Kieran Finnane

Human rights, centre stage

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Two Central Australian winners of NT Human Rights Awards talk to KIERAN FINNANE about what human rights mean in the context of their work.

UPDATED, 11.35 am, 13 December 2018. FULL STORY »

Alice children’s project gets $5m+ from Feds

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The unique, long-term project, called Children’s Ground, works to surround children with safe, loving and trauma-free environments, based on a strong cultural foundation. FULL STORY »

Safeguarding the Space for ground-up cultural expression

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And why we should push back at top-down approaches of successive NT governments and their agencies, responding to economic drivers. KIERAN FINNANE reflects on the year not quite passed. FULL STORY »

Parliamentary committee endorses a First Nations Voice

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In its final report to the Australian Parliament, the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples has endorsed the central proposal made in the Uluru Statement from the Heart. FULL STORY »

Distant government, frustrated council and community

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Government plans “exclusive of any meaningful consultation with the community affected by the proposal.” As the year draws to a close these words summed up the local political picture: a distant government holding the purse strings, calling the shots and seemingly incapable of either listening to or communicating frankly with the people and their local representatives. KIERAN FINNANE reports from last night’s council meeting.

Updated 11.42 am, 28 November 2018, Minister’s reply. FULL STORY »

Voice to Parliament: Scandinavia can do it, why not Australia?

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As Australia waits for the release of the latest report on constitutional recognition for First Australians, we hear from NIKLAS LABBA on the development of Sámi parliaments in Norway, Sweden, and Finland, a history that is already six decades old. The Sámi people are the Indigenous people of Sápmi in northern Scandinavia. Mr Labba grew up in a Sámi reindeer herding family and is now Academic Director of the Centre for Sámi Studies at the University of Tromsø – Artic University of Norway. FULL STORY »

Local memoir Living in Hope wins national award

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Living in Hope, a memoir by Stolen Generations survivor, the late Frank Byrne, with Frances Coughlan and Gerard Waterford, has won the 2018 Most Underrated Book Award, it was announced in Melbourne tonight. The co-authors are pictured with Mr Byrne’s sons, Trevor Byrne and Frank Kenny. FULL STORY »

Saturday, November 17: Royal anniversary for Alice

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Today is the anniversary date of when this splendid photo was taken at ANZAC Oval exactly 62 years ago (photographer unknown). ALEX NELSON tells the tale. FULL STORY »

Park, lights: ideas for a brighter town centre  

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Council will talk to NT Major Events about leaving Parrtjima lights on in the mall, as they are a hit with business-owners. And Deputy Mayor Matt Paterson has proposed an outdoor community space on the banks of the Todd River.  KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Remembering war, working for peace

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What is it like to experience war? A locally developed phone app, launched at sunset atop Anzac Hill on Remembrance Day, offers some insights through personal stories from people who lived through World War 1. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »