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Public gives angry thumbs down to closure of police counter

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… but Police Acting Assistant Commissioner Danny Bacon (pictured last night) says a decision on a “pathway” would be the subject of “further information”. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Youth detention unchanged after ‘Don Dale’, says Chief Justice

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The proportion of detention orders for youth in the first and second halves of 2016 was almost identical. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Economic outlook bleak, says Opposition Leader

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NT last on retail spending, business investment, housing finance and population growth, writes GARY HIGGINS (pictured).

 

UPDATE 3pm

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Call for regional ministry in wake of police fiasco

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The government crisis triggered by the proposal to close to police front counter in Alice Springs during the night is evidence of a disconnect with the region and its elected representatives, says backbencher, Stuart MLA Scott McConnell. EXCLUSIVE by ERWIN CHLANDA. FULL STORY »

Katherine council’s ‘dereliction of duty’

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Development Consent Authority acts against public submissions, authorises conversion of shed (pictured) into pub, writes BRUCE FRANCAIS.

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Totemic caterpillar in trouble again

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It’s a tussle between the Yellow Wing Grasshopper (pictured) and the Yipirinya caterpillar, reports ERWIN CHLANDA.

  FULL STORY »

Higgins comments on McConnell’s candour

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Opposition Leader Gary Higgins (pictured) has described as “extraordinary” the candour of Stuart MLA Scott McConnell in yesterday’s exclusive interview with the Alice Springs News Online.

  FULL STORY »

Council partnership in CBD complex seems certain

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Councillors give the thumbs up for the Uniting Church residential and commercial project, but they think the National Indigenous Centre is all too hard. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Grasshoppers – is it a plague?

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There are swarms in the rural residential area, reports ERWIN CHLANDA.

  FULL STORY »

Many Aussie towns use heritage to say hello to visitors

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TARA LECKEY, in her comment for our Rest & Reflection series, discovers small towns around Australia whose stories about their past entice tourists to stay, chat and spend. PHOTOS: The Pitchi Ritchi residence in Alice Springs, Chapman House is being restored by Heritage Alice Springs.

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Police seek information about alleged sexual assault

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Public assistance requested in locating “a person of interest” (pictured).

 

See UPDATE Sunday 11:30am.

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Alice taxis: unlawful practices, asks Lambley

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Independent MLA for Araluen Robyn Lambley (pictured) calls for Parliamentary inquiry into practices of the taxi industry as the Uber debate continues.

  FULL STORY »

Remember when the river …

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Learning to go with the flow will require all of our creativity.  Such action is overdue, but the possibility of a flood can be just the motivation we need, writes MICHAEL LA FLAMME in our Rest & Reflection Series. Photo: PAMELA KEIL.

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Homes up a bit but commercial vacancies ‘abnormally high’

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Slight increases in prices for residential properties but abnormally high vacancy rates in the retail, commercial and industrial sector – that’s where the Alice Springs real estate market is at, according the L J Hooker’s Doug Fraser. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Google Earth image of the industrial area and the CBD, bottom right in the picture.

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Town council should buy into big projects: Eli Melky

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He says the council should be not just a promoter, but a part-owner of an Indigenous cultural centre and the planned Uniting Church residential and commercial complex. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: View into the Uniting Church grounds, possible site for a future development.

  FULL STORY »

Four lanes through Gap: Does Alice need them?

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With the town’s population stagnant for a decade, home prices in decline and commercial real estate empty, would that be public money well spent? Or is the “no dam” lobby hard at work? ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Police on hunt for young men after ramraid this morning

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Stolen vehicle crashed into a business, say police who released CCTV images.

 

See UPDATES January 9 and 18.

  FULL STORY »

Mayor Damien looks into 2017 and beyond

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Flood mitigation and a new masterplan for the town will be high on the agenda, Mayor Ryan (pictured) tells editor ERWIN CHLANDA.

  FULL STORY »

Woman missing since January 1

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She left her Gillen home on  foot, say police.

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Referendum? Forget it.

