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February 8, 2015

Third rapist of European tourists: 15-page criminal history at age 20

Bruce Impu, the third offender, pleaded guilty today to his part in the rape of two European tourists in May 2012. At the age of just 20 he has a 15-page criminal history. KIERAN FINNANE reports from the Supreme Court. FULL STORY »

Police raid third drug lab in Alice suburb

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Police say they discovered an “active illicit drug laboratory” when they raided a residential property in Gillen yesterday. PHOTO supplied by police. SEE UPDATE Thursday 2:30pm.

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Now you see it, now you don’t

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A sign erected yesterday telling people they will be prosecuted if they enter into the popular Ilparpa claypans area didn’t last long. It was gone this morning. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Being with Uluru: a God inside

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“A meditative and mindful experience is about being in the moment, aware of the surroundings but not being judgemental about them.” It may be a new way of travel, reports I-LING CHEN, a PhD Candidate at the University of Queensland (pictured).

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Deputy Administrator Pat Miller gave herself legal aid loan

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Members of the same family, including former CEO and Deputy to the Territory Administrator Pat Miller, have given themselves and each other loans from funds of the Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service (CAALAS). ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Tiny minority runs Rock, ‘working’ towards closing climb

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The Abbott Government leaves unchallenged the Ayers Rock (Uluru) park management plan, approved by Peter Garrett, despite its flaws. When the climb is closed permanently, as it is planned, will the sunset be enough? ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Prof Gerritsen in Alison Anderson’s cheer squad: Bess Price’s husband after the coup

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The Stuart MLA’s husband and self-confessed biggest fan, DAVE PRICE (pictured), discloses his wife’s role in last week’s CLP upheaval and lets fly against prominent Charles Darwin University professor, Rolf Gerritsen.

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A tuneful tick off Dave’s bucket list

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Liverpudlian Dave Oakes (pictured) ended up in the Alice when his wife convinced him to turn left at Threeways “just to have a look” because she thought Alice Springs sounded romantic. ANDREA JOHNSTON reports.

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Alice CLP branch solidly behind Giles government

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The CLP branch will send a “please explain” to ex-front bencher Robyn Lambley (Araluen), asking for an account of her role in the failed coup attempt on Monday, says branch president Jenni Lillis (pictured). ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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John Bell still seeking a ‘sorry’ from de Castella

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Issues between him and Rob de Castella in the Indigenous Marathon Project in 2010 will be heard in the ACT Supreme Court on March 30,writes Alice Springs sports identity, John Bell.

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Cabinet: Bess Price gains housing, Tollner back

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Bess Price (Stuart, pictured) has gained housing as a new portfolio in the reshuffle announced by Chief Minister Adam Giles a short while ago. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Conlan resigns from the front bench

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Apart from embattled Chief Minister Adam Giles, Bess Price (Stuart) is the only front bencher in Central Australia after the resignation this morning from all his ministries by Matt Conlan (Greatorex, pictured). ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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14th reshuffle: Tollner back in ‘nest of vipers’

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CLP chaos and dysfunction continues in the wake of yet another CLP Minister moving to the backbench – sparking the 14th Cabinet reshuffle in just two and a half years, writes Natasha Fyles (pictured), Shadow Minister for Government Accountability.

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Giles government best of a poor bunch

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The Giles Government should be doing everything they can in their remaining 18 months to make us want them returned, however unlikely that may presently seem.

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Council should get ethical with its $25m investments

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The Town Council should take a look at divesting from the Big Four banks for environmental and ethical reasons, says Councillor Jade Kundrenko. They should do no such thing, counters Cr Eli Melky, as only the Big Four are underpinned by the Federal Government in times of crisis. KIERAN FINNANE reports. 

 

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Jazz greats to play in Hermannsburg

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Hermannsburg is likely to be one of the venues for the “biggest jazz and blues festival in the world” featuring James Morrison (pictured). ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Alice in spin land

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Born again Chief Minister Adam Giles may be dismissing yesterday’s outrageous events as a bit of a tiff in an otherwise happy family, but the long knives in the CLP are far from sheathed. PHOTO: Mr Giles and Mr van Holthe in an ABC TV news broadcasts whose presenters displayed amazement at the events. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Competitive tendering wasting ‘closing the gap’ money

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There is progress in health but education outcomes are poor, writes Donna Ah Chee, Congress CEO (pictured).

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Police Association calls on Giles to show the evidence

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We call on the Chief Minister to substantiate his claims about an unnamed senior police officer, writes Vince Kelly, NT Police Association President (pictured).

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CLP fiasco: Now Oz is laughing about us, not with us

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CDU professor Rolf Gerritsen (pictured) looks at a tumultuous week when a handful of CLP politicians were prepared to destroy the Territory’s elected government if Adam Giles could not remain Chief Minister. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Giles dumping terrible mistake – Alice Springs CLP

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“They have made a terrible mistake,” says president of the Alice Springs CLP branch, Jenny Lillis, about the dumping of Chief Minister Adam Giles, replaced by Willem Westra van Holthe (pictured). ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Police rejects apology from Giles

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The Police Association is disappointed with the Chief Minister’s half-hearted apology delivered during a press conference yesterday, writes Vince Kelly (pictured), President of the Northern Territory Police Association.

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Katherine needs an independent, not van Holthe

The Member for Katherine, Willem Westra van Holthe, has consistently put his party’s interests, and hence his own personal interests, ahead of Katherine’s and those of his constituents, writes Bruce Francais, of Katherine. FULL STORY »

Legal aid funding cuts ‘false economy’

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The Aboriginal legal aid service in Alice Springs (CAALAS) is facing a funding cut of 40% over three years as the Territory Chief Justice (pictured) says such savings are a “false economy”. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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We don’t publish rumours. This is an exception.

A week is a long time in government? Try one hour. FULL STORY »

Council to build a cemetery chapel

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A design for a non-denominational chapel in the grounds of the Alice Springs Cemetery was put before the Town Council for approval last night. FULL STORY »

Government money for young people

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The Government is set to invest an additional $4.2 million to support youth services across the Territory, write Chief Minister Adam Giles (pictured), and Peter Styles (Minister for Young Territorians).

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$5m road bill for bush council (updated)

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UPDATED: Fixing up the Nirripy road alone will cost the Central Desert Regional Council $3m and it estimates at $5m the total cost to repair its 1700 km connecting roads damaged by recent rains.

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Opposition calls for general election

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A general election to end the dysfunctional CLP circus is needed, writes Delia Lawrie, Leader of the Opposition.

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Giles, van Holthe, police: The goose, the gander

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The bitter row between the police and Chief Minister Adam Giles is exacerbated by his arch foe turned deputy now stonewalling questions over allegations similar to those that have forced ex-police commissioner John McRoberts to resign: Interference in an inquiry. By ERWIN CHLANDA. PHOTO: Government mugshot of Mr Westra van Holthe, all smiles.
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Patricia Miller accepts retirement as of two days ago

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Patricia Miller (pictured) has accepted her retirement as the CEO of the Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service (CAALAS) as having come into effect two days ago – January 31. EXCLUSIVE by ERWIN CHLANDA.

  FULL STORY »

Burn, not bury rubbish: Incinerator plan

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An incinerator meeting most NT needs is planned by businessman Darren Burton at Brewer Estate. By ERWIN CHLANDA.

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Peter Latz: The adventure of my life

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“Assessing our water stocks, Dave and I realised that we only had enough for reduced rations that night and the next morning. If we didn’t get to water the next day we would be in deep shit.” Author and botanist PETER LATZ continues his account if adventures in the bush with traditional owners.

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Yuemdumu community sticking together after alleged murder

Police have charged two men, aged 16 and 18, over the death of 53-year-old pool manager Jupurrula Berry in Yuendumu last Thursday, but an elder has denied media reports that locals are fleeing the community in fear of further violence. FULL STORY »

Stars in the making

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Performance artist Melissa Kerl has an answer for parents wanting an outlet for their children’s acting talents. ANDREA JOHNSTON reports.

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McDouall Stuart, aboooouuuut turn!

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The controversial John McDouall Stuart statue has done an about-turn, and is now facing south where he should be going, as one local wag puts it. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Would be political assassin’s past with the police

Two investigations found Mr Westra van Holthe had acted wrongly as a policeman. Now he is member of a Cabinet that effectively ended the career of the Territory’s highest ranking police officer, on the basis of UNPROVEN accusations of unlawful actions, writes Bruce Francais, of Katherine.
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Bittersweet truth about sugar in film fest opener

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Discover the bittersweet truth about sugar in the first documentary by Australian actor Damon Gameau, of Underbelly and Love My Way fame, which will open the Travelling Film festival in Alice Springs. FULL STORY »

Back to the Tanami, with Engineer Jack

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“After supper several Aborigines stepped apart from us and ‘talked to the country’– this involved them spreading their arms and loudly exclaiming with statements like, ‘Hullo country – sorry we have been away so long – it’s so good to be back’.  A most enlightening custom and one I have since taken up myself.” Author and botanist PETER LATZ continues his account of adventures in the bush with traditional owners.

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Power Water not saying what’s in overflowing sewage

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The Power Water Corporation (PWC) is not saying what is contained in the partially treated sewage that flowed to the new Kilgariff suburb during the recent rains. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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The Rock: To climb or not to climb

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“I climbed the Rock.” That was the proud boast of hundreds of thousands of people who, over the years, bought T-shirts with this inscription, fondly remembered their adventure and were part of a world-wide promotion of Australia’s greatest natural wonder. Today climbing the Rock is a No-No. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Climbers ignoring the closed sign.

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Take kids out of schools: Yipirinya’s new head

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“Deschooling” will apparently become the objective of the Aboriginal Yipirinya School, a process that, by “the rule of thumb,” takes “one month for every year a child was in school. Some kids ‘detox’ sooner, but it’s rare,” according to Lance Box (pictured) who appears to have been appointed head of the school. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Tall poppies don’t thrive in the Red Centre

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As in summers past, the question now being asked is why are there teenagers running amok? Even, horror of horrors, young teenage girls!

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Traders join forces to tackle gang of girls

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Managers of shopping centres and stores have joined forces to protect their staff and businesses from a gang of girls who have threatened them, stolen merchandise, damaged cars of workers and broken into premises. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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What will it take for the government to act in Alice?

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After a horrendous summer of crime the NT Government needs to show the same urgency about Central Australian youth issues as they are in the Top End town of Katherine, writes Cr Chansey Paech, of the Alice Springs Town Council.

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Match our works with our wonders

 

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Fuel retailers in Alice Springs have – belatedly – fallen in line with pricing around the nation, although service stations in the bush are maintaining much greater margins. It’s a disincentive for tourists we’re seeking to attract to our nature’s magnificence, but there is a litany of reasons for businesses on our highways charging extra, as they fill the gaps left by state and local governments. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Budgies along the South Stuart Highway, having a morning drink. FULL STORY »

Time in the Gulf country

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“Immediately the whole atmosphere changed as they realised that I was not just another ‘city’ whitefellow, and in fact, because he was my ‘brother’, Johnnie was obliged to tell me all I wanted to know.” PETER LATZ, author and botanist, continues his account of adventures in the bush with traditional owners.

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Grief for a free spirit taken by a wild river

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The river brings life to the desert and it can take it away. Rowley Hill was born in Alice Springs – a Yipirinya boy – and died in the wild waters of the rising Todd, not far south of Wigley’s Gorge, on January 8. He was 23 years old. A painting of the warm brown river pushing down its rocky course adorned his coffin as he was laid to rest in desert ground on Friday. FULL STORY »

Plans for $70m rebirth of Johannsen bush mine

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From a tungsten mill in the bush cobbled together 40 years ago by legendary road train inventor Kurt Johannsen, to a planned $70m venture by listed company Thor, it’s jut a logical step in the world of mining. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Bush miner Lindsay Johannsen with a lead glass window he created for the Alice Springs Catholic Church.

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Lambley broadside: Giles arrogant, dishonest

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International convention demands Adam Giles should have resigned, said Robyn Lambley (pictured): “Instead he threatened he would prefer to bring down our government. I believe Adam Giles has no integrity.” ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Impu to spend at least 14 years in prison

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Bruce Impu (pictured), who pleaded guilty to eight counts of rape at gunpoint of two European tourists in Alice Springs in 2012, was today sentenced to 15 years with 12 year non-parole period. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Licensing red tape cut, council told

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Good-bye NT Licensing Commission, hello Director-General of Licensing, and back to the drawing board for the cemetery chapel (drawing at left): The town council got food for thought at last night’s meeting. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Get tough with unruly students: Former Yirara staff

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A former Yirara staff member says double standards applied by management to the 14 house parents often causes bad blood. By ERWIN CHLANDA. IMAGE from the Yirara College website.

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Yirara: Rebellion and failure or meeting a challenge?

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Two teachers who worked at Yirara last year gave an alarming account of students’ behaviour and poor results to Editor ERWIN CHLANDA for an exclusive report. It also looks at the effect of the scandalously inadequate primary school education many students receive in the bush before they are sent to the residential college in Alice Springs.

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Bring back first home grant: Real estate agent

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A prominent Alice Springs real estate agent, Justin O’Brien (pictured), says the NT Government should reinstate the first home owners grant for existing homes. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

NT fracking regulations ‘Australia’s weakest’

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The NT system of regulating fracking needs a complete overhaul and the government is yet to take any steps to remedy these shambolic laws, writes David Morris (pictured), from the Environmental Defenders Office NT. FULL STORY »

Neglected past to get a bright future

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Living in a sanctuary amongst sculptures by one of your favourite artists sounds idyllic for any art and nature fan, but the challenges in one mysterious corner of Alice Springs are anything but. ANDREA JOHNSTON reports from the Pitchi Richi sanctuary.

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No room on plane for local Member

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It was mean-spirited of the Chief Minister Adam Giles to refuse me a seat on his taxpayer-funded charter flight to my home town of Tennant Creek to attend the commencement of the re-enactment of the Borella Ride, writes Gerry McCarthy, Member for Barkly. FULL STORY »

Searching for Kurlpulunu

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“Engineer Jack he told us that the plant played a big part in Yapa mythology and that the dreaming connected to it involved a big bird (“as big as an aeroplane”) that caused the death of dingoes.” PETER LATZ, author and botanist, continues his account of adventures in the bush with traditional owners. FULL STORY »

Real estate market ‘crashing and burning’

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The real estate market is “crashing and burning” at least in part because of the NT Government’s restriction of its grants for new home buyers to new dwellings. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. ABOVE: A scene from the boom times.

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Current political upheaval mirrors the past

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One fact that stands out from all the controversy swirling around Territory politics at present is just how closely it echoes the events of a quarter century ago that almost unravelled the CLP in the 1980s. ALEX NELSON comments. He is pictured when he was chosen as the CLP Member of the Year in August 1990.
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Present pollies not a patch on past

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Past politicians’ standards of behaviour and intellect were far superior to anything we see today, and their achievements vastly more outstanding, writes ALEX NELSON. PHOTO by him: Former Senator Bernie Kilgariff.

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Highlights

POLITICS

Budget gets thumbs up from interest groups. Reply by Gunner ignores health spending in Centre.

NT Budget 2015.

Tourism: let the battle for the big spenders begin. First in a series by ERWIN CHLANDA.

Parks authority controls people, not weeds.

 

LOCAL AFFAIRS, ECONOMY and CULTURE

School of the Air: Show and tell or being there.

A day in the sun for Alice Springs.

Land grab, but no dying pillow.

Discount fuel 8 cents cheaper.

Tourism recovery? The proof will be in this year’s pudding.

Playing race relations for laughs.

Gunfire brekkie after moving ceremony.

Anzac Day dawn service, 2015.

Anzac links by hands, hearts and hard drives.

Keyboard vigilantes.

Pat and Norma Brennan: 50 years devoted to each-other, and tourism.

Comic take on clash of cultures.

 

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR & COMMENT

Needed youth services missing from Budget: Councillor.

Thoughts on war and peace from a cyclist in Alice.

HAL DUELL: Banning lightning carnival won’t work as a quick fix.

Rock throwing kids already in care. Minister should scrutinise his own department.

Alice oval to get top athletics track.

Nearly all stage one blocks sold in Kilgariff. FULL STORY »

No Yirara inquiry needed: Education Minister

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“There appears to be no evidence to support the need for investigation or intervention” in Yirara College, says Education Minister Peter Chandler (pictured). ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »