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October 31, 2015

Eagle and Crow: Andrew Spencer Japaljarri

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An upholder of Aboriginal cultural law and Australian law, a ‘two ways’ healer, a deep thinker, a loving man and beloved man, Andrew Spencer Japaljarri passed away today. Dr CRAIG SAN ROQUE offers this appreciation of his life and work.

UPDATED 9 December 2015, 12.35pm.

 

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Stuart statue came to life – in peace

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There wasn’t a murmur of disapproval when gun-toting explorer John McDouall Stuart came to life in a play last weekend: in fact he got a standing ovation. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Fracking? Enough gas from pollies’ bums!

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Developing the north with fracking – or with a lifestyle that’s every tourist’s dream. ERWIN CHLANDA talks with Frank Shadforth (pictured).

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Nuke dump: What’s the rush?

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New nuclear medicine processes are producing much more benign waste, Alice Springs meeting told.

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Wot, it’s Christmas already?

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Town Council throws a party for Alice.

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Town planning: how to restore faith in the system?

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While the new Planning Commission (PC) is busy making plans for Alice Springs in 20 or 30 years from now, the elephant in the room is wreaking havoc with the current land management of the town. ERWIN CHLANDA speaks with Gary Nairn (pictured).

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NATS spectators human beings or numbers?

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How many Red Centre NATS spectators make up one human being? Confused? Read on – or ask Adam Giles. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Jindalee radar pioneer Ken Perry dies

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Ken and Ann Perry at their golden wedding anniversary. OBITUARY by PETE KENNEDY.

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Traditional owners have no veto on nuke dump

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“Place of healing” would be exposed to unknown risks, writes Tara Liddy.

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Rupert broke?

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Why does the Advocate, which is printed in Darwin, cost $1.30 there, while in Alice, to where it has to be shipped, it costs $1.10, asks Phil Walcott (pictured), Independent for Braitling.

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CDU gets praise for research

Reputation of CDU / Menzies was confirmed as among the very best in Australia for medical and health services, writes Patrick Nelson.

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The ups and downs of electricity on council agenda

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A looming power cost hike, a donation whose purposes isn’t clear, and unveiling a flood marker (pictured) are keeping the Council busy. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Miners oppose call for land holders’ veto rights

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Any changes to the power of veto could set an “extremely worrying precedent for all other commodities,” writes AMEC’s

Simon Bennison (pictured).

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Miners, cattlemen agree on land access

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Pastoralists, miners agree on terms for access to land: But no veto right, says Cattlemen’s Association CEO Tracey Hayes (pictured). By ERWIN CHLANDA.

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Cr Melky to cane Cr Brown over pre-selection

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Cr Eli Melky (pictured) says he will attack Cr Steve Brown at the council meeting tonight. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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CLP pre-selects Steve Brown for Araluen

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Mr Brown (at right) no-holds-barred advocate for Alice Springs, will face former CLP front-bencher, Robyn Lambley, now independent. Heidi Williams (pictured at her wedding to Warren H Williams) will stand in Namatjira. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Moggies may not be roaming all that far

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It’s back to the drawing board for Alice Springs study of cat movements by Jen Kreusser (pictured). ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Alice Town Council worker saves the day

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A shelf collapses. A collection of shot glasses is destroyed. Alice Town Council staffer Loraine Dalwood-Mason comes to the rescue, writes tourist Paul Mittenzwei (pictured).

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Fracking: independent risk assessment desirable

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To minimise the risk of fracking, the geological layers above its target need to be checked to see whether they would prevent contaminants from reaching high-quality ground water. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo: Shale fracking rig.

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Law outing child sex offenders delayed

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The introduction of Daniel’s Law, which would establish a website featuring serious convicted child sex offenders, will be delayed to allow more consultation on some aspects of the proposed legislation, writesJohn Elferink (pictured), Attorney-General and Minister for Justice.

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Congress, Tangentyere: White Ribbon spirit may end rift

p2298-white-ribbon-SMGovernments, Aboriginal groups and communities need to combat against women, says John Liddle, of Ingkintja. PHOTO: Mayor Damien Ryan, senior police Danny Bacon and Jamie Chalker, and lawyer Russell Goldflam lead today’s White Ribbon march. FULL STORY »

IT and ancient lore, how will they get on?

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Traditions from long ago and cutting-edge IT are finding a way of living harmoniously in Alice Springs – or not. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: NBN roll-out starts.

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$1m barra campaign gets publicity, says Tourism NT

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Media keen on the idea, survey of results is under way. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. The image is from a feature in the NT News, circulating mostly in Darwin.

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Town council: tiger or doormat?

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Access to natural wonders or an overpass? And what about the pipeline? By ERWIN CHLANDA. FULL STORY »

No oil, gas exploration in King’s Canyon national park

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Land council went off half-cocked with its application to the Federal Government, says Mines Minister Dave Tollner (pictured).

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Mining King’s Canyon: ‘Divide and rule’ bid by Giles

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Adam Giles made unsubstantiated claims of divisions among the traditional owners Watarrka (King’s Canyon), writes David Ross (pictured), Director of the Central Land Council.

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Finke, Heenan family among Brolga winners tonight

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Caravan park gets 24th award a short while ago. Finke (photo) also a big winner after pumping $6m into the town. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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$10,000 barras: Porkbarrelling or fishbarelling?

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Local catch $10,000 barras: Is this really a tourism promotion by the NT Government, asks ERWIN CHLANDA.

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Territory beats China: Yeah, right.

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Brolga diners (pictured) last night: Did any challenge spin by Adam Giles?

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$393.36 Power Water charge for flicking switch, twice

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And the good news is, last year it was $481.80. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Inpex, defence boosted state product, but what next?

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The Japanese Inpex project continues to be our saving grace, but after next year, Territorians are asking, what next? The new gas pipeline will apparently not commence construction until 2018 with no guarantee that there will be any gas to put in it, writes Robyn Lambley, Independent Member for Araluen.

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SA says Feds should intervene in pipeline decision

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South Australian Treasurer may raise the issue in next month’s COAG energy council. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

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Pipeline does not have environmental approvals

The gas pipeline from Tennant Creek to Mount Isa has not received any of the required environmental approvals from the NT Environmental Protection Authority nor Environment Minister Greg Hunt, despite the NT Government’s announcement that it will be built, writes Anna Boustead, of the Environment Centre NT. FULL STORY »

Government breaks promise on police

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Number of cops continues to drop, writes Paul McCue, President of the Northern Territory Police Association.

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How Alice missed the Big One, spin continues

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Where were the Alice Town Council and the Chamber of Commerce when Tennant Creek snaffled the $800m GAS pipeline project? And, is control of fracking all good now? DRAWING: Sketch of a gas compression station similar to the one to be built at Warrego. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Tennant Creek gets the pipeline, not Alice Springs

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Jemena, jointly owned by State Grid Corporation of China and Singapore Power, has been awarded the NT Government’s closely guarded contract to build the gas pipeline.

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Tennant’s Christmases are coming all at once

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A gas pipeline, a compression station and a power station upgrade gets a plucky mining town back on the map. Jason Newman addresses a Chamber of Commerce luncheon in Mount Isa in the campaign for the project. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Schools lobby hits out at Education Minister

We’re asking the Education Minister, why the urgency with the Education Bill, writes Tabby Fudge, President Northern Territory Council of Government School Organisations (COGSO).

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Ice: No warrants needed in ‘drug detection areas’

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We need to ensure our police officers are armed with the right resources and tools to deal with ice, no warrants needed for searches,write Ministers Chandler and Elferink.
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Alice Springs Imam condemns Paris, Lebanon terrorists

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Alice locals hold vigil as Imam says terrorists will suffer “punishment in the hereafter”. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Town to grow to the south and west – draft plan

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More living space likely as land use plan goes beyond current municipal boundaries. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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1 Territory gets registration as a political party

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1 Territory is a centre party that is not driven by the ideology of either the left or the right, writes president Braedon Earley.

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$5b lifeline for north ‘ignores SA’s plight’

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Industry body is “absolutely gob-smacked” at proposed assistance to the Top End, through the Northern Australia Infrastructure Fund, when South Australia is bordering on becoming a banana republic, writes Phil Sutherland of the Civil Contractors Federation SA.

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‘Massive’ water find, gas pipe decision tomorrow

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Industrial areas in land use plan provide for new mining projects. Rare earth company hits the water jackpot, says Gary Nairn, chairman of the NT Planning Commission (pictured).

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Pintupi artists prepare to show earliest treasures to world

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Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory has the largest collection of early Papunya art in the world and they are getting ready to show it, heard opening night crowd of the annual Pintupi show at Papunya Tula Artists in Todd Mall. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Are Indigenous voices being heard?

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The current definition of parent” needs work, writes Tabby Fudge, President of the NT Council of Government School Organisations, seeking answers from Education Minister Peter Chandler (pictured).

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French flag to be raised at 6.30pm at council lawns

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Tricolore to symbolise Alice’s compassion for the victims of the Paris terror attacks. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Council may cop huge hike in power costs

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Power costs and unhealthy food in the pool canteen (photo) will be on tomorrow night’s town council agenda. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Paris horror felt in Alice Springs

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The small French community in Alice Springs, including Evelyne Roulett (at right in the photo) was in shock about the tragic events in Paris this morning.

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Uncertainty about rural subdivision continues

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Development Consent Authority says no. Will Minister say yes? A new application? Photo: Former owner of the rural block Bob Kessing, at its northern end, looking into Emily Valley, 10 years ago. Report by ERWIN CHLANDA.

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Latz honoured as NT’s top landcarer

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Long before the term ‘landcare’ was coined in the 1990s, Peter Latz had dedicated himself to doing just that. FULL STORY »

Praise for $24m overpass over the top

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Would the money have been better spent on roads in the West Macs, of subsidising fare concessions on the Ghan? “No” say Nigel Scullion (pictured with Clare Barker from the Emergency Services) and Adam Giles. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Hit and run: two people charged

Brett and Narelle Dredge have been charged with “hit and run, cause serious harm, attempt to pervert the course of justice, make a false statement in declaration”. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Rubbish house lenders have 71 loans in Alice

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Police had been dealing with “numerous incidents”. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Indigenous business shows way to camel profits

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… and in the process shows how to structure human resources in a way Indigenous people find attractive and inspiring, while being commercially sensible. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Pet cats range far, are a threat to wildlife

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Feral and uncontrolled cats roam up to 2.5 kilometers, a study by Land for Wildlife in Alice Springs has shown. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Death to the MBA Fidelity Fund

The government has listened to concerns MBA (last resort) fidelity fund, writes Phil Dwyer of the Builders Collective of Australia. FULL STORY »

Police seek suspects in Larapinta Drive theft

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Laptop and other electronic goods missing. Photo of suspects from CCTV footage.

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10 reasons why Daniel’s Law is bad for victims

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Publishing sex offenders’ details on the internet will do no good, and cause significant harm, writes RUSSELL GOLDFLAM, President of the Criminal Lawyers Association.

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Sex offenders register an illusion of safety

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NT Information Commissioner Brenda Monaghan (pictured) writes she supports the NT Law Society’s concerns about the proposed public sex offender register.

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Vandalising of sign didn’t mar Remembrance Day

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Remembrance Day started with an act of vandalism when four letters of the “Lest We Forget” sign on Anzac Hill were toppled overnight.

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Cop cars go under cover

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NT police mobile speed camera vehicles will have police markings removed and all speed camera activity will now be undertaken covertly.

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Schools, order, justice are the coalface, not resources

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Planning on the long term needs to replace the “a project announcement a day” politics, says Labor’s candidate in Stuart and keen supporter of mountain biking, Scott McConnell (although he’s bringing up the rear in this picture by The Australian). He says he’s “quite concerned about the implication of widespread fracking.” Mr McConnell spoke with ERWIN CHLANDA.

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Garbage mountains removed from house

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Truckloads of garbage were removed today from a house in a suburban street in the New Eastside, according to a neighbour. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Feds give grants to tourism businesses

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Federal grants worth $775,000 will go to Territory tourism ventures including wheelchair accessible trails at Standley Chasm (pictured).

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Territory democracy, Rest In Peace

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Transparency and public interest get ground up in the wheels of the Giles Government’s spin machine. Part of the puff are projects with little substance behind them: It is a proposed wilderness lodge (pictured) near Hermannsburg the latest example? ERWIN CHLANDA comments.

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Aboriginal injecting drug use critical, emerging

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There is evidence and growing concern about a rise in injecting drug use and related harm within Aboriginal communities, including in more remote areas of Australia, writes Associate Professor James Ward (pictured).
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Giles government buys advert dressed up as news

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“Desperate” NT Government is buying advertising in its campaign for a pipeline and fracking, says water campaigner. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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‘Person of interest’ sought in hit and run

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Police release two comfit versions of a person “who may have information that will assist police with their investigations” into the hit and run of a 24-year-old woman on October 21.

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What the Rock handback bash wasn’t told

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Key Aboriginal workers and ambassadors don’t get a mention. While activists complain of third world conditions, a vandalised new building is hidden behind a hessian fence, right next to the festivities. Guest writer DAVID HEWITT reports.

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Foundation 51: CLP, Electoral Comm. need to lift game

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The drawn-out “slush fund” cloak-and-dagger saga surrounding Foundation 51, headed by Graeme Lewis (pictured) may have been a storm in a teacup: Hello, Electoral Commission? Hello Country Liberal Party? ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

 

UPDATE 12:40pm: Reply by Graeme Lewis

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Grog plan: No dissent, some scepticism

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The ‘right to drinkers’ stayed away in droves: at last night’s small public meeting on the draft Alice Springs Alcohol Management Plan no voice was raised in protest about ongoing restrictions on takeaway grog purchases, nor about what amounts to a targeting of Aboriginal drinkers with the so-called ‘POSIs’. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Ice: Lock’em up or treat them?

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It’s the carrot, not the stick in New Zealand where the Salvos and the tough bikers team up to beat the scourge. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Ice: Police power pitted against cashed-up users

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“Ice will get worse,” a senior police officer told a seminar about the drug in Alice Springs this morning. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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In Alice, the Cup Day race was on the catwalk

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When it comes to fashions, the Mellbourne Cup day field in Alice were (from left) Chloe Erlich (who came 2nd), Kerrielee Gawler, Amelia Missen (3rd), Marlee Veness, Julie Ross, Amber Tas, Rachael Mashford, Elley Cilka and Rhiannon Stokes. To find out who came first go to FULL STORY »

Derailment: Ghan cancelled, some food running low

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This week’s Ghan cancelled and supermarkets switch to road freight.

 

See UPDATE Monday 12:45pm

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Not all is sweet in bush bakery

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Cakes in Yuendumu, too wicked for some. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Catholics fire new broadside at Giles over fracking

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The social licence to frack for gas promised by the NT government will not be earned by using more taxpayer’s money to overstate the short term benefits, minimise the risks of fracking and ignore renewable energy options, writes the Catholic Social Justice Awareness Group, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Parish.

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Mayor and Deputy at odds over dump

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Keep the transfer station but move the dump, says Cr Steve Brown. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: View into the Ilparpa Valley across the landfill (before the construction of the transfer station) and part the sewage ponds, from the eastern side of The Gap. FULL STORY »

Sharp drops in alcohol sales, booze related violence

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Dramatic reductions in alcohol consumption and alcohol related family violence assaults are likely to feature prominently in next week’s public meeting about control measures in the next two years. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Tipping out alcohol when the Congress Shop surrendered its liquor licence in 1990.

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Tiny, tidy desert town to fly flag for Territory

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Western Desert town set to shine in national awards.

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Mother, daughter, rise in mainstream politics

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NT Minister Bess Price conducts the swearing in of daughter Jacinta as an Alice Springs Town Council elected member. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Town’s treasures to see the light of day

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… and displayed in pop-up shops, will help town council efforts to re-vitalise the Mall. Painting by Billy Benn Perrurle, Arteyerre 2006.

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30 years owning Rock but running pool still a hurdle

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Today, 30 years after the hand-back of Uluru to Aboriginal people, they are still far from being a serious player in the economic activities surrounding Australia’s greatest natural tourist attraction. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

 

See UPDATE 1:30pm. FULL STORY »

Big donations from clubs for hospital equipment

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The three Alice Springs Rotary clubs have made a substantial donation for two pieces of medical equipment to enhance the delivery of care to children.

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Wonderland of wearable art

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The colours and shapes of the desert are an unending source of inspiration for Alice Springs artists and audiences alike. Judges of last night’s sell-out Wearable Arts Awards stamped their approval on creations drawing on this source. Story by KIERAN FINNANE, pictures and video by ERWIN CHLANDA.

UPDATED with more photos.

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Little new in the booze plan

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Apart from a name change, more of the same seems to be the tenor of the Alice Springs Draft Alcohol Management Plan released yesterday, a year and a half in the making. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Kessings want land comments re-opened

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Bob and Kaye Kessing (pictured) are asking that the subdivision proposal for land they previously owned should be put out afresh for public comment.

  FULL STORY »

Dept of Lands goofs in planning application

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Proposed block sizes set to spark new development row.

 

SEE UPDATE OCTOBER 24.

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$1m youth program to counter summer crisis

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NT Government to fund after-hours youth service and a 10 week trial of night recreational activity, writes ADAM GILES.

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Ayers Rock Resort struggles to get local staff

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The Ayers Rock Resort, owned by the Indigenous Land Corporation, is finding it exceedingly difficult to recruit staff from Central Australia, or retain for its workforce local young people trained at the resort. ERWIN CHLANDA talks with Michael Parkins (pictured), general manager of the National Indigenous Training Academy at the resort.

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Is Gunner running out of time on fracking?

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Opposition Leader (pictured) mum as announcement by Adam Giles on pipeline is imminent.

  FULL STORY »

Alice Top 20 NTCET graduates all from St Phillip’s College

A total of 1338 students complete the NTCET, a record number, including 187 Indigenous students, compared to 173 last year. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Flowers, art bring together Florence and outback town

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Florence, the capital of Italy’s Tuscany, and Ampilatwatja, in Central Australia’s outback, at opposite sides of the world and lifestyles, are coming together in the art of Colleen Ngwarraye Morton.

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“Our” gas: If you think Inpex is big …

p22100-Inpex-2-SMp22100-David-Tollner-SMThe North West Shelf has deposits of 55 to 60 trillion cubic feet of gas and that sparked the Inpex development (at left) in Darwin worth $34b. The Territory’s onshore reserves are four times as big, says Treasurer and Mines Minister Dave Tollner (at right), so big it can make the NT a global player. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Comfort, not just speed, is aim of solar cruisers

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Not just speed but practicality as a car is the hallmark of the Cruiser Class that set out from Alice Springs this morning in the World Solar Challenge. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Family Courts give kids Fatherless Christmas

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Tens of thousands of Australian children are being harmed, and many will spend this Christmas without one of their parents and other family members, as a direct result of our harmful, adversarial family court system, writes Dr David Curl (pictured), Spokesman for the Family Law Reform Coalition, Alice Springs.

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What life do we choose?

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Two former Central Australian residents, Cait Wait and Kerrie Nelson, have come back to show a collaborative art and poetry exhibition as a homage to their homeground of 20 years ago. CRAIG SAN ROQUE reflects on their achievement in A Chosen Life.

  FULL STORY »

Tourism CA: $120,000 ‘misappropriated’ over 5 years

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Almost $120,000 was “misappropriated” from the industry representative body Tourism Central Australia, which receives the majority of its funding from the NT Government. This was revealed in the organisation’s annual report delivered to members at the AGM this week. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Set to head from isolation to world fame

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Being the most isolated metal band in the world is a surefire handle to achieve lasting fame.

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Feds intervene in brawl over child care centers

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Funding from Senator Simon Birmingham (pictured) to run three outback crèches now goes to the Alice Springs Group School Management Council, not to the Central Desert Regional Council. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Population growth from Asia: Giles

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Territory “always a net loser” in Australian migration.

  FULL STORY »

Town council parks: back to the drawing board

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The town council has again deferred a decision on a $1.2m upgrade of its 90 parks. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Grabbing opportunities with both hands

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Doing well at school, part time jobs, focus on careers: Forget the stereotype. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Trouble in CBD: Ranger or ambassador?

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The town council is proposing to deal with “anti-social and harassing activities” in Todd Mall by employing an Indigenous Liaison Officer attached to its ranger unit. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

 

UPDATED:  FULL STORY »

The mother of all red tape abolition

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A field day for bureaucracy on one side of the fence, anything goes on the other. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Incarceration of the young: where to from here?

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Amnesty International visit to Alice Springs falls flat. ERWIN CLANDA reports.

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1 Territory party pledges to be a force

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New political player has more than 200 members and is seeking registration, writes president BRAEDON EARLEY (pictured).

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