers Carmel Vandermolen (left) and Nicole “Peachy” Pietsch flank director Jimmy Cocking at Friday’s first birthday celebration of the new offices in Gap Road.

  FULL STORY »

Natural gas, pipeline are likely losers, says report

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Pipeline builder Jemena is Chinese and Singapore owned and paid no tax in Australia for the past four years, says researcher. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Where people have the power, not the pollies

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RePower Alice Springs is looking at how communities around Oz are taking charge of renewable electricity generation, such as the initiative in Port Augusta (pictured). Report by ERWIN CHLANDA. UPDATED, Federal poll pledges.

  FULL STORY »

Idea for street kids gets ‘no’ from Giles

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Night-time accommodation for youths in empty police station knocked back; mandatory health checks for people spitting at police coming in. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Hiring government funded staff and boards: New broom?

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The Special Administration of the Central Australian Aboriginal Alcohol Program Unit may have created a template for blocking family and clan empire building in taxpayer funded organisations. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: CAAAPU client getting woodworking training.

  FULL STORY »

CCTV black spot in Todd Mall?

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A man was attacked last Wednesday night in front of a well-lit restaurant in Todd Mall by several youths yet there was no CCTV footage of the incident, says Councillor Eli Melky. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

UPDATE, 18 May 2016: See inside.

See further update on FULL STORY page, May 19. FULL STORY »

Doubt cast on bail changes for juvenile offenders

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Proposed law changes would be “handcuffing” judges over mandatory tracking devices, says president of Criminal Lawyers Association. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo: Chief Minister Adam Giles at doorstop this morning.

  FULL STORY »

Caravan park row: Goose and gander?

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Travelers should have a choice, says Chamber of Commerce boss Kay Eade (pictured). Report by ERWIN CHLANDA.

  FULL STORY »

Inadequate mining bonds

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With fracking the problem may balloon, writes Bruce Francais. Picture: McArthur River Mining site.

  FULL STORY »

The story of a bag snatch in the CBD

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… and the wheels of justice are turning slowly, if at all, reports MEAGAN MERRITT.

  FULL STORY »