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.

Recent Comments by Erwin Chlanda

CBD planning: The vibrants are at it again
Hi Ross: Thank you for asking. Whenever someone in government has a bright new idea about planning, the word “vibrant” is bound to pop up.
An example is a media release from Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics Nicole Manison this week: “The Planning for a Vibrant Future and Planning Reform – Review, Reframe, Renew discussion papers are significant steps towards creating a planning system that is accessible, progressive, considered and shared by all Territorians.” (My emphasis.)
Erwin Chlanda, Editor.


Hundreds of empty plastic wine bottles in Todd
Hi Scarlett, we gave the right of reply to the retailer and we reported his response. We asked police to comment because they, if they are present at the bottle shop, enquire with some purchasers of liquor where they intend to consume it. If the nominated location is a place where drinking of alcohol is prohibited, such as the Todd River, the liquor is usually confiscated.
Erwin Chlanda, Editor


Warrant for police search of construction firm office
Laurence and Richard: What nonsense. No accusations are being made. This is an accurate report of an infrequent, unusual and serious police activity. As such it is news. We do not interpret that activity. No more and no less.
Erwin Chlanda, Editor.


NATS benefit to economy open to question
Hi Gabs and Brent: We’re not denying that local businesses benefitted from the NATS. We’re just demanding accurate figures about the extent of that benefit.

As taxpayers I’m sure you would like that information as well. We’ll do our best to bring it to you.

Erwin Chlanda, Editor, Alice Springs News Online


Journalists as prostitutes
@ “Laurence”: This piece is clearly labelled as “Comment” as are all our (very few) comment pieces.
@ Richard Bentley: To make the placement of advertising conditional upon a “good editorial” is corrupt – on the part of the accepting medium as well as the advertising client. There are no ifs nor buts.
To both of you: We will continue our impeccable journalistic standards, to your benefit and that of our tens of thousands of readers (for example, 21,884 in the 30 days to September 3).
Erwin Chlanda, Editor


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