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“Prior presence” is a no brainer. First Australians don’t need a referendum but meaningful lives, rooted in their own efforts, on their land, comments TED EGAN, in our Rest & Reflection series written by people who make a difference in our town.

  FULL STORY »

Police still searching for man who escaped on December 23

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Police looking for escapee (pictured on CCTV), urge public to ring police but not approach him.

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Plays, poetry, politics

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State of the world and the Territory as seen from the Totem Theatre stage. LAURIE MAY looks back on 2016, forward to 2017 in our Rest & Reflection series. FULL STORY »

Business doing it tough: Hats off to those having a go!

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By KAY EADE, the Executive Officer of the Chamber of Commerce NT, takes a look at what works and what doesn’t in our town’s economy.  She is writing our Rest & Reflection series to which we have asked people who make a difference in The Alice to contribute.

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Are we ready for Alice Springs to be the Inland capital?

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Threats from a changing climate, the collapse of the CLP, a council needing a rocket under it and meeting the needs of the people in the Ten Deserts, over an area that would be the world’s 8th biggest country: There’s work to do, writes environmentalist JIMMY COCKING (pictured with son Louka), in our Rest & Reflection series.

  FULL STORY »

NPY women forging their path to change

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Resting on Aboriginal cultural authority and sound corporate management in partnership with non-Aboriginal people, they are fired by strength of purpose and consistency over many years, says their award-winning CEO Andrea Mason. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Driving towards ride-sharing in the Territory

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Next festive season, text for an Uber-style ride sharer, writes Nicole Manison, Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics (pictured).

  FULL STORY »

Uber: Who will win?

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The ride share experiment would cut NT Government income, writes COLIN SAUNDERS. PHOTO: Uber promotion in the USA.

  FULL STORY »

Hard day in court ends with gesture of catharsis

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Making witnesses squirm is all in a day’s work for barrister RUSSELL GOLDFLAM but appearing before the Royal Commission he found himself on the receiving end. The barrister, who is also a talented musician, is the fourth writer in our Rest & Reflection series.

  FULL STORY »

Aboriginal teenagers: stop spoiling them

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Bring back the long and arduous schooling of initiation, in a new and relevant form, writes renowned botanist PETER LATZ in our Rest & Reflection series. Photo by MIKE GILLAM of Mr Latz in his lovingly cared for rural block which has dozens of native plants.

  FULL STORY »

Only two Alice students in the NTCET top 20

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Both are from St Phillip’s College: Dean Sullivan (at left), who is placed third in the NT, and River Pachulicz (at right).

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Bogged meters off highway and AANT doesn’t lift a finger

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Premium card holder and member for 23 years is told you’re on your own, mate. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Read the fine print.

  FULL STORY »

Climate change from an Alice perspective: Time to act.

G20 CLIMATE CHANGE PROTESTClimate change is likely to bring more extreme weather and temperature rises: In Alice Springs the number of days over 35C is expected to increase from 90 per year to up to 182 by 2070, impacting water, weather, tourism, agriculture, disease and health. As the region may become impossible to live in, the mad enthusiasm for fossil fuel extraction continues, writes local environmentalist ALEX KELLY in our Rest and Reflection series.

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Alice a place of dreamers and doers – for millennia!

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Opportunities in The Centre are as varied as its lifestyles, writes DARYL GRAY in our Rest and Reflection series published over the festive season.

  FULL STORY »

Sit-down money: Pointless jobs for the dole

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Few full time jobs are being created and the five hours a day work obligation doesn’t do much for the communities. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Gunner not at his Alice reception but at Kelly concert

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All dressed up but the host wasn’t there. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Royal Commission wants four months extension

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The December hearings ended today with evidence from Alice Springs lawyer Russell Goldflam (pictured).

 

UPDATE 4pm December 16:

 

The Commonwealth and Northern Territory Governments have granted the extension.

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NT Government: Where have all the dollars gone?

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The NT Government, per head of population, spends about three times as much as the states and the ACT. Part One of the series on about that F-word – funding – by ERWIN CHLANDA.

  FULL STORY »

Could we make what Meeka made?

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An outback town that won’t lie down, writes ANNA JOHNSON, of Meekatharra.

  FULL STORY »

Another no-show for Gunner

Labor is expecting to lose Katherine next time – so why bother, writes Bruce Francais. FULL STORY »

Middle School staff member feared drowned

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Excursion to Ellery Bighole may have ended in tragedy.

 

UPDATE: Body recovered.

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Copping ‘mental and physical abuse’ on top of serving time: Dylan Voller’s evidence to the NT Royal Commission

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He acknowledged his criminal history, which he is “definitely not proud of” and described his former habit of of spitting at officers as “disgusting”, before going on to detail many incidents of abuse. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

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NTG forging ahead with youth reform, keeping RC informed

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Councillors quiz Minister about troubled youths, an issue the NT Government will begin to tackle without waiting for recommendations from the Royal Commission. PHOTO: Minister Dale Wakefield with Lutheran pastor Ken Schultz who opened last night’s council meeting with a prayer. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

‘Extreme vetting’ and Pine Gap

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Malcolm Turnbull thinks he has a deal but he concedes it’s all up to Donald Trump. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Local palliative care lobby gets its way after long campaign

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Specialist facility for the dying gets green light after arm-twisting by local volunteers: It’s the pollies who are doing the clapping. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Murder accused being treated for ‘severe schizophrenia’

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The information came from lawyer Maker Mayek (pictured), appearing by telephone in the Alice Springs Local Court this morning, on instructions from Pande Veleski’s family. Mr Veleski had been due to appear, but was taken to hospital.

 

UPDATE, 7 December 2016. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Social media no way to alert police to crime

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Commander Danny Bacon tells  the Town Council he is very concerned about  social media generating “vigilante activity”. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Cool reception for the non-Local Government Minister

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Missing portfolio: No, the new government hasn’t overlooked local government. They chopped the department on purpose. PHOTO: Mr McCarthy and Mayor Ryan addressing the LGANT meeting this morning. ERWIN CLANDA reports.

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Outback lobbies concerned over telephone services

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Transferring telephone voice services in the bush from copper wire to satellite may not be a good idea, writes Teresa Corbin, CEO of the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network.

  FULL STORY »

Trees on Melanka block no longer sacred?

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Sacred trees, which complicated design of $100m Melanka complex, now neglected and at risk from car parking traffic. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

‘Maverick artist and change-agent’ wins major fellowship

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Worth $160,000, the Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship will buy Alex Kelly time to develop a major project, likely to focus on climate change. She is pictured with Canadian author and climate change activist Naomi Klein. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Public acknowledgment a condition for govt funding

p2404 carpark opening 2SMAfter speeches and a sausage sizzle, the Albrecht Oval carpark extension is officially open – but car parking elsewhere in town remains a vexed question. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Iconic Mereenie Loop open by autumn – at last!

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Conquer the magnificent West in two-wheel-drives. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Centralian Citizen of the Year ‘sells the message’ on Alice

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Receiving her award at the Town Council last night, Andrea Mason described Alice Springs as “Australia’s little secret”. KIERAN FINNANE reports on this and other council business. FULL STORY »

Snail mail: four days for 21 paces

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Do it now if you want to beat Santa. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

School zone blitz nabs speedsters

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Driver clocked at 61 in 40 km/h school zone, says police.

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Gunner a no-show at young Round Table presentation

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The Chief Minister went to the opening of a fish farm “expansion” as young advisors were set to report to him in Parliament on their year’s work as his advisors. PHOTO: The members of the Chief Minister’s Round Table of Young Territorians. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

 

UPDATE 4:15pm

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Youngsters, too, got Oz Day awards

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Leadership starts early for some as they receive recognition on Australia Day. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Abortion reform likely to have bi-partisan support

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Opposition Leader supports in principle the Government’s intention to give  NT women “the same access to RU486 as women living in other jurisdictions.” FULL STORY »

Plans to turn Memo Club into Aboriginal ‘health hub’

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Bowling green will become a car park if the application is approved, reports ERWIN CHLANDA.

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$