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Looks like Wazza’s back

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It seems certain that the out-of-touch Country Liberals, commonly know as CLP, have failed in their bid to stop Warren Snowdon from starting his fourth decade as the Federal Member for the vast Territory seat, albeit with a reduced majority. COMMENT by ERWIN CHLANDA. FULL STORY »

Society stops crime, not the police

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“Police cannot prevent the vast majority of crime; they simply respond to it. If we halved the number of police, crime would increase a little but not exponentially. Most crime is prevented by good economic and social justice policies, higher employment rates, good family solidarity, high rates of educational opportunities, and welfare assistance,” according to Professor Rick Sarre (pictured). Report by ERWIN CHLANDA. FULL STORY »

On the job and on the hustings

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News from a dinghy is all in a day’s work for 1 Territory Senate candidate Braedon Earley: Fracking, PFAS, stopping high airfares by allowing overseas carriers into domestic routes, a marijuana industry and euthanasia. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO (from left): Mr Earley, Mathew James and Michael Williamson, both from NSW. FULL STORY »

Campaign full of rancour still not over

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Murdoch press favours, Deputy PM praising hate speech, minders shielding candidates: Democracy in nosedive? COMMENT by ERWIN CHLANDA. McCormack, Scullion and Price pictured in ABC TV scoop of hate speech in the Lingiari candidate’s social media post. FULL STORY »

Rob de Castella allegations raised with Snowdon – again

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John Bell raises nine-year old battle with “Deek” over alleged debts for wages and use of public money. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Rod Moss ventures into the weird and comical

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Blue Moon Bay, as a pictorial description of decadence, is laced with flatulent characters, debauched people who keep chewing on the chicken drumstick even after the fridge has fallen on top of them, writes BILL DAVIS. FULL STORY »

Centre mountain biking gets global exposure

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A destination feature on Pinkbike.com is a stunning tribute to the NT, with the riders testing out trails in both the Red Centre and the Top End, says Sport Minister Lauren Moss. FULL STORY »

Tree death and the challenge of heatwaves

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Almost 1000 trees are dead throughout the town north of The Gap, 992 to be exact, and council has a six-line policy to deal with it. That won’t “cut it,” says Councillor Jimmy Cocking. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Whenever you need a cop … there are three

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The NT Southern Command has three times as many police officers, based on the ratio to the population, than the national average. Do we really need to supplement them with private security guards? Will the public debate about police recruitment switch from hysteria to a sober assessment of cost benefit? ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

More than 1000 to perform in eight-day Eisteddfod

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In its 33rd year the Centralian Eisteddfod will have contests including news reading, mime, all abilities dance, rock groups, composing music and nursery rhyme recitals. Photo: Sinafoni Nauhafu. FULL STORY »

Anti-fracking Greens: Are jobs for the dole schemes legal?

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A big “no” to fracking tops the list of priorities for the Greens candidate in Lingiari, George Hanna <strong>(pictured)</strong>. He’s even putting anti-fracking candidate Hamish MacFarlane, an independent who is close to 1 Territory, in second place on his how to vote card. This is ahead of Labor’s Warren Snowdon who is giving the Greens his number two slot. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

 

UPDATE Monday 2.30pm: About Safe Harbour. FULL STORY »

That’s why we all live here

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A late afternoon stroll we won’ forget in a hurry. By ERWIN CHLANDA. FULL STORY »

We now borrow more than the total Budget

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Treasurer hands down $7.2bn Budget as borrowings $7.4bn. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Pictured are Chief Minister Michael Gunner and Treasurer Nicole Manison as she delivered the 2019/20 NT Budget this morning. FULL STORY »

Back to the future with Warren Snowdon

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If the best time for seeing the Member for Lingiari Warren Snowdon in Alice Springs is in election campaigns, that’s perhaps because he is “never at home”: Apart from duties in Canberra, he is getting around the vast electorate, as he has been for three decades. He is deeply familiar with the issues yet has few answers for the electorate’s thorniest problems. He discusses them with ERWIN CHLANDA. FULL STORY »

Metal and Macs: The contrast makes it so appealing

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The music that gives “loud” a new meaning and the magnificence of the East Macs: Combine them and get perfection. ERWIN CHLANDA reports from Blacken 2019. FULL STORY »

Cops nab drugged drivers

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Eleven motorists were apprehended for driving under the influence of a prohibited substance during a five day traffic operation in Alice Springs. File photo, police media release.

 

UPDATE May 10: Drugs can be detected considerable amounts of time after consumption. FULL STORY »

Imparja, CAAMA may part company

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CAAMA, the largest shareholder in Imparja, is thinking about selling its interest in the television station and this “may have some impact on the future operations of [Imparja] and the results of these operations,” say the station’s accountants. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

St Francis House: Excellence sought and achieved

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More than 50 boys, many of whom became national defenders of Aboriginal rights, high level public servants and outstanding sportsmen, lived at St Francis’ House in Adelaide from 1945 to 1959. Many came from Alice Springs and St John’s Hostel and other places in the Northern Territory. This is the final part of our series about this outstanding facility. FULL STORY »

NTG asks AAPA to consult with custodians on gallery & new site

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The proposed new site for the project – the Civic Centre block – could be ceded to the government in a land swap deal, with new library thrown in. Council is clearly tempted. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

UPDATE: 1 May 2019, 3.31 pm. 
Minister Moss does not answer our question one way or the other about whether other sites will be part of the discussions. FULL STORY »

Price family were sole complainants against Cocking & Satour 

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The complaints by the former councillor and Country Liberals candidate Jacinta Price and her parents were all dismissed, found to be variously frivolous, vexatious, lacking in substance, and misleading. Councillors Cocking and Satour have called for public apologies. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Jacinta Price’s bluster: parents not mentioned

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CLP candidate for Lingiari Jacinta Price is misleading her Facebook followers about three Code of Conduct complaints against members of the Alice Springs Town Council. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

 

UPDATE 1.25pm: Facebook statement by Jacinta Price and our reply. FULL STORY »

Jacinta Price spits dummy

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A hysterical dummy spit by Jacinta Price, following publication of a report on Monday critical of her record as a town councillor, is unbecoming of a candidate for a major party in a Federal election. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Ms Price at a meeting of the Town Council from which she has resigned despite her pledge to serve a full term. FULL STORY »

Jacinta Price: 4 year commitment lasted 18 months

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The CLP candidate for Lingiari, as a member of the Town Council, contributed little to the running of a struggling town, her meeting attendance grossly inadequate. And Code of Conduct complaints – all found to have been vexatious or without foundation – that she or people associated with her had apparently lodged against three fellow councillors, had local government teetering on dysfunctionality for months. FULL STORY »

Rock, Alice: Widening the gap

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Tourism Research Australia figures show earnings increases Territory-wide for 2018 but in The Centre, the Ayers Rock and Kings Canyon resorts remain on the ascendancy while Alice Springs continues to slide. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Budget repair: Check out the cost of this load of rubbish

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Nine weeks and six days after a report to the police of the illegal dumping of a trailer load of rubbish on the road into the West MacDonells National Park, the lifeblood of our tourism industry, it appears nothing constructive has been done by the NT bureaucracy. By ERWIN CHLANDA. FULL STORY »

Satour & Price seeking legal advice in Code of Conduct saga

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All Code of Conduct complaints against Councillor Catherine Satour have been dismissed and she wants the complainants “held to account”. She has not named them, but Jacinta Price, who last night resigned as councillor, appears to confirm they are associated with her. Ms Price is a candidate in the upcoming federal election.  KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Developing a treasure: 10 year East Macs plan

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Jobs in mining, investment in tourism accommodation, pushing for re-discovering the gold mining town of Arltunga, developing Alcoota fossils as a place visitors can visit: It’s all part of the 10 year plan for the East MacDonnells by the Central Desert Regional Council. FULL STORY »