Great article Kieran, and inspiring speech on Friday night at …

Comment on Pine Gap: wake-up call for Alice Springs by Jonathan Pilbrow.

Great article Kieran, and inspiring speech on Friday night at the opening of this amazing exhibition. Thanks for shining a spotlight on the issue of Pine Gap. There is a real need for genuine community conversation about this issue. All Australians must be aware of what is being conducted in their name, and in their backyard

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Picnic Day is Hiroshima Day too
Tickets are quickly running out. Only a small handful left.
If you wish to hear Karina Lester speak at the Hiroshima Nagasaki Remembrance Dinner please book with Maya 0450474043 or mcifali@bigpond.com and pay cash on the night.


Youth crisis: broken window of tolerance
Thanks Rainer for your most insightful and helpful article.
Re: “All professions who engage with youth should receive basic training so that they are trauma informed.”
Do all police receive training in trauma informed practice?
If not – this would seem to be one immediate priority that could be actioned.


Who put Anzac Oval on the agenda as site for art gallery?
Thanks Maya. Good comments. I cannot believe that Anzac Oval is under consideration as an option. Why would we rob Peter to pay Paul?
Putting the Indigenous Art Gallery at the Desert Park will add to and enhance that space, without getting rid of an existing asset.
But to take away Anzac from the rugby and rugby league communities makes no sense; and even if some green space is retained it will never be the same.
If the NT Government is determined to house the Indigenous Art Gallery within or near to the CBD, surely there are some other options to explore – even if it costs more to gain access to land. What about the old Melanka site? Or the vacant land next to the Ghan, on the Stuart Highway (corner of Whittaker St).
And how about some real consultation with the community. Start out with a blank slate, not predetermined options – and consult the community, especially Arrernte people, about what might be the best place to house the gallery.


Town council’s unanimous ‘no’ to fracking
Fantastic that Alice Springs Town Council is unanimously supporting the moratorium. Congratulations to all involved.


Seniors concessions praised, but questions about tiers
It would be very interesting to know the source for the figure referred to in relation to “Power and Water bills making up 44% of current household bills” – and whether this figure refers to all Territorians, or just seniors.
The recently released ABS Household Expenditure Survey Figures (for the period 2015-16), show that in the Northern Territory, electricity and water and sewerage expenditure, on average represents 3.65% of a household’s weekly expenditure on goods and services.
This figure is based on an average figure of $44.72 per household per week spent on electricity and $17.40 per week on water and sewerage (which equates to a combined figure of $3224 per year).
Households with solar PV panels, who may pay very little for electricity bills, are included in the calculations for the electricity expenditure figure, so the average paid by households without solar may be slightly higher than the 3.65% of weekly expenditure.
The figure of 44%, therefore, remains somewhat of a mystery.


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