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Comment on Trees on Melanka block no longer sacred? by Erwin Chlanda.

No Russell, it ain’t. Our journalism is in the reports, and we stand by them.
Many readers’ comments are providing valuable facts.
What some say is not news nor fact, but an expressions – sometimes outburst – of opinion. But they have the freedom of speech as well.
Our readers know to tell the difference.
ERWIN CHLANDA, Editor

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Trees on Melanka block no longer sacred?
Thanks, Russell (Posted December 2, 2016 at 6:36 pm).
What you label as a generalisation is an assertion we make with complete confidence: Reader statistics for each report – which we have to the accuracy of one through Google Analytics – establish that stories attracting little or no comment (the majority) can have just as many readers as stories that attract a lot of comment.
This shows us that readers are coming on to our site primarily for the journalism it provides, while we welcome the many who also respond to the forum for discussion it creates.
ERWIN CHLANDA, Editor


Trees on Melanka block no longer sacred?
You seem to have a good point, Harold (posted December 3, 2016 at 8:13 am
Since November 30 we’ve made several requests to the Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority for comment. Not a peep out of them.
Regards, ERWIN CHLANDA, Editor


Recent Comments by Erwin Chlanda

CLP propaganda courtesy of a Senate office?
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.
Erwin Chlanda, Editor


Can Jacinta Price sit in Town Council and Federal Parliament?
@ Hal Duell: That would leave the question of her four year commitment to the Town Council by Cr Price.
Erwin Chlanda, Editor.


Jacinta Price ready to turn her back on the Town Council
@ 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.
ERWIN CHLANDA, Editor


Chansey Paech to Jacinta Price: ‘Finger pointing must stop’
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.
Erwin Chlanda, Editor


Fracking pipe ‘deformation’ row: The sequel
@ Mark Fraser: Thank you for your kind words at the beginning of your comment but I reject that our initial article was “misinformed”.
Please note:-
• We accurately quoted the Lock the Gate Alliance which is a major player in the debate. It describes itself as “a national grassroots organisation made up of over 120,000 supporters and more than 450 local groups [including] farmers, traditional custodians, conservationists and urban residents.”
• Concurrent with posting the initial report we sought comment from the NT Government (which replied on the same day), from the Inquiry and from Origin. We still don’t have a reply from the Inquiry. See my reply to reader Bob Beadman.
• Origin gave us comprehensive information, but only when we made a second approach to them, leading to the report above.
• Your point [1] is a bit of a stretch for people with no geological training such as me and – I guess – the vast majority of our readers.
• Our initial report stated Origin provided information about the deformation to the NT department (in February 2017) and the Inquiry (in May 2017).
• Our question to the Inquiry is why it published, in its “Draft Final Report” in December 2017, a diagram not showing the deformation while one that shows it had been available to the Inquiry since May 2017.
ERWIN CHLANDA, Editor


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