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January 7, 2014

Holiday makers spend more in 2013, still below 5 year peak

 

 

Estimated expenditure of holiday makers in Alice Springs and Central Australia increased from 2012 to 2013 but is still below the five year peak of 2010. The figures come from Tourism NT. FULL STORY »

Desert Knowledge ‘flagship’ more front than substance?

Senior Desert Knowledge Australia (DKA) staff and its two senior board members have gone to ground as the NT Government’s review of the organisation is entering its final phase. CEO John Huigen and board chairman Fred Chaney have not responded to questions from the Alice Springs News Online, and deputy chairman Harold Furber has refused to answer questions. Meanwhile enquiries by the Alice Springs News Online into the DKA Outback Business Network (OBN), cited as one of its major achievements, suggest that it has more front than substance. There are significant resignations from the organisation and its funding from the NT Government – $900,000 a year – is in doubt as a government-ordered inquiry by Don Zoellner (pictured) is under way. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
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Do you lose more than freedom when you are sent to gaol?

 

 

When the prison doors slam shut behind you after being sentenced to a gaol term, it seems a further system of punishment kicks in, which has none of the fairness and transparency of our courts of law, and is the product of unelected people subject to no checks other than their own. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Google Earth image of the Alice Springs prison.

 

NEW: Please note the exchange between Phil Walcott and John Elferink in the comment section of the report. FULL STORY »

Patronising, paternalistic blow-ins: hands off our kids!

 

 

 

I personally learned the paramount importance of the one thing that can change children’s lives, the one thing that can give them hope, give them a life through which they can choose their own path: Education! FULL STORY »

Desert Knowledge rejects requests for information

 

 

Desert Knowledge Australia chairman Fred Chaney (pictured) has rejected all requests for information from the Alice Springs News Online except for financial information that is already on the public record. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

The little children are clever

 

Part One: The choice not to go school

 

Little Aboriginal children in remote communities are choosing not to attend school.  From their point of view, this is the right thing to do, writes BLAIR McFARLAND (pictured).

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A pollie for constituents or the Hotels Association?

Is it even worse in the NT? Tough questions from a police association, preloading, maggoting, king hits: The growing preoccupation of a nation with its booze mayhem. PHOTO: Police resources tied up keeping an eye on bottle shops and their customers. FULL STORY »

Trady vs treadlie: ute driver blows top

 

 

Find out how you can get a free five (5) minute ride on my Kronan.

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Booze probes must deal with passive welfare: Elferink

 

 

Any inquiry into alcohol problems should be looking at the effect of passive welfare and be specific to the conditions in the Northern Territory, says NT Justice Minister John Elferink (pictured). ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Young artist in the making

 

Centralian Senior College student Shiloh Jarrett (pictured) is spending part of her summer break at the National Gallery of Australia, as a recipient of one of their National Summer Art Scholarships. The talented student came to public attention in Alice Springs last year when her artwork was chosen to feature on the Alice Desert Festival poster and program.

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A funny thing happened to me on the way to the tip …

 

 

 

Driving past the new tip shop, having disposed of my ‘domestic waste’, my heart skipped a beat. I’d spotted a thing of beauty, a marvelous, playful, intriguing thing, writes KIERAN FINNANE.

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Inquiry must examine alcohol harms across entire community

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

Alcohol related harm affects the whole the community. We believe it is important that this inquiry has a broad remit to examine alcohol related harms across the entire community, writes JOHN PATERSON, spokesperson for Aboriginal Peak Organisations of the NT. FULL STORY »

Is misuse of alcohol only an Indigenous issue?

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

Yesterday CLP Senator Nigel Scullion announced a “broad-ranging national inquiry into alcohol-fuelled violence” and said everything would be looked at, yet today we hear that it will only focus on Indigenous Australians. Are we to believe that yesterday Senator Scullion recognised that grog harm was a whole-of-society issue yet today it’s a race-based issue? This is extraordinary, writes Leader of the Opposition, DELIA LAWRIE.

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Federal Parliamentary Inquiry embarrassing for CLP

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

It is a sign of the extent of Dave Tollner’s incompetence that the Federal Minister for Indigenous Affairs Nigel Scullion has today intervened in Northern Territory affairs and announced a Federal Parliamentary Inquiry into how to tackle increasing rates of alcohol-fuelled violence, writes Leader of the Opposition, DELIA LAWRIE. FULL STORY »

Crack in CLP ranks on alcohol supply

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

The CLP’s Member for Daly Gary Higgins has joined the growing chorus of voices calling for the CLP Government to hold a Parliamentary Inquiry into alcohol misuse. Alcohol-fuelled violence and anti-social behaviour has increased to an alarming level in the Territory and our community is suffering, writes Leadre of the Opposition, DELIA LAWRIE (pictured).

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Laid bare: what Desert Knowledge is doing, and what it is not

We’re embarking on yet another year as one of Central Australia’s most closely guarded secrets remains, well, closely guarded and secret: What in fact is Desert Knowledge Australia (DKA) actually DOING? Finally a breakthrough: A leak lays bare what that taxpayer-funded organisation is doing – and not doing. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo: 11 of the 13 participants in the 2013 DKA leadership course, as published in the organsation’s newsletter and Christmas message. Names were not given. One thing we know this group did was a worthwhile public art exhibition on the changing face of Alice Springs, which we recently reviewed.

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So much for the ‘revitalisation’ of Todd Mall

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

As the decline of the northern end of Todd Mall continues it’s instructive to look at newspaper advertising from 1968, namely the feature about Murray Neck’s joining Retravision that year, writes historian Alex Nelson, of Alice Springs. FULL STORY »

Children denied education may need to be taken away

 

 

We may need to take kids away from parents who can’t or won’t allow them to learn, and take them out of communities that are unable to support a school, and place them in an environment where daily school attendance through the long years of childhood is not optional. FULL STORY »