Dear Readers, These are the questions put to Bess Price …

Comment on Keep your nose out of our business, candidate tells Amnesty International by Erwin Chlanda.

Dear Readers,
These are the questions put to Bess Price by the Amnesty International group:

Does your party support Aboriginal people’s rights to live on their traditional country?
If elected, what plans do you have to support Aboriginal people’s rights to live on their traditional country in the next 4 years? And the longer term?
Does your party support School of the Air delivering education in people’s first language to homelands communities?
If elected, what plans do you have to support this in the next 4 years?
What is your party’s position on providing health services to homelands, outstations and smaller communities?
If elected, what housing outcomes will you support for families who have homelands as their main place of living?  
To what level would these be funded by your party if in Government?
Do you agree that homelands, outstations and smaller communities need increased funding, as is in place for growth towns?
To what level would homelands and outstations, as well as smaller communities, be funded by your party if in Government?
Could you please provide concise written responses to these questions by no later than Thursday 9th August. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you wish to discuss any matters further.
James Milsom and Rachel Toovey
Members of the Alice Springs Action Group of Amnesty International

Erwin Chlanda, Editor, Alice Springs News Online

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Hi “Spot”: Thank you for your comment. We have had many reports about the importance of the Outback Highway – google this site!
To promote this project through his office is clearly part of Senator Scullion’s job. To promote the CLP is not.
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@ Hal Duell: That would leave the question of her four year commitment to the Town Council by Cr Price.
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@ Daniel Davis: If Cr Price wants to remain on council as well as being the Federal Member in Canberra then she will need to come clean with her electorate, currently the ratepayers of Alice Springs.
When we first raised the issue with her in September last year it was clearly in the context of either – or: Councillor or another political role.
We raised the matter with her again in February this year, when she announced her intention to seek preselection by the CLP for Lingiari. We specifically asked her to state whether she would expose the council to the cost of about $100,000 for a by-election. She refused to reply.
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Hi “Gammon”: Google Cr Price on this site and it will take you to our extensive town council news coverage. It reveals how much or how little she is contributing to council business.
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@ Mark Fraser: Thank you for your kind words at the beginning of your comment but I reject that our initial article was “misinformed”.
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