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I cannot recall, Giles tells the Royal Commission

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Unprepared former Chief Minister doesn’t contribute much to the multi million dollar Royal Commission he started. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Juvenile detention was starved for funds: Elferink

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Does “tough on crime” work? Was the government demonising young people? Former Corrections Minister John Elferink (in the centre of the photo) answered tough questions from Peter Morrissey (pictured) and other lawyers in a marathon session at the Royal Commission. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Elferink attacks ABC’s Four Corners: Royal Commission

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The former NT Corrections Minister had made available to the ABC a “warts and all” account of what had occurred and was occurring in the detention system, yet most of the interview did not find its way into their report. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

 

UPDATED, 27 April 2017, 5pm: Full statement criticising Four Corners now released. We publish main points. FULL STORY »

‘Punitive NT society wants pound of flesh’: Royal Commission hears from former Corrections Commissioner Middlebrook

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“Tough on crime” policies demanded by a “very punitive society”, wanting its “pound of flesh” drove the crisis in the Northern Territory’s  corrections systems, including juvenile detention, former Corrections Commissioner Ken Middlebrook told the Royal Commission today. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

10 ideas for revitalising the Alice Springs CBD

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While the government is still scratching its head about how to spend $20m it has announced, the Independent Member for Araluen, Robyn Lambley (pictured), isn’t backward in coming forward.

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Fossil museum set to return to the CBD

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The eight million year old fossils recovered from Alcoota – once upon a time on display in the museum located in the Alice Plaza – will make their way back to a CBD venue in a $1.5m initiative announced by Braitling MLA Dale Wakefield. FULL STORY »

Freedom of the road takes bikers to Alice

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500 believers in Harley Davidson registered so far – may grow to 700. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Grant for Alice fest delayed in town council confusion

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Business man tells council about waste disposal incinerator at meeting flawed by confusion on festival funding. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Mother of girl denied education contacts Children’s Commissioner

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The school principal at the centre of the scandal tried to stop truant children from taking part in government provided sports and recreation activities, says a former youth worker at Wilora. Ministers Lawler and Wakefield (pictured) did not respond to requests for comment. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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2017 Anzac Parade

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This morning’s parade in pictures.

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People power versus the state & big business

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“Unforgettable images were the mayors  ‘manning’ the barricades, quite literally (except that some of the mayors were women). It’s hard to imagine this happening in present-day Alice Springs!” KIERAN FINNANE on The Bentley Effect, about  resistance interstate to coal seam gas, shown in Alice by the Something Somewhere film festival. FULL STORY »

Darwin port, Kidman stations: Selling the NT, bit by bit

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As we remember the fallen on Anzac Day, are we on track to become the poor white trash of Asia, asks BRUCE FRANCAIS, of Katherine.

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Making the CBD vibrant, again: Detail, please.

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While Alice hasn’t got it thinking cap on yet about how to do it, Darwin’s agenda is on the board. COMMENT by ERWIN CHLANDA. PHOTO: The empty Mall.

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Town artists extend a hand to visitors from APY Lands

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Over summer, when art centres out bush are generally closed and artists coming to town are vulnerable to being exploited, a new partnership provides the visitors with a safe haven, being celebrated by a new exhibition. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Gunner’s land management on back burner

p2427 industrial rural bloc k SMLabor promised to fix the flagrant misuse of rural residential land, but eight months later the Planning Commission has a stand-by crew and does nothing of substance. Disenfranchisement of the public introduced by Giles continues. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Biggest deficit in Territory history: Opposition Leader

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The government that has slammed shut the door on private investment and Territorians will be paying off this debt for years, writes Opposition Leader Gary Higgins (pictured).

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Fracked gas our only hope: Northern Institute professor

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Boosting employment by giving gas the green light, and not doubling the “tradies’ subsidies” are recommendations by local economist Rolf Gerritsen (pictured).

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Kids focus of Show but government will be a No Show

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Trade display bookings so far are well down on last year, and government departments will need to make they own bookings, Show Society is told. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Voller’s cross-examination compounds picture of failing system

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When Dylan Voller (pictured) was remanded in custody to Aranda House in Alice Springs for the first time, it was for a number of criminal charges over a period of four months, including property damage at the school he was attending and assault on a classmate. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

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Sitzler closes Alice office: Why the fuss?

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The firm will be back in town when there’s more government work, says long time local builder. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO from the Sitzler website: The Australian Federal Police Building in Darwin.

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What will Royal Commission do with Dylan Voller’s evidence? 

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How will his allegations be tested  and will the commission make findings about the truth of them? asked NT Solicitor General Sonia Brownhill SC (pictured) who will cross-examine Mr Voller on Thursday. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

They must be joking!

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No, it’s not an Easter bunny gone astray from a nearby shopping centre. It’s ‘public art’ and it’s staying, marking the entrance to the reopened thoroughfare which provides the main access to the new Supreme Court building.  Comment by KIERAN FINNANE.  FULL STORY »

Six-year-old banned from bush school

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Aboriginal Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion wants bush kids to go to school but the bush school where this kid is meant to be going doesn’t want her. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

 

UPDATE 4:35pm

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Milk and honey or fracking battle field?

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Petroleum exploration applications, lodged or granted: Where they are and what that means. A little jigsaw puzzle for the Easter break.ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Arsonists invade town centre

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Vacant Melanka block ablaze. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Gas, fracking: potential benefits to Aborigines enormous

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At a conservative estimate, 500 wells producing one million cubic feet of gas a day would generate $1.75b a year. But Aboriginal land owners under Land Rights could veto. The money or the land, that will clearly become the question. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Protect our icons from fracking: Tourism operators

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Attractions such as Uluru (pictured), the Mataranka Hot Springs and Roper River are largely surrounded by permits for fracking gas fields, say industry leaders.

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Developing gas in the Territory, as seen by an industry leader

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Even if the current fracking enquiry gives the green light, it will take up to eight years until it’s known how much gas we have. The industry’s future will depend on much more exploration, the market and politics, and some current claims about the reserves are inaccurate. ERWIN CHLANDA spoke with Origin’s David Close (pictured), who was at the Geoscience Exploration Seminar in Alice Springs this week. FULL STORY »

No-brainer # 1

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Tennant Creek sets world record for cops. Bullet train to Titjikala?

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Protect NT’s 457 visa privileges, says Higgins

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The NT’s special workforce needs must be preserved, writes Opposition Leader Gary Higgins.

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Medical training gets shot in the arm

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A boost for getting more doctors into rural areas, writes  Nigel Scullion (pictured)Senator for the NT.

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Alice Easter 88 years after the altar arrived

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The Catholic Church in Alice Springs, from spiritual outpost to the faith of the movers and shakers, to a multicultural hub. ERWIN CHLANDA speaks with parish activist for half a century, Fred Twohig. FULL STORY »

Geocachers – they’re all around us

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More than 500 people are bringing a global pastime to The Alice. ERWIN CHLANDA spoke with Sonia and David Dougherty on their hunt for small treasures.

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Finding home through metal: Blacken Open Air festival

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“The thump of thrashing drums and shrieking guitars exploding from the Gap View Hotel would have been enough to  bring all of the MacDonell Ranges alive!” writes RONJA HONEY MOSS. FULL STORY »

Bangtail beats bureaucracy

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Rotary members become traffic controllers to save thousands which now can go to charity. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Missing Turf Club money still a mystery – UPDATES

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Seven months after it went missing, and on the eve of the Club’s major event, the taxpaying public is none the wiser about where a portion of its grant money has gone. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO from the club’s website.

 

Most recent UPDATE 1:33pm Wednesday: “The committee of the club is responsible for the management of grants.” FULL STORY »

Council gets roasting on pool delays and sugar ban

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Why doesn’t council use local skill and labour to get the job done, asked a fed up Judith Dona, who also attacked their ‘nanny state’ approach to canteen food. Meanwhile council looks set to improve on the entry to the mall, at present cluttered by unwelcoming ‘NO’ signs. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Crime, vandalism huge worry for business

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Chamber of Commerce survey amplifies distrust in law and order responses. Break-ins and thefts discourage investment. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: A pointed example of vandalism, as reported by the ABC. FULL STORY »

Keeping an eye on your house from afar

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Police and ambulance personnel staged a dramatic rescue of a car accident victim but the star of Saturday’s safety expo was a gadget to catch burglars. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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‘If you treat youth like animals …’

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… you won’t get safer communities. In a nutshell, that is what the Royal Commission can conclude after its first eight months.  KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Vinnies in Alice barely surviving

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The sharp decline in services follows a takeover by Queensland management. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

 

See UPDATE Friday 10am

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Youth crime: screams for help

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Youth crime: There is no such thing as a bad child. Does a baby who cries because of an unmet need get labelled a bad baby? write Chris Warren and David Pugh from Anglicare NT.

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