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February 9, 2013

Office of Children and Families admits legal action over failure to provide information

 

Two children died while in government care.

New laws “to address extreme behaviours”.

 

The Office of Children and Families has admitted that legal action is being taken against it over the alleged failure to disclose information to children’s representatives but the minister, Robyn Lambley (pictured), still refuses to be interviewed about government child protection issues and other matters. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Children at risk as department shuts down communications: insider

The Office of Children and Families has shut down vital communications with agencies and people representing children under protection orders.

The children are exposed to inadequate care because the system is no longer open to the independent scrutiny provided for by law.
And Minister for Children and Families, Robyn Lambley (pictured), is either unaware of the turmoil in her department, or is condoning it: either way she is failing in her portfolio, says an insider. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

“In which state is Alice Springs,” asks 000 operator as armed thugs threaten to kill

 

 

 

 

“In which state is Alice Springs?” No, this wasn’t the irritating question by a cold caller from New Delhi.
It was what tennis club manager Matt Roberts was asked by the woman responding to his 000 call while he was under siege, for nearly an hour, from a gang of armed, rampaging youths. PHOTO: A piece of timber used as a weapon in the assault. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

German Foreign Office says mobile homes should stay only in caravan parks with guards, warns of rapes, armed robberies in Alice Springs

An attack on two German tourists in a mobile home in the West MacDonnell Ranges is of the kind described in a German Foreign Office security advisory website (pictured), in its Australia section singling out Alice Springs alone. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

$23 million Bunnings development on schedule for mid-year

Bunnings Warehouse $23 million development will be completed mid-year, creating more than 100 permanent jobs and a further 160 construction jobs. FULL STORY »

Any footy weekend troubles: don’t look to native title body for help

As Alice Springs is dreading yet another tumultuous footy weekend, some may look to Lhere Artepe Aboriginal Corporation (LAAC) to help keep in line marauding drunks and out of control youths trashing homes, cars and businesses, anti social behaviour perpetrated disproportionately by Aboriginal people.

The organisation’s purpose is to manage the “rights and interests” of native title holders, as the Native Title Tribunal puts it. And LAAC has frequently claimed that its interests include upholding the image of the native title holders as people of high principles, concerned with maintaining an ancient culture and promoting respect for their traditional lands.

Reality check, please. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Announcement of the Alice Springs native title claim decision by the Federal Court sitting in Alice Springs in 1999: The organisation it spawned has led to bitter division in the town’s Aboriginal community. FULL STORY »

Reasons for a health pact in the NT

 

 

 

The NT has a huge health burden accelerated by “unhealthy commodity industries” responsible for the sales and promotion of tobacco, alcohol, energy-dense foods such as burgers, frozen pizzas and pasta dishes, nuggets, sticks, crisps, biscuits, confectionery, cereal bars, carbonized and other sugared drinks and various snack products, described in a Lancet report. PHOTOS: The Territory isn’t on its own when it comes to consuming too much of the bad stuff … bulk booze near Longreach, Queensland, in days gone by (above), and a junk food sign targeting kids in Adelaide today. RUSSELL GUY reports.
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LETTER: Native Title Act amendments should be withdrawn, says mining industry

Proposed amendments to the Native Title Act will increase uncertainty and inefficiency and lead to further delays in the native title negotiation process and in the release of mineral titles. The Amendment Bill should therefore be withdrawn immediately, writes Simon Bennison, of the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies. FULL STORY »

Sentenced to a Job Program “successful beyond expectations” and will be expanded

 

 

Prisoners have been sent to work “in real jobs, for real money” as part of the Sentenced to a Job Program, first reported in the Alice Springs News Online on December 18, 2012. Minister for Correctional Services John Elferink (pictured) says the trial program has been successful beyond expectations and will be expanded. FULL STORY »

LETTERS: Ministers reject Feds’ intrusion into NT liquor policies

The request from Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin,  to appoint an assessor to review liquor premises is another example of Federal interference in the Territory, write Peter Chandler, NT Minister for Business. Meanwhile David Tollner, NT Minister for Alcohol Rehabilitation and Policy, writes the Federal government is acting on incorrect statistics from the former NT Labor government. FULL STORY »

Tiger will fly to Alice again

“Bigger and better Tiger Airways” will resume flights with four return services each from Melbourne and Sydney from April 9, according to Alice Springs airport manager Katie Cooper. FULL STORY »

LETTER: Labor’s mismanagement of $9m splash on Henbury carbon farm

The Gillard Government doesn’t even have a management plan for a cattle property turned carbon farm, Henbury Station, south of Alice Springs,  it ploughed more than $9 million of taxpayer funds into back in 2011, writes Fiona Nash, Nationals Deputy Senate Leader. FULL STORY »

LETTER: An OAM for former Alice Mayor

 

 

A former Mayor of Alice Springs, known then as Leslie Oldfield, received an OAM for public achievements which remain understated, writes Chris Connellan, of Narwietooma Station, via Alice Springs. She is pictured with Kamahl at one of her ceremonial functions. FULL STORY »

LETTER: R. M. Williams responds on Henbury

The owner and operator of Henbury Station, R. M. Williams Agricultural Holdings, clarifies points about Henbury Station raised by Nationals Deputy Senate Leader Senator Fiona Nash in her letter to the editor. FULL STORY »

Tourism lobby to draw up action plan

 

 

 

 

A “who we are and what we do action plan” will be drafted by the executive of Tourism Central Australia with likely topics being a new website, increased use of social media, the continuation of the mountain biking strategy and moving the visitors centre, says TCA’s new general manager Jaclyn Thorne (pictured). ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

LETTER: All quiet on the Alice alcohol front

Alice Springs was a winner as well as the All Stars: a peaceful weekend thanks to co-operation and less grog. Take a bow Alice Springs.

You conducted yourself with dignity and discipline, writes Dr. John Boffa, of the People’s Alcohol Action Coalition. FULL STORY »

Money for movies

The NT Government will maintain the previous level of funding for traveling film festivals such as the Sydney one, opening in Alice Springs for a three day season on Friday, with nine movies to be shown. FULL STORY »

LETTER: Native title changes must go ahead, and should go further

Despite exaggerated claims from industry bodies and state governments, the Commonwealth’s proposed reforms to the Native Title Act 1993 are modest, straightforward, and long overdue. These changes leave many of the large problems in the native title system unchanged, but they address some of the small problems that can be easily fixed, writes Stephen Keim of the Australian Lawyers for Human Rights. FULL STORY »

Two week boot camp not enough to solve youth problems

A 15 day boot camp as apparently proposed by Correctional Services Minister John Elferink would be of little value.

That is the view of a member of the town council who, together with long-time youth worker Graham Ross, has been planning for years to set up a residential facility out bush for young people. PHOTO: Graham Ross (at left) and Cr Brown at the site in the Larapinta Valley where they hope to establish a camp for young people in trouble. FULL STORY »

LETTERS: Bouquets for ‘roo man, brickbats for NT Government after TV show in the UK

 

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UPDATE, March 22, 2012: Part 1 of the documentary Kangaroo Dundee (beautifully filmed) went to air on ABC TV last night and has prompted further comment from readers. See FULL STORY.

 

 

Kangaroo man Chris “Brolga” Barns (pictured) should get help, not government obstruction, write readers in the UK after watching a TV documentary about the Alice Springs identity.

 

VIDEO by Alice Springs News Online.

 

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