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Fracking probe head rejects suggestion advisors may be compromised

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A company appointed to advise the hydraulic fracturing inquiry in the NT may be compromised by its stable of oil industry clients, says anti fracking campaigner Naomi Hogan (at left). This is being rejected by Justice Rachel Pepper (at right) who is heading the enquiry. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


First Nations want a ‘Voice’ enshrined in the constitution

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Following their three day meeting at Uluru, the Australian First Nations Constitutional Convention have called for their “ancient sovereignty” to be recognised meaningfully in the constitution “as a fuller expression of Australia’s nationhood”. FULL STORY »

CDU oval a public place no longer

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A fence and CCTV costing a quarter of a million dollars continue measures around town to restrict public access to sport and recreation grounds of schools because of vandalism and anti-social behaviour. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


‘Historic agreement to strengthen SA-NT bond’

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The two administrations will focus on transport infrastructure, international trade, tourism and disadvantaged children, say Chief Minister Michael Gunner (at right) and Premier Jay Weatherill (at left). ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


NT-SA agreement hardly historic




There have been several agreements and the links between the Northern Territory and South Australia are many and varied, including the railway developments. COMMENT by ALEX NELSON. 


Government to pay $30m plus in rent for court

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It amounts to three times the initial government estimate, plus $3m for fit-out. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


Call for help with roads disaster

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His bush council needs $50m to bring roads up to scratch following disastrous rains early this year, writes Adrian Dixon, President of the Central Desert Regional Council.


The Book of Revelations  (on zines and strange careers)

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CRAIG SAN ROQUE welcomes “a cloud of black ink, crows feet trotting along the tarmac, swooping in from the south side of town” to be seen on the walls of Watch This Space. FULL STORY »

Greens on Pine Gap: Move towards non-aligned foreign policy

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Greens Leader Richard Di Natale (pictured), in The Centre for his party’s national conference, speaks with ERWIN CHLANDA about the US spy base in Alice Springs and what he regards as the shortcomings of public services for Indigenous people.


NT Writers Festival salutes the ‘lifelines that join and cross’

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“This is what the world aspires to have,” said Abe Nouk,  Sudanese-born now Australian spoken word artist, one of the festival’s guests. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

The Centre should be a major player in the power game

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India is developing a massive thorium (contained in monazite, pictured) / nuclear waste / molten salt electricity facility capable of powering the whole of Australia from a single source and you are standing and living in the country which has the largest thorium resource in the world, with much of it just behind the Aileron roadhouse! But we are spending $75m upgrading obsolete technology, writes Trevor Shiell.


How did Alice Springs respond to the 1967 referendum?

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An interesting small exhibition at The Residency in Parsons Street draws attention to the fact that we don’t really know. KIERAN FINNANE reviews. FULL STORY »

Advocate: Getting it wrong on their big day

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Cheap shot at the Alice Springs News Online editor.


Slow gains on exploding youth crime

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Dealing with bail breaches is still a work in progress as ram raids are mounted and kids are playing chicken with cars on the highway. Minister Dale Wakefield speaks with ERWIN CHLANDA. 


A long lunch for a good cause

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The sun shone and so did the Mall, as a great entertainment venue, when the Hamilton Downs Youth Camp, with help from a lot of friends, staged its annual fundraiser. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


Cattle prices high again at today’s Alice auction

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Bullocks went for up to $1600 a head, says stock agent Jock McPherson. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


Donations to Salvos stay in town – and then some

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The Red Shield appeal is the Salvation Army’s big fundraiser, says Captain McGifford pictured with salesperson Letetia Berends in the Thrift Shop this morning. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


PM’s Alice office ‘downsizes’ to Supreme Court building

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As a downsizing, the relocation will save the taxpayer, says a spokesperson. Meanwhile a little sandwich board has made its appearance out front of the brand new building, to show people where to go in. ERWIN CHLANDA and KIERAN FINNANE report. FULL STORY »

‘Inheritors of our ancestors’ voices’: writers festival opens

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Writers take their inspiration from the theme of “crossings” – two roads meeting that “neither block nor erase one another but travel together”. KIERAN FINNANE  reports. FULL STORY »

Council: one third of budget still unspent

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Council’s financial performance came under close scrutiny during last night’s meeting, principally by Councillor Eli Melky. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Councillor fumes over power station job losses

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The gaolers and the gaoled: new exhibition

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What’s it like to be in gaol? What’s it like to be the gaoler?  How is it that, in a town that has destroyed much of its built heritage, we saved a gaol ? A new exhibition explores answers to these questions and more. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Mum to represent Alice at world triathlon meet

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Kate McIntyre (pictured) needs $8000 but having overcome depression and being hopeless at sport, it ain’t going to be a problem, she reckons. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


Labor’s mixed messages on fracking

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Katherine’s Labor MLA Sandra Nelson (pictured) scored a narrow win on anti-fracking preferences. Now she has to toe Michael Gunner’s apparent pro-fracking line, writes Bruce Francais, of Katherine.


Minister Vowles ‘sucks up’ to fracking bosses




We don’t want to lose the best of our Territory lifestyle, tourism and outback industries because we peg false hopes on risky fracking, writes Naomi Hogan (pictured), Lock the Gate NT coordinator.


Making the most of The Rock challenge

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The Ayers Rock Resort has flipped the tourism card but Alice can make it work, says industry leader Dale McIver (pictured at Uluru).


Dick Kimber: premier scholar of Central Australia

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His contributions in the fields of ethnography, history, the deep past, linguistics, rock art, and contemporary Aboriginal art were recently acknowledged and celebrated by scholars in all these fields and others who have known Mr Kimber professionally and personally. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Supreme Court – the inside story

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How should the community interpret the attention to its needs in the interior spaces of the new Supreme Court building? asks KIERAN FINNANE.


Court placing itself above the community?

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“Any such impression would be entirely mistaken,” said Chief Justice Michael Grant, presiding over the ceremonial sitting of the Supreme Court that inaugurated its new Alice Springs facilities today. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »