Tag Archives: northern territory

Opposition ‘confused’ on infrastructure spending




The “$1.75b job-creating cash budget” is on track, writes Treasurer Nicole Manison (pictured). FULL STORY »

Fracking pipe ‘deformation’ row: The sequel

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Origin Energy explains the structure of fracking wells: A heavily armoured vertical pipe, and deep under ground, a horizontal one designed for being perforated for fracking. The controversial deformed section of the pipe was in the horizontal part and the damage is not much different to the perforations used, says the company. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


UPDATE February 14, 5:40pm


Statement from Origin Energy: Lock the Gate apologises to the NT Scientific Inquiry.


Independent: Does the NT misspend Federal education funds?

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Canberra funds the NT on school enrolments and the NT funds its schools on attendance, writes the office of  Yingiya Mark Guyula MLA (pictured), Independent Member for Nhulunbuy.


UPDATE 2:40 pm The Minister explains. FULL STORY »

Ailing economy needs on-shore gas, says Opposition




Gary Higgins says construction slumped from 21% to 11% in Territory output. FULL STORY »

If society withholds social licence, would that stop fracking?

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In the row over fracking, what does “social licence to operate” mean? A Social Impact Assessment doesn’t make it clear, says NT FrackFree. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. VIDEO: Consultation with a surprise in Alice Springs last year: Anti fracking campaigner Jimmy Cocking moved an unscheduled motion during a meting called by Judge Pepper.  

UPDATE 4:45 pm: Replies from the Hydraulic Fracturing Taskforce, Department of the Chief Minister: The social licence is symbolic and has no legal power. FULL STORY »

Another prison escape covered up, says Higgins



The Chief Minister has “compromised the safety of Territorians yet again” by covering up another escape, this time from December 2017. “This is a major public safety concern,” writes Gary Higgins (pictured)Leader of the Opposition.


UPDATE January 22:


Fracking probe boss gets facts wrong, says Australia Institute

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Fracking Inquiry Chair Justice Rachel Pepper either got a gas industry job estimate wrong by a factor of 60 or the magnitude of possible gas industry employment was completely ignored or misunderstood by her or her staff, writes Rod Campbell, Australia Institute Research Director. FULL STORY »

Keep the doona in the wardrobe

More heat: BOM’s heatwave service is indicating a low intensity heatwave for parts of the southern NT from this weekend and into early next week. FULL STORY »

No Turnbull Christmas present for CDU




Charles Darwin University expects to lose $5.5m in funding over the next two years, write Warren Snowdon (pictured)Luke Gosling and Malarndirri McCarthy. FULL STORY »

Inquiry into fracking: Giving it the green light?

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Chairperson Rachel Pepper says “it is not the role of the Inquiry to make a recommendation whether or not the moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in the NT should be lifted. That is a matter for Government”. But she also says “the conclusion of this Inquiry is that the challenges and risks associated with any onshore shale gas industry in the NT are manageable”. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


UPDATE 7am December 14: Arid Lands Environment Centre and Health Care Professionals Against Fracking. FULL STORY »