Hi “Ged” (may I encourage you to use your full …

Comment on Masked cops with assault rifles, but where are the parents? by Erwin Chlanda.

Hi “Ged” (may I encourage you to use your full name?): Why do you think Commissioner Kershaw provided footage, or the opportunity of obtaining it, to media showing masked TRG members with military-grade assault weapons travelling in armoured cars, when he was being interviewed about police strategies relating to children in Alice Springs?
And why do you think Chief Minister Michael Gunner felt compelled to tweet subequently: “Police are active in Alice but I can guarantee there are no assault rifles or camouflaged police on patrol. The TRG are in town to support General Duties officers with specialised operational assistance re equipment for night time patrols. All straightforward stuff.”
Stand by for more, I’m working on an update.
Kind regards, Erwin Chlanda, Editor.

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@ Alex Kelly: You don’t seem to have read our coverage with the attention that would justify this critique.
First, there is no need to preach to me about climate change reporting. I have been doing it for decades. The list of our independently-researched reports relevant to this region, on fracking, energy policy, renewables, the impacts of wildfire to name some of the subject headings, and the quoting of a broad scope of comment, is as long as my arm.
Second, the students’ right to operate without unsolicited interference from other organisations underpinned our entire reporting of the school strike.
It is a fact that allegations are abroad that the movement is exposed to influence and those allegations are made by Australia’s national daily plus other media. Far from “falling for” these allegations or “pushing” them, I treated them as part of the background against which local events unfold.
On the face of it, the actions by Ms Pietsch on Friday, without being invited, looked like playing into their hands.
In fact late this morning, as we are reporting, the ALEC CEO said it would have been better for a student to do the directing of the chants, not an ALEC employee.
My coverage was true, in the public interest, based on evidence, and produced including the appropriate right of reply.
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Hi Laurie May and “Marie”, thank your for your comments.
The story makes the point that Ms Pietsch’s action may compromise the independence and resoluteness of the students’ actions described in our report the day before.
I am still looking forward to a reply from Ms Pietsch to the question I put to her.
Erwin Chlanda, Editor.


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Hi “Phantom”,
I stand by my estimate. By no means all the people present were in the group photo. People were coming and going throughout the event which lasted from 7.45am to 9.30am. People also appear to have joined the parade through parts of the CBD. If there is a reliable count we would, of course, be glad to hear about it.
Erwin Chlanda, Editor.


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