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Pine Gap demonstrators provide real time images

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Defence contractor Raytheon targeted in the industrial area.

 

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‘Out of home care’ system broken, Royal Commission told

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Children are consigned to untrained staff, long waiting lists for counselling and health needs, hasty reunification with family who are then not supported to care for them: these are among the failings of the ‘out of home care’ system. KIERAN FINNANE reports from yesterday’s community meeting with Royal Commissioners Mick Gooda and Margaret White (pictured). FULL STORY »

Aboriginal sites authority gave no cultural advice

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Claim by festival organisers are contested. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PICTURED are Giles Wesley (left), lighting projection artist, and Anthony Bastic, director of light, from AGB Events, at the launch of the event last Friday.

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Historian and archeologist changed ‘the imagination of a nation’

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And “there is no one who has done more work on the Central Australia of 100 years ago and there probably never will be”, according to Alice Springs historian Dick Kimber. FULL STORY »

Pool ban: Councillors have ‘no power to direct or control staff’

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They are “more like a board” and the Local Government Act denies them hands-on management, says Cr Eli Melky (pictured).

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Batchelor Institute students get 149 certificates

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But the training facility is mum on some questions about jobs for students and its budget. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Pine Gap protests in town, at base

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US facility (pictured) in Schwarz Crescent also targeted.

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75,000 domestic violence cases in three years

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Police Commissioner Reece Kershaw (pictured) calls for a Violent Offender Register so people like Carlie Sinclair don’t have to die any more.

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Festival in Light ignores local advice, talent

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A dreamtime story, millions of taxpayers’ dollars and the local creative community left out in the cold: The Festival in Light gets heavy. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Video: The hunter and the dog on Mount Gillen.

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White guilt flopped but Okine’s braggadocio worked

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Comedian Matt Okine (pictured) takes aim at cooking shows, haters on social media, the badness of Mondays and vegan guilt, writes reviewer MORGAN RICHARDS.

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Ironman barred from pool says he is denied natural justice

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Council firm on six month trespass notice, makes offer which Kevin Coyle (pictured) considers “unsuitable”. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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SA power cost blow-out: Some will say I told you so.

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When the wind stopped electricity costs in South Australia went through the roof, writes Tony Wood, of the Grattan Institute.

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Benefactor was there at the start of huge art movement

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$100,000 birthday present for Olive Pink Garden from Peter Fannin (pictured), one of the co-founders of the world famous dot painting movement. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Alanya making ‘dreams come true and bigger’

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Young people from Warburton Ranges  celebrate contemporary youth culture on the Ngaanyatjarra lands and lay the foundation of a social enterprise. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Misleading zoo comparison as wallabies get blasted with light

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Spin doctors are getting into high gear ahead of Chief Minister Michael Gunner’s dinner to launch the Festival in Light. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

 

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UPDATE 12:50pm September 23

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Domestic violence: criminal justice system ‘not suitable for purpose’, says Coroner

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Two deaths that were the subject of the recent coronial inquest into “extreme domestic violence” were the tipping point for Coroner Greg Cavanagh. KIERAN FINNANE reports on his findings, handed down this morning. FULL STORY »

Government stops ‘excessive surcharges’ by taxis

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Taxi credit card charges reduced from 10% to 5%, night rides must be pre-paid, writes SIMON SAUNDERS, of the NT Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics.

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Little kids have the key to our future

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Talking, reading, playing and lots of praise: It all needs to happen in the first thee years of our children’s lives, says Congress CEO Donna Ah Chee (pictured) in her keynote address to the Chronic Diseases Network Conference. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Fresh irregularities at Lhere Artepe native title body

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ORIC takes elected officials, included Rosalie Kunoth-Monks (pictured) to task over suspension of members, decisions at meetings, appointment of directors. EXCLUSIVE by ERWIN CHLANDA.

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Groundwork laid for NT film industry future

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After 12 years at the helm of Screen Territory, retiring director Penelope McDonald looks back on the industry’s progress and forwards to her own future. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Storm in the town pool: Ironman banned

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Swimmer training for international event says he’s left high and dry for six month without coherent explanation. PHOTO: Mates in the pool (left to right) Deanne Ward, Tamara Shirvington, Nat Stepan, Lynn Treis, Fiona Coyle, Kevin Coyle, Duncan Rogers.

 

UPDATE: 11am September 23

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The apple a day message got a bit more complicated

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Single teenage mothers and irresistible energy drinks span a wide range of topics at the Public Health Association conference. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photos: Limin Buchanan and Jackie Bradshaw (at right).

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Pine Gap: wake-up call for Alice Springs

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An artist focusses our attention on the military base about which we have become so blasé, writes KIERAN FINNANE. FULL STORY »

Michele Castagna, 1944 – 2016

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The feisty disability advocate and state finalist for Senior Australian of the Year 2015, passed away this morning.

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Police search for absconder

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It is alleged he removed his monitoring bracelet.

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The Centre gets three times its average rainfall

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… and maybe hail this evening, says BOM.

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Gunner on fracking: Change of words or heart?

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Five words are at the centre of a row between the environmentalist sector and the new Chief Minister. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Gunner ‘backflipped’ on fracking moratorium

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The anti-fracking lobby, which has played a major role in the NT election campaign, is outraged over what new Chief Minister Michael Gunner has announced this morning about the moratorium that was a cornerstone of his policies. ALEC spokeswoman Nicole Pietsch (pictured) has joined the Lock the Gate Alliance in an attack on the new Chief Minister.

 

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For richness and breadth there is nothing like Desert Mob

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The annual exhibition from art centres, in its 26th year, offers an inspiring survey of priorities for Aboriginal people in our region. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Peace President Obama dispatcher of drones killing innocents

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Unmanned warplanes will be the focus of protests and convention talks in Alice Springs as participants call Pine Gap staff “polite murderous citizens” and demand closure of the base. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Facts about street kids made public

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Youth Parol statistics reveal the extent of a problem. EXCLUSIVE by ERWIN CHLANDA.

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Protest at a price?

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Permits to protest under Town Council By-laws can cost $80 a day but is this democratic and fair, asks Councillor Jade Kudrenko. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Wakefield in inner cabinet. Paech, McConnell assistant ministers.

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Chief Minister Michael Gunner (pictured), in the announcement of his team, has apparently re-named the national indigenous art and culture centre in Alice Springs to which both major parties gave much attention in the campaign. It is now called  “Iconic Indigenous Art Gallery”. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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We need to bring trust back to government: Dale Wakefield

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“I am not afraid of full and frank public discussion,” says the new Member for Braitling (pictured with Federal Member Warren Snowdon). “That’s how we get to good outcomes, to be brave enough to have these difficult conversations.” She spoke with ERWIN CHLANDA.

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Stop the light show, says petition to Gunner

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The “Parrtjima – A Festival in Light” should be cancelled because it will harm rock wallabies, claims a petition on a global website. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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The lady who provides the link to outside

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Three yellow daisies from a little girl among other gifts marked Enid Harland’s 20 years as volunteer.

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Desert ‘mysteries’: start by asking the locals 

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“Fairy circles”: they sound like something out of a Disney film but the term is actually at the heart of a scientific debate being conducted at the highest level. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

When an elder is an elder

The term “elder” is generally linked to the person having knowledge and how to be wise to speak on or share the knowledge, writes Michael Liddle, of Alice Springs. FULL STORY »

More rain doubles average winter falls

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Some roads may be cut. PHOTO courtesy HANS THOLSTRUP: Low clouds sit on top of the Olgas.

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Lambley calls for action on palliative care hospice

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The government needs to honour its commitment on palliative care hospice in Alice, writes ROBYN LAMBLEY (pictured).

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Flowers to brighten up a rainy day

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The annual flower exhibition will open at the Residency this afternoon.  ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Missing link: no Minister for Local Government

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An Assistant Minister for A Vibrant Darwin CBD yet no defined focus on Local Government? Mayor Damien Ryan is concerned. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »