The new Darwin prison pushed interest on debt repayments under Giles beyond the level of Labor’s in 2011/12. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
The new Darwin prison pushed interest on debt repayments under Giles beyond the level of Labor’s in 2011/12. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
CLP stance of “leave it to the EPA” falls short of advice from international expert advising the government, Tina Hunter. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
… but getting through the blockade can be a bit of a mission. The Chief Minister’s betting odds for holding the seat are getting longer, while he claims that polls would show the CLP is still the front runner in The Centre. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Is the solution for the Territory’s problems Guaranteed Adequate Income? ERWIN CHLANDA speaks with Greens Senator Rachel Siewert about it and other ideas her party has for Central Australia. PICTURED are Senator Siewert in Alice Springs, with Vince Forrester and Dalton Dupuy (Greens candidates for Namatjira and Braitling, respectively). FULL STORY »
Deal was signed the day before government went into caretaker mode, writes Greens candidate Dalton Dupuy (pictured).
Richard Berry, pool manager at Yuendumu, was brutally killed in January 2015, then “cruelly abandoned” by “two young fellas he trusted and had given so much help to”, recalled his mother. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »
The death, believed to have been a suicide, of a colleague triggers whistleblower revelations of “yelling at staff, imposing unreasonable workloads, isolating staff, spreading rumours, putting people down” and a string of other allegations by a “repressive gang” in the Alice Springs office. EXCLUSIVE by ERWIN CHLANDA. Image from the DCF website.
Territory writer Mary Anne Butler’s play Broken made history when it won this year’s Victorian Prize for Literature – a first for a play. After a sold-out run at the Darwin Festival it has been touring the Territory. KIERAN FINNANE reviews . FULL STORY »
Gunpowder smoke from broadsides of warring vessels (see video) and the pitter patter of little feet: It’s all part of the town’s longest lived crazy tourist draw card. ERWIN CHLANDA was there.
Brawl over Gunner’s planned introduction of Uber ride-for-pay: Taxi lobby says this is “un Australian”. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
How can young people on the streets at night be more constructively “engaged”? Police double “youth engagement”. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
MODIFIED 19 August 2016. FULL STORY »
The political power of industries unduly influences the decision-making within government, argues PETER TAIT in a response to reading Kieran Finnane’s book, Trouble: On Trial in Central Australia FULL STORY »
A regatta that turns grown-ups into kids as 4500 people are watching in amazement.
The boardwalk around Annie Meyer Hill completes an ‘Alice in 10’ goal, but has there been any environmental impact study? asks ALEX NELSON. FULL STORY »
Feel good or facts, and where lie the loyalties of a local NGO? COMMENT by ERWIN CHLANDA. Photo: CAT’s Lyndon Frearson at last night’s solar power meeting.
The bikers will also take part in the Henley on Todd on Saturday.
Braitling voters are too informed, too aware, to be tricked into preference schemes, say Greens. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Make government pivotal in providing and financing homes for young, workers, says Steve Brown. Exclusive by ERWIN CHLANDA. Medium cost houses under construction in Kilgariff are pictured.
UPDATE August 29, 9am. FULL STORY »
The choice of materials, its heavy form and clutter of lines means it cannot sit lightly in the landscape, surely a bottom-line criterion for a structure like this. KIERAN FNNANE comments and seeks the views of design professionals. FULL STORY »
The Central Land Council blocks development of a camel industry, writes Alan Keeling, Independent candidate for Namatjira.
Dale Wakefield drew first position in Braitling with Mr Giles third in a field of seven. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Candidates and supporters at the draw in Alice Springs this afternoon.
Has Adam Giles been pork barrelling Alice? Yes, I have, says the Chief Minister. ERWIN CHLANDA reports from Tuesday’s forum.
But the People’s Alcohol Action Coalition had already made up its mind. Pictured are Russell Goldflam making a point, behind him, Dr Keshan Satharasinghe, and at right, Janet Brown. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
First offence cases aside, in 60% of Intimate Partner Violence offences, a Domestic Violence Order is in place. KIERAN FINNANE reports. PHOTO: Jeanette Kerr.
“I am of the belief that a crime has been committed” said Coroner Greg Cavanagh of the death from a stab wound of N. McCormack. Meanwhile, NT police will soon be wearing body cameras when attending disturbances and recording could become part of Evidence in Chief. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »
The Redtails movement spearheads plans for a massive redevelopment of Blatherskite Park, with broad social and commercial values. Exclusive by ERWIN CHLANDA.
Important evidence against the key suspect in the death of N. McCormack seems to have been compromised. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »
It seems certain that the Coroner will recommend that the case around the death of Kwementyaye McCormack be re-investigated. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »
Their deaths have prompted the NT Coroner to hold a double inquest looking at issues of “extreme domestic violence” – considerably worse in Alice Springs than in the rest of the NT. KIERAN FINNANE reports. Pictured: The grave at the Alice Springs garden cemetery of one of the women. FULL STORY »
The Territory’s Aboriginal Territorians will benefit, writes Professor Rolf Gerritsen (pictured).
Giles dusts off figures that didn’t stack up last year to justify funding for motoring fixture. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
And the fundamental issues aren’t even on the agenda, comments ERWIN CHLANDA. Media are making comparisons with abuses by US forces in Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison with events in the Don Dale correctional facility.
Home town gigs for cash to send rising muso to top college. JULIA WINTERFLOOD reports.
It may not be a message that people want to hear right now but Dylan Voller told his case worker to “make sure people know, it’s not everybody”. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »
As they turn 70 next year, the Central Australia’s legendary bush races, like the Finke organised by volunteers, may take a slot in the major event tourism line-up. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
The Giles government’s official review, in contrast to the report by the Children’s Commissioner, contained no account from the detainees, and no knowledge of the CCTV and Handicam footage, now infamous around the world. KIERAN FINNANE compares the two reports. FULL STORY »
Commander Danny Bacon explains the duty of care provisions under which police operate. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Women in jail while treatment beds are mothballed? ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
The horse trading for preferences will start after the allocation of positions on the ballot paper on Friday next week. Enrolment closes Wednesday. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
$5.5 million Larapinta Child and Family Centre, opened this week, provides 70 long-day-care places. Image from Mr Giles’s Facebook Page.
Rancid fridges, wasted food result from outdating billing system of Power Water, writes PAUL LEWIS.
Northern Territory Aboriginal peak organisations welcome the announcement; call for a genuinely independent appointment as well as two Indigenous co-commissioners.
UPDATE: Mr Martin not prepared to run the risk of compromising the commission.
UPDATE 2: Aboriginal Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda and former Queensland judge Margaret White are replacements.
UPDATE 3: Mick Gooda’s appointment as co-commissioner welcomed. FULL STORY »
Not yet 30 and focused on a seat in the Assembly, Chansey Paech (pictured in the middle of the back row with part of his family) believes in well funded NGOs and responsible government working together as the ideal problem solvers. He spoke with editor ERWIN CHLANDA.
… and joins a growing list of Independents in Braitling. ERWIN CHLANDA reports
UPDATE August 2
Who knew what when? KIERAN FINNANE reports on crucial details of a youth incarceration event in Alice Springs that is now being shown around the world and is among those that have triggered a Royal Commission.
From “some fifth hand corrugated iron, bush timber and an inordinate amount of fencing wire” to a multi-million dollar mining operation: LINDSAY JOHANNSEN tells the story.
Thucydides on the state of politics in his times shows that everything changes yet nothing changes, writes CRAIG SAN ROQUE in a Letter to the Editor.
1Territory candidate for Stuart Andi Bracey (pictured), mother of five and ex-president of the NTICPA, looks back on her volunteer work with young delinquents sent to an island for answers to the current youth corrections scandal.
Brian Martin (pictured) presided over all judicial officers who sentenced young Aboriginal offenders to detention, and after resignation as Chief Justice was paid by the NT Government for a report, says prominent Aboriginal spokesperson, Olga Havnen. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
The commission should not only be independent but be seen to be independent. COMMENT by KIERAN FINNANE. FULL STORY »
The NT has a “deeply ingrained systemic attitude towards punishment that clearly has its roots buried somewhere in the dark ages,” writes Steve Brown (pictured), candidate for Araluen.
The NT government “has led a concerted and sustained campaign to demonise young people without attempting to properly understand the social determinants causing the problems these young people face,” says Donna Ah Chee (pictured). ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
“The lid is off and it should be off – we have been constrained for too long.” KIERAN FINNANE speaks to Alice Springs youth justice advocate Antoinette Carroll following the airing of last night’s Four Corners program.
Because the Giles government is part of the problem under investigation, say the Aboriginal Peak Organisations of the NT in a letter to the PM. Pictured: Priscilla Collins, CEO of NAAJA, one of the signatories to the letter. FULL STORY »
Why has there been no action on a 2014 report about the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre, asks Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Territory Senator, Nigel Scullion (pictured). ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »
The collective town council, including Cr Steve Brown and Deputy Mayor Jamie de Brennie (pictured) got cold feet over an initiative to deal with juvenile delinquency, passing the buck to the government and NGOs. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
A government that prioritises policing and incarceration in response to psychological and social dysfunction creates more opportunities for brutality than for change, compassion or community, writes SALL FORREST. FULL STORY »
A Central Australian teacher and an Alice Springs poet are among the winners of literary awards for Territory writers. FULL STORY »
“Rebellion, resistance, revolution” are its themes. KIERAN FINNANE speaks to festival director, Laurie May (pictured). FULL STORY »
This would give “front line police” more time to fight crime, says Chief Minister Adam Giles. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Melbourne and China are a long way from Alice, but the Darwin port and Pine Gap are not.
How we can spend part of the money on solar, get the same power, avoid grid crashes, and how a citizen-based electricity system can turn consumers, now at the mercy of the government, into private energy traders. ERWIN CHLANDA investigates.
… but Adam Giles says it’s OK to release them. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Town Council CEO Rex Mooney and Cr Jade Kudrenko, chairperson of the Council’s Community Services Committee which on Monday passed a unanimous vote for a comprehensive approach to the problem of street kids.
In Letters to the Editor the Chief Minister promises billions for outback dwellings, says NT gas can meet much of the nation’s energy needs and canes Labor over its tourism policies as the NT election draws near.
Did the kid irritate the eagle? ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
The Bastille Day dinner will go on tomorrow in Alice Springs, says Coralie “Coco” Petit, despite the attack in Nice killing 84 last night. She organised the candle light vigil in November last year (at left), when the terrorists had struck in Paris.
The current Big Freeze is lending credibility to either. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
… and now read the fine print. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Buffel in iconic Palm Valley.
Light at the end of the tunnel? Election, Brexit, low interest rates and high dollar will shape the future. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
The town needs a place where street kids are “fed, entertained and put to bed, a drop-in centre not a drop-out centre, an overnight boarding house”. PHOTO: Crs Brown and De Brenni last night. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
NOTE comment from Cr Brown. FULL STORY »
Frenchman Killian has the answer to the tedium of jet travel. He spoke with ERWIN CHLANDA.
A one megaton bomb being detonated one kilometer above Pine Gap would inflict maximum damage within 15 km of ground zero, writes Bevan Ramsden of Lambton, NSW.
What happens when you have to work at being at home? The quest for answers has taken artist Jennifer Taylor into a deeper relationship with Arrernte people and back to the land of her birth, Aotearoa / New Zealand. KIERAN FINNANE reviews. FULL STORY »