@John Bell. Alice Springs News Online’s editorial focus is always …

Comment on Alice’s upbeat YES campaign for marriage equality by Kieran Finnane.

@John Bell. Alice Springs News Online’s editorial focus is always on the local picture. The YES campaign in Alice Springs is active and highly visible. There has been no contact to this office from anybody representing a local NO campaign.
It is possible that a NO case may be made by some local religious groups. We have contacted Pastor Jamie Tasker, who chairs the Alice Springs Christian Ministers Association, requesting a statement, if and when one is made. 

Recent Comments by Kieran Finnane

No gaol for Peace Pilgrims: sentence
Phil, They did indeed suffer consequence, as the article above and the series of reports from the trials make clear. For victimless acts of civil disobedience they were tried under harsh Cold War era legislation, facing maximum penalties of seven years imprisonment. This hung over them for a year.
They were found guilty and were sentenced, proportionately to the nature of the offence and their circumstances. Fines ranged between $5000 and $1250. Considerable penalties for people who live their lives in voluntary simplicity, without substantial income, and in service of those in need.


The ‘tough gig’ of doing things the right way
Thanks for the correction, Alex. I will amend the story accordingly.
I should also add that the demolition of the abandoned house, and the subsequent fencing of the site was done by way of compensation to custodians, after a telecom tower was erected on top of the range at the Gap without their permission.


No extraordinary emergency at Pine Gap: judge rules
Mr Bell. This is what Mr McHugh said, after mentioning that there are limits on protests and referring to civil disobedience: “Notwithstanding, for example, what the Suffragettes did in giving women the vote in the early 1900s. Australia was one of the first countries in the world, I think, to allow that. There were civil disobedience matters in respect of those occurrences. Of course, the law has changed and so it should be.”
That sounds to me like a case for justifying civil disobedience rather than a case for accepting the limits to protest, which is what he was speaking to the jury about.


Master plan could turn around population and economic slump
Eden, are you aware of the Northern Institute’s research briefs, which can be found here:

http://www.cdu.edu.au/northern-institute/ni-research-briefs

Many of them deal with demographic issues. The last one specific to Alice Springs, however, seems to be from 2013.


Saving, reopening Pitchi Richi: another step forward
Yes, Alex, I was wondering about Adelaide House but I took the reference to Chapman house being the first double-storey building from the Heritage Register. It would be good to get it corrected there. I will change the wording in the article to “one of”. Thanks.


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