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January 17, 2014

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 »

After rocky start, life skills village seems on track

Horror stories about public housing: People from the bush are given a dwelling in town. Within days a horde of relatives descends upon it, the place is trashed, the neighbours are in uproar and the pollies running for cover.

Now Aherlkeme, a training facility south of the Gap, may have the answer. After a rocky start in July 2011 new managers are getting tough on rules. Passing life skills courses there are becoming a condition for getting public housing. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

UPDATE February 4:

Further details supplied by the Department of Housing, after enquiries from the Alice Springs News Online, are raising questions about the efficiency of the program. FULL STORY »

Aborigines find jobs not the only way to harness resources

The little children are clever, Part Two.

 

Somehow more and more Aboriginal people are getting work despite not having a good education. The underlying trend is up. The Indigenous increases in employment exceeded the increases for the Australian population as whole. BLAIR McFARLAND continues his reflections on the policy conundrums in remote communities and suggests some different answers are needed.

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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 »

How to diversify our economy: Labor’s view

Mining, transport, framing, art and culture – our future will depend on it. Editor ERWIN CHLANDA spoke with Deputy Opposition Leader Gerry McCarthy about Labor’s view on diversification of our economy. PHOTO: Tennant Creek Clontarf Academy alumnus checks out Bootu Creek Mine. Will he join the FIFO workforce? 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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Gap pedestrian crossing goes, Feds waive refund

 

 

UPDATE Wednesday, January 22, 1:45pm

An agreement has been stuck with the Black Spot Program for there to be no requirement for the NT Government to pay back the cost of installing the crossing, and that it will fund the additional safety measures for this area.

 

Yesterday’s report: The Commonwealth Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development will not be paying for the removal of the controversial pedestrian crossing at The Gap. What’s more, if the Territory Department of Transport removes the crossing, it will have to return the Federal Government $266,521 in Black Spot funding. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Work starts on removal of crossing.
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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 »

Who pays for pedestrian crossing? You work it out.

 

 

 

Will the NT Government need to repay the Commonwealth Government the $300,000-odd it cost to build the Gap pedestrian crossing, which is now being dismantled? You work it out.

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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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National Trust may sell off historic house

 

The historic Les Hansen House, built in 1942 on a large block corner Bath Street and Stuart Terrace, may be sold by the National Trust.

The Darwin-based CEO of the trust, Elisabeth Close, says the sale is being “discussed” because the trust has not been able to lease the property, it can’t find a tenant and it is very expensive to maintain it. By ERWIN CHLANDA FULL STORY »

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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Is NT Government turning its back on CBD project?

The NT Government appears to be turning its back on a proposed residential development creating about 70 apartments in Todd Mall. Developers say the project also has significant community benefits which would warrant a $2m grant. Minister for Central Australia Matt Conlan has declined to be interviewed on the matter, but it is understood the request for the money is being refused. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Google Earth Image: CBD land owned by the Uniting Church, and adjoining town council carparks, which together make up the real estate where the proposed development would take place. The former Commonwealth Bank building (# 5 in the photo) has been empty for some time. FULL STORY »

Slash and burn instead of milk and honey for Alice

 

 

 

The people of Alice Springs are starting to “arc up” over the failure of the CLP government to spend money on infrastructure in the town, says acting Opposition Leader and Shadow Minister for Central Australia, Gerry McCarthy (pictured). ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Ryan vs Liddle: beyond mediation

 

The face-off between heavyweights in the local Aboriginal political scene continued in the Alice Springs Magistrates Court today. Maurie Ryan (left, in the centre), chairman of the Central Land Council, is applying for a personal violence order against former deputy chairman and ongoing executive member, Michael Liddle (right). KIERAN FINNANE reports. 

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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 »

Cr Paech: Alice needs boost not blame from Giles

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

When local councillors tried to tell the Chief Minister the town was suffering economically and socially and needed Government stimulus to promote private investment, we were told to wait until the election was closer and we would benefit from pork barrelling, writes CHANSEY PAECH, an Alice Springs Town Councillor.

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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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Vale, Max Kleiner

 

 

 

Max Kleiner (pictured) was a highly respected business man, a sportsman, a socialiser, a contributor to society, and importantly, a great family man, writes Rotarian PETER HOEY, who gave the eulogy at the service yesterday, attended by some 300 people, celebrating a life that enhanced Alice Springs. FULL STORY »

Giles has head in sand and in clouds over booze: ALP

 

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

The CLP is divided over grog as the alcohol related crime statistics keep rising, writes Ken Vowles (pictured), Shadow Minister for Indigenous Policy. FULL STORY »

Taking alcoholics off the streets

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

The second quarterly figures released today show the Government’s Alcohol Mandatory Treatment system is having a significant impact in taking chronic alcoholics off the streets and giving them the opportunity to turn their lives around, writes Robyn Lambley (pictured), Minister for Alcohol Rehabilitation. FULL STORY »

Alice Plaza: no plans to front the street

 

Will the Todd Street North side of the Alice Plaza open its doors onto the street following the revitalisation works recently completed there? This was one of the expressed hopes behind the works but it seems that the short answer is no. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Beware tradies in utes (but they’re not all bad)

 

 

Up till now I, Single Female Bicycle Rider, have informed you about what it is like to ride a pushbike in Alice.  But what I haven’t been specific about is what is like to be single in Alice. After all I am a SINGLE female bicycle rider opposed to a Female Bicycle Rider only. FULL STORY »

Alice is home

 

After a dream-come-true visit to New Zealand, it was special returning to days of summer rain. Alice Springs is home, and contrary to recent headlines, I think we can move into 2014 with our cup of confidence more than half-full. FULL STORY »