Erwin Chlanda

NT Govt: We were mum on port lease to China

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The government today confirmed, in response to questions from the Alice Springs News Online, that no public announcement had been made about the $500m 99 year lease of the Port of Darwin to a Chinese company before Mr Giles announced the completed deal on October 13 last year. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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The spin on crime statistics

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The police controls what facts are used in government statistics about the fight against crime on which the Giles Government stakes its future. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Image from a local Facebook thread.

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The price of politicians, and what we get from them

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We’re paying dearly for our pollies whilst they’re giving us the mushroom treatment, about Port Darwin and Landbridge, for example.

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Our unemployment rate still the lowest

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There is the potential for more jobs in tourism, energy, mining and the maritime service sector, writes Chief Minister Adam Giles.

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LETTER: Why do some cockies like fracking?

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Do they get benefits we don’t know about, asks BRUCE FRANCAIS from Katherine.

 

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CAAAPU under special administration

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In 2014/15 the alcohol treatment facility got government grants of $4.5m, made a loss of $233,000.

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Defence knew about Landbridge in May – spokesperson

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“There is no proposal to revoke the lease” over the Port of Darwin given by the NT Government for 99 years to the Chinese company, Landbridge, says a Department of Defence spokesperson in reply to questions we put to Defence Minister Marise Payne (pictured). Report by ERWIN CHLANDA.

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The green, green grass of the Stuart Highway

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Alice police nab 12.5 kg of cannabis. Man “assisting with enquiries”.

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Territory’s $1.2b charity sector

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Northern Territory charities have incomes of more than $1b, according to a new report. The stand-out in Alice Springs is the Finke Desert Race run by 400 volunteers and just one single paid employee.

 

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Cultural centre – think big!

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There’s more space in the Desert Knowledge precinct than in the CBD, comments HAL DUELL.

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