Kieran Finnane

Museums: First Nations demand to speak for themselves

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Impossible to go to the national museums conference, held in Alice Springs last week, without thinking about the agenda set by the NT Government for a national Aboriginal art gallery here. KIERAN FINNANE reports on the elephant in the room, and on what First Nations people, here and elsewhere, want when it comes to telling their stories. FULL STORY »

Cause for hope: notes from the NT Writers Festival

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‘Returning’ – in Arrernte, ‘lyapirtneme’ – something growing back, like new shoots after fire: this was the theme of the NT Writers Festival that took place over the weekend. But how much renewal can there be when the pressures are immense?  KIERAN FINNANE found some resilient and optimistic responses. FULL STORY »

Rod Moss ventures into the weird and comical

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Blue Moon Bay, as a pictorial description of decadence, is laced with flatulent characters, debauched people who keep chewing on the chicken drumstick even after the fridge has fallen on top of them, writes BILL DAVIS. FULL STORY »

Tree death and the challenge of heatwaves

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Almost 1000 trees are dead throughout the town north of The Gap, 992 to be exact, and council has a six-line policy to deal with it. That won’t “cut it,” says Councillor Jimmy Cocking. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

NTG asks AAPA to consult with custodians on gallery & new site

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The proposed new site for the project – the Civic Centre block – could be ceded to the government in a land swap deal, with new library thrown in. Council is clearly tempted. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

UPDATE: 1 May 2019, 3.31 pm. 
Minister Moss does not answer our question one way or the other about whether other sites will be part of the discussions. FULL STORY »

Price family were sole complainants against Cocking & Satour 

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The complaints by the former councillor and Country Liberals candidate Jacinta Price and her parents were all dismissed, found to be variously frivolous, vexatious, lacking in substance, and misleading. Councillors Cocking and Satour have called for public apologies. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Recognising the forgotten wars, necessary for peace

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On Anzac Eve a different kind of remembering took place on Anzac Hill in Alice Springs: it did not exclude a commemoration of the service of Australian men and women in military conflicts abroad, but went beyond it, to lament the broader violence, suffering, loss of life and property in war, including the Frontier Wars. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Wards for Alice council, including one for town camps?

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Councillor Eli Melky thinks so, and that there should be more elected members, going from the current eight to 10 (plus mayor). KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Satour & Price seeking legal advice in Code of Conduct saga

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All Code of Conduct complaints against Councillor Catherine Satour have been dismissed and she wants the complainants “held to account”. She has not named them, but Jacinta Price, who last night resigned as councillor, appears to confirm they are associated with her. Ms Price is a candidate in the upcoming federal election.  KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

The festival of lights – and phones 

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Parrtjima is photogenic, especially just after sunset. Everyone had their phones out, including me, writes KIERAN FINNANE. FULL STORY »