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December 11, 2012

Police presence cuts turnover of pub by 40%

The owners of the Gapview Hotel say their turnover has dropped around 40% since there has been a highly visible police presence – as there is at all takeaway liquor outlets. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Sister’s government to turf out brother’s council?

 

NT Health is planning a super clinic for Papunya and has told the MacDonnell Shire to move out of the the building the two organisations are currently sharing in the remote community.

The issue is delicate because the the shire President, Sid Anderson, is the brother of Alison Anderson, a front-bencher in the government that is turfing him out. (Both are pictured at right.) ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

It’s the Mini Budget we had to have – Labor would have done it too, says Treasurer

 

 

With net debt in the non-financial public sector projected to reach $5.54 billion by 2015-16 and the fiscal imbalance at $867 million in 2012-13 in the Pre-Election Fiscal Outlook, it is not only responsible, but also necessary, to take steps that improve the Territory’s financial position, says Treasurer Robyn Lambley, handing down her Mini Budget. FULL STORY »

Mini Budget pain for every Territorian, says Lawrie

Territorians will feel the pain of a doubling in the cost of living because of the CLP Government Mini Budget which she says is taking CPI from 2.1% to 4.3%, hiking up PowerWater charges, motor vehicle registration and a raft of fees and charges while slashing concessions, says Leader of the Opposition Delia Lawrie. FULL STORY »

LETTER: John Bell – my fight with Robert de Castella

Sporting identity John Bell writes about his protracted dispute with marathon icon Robert de Castella. FULL STORY »

Protecting unborn children from grog damage

There is only one cause of foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) and that is prenatal alcohol exposure, in other words a pregnant mother’s drinking. This can cause brain damage in the unborn child. A report released yesterday by the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs looks at the “hidden harm” of FASD and sets out a national strategy to deal with it. Most of its recommendations concern the Commonwealth but two involve engaging with the states and territories. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

 

Pictured: A diagram from the report shows how, when a pregnant woman drinks, the alcohol is passed directly to the fetus through the placenta.

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LETTER: Indigenous homelands funding cautiously welcomed

Amnesty International welcomes the announcement of a further 12 million dollars for property maintenance across Northern Territory homelands in the State Mini Budget, though remains concerned by the conditions attached to the funding, writes Sarah Marland, the organisation’s Indigenous Rights Campaigner Coordinator. FULL STORY »

Sentenced to a job and a future – Elferink’s visionary initiative

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UPDATE DEC 19: The scheme as it is intended by Minister Elferink is “a good concept” for employers and Aboriginal employees, but many obstacles will need to be dealt with, says Chamber of Commerce Executive Officer Kay Eade.

 

“If you are sentenced in the NT you are sentenced to a job and a future.”
This is the motto for ground breaking prison reform being introduced by NT Attorney General John Elferink (pictured above left) who is also responsible for correctional services.
It will give inmates the opportunity of taking on paid work “inside the prison system or beyond its boundary,” says Mr Elferink. ERWIN CHLANDA reports and in a comment piece says that this is a visionary move that deserves public and bi-partisan support. PHOTO: Mainstream work paid at award rates to replace mindless tasks now performed by prisoners. FULL STORY »

LETTER: Water debate 21 years ago – similar in substance, but not in tone

There was a warning of impending water restrictions (never implemented) 21 years ago when the town was supplied by water from the Mereenie aquifer and the population was less than 10,000, writes Alex Nelson. While the substance of the ensuing debate was similar to today’s, the tone was vastly different.
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LETTER: A town council media policy is wrong on every count

During my time as an alderman of the Alice Springs Town Council I fought the introduction of a media policy for years. It came before council twice. It was defeated twice.
The core reason was that elected members are not bureaucrats, not staff members. They do not represent the council but the ratepayers and the people of Alice Springs, writes Murray Stewart. FULL STORY »

Steve Brown survives fall, escapes council censure

 

Councillor Steve Brown (pictured), who is an electrician, fell seven metres while working on a power pole on Saturday.
He suffered extensive bruising and a broken bone in his foot, but comprehensive tests in the Alice Springs hospital revealed no serious injuries.
Cr Brown also says he was last week exonerated by the council, meeting behind closed doors, over remarks he made about Alice Water Smart, a local group formulating rules about water use. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Spy base and Kindergarten: Are they above the law?

UPDATE DEC 18: The bailiff served all documents on the Tunks this morning at their home address, says Mr Munn.

UPDATE DEC 12: A spokesperson for the  Department of Defence said today it is aware that a Defence employee who is a member of the Australian Public Service is involved in a private defamation case. This issue does not involve the Department. This is a private matter between the Defence employee and the plaintiff.
The Department understands that an individual attempted to access the Pine Gap facility in order to serve documents on Mr Tunks but was refused entry to the site because it is a high security facility. Following this incident, the Department encouraged our employee to deal with this matter.

What do the US spy base Pine Gap and the Alice Springs Child Care Centre have in common? They are both shielding people from a legal process by denying access to serve Supreme Court documents on their employees.
So claims Alasdair Munn, the plaintiff in a NSW defamation action which has Russell Crowe, Peter Holmes a Court and the Rabbitohs on the periphery. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Let’s solve some problems in this time of rest and reflection

Here’s an invitation to celebrate this time of rest and reflection with an exchange of ideas about how to solve the problems – intractable so far – of this beautiful place we live in. It seems inevitable that some uncomfortable views will be articulated. Let’s have the courage to do it.
This invitation is directed to a panel of people whom we have found to have a keen commitment to Central Australia, as well as the ability to articulate ideas. FULL STORY »

LETTER: Plenty in store for The Centre, writes Lambley

Central Australians have several projects to look forward to in 2013, writes Deputy Chief Minister Robyn Lambley. FULL STORY »

LETTER: Alice Springs may move closer to a healthy aviation market, says Conlan

Once some major boxes are ticked, Alice Springs is one step closer to having a healthy and competitive aviation market, writes Matt Conlan,

Minister for Tourism and Major Events FULL STORY »

LETTER: Alice second best in two speed tourism economy, says Minister

The Northern Territory now has a two speed tourism economy, with the Top End remaining strong while Central Australia is faltering, writes Matt Conlan, Minister for Tourism and Major Events. FULL STORY »

Around the world in a solar car

 

 

 

 

The first solar car ever to circumnavigate the world passed through Central Australia this weekend. FULL STORY »