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Council not keen on offer of help to fight crime

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The elite of traditional owners in Alice Springs got the cold shoulder from the town council last night as social initiatives of newly elected members are watered down or delayed in a marathon sitting. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Senior Arrernte man Phil Alice get little thanks for his offer to fight the juvenile crime explosion shoulder to shoulder with local government. FULL STORY »

Leaders want town council help to fight youth crime

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Aboriginal elders are seeking a new lease of life for a long idle memorandum with the council in the wake of an alleged robbery by a 14-year-old girl and a 13-year-old boy, and a violent clash outside the Catholic Church. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Floodlights at Anzac Hill to discourage rock throwing. FULL STORY »

Pine Gap’s role in drone warfare: former Senator, former PM

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Justice John Reeves allowed some evidence on the issue from both former senator Scott Ludlum, in the witness box, and former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser, in a tendered radio interview. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Public money flowing into facility about to be closed

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Tradies are still busy refurbishing and expanding the Alice Springs Youth Detention Centre which Michael Gunner says will be closed very soon. ERWIN CHLANDA. reports.

 

UPDATE Monday 9:40am

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‘Royal Commission report will live as stain on the NT’

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As Chief Minister, I accepted the responsibility of making the changes necessary so no Chief Minister needs to address this again, writes Michael Gunner. Speakers at a small rally a short while ago (at left).

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Batchelor negotiating major government contract

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One contract the institute had will be put out to tender, the other – worth $11m for the current year – is being negotiated for 2018. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Strange encounters: the Peace Pilgrim and the Police Sergeant

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“Hi, Ken.” “Good morning, Margaret.” Not many cross-examinations begin this way. KIERAN FINNANE reports on an unusual relationship arising from the long history of protest at the Pine Gap military base. FULL STORY »

Royal Commission: Children’s voices are at the centre

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Young Aboriginal people are by far the tragic majority in the horror statistics Commissioners Margaret White AO and Mick Gooda were confronted by.

 

Wide-ranging and drastic recommendations about government personnel and facilities.

 

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Cut mining royalties to land councils: elder

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“White fellers” at the CLC – lawyers, anthropologists, administration  – “think they are the bosses,” says Senior Warlpiri man Robin Granites (pictured). Report by ERWIN CHLANDA.

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Masterpiece to be lost as gallery planning plods on

2499 Earth’s Creation SM2499 Emily Kame Kngwarreye SMNo bids from government nor council at auction of Earth’s Creation (at left) by Emily Kngwarreye (at right). Report by ERWIN CHLANDA. FULL STORY »

Peace Pilgrims: evidence on why, not if they were at Pine Gap

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They will be presenting evidence that Raytheon, which they suggest is a large private defence contractor at the base,  is also one of the world’s largest suppliers of weapons, and that Pine Gap is involved in providing targeting information for those weapons. However, Crown witness Sgt Kenneth Napier said Raytheon is no longer a “service provider” at the base. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Peace Pilgrims fight Pine Gap charges: their actions intended to defend themselves and others from imminent disaster

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They were allegedly detected standing on rocks on a steep hill within Pine Gap military base boundaries, playing musical instruments. They face charges with a maximum penalty of seven years on gaol. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
 

UPDATE 17 November 2017, 9.00am: The trials of the Peace Pilgrims have been raised in the Senate. FULL STORY »

Guilty: unanimous jury verdict for Peace Pilgrim

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The jury took little more than half an hour to reach their unanimous verdict. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

 
UPDATE, 15 November 2017, 6.15pm: Crown wants Peace Pilgrim to serve real time in gaol. FULL STORY »

Troubled kids: A year with little to show for

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In the past three months, only one out of every 41 youth detainees in the NT was not Aboriginal. And on any given day, more young Aboriginal people on remand, without convictions, fill youth detention centres than those with convictions. PATHI RAJ reports.

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Drug haul estimated at $850,000

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Police allege two men were running drugs from South Australia.

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Pine Gap’s nuclear role and the alternative

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RICHARD TANTER, an acknowledged academic expert on nuclear weapons and international relations, describes the role of Pine Gap in a possible nuclear confrontation between the United States and an enemy state such a North Korea, and argues for the alternative, a nuclear ban treaty, already signed onto by the majority of the world’s governments. FULL STORY »

MyFuel prices up instead of down

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The Government got it wrong with the MyFuel web site which requires retailers to publish retail fuel prices, writes Opposition Leader Gary Higgins. 

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Mystery fault may have triggered blackout

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A long-time fault in the general area of the Sienna Village is likely to have caused Thursday’s blackout, and it took the new Remote Operations Centre in Darwin (picture by Territory Generation) too long to bring power back to Alice, says the Electrical Trades Union. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Here we go again …

2499 council chambers in rain SMIMG_4106 SMThe only “electrical activity” in town didn’t come from the power station but from the sky. The black-out has forced tonight’s council meeting to be postponed. The photo of the municipal chambers without the lights on (at left) is by Councillor Eli Melky, from his office across the road – also in darkness. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. AT RIGHT: But come 6:55pm and it’s all over bar the shouting. FULL STORY »

Government breaches faith over CM appointment

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Professional correspondence between the Alice Springs News Online and the Chief Minister’s department was passed on to lawyers for Cliff Weeks (pictured) whose quarter of a million dollars a year appointment to the department’s Alice Springs office is subject to defamation action against The Australian newspaper. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Call for public to monitor police at bottle shops

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Keep an eye on the cops at bottle shops, says alcohol control campaigner: A vicious cycle occurs when TBLs have gaps, booze purchases increase, causing a spike in crime that requires further withdrawals of police from points of sale, says PAAC. Report by ERWIN CHLANDA.

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