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Cull troublemakers, says Yirara College teacher

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Rampant misconduct by some students is making Yirara unsafe for other students and staff and makes meaningful teaching all but impossible. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. IMAGE: Work of a student.

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Fracking needs robust regulation: Report (& updates)

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The long-awaited Hawke report into fracking has been released today. It says “environmental risks can be managed effectively subject to the creation of a robust regulatory regime” and there is no need for a moratorium. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
UPDATES – views of Minerals Council and Arid Lands Environment Centre.

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16% of public dwellings vacant, 614 applicants waiting

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There are 114 unoccupied dwellings public housing dwellings in Alice Springs and about 614 applicants on the wait list, according to a spokeswoman for Housing Minister Bess Price. Vandalism continues to be a problem. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Fracking moratorium needed: Alliance

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The Frack-Free Alliance welcomes the release of the Hawke Inquiry and calls on the government to initiate an immediate moratorium “on this proven high risk, low return industry”.

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Rocky Hill vineyard threat to our drinking water

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As the Rocky Hill Grape Block lies directly above the drinking groundwater supplies of Alice Springs, there is a real and ongoing health risk posed by a pollution threat, writes hydrogeologist Robert Read.

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Clontarf: it’s more than footy

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“The main goal is to get them finishing year 12, and then there’s an employment program to help them get work and be successful in society after school.” ANDREA JOHNSTON reports about Clontarf making a difference. FULL STORY »

Lambley broadside: Giles arrogant, dishonest

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International convention demands Adam Giles should have resigned, said Robyn Lambley (pictured): “Instead he threatened he would prefer to bring down our government. I believe Adam Giles has no integrity.” ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Yirara: 100% failure doesn’t worry Minister

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We now have an education minister, Peter Chandler (pictured), asserting that a boarding school, 40 years old, funded by his department, does not warrant an investigation although every single one of its students is in the bottom quartile of achievement. COMMENT by ERWIN CHLANDA.

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Impu to spend at least 14 years in prison

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Bruce Impu (pictured), who pleaded guilty to eight counts of rape at gunpoint of two European tourists in Alice Springs in 2012, was today sentenced to 15 years with 12 year non-parole period. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Hatzimihail project: DK seeks more details

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Desert Knowledge chairman Ken Johnson (pictured) says the board is seeking further details about the multi-million dollar proposal of the Hatzimihail Group for the precinct south of The Gap. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Katherine council opposes fracking

Two NT councils have joined the rapidly growing list of local councils across Australia opposing fracking, writes Charmaine Roth, of the Don’t Frack Katherine group. FULL STORY »

Licensing red tape cut, council told

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Good-bye NT Licensing Commission, hello Director-General of Licensing, and back to the drawing board for the cemetery chapel (drawing at left): The town council got food for thought at last night’s meeting. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Get tough with unruly students: Former Yirara staff

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A former Yirara staff member says double standards applied by management to the 14 house parents often causes bad blood. By ERWIN CHLANDA. IMAGE from the Yirara College website.

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Yirara: Rebellion and failure or meeting a challenge?

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Two teachers who worked at Yirara last year gave an alarming account of students’ behaviour and poor results to Editor ERWIN CHLANDA for an exclusive report. It also looks at the effect of the scandalously inadequate primary school education many students receive in the bush before they are sent to the residential college in Alice Springs.

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Bring back first home grant: Real estate agent

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A prominent Alice Springs real estate agent, Justin O’Brien (pictured), says the NT Government should reinstate the first home owners grant for existing homes. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Third rapist of European tourists: 15-page criminal history at age 20

Bruce Impu, the third offender, pleaded guilty today to his part in the rape of two European tourists in May 2012. At the age of just 20 he has a 15-page criminal history. KIERAN FINNANE reports from the Supreme Court. FULL STORY »

NT fracking regulations ‘Australia’s weakest’

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The NT system of regulating fracking needs a complete overhaul and the government is yet to take any steps to remedy these shambolic laws, writes David Morris (pictured), from the Environmental Defenders Office NT. FULL STORY »

Neglected past to get a bright future

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Living in a sanctuary amongst sculptures by one of your favourite artists sounds idyllic for any art and nature fan, but the challenges in one mysterious corner of Alice Springs are anything but. ANDREA JOHNSTON reports from the Pitchi Ritchi sanctuary.

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No room on plane for local Member

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It was mean-spirited of the Chief Minister Adam Giles to refuse me a seat on his taxpayer-funded charter flight to my home town of Tennant Creek to attend the commencement of the re-enactment of the Borella Ride, writes Gerry McCarthy, Member for Barkly. FULL STORY »

Police raid third drug lab in Alice suburb

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Police say they discovered an “active illicit drug laboratory” when they raided a residential property in Gillen yesterday. PHOTO supplied by police. SEE UPDATE Thursday 2:30pm.

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Searching for Kurlpulunu

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“Engineer Jack he told us that the plant played a big part in Yapa mythology and that the dreaming connected to it involved a big bird (“as big as an aeroplane”) that caused the death of dingoes.” PETER LATZ, author and botanist, continues his account of adventures in the bush with traditional owners. FULL STORY »

Real estate market ‘crashing and burning’

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The real estate market is “crashing and burning” at least in part because of the NT Government’s restriction of its grants for new home buyers to new dwellings. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. ABOVE: A scene from the boom times.

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Now you see it, now you don’t

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A sign erected yesterday telling people they will be prosecuted if they enter into the popular Ilparpa claypans area didn’t last long. It was gone this morning. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Current political upheaval mirrors the past

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One fact that stands out from all the controversy swirling around Territory politics at present is just how closely it echoes the events of a quarter century ago that almost unravelled the CLP in the 1980s. ALEX NELSON comments. He is pictured when he was chosen as the CLP Member of the Year in August 1990.
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Being with Uluru: a God inside

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“A meditative and mindful experience is about being in the moment, aware of the surroundings but not being judgemental about them.” It may be a new way of travel, reports I-LING CHEN, a PhD Candidate at the University of Queensland (pictured).

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Deputy Administrator Pat Miller gave herself legal aid loan

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Members of the same family, including former CEO and Deputy to the Territory Administrator Pat Miller, have given themselves and each other loans from funds of the Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service (CAALAS). ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Present pollies not a patch on past

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Past politicians’ standards of behaviour and intellect were far superior to anything we see today, and their achievements vastly more outstanding, writes ALEX NELSON. PHOTO by him: Former Senator Bernie Kilgariff.

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Tiny minority runs Rock, ‘working’ towards closing climb

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The Abbott Government leaves unchallenged the Ayers Rock (Uluru) park management plan, approved by Peter Garrett, despite its flaws. When the climb is closed permanently, as it is planned, will the sunset be enough? ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Prof Gerritsen in Alison Anderson’s cheer squad: Bess Price’s husband after the coup

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The Stuart MLA’s husband and self-confessed biggest fan, DAVE PRICE (pictured), discloses his wife’s role in last week’s CLP upheaval and lets fly against prominent Charles Darwin University professor, Rolf Gerritsen.

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A tuneful tick off Dave’s bucket list

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Liverpudlian Dave Oakes (pictured) ended up in the Alice when his wife convinced him to turn left at Threeways “just to have a look” because she thought Alice Springs sounded romantic. ANDREA JOHNSTON reports.

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John Bell still seeking a ‘sorry’ from de Castella

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Issues between him and Rob de Castella in the Indigenous Marathon Project in 2010 will be heard in the ACT Supreme Court on March 30,writes Alice Springs sports identity, John Bell.

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Cabinet: Bess Price gains housing, Tollner back

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Bess Price (Stuart, pictured) has gained housing as a new portfolio in the reshuffle announced by Chief Minister Adam Giles a short while ago. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Conlan resigns from the front bench

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Apart from embattled Chief Minister Adam Giles, Bess Price (Stuart) is the only front bencher in Central Australia after the resignation this morning from all his ministries by Matt Conlan (Greatorex, pictured). ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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14th reshuffle: Tollner back in ‘nest of vipers’

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CLP chaos and dysfunction continues in the wake of yet another CLP Minister moving to the backbench – sparking the 14th Cabinet reshuffle in just two and a half years, writes Natasha Fyles (pictured), Shadow Minister for Government Accountability.

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Council should get ethical with its $25m investments

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The Town Council should take a look at divesting from the Big Four banks for environmental and ethical reasons, says Councillor Jade Kundrenko. They should do no such thing, counters Cr Eli Melky, as only the Big Four are underpinned by the Federal Government in times of crisis. KIERAN FINNANE reports. 

 

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Jazz greats to play in Hermannsburg

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Hermannsburg is likely to be one of the venues for the “biggest jazz and blues festival in the world” featuring James Morrison (pictured). ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Competitive tendering wasting ‘closing the gap’ money

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There is progress in health but education outcomes are poor, writes Donna Ah Chee, Congress CEO (pictured).

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CLP fiasco: Now Oz is laughing about us, not with us

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CDU professor Rolf Gerritsen (pictured) looks at a tumultuous week when a handful of CLP politicians were prepared to destroy the Territory’s elected government if Adam Giles could not remain Chief Minister. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Police rejects apology from Giles

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The Police Association is disappointed with the Chief Minister’s half-hearted apology delivered during a press conference yesterday, writes Vince Kelly (pictured), President of the Northern Territory Police Association.

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Legal aid funding cuts ‘false economy’

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The Aboriginal legal aid service in Alice Springs (CAALAS) is facing a funding cut of 40% over three years as the Territory Chief Justice (pictured) says such savings are a “false economy”. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Council to build a cemetery chapel

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A design for a non-denominational chapel in the grounds of the Alice Springs Cemetery was put before the Town Council for approval last night. FULL STORY »

$5m road bill for bush council (updated)

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UPDATED: Fixing up the Nirripy road alone will cost the Central Desert Regional Council $3m and it estimates at $5m the total cost to repair its 1700 km connecting roads damaged by recent rains.

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Giles, van Holthe, police: The goose, the gander

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The bitter row between the police and Chief Minister Adam Giles is exacerbated by his arch foe turned deputy now stonewalling questions over allegations similar to those that have forced ex-police commissioner John McRoberts to resign: Interference in an inquiry. By ERWIN CHLANDA. PHOTO: Government mugshot of Mr Westra van Holthe, all smiles.
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Burn, not bury rubbish: Incinerator plan

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An incinerator meeting most NT needs is planned by businessman Darren Burton at Brewer Estate. By ERWIN CHLANDA.

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Peter Latz: The adventure of my life

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“Assessing our water stocks, Dave and I realised that we only had enough for reduced rations that night and the next morning. If we didn’t get to water the next day we would be in deep shit.” Author and botanist PETER LATZ continues his account if adventures in the bush with traditional owners.

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Stars in the making

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Performance artist Melissa Kerl has an answer for parents wanting an outlet for their children’s acting talents. ANDREA JOHNSTON reports.

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Would be political assassin’s past with the police

Two investigations found Mr Westra van Holthe had acted wrongly as a policeman. Now he is member of a Cabinet that effectively ended the career of the Territory’s highest ranking police officer, on the basis of UNPROVEN accusations of unlawful actions, writes Bruce Francais, of Katherine.
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Back to the Tanami, with Engineer Jack

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“After supper several Aborigines stepped apart from us and ‘talked to the country’– this involved them spreading their arms and loudly exclaiming with statements like, ‘Hullo country – sorry we have been away so long – it’s so good to be back’.  A most enlightening custom and one I have since taken up myself.” Author and botanist PETER LATZ continues his account of adventures in the bush with traditional owners.

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Highlights

POLITICS

Fracking needs robust regulatory regime: Hawke report.

16% of public dwellings vacant, 614 applicants waiting.

LETTER: Report confirms need for fracking moratorium: Alliance.

Yirara: 100% failure doesn’t worry Minister. COMMENT by ERWIN CHLANDA.

Lambley broadside: Giles arrogant, dishonest.

Bring back first home grant: Real estate agent.

No Yirara inquiry needed: Education Minister.

 

LOCAL AFFAIRS AND ECONOMY

LETTER: Rocky Hill vinyard threat to our drinking water.

Bruce Impu to spend at least 14 years in prison.

Clontarf: it’s more than footy.

Yirara College: Rebellion and failure or meeting a challenge?

Hatzimihail project: DK seeks more details.

Get tough with unruly students: Former Yirara staff.

Real estate market ‘crashing and burning’.

Licensing red tape cut, council told. And back to drawing board for chapel.

Being with Uluru: a God inside.

Bruce Impu, third rapist of European tourists: 15-page criminal history at age 20.

Pitchi Ritchi: Neglected past to get a bright future.

Police raid third drug lab in Alice suburb.

Claypans trespass sign: Now you see it, now you don’t.

Deputy Administrator Pat Miller gave herself legal aid loan.

Tiny minority runs Rock, ‘working’ towards closing climb.

Council should get ethical with its $25m investments.

PETER LATZ YARN: Back to the Tanami, with Engineer JacK.

PETER LATZ: Time in the Gulf country.

 

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Katherine council opposes fracking.

NT fracking regulations “Australia’s weakest”.

Present pollies not a patch on past, writes ALEX NELSON.

John Bell still seeking a ‘sorry’ from de Castella.

 

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