Dear David Chewings, For most of this year the Alice Springs …

Comment on The ties that bind by Erwin Chlanda.

Dear David Chewings,

For most of this year the Alice Springs News Online has carried reports about issues now prominent in the lead-up to the August 25 elections. We have given major coverage to this and last week’s forums. Kieran Finnane has published profiles about candidates Lambley, Price, Anderson, Foley, Walcott, Rock, Giles and Findlay. Conlan declined to be interviewed and Hampton, for a year or more, has refused to answer question we have put to him on a range of issues. Our pre-election coverage will, of course, continue, and as usual our news judgment will be guided by the story to be told. All these reports are on our website, of course … just google them, they are part of our five million words plus archive going back to 1997.
Kind regards, Erwin Chlanda, Editor.

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Hi “Ged” (may I encourage you to use your full name?): Why do you think Commissioner Kershaw provided footage, or the opportunity of obtaining it, to media showing masked TRG members with military-grade assault weapons travelling in armoured cars, when he was being interviewed about police strategies relating to children in Alice Springs?
And why do you think Chief Minister Michael Gunner felt compelled to tweet subequently: “Police are active in Alice but I can guarantee there are no assault rifles or camouflaged police on patrol. The TRG are in town to support General Duties officers with specialised operational assistance re equipment for night time patrols. All straightforward stuff.”
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@ Alex Nelson: In the early seventies, when I was chief reporter for the Centralian Advocate, I recall us publishing a glossy insert from the railways soliciting public comment on the possibilities of relocating the freight rail yards.
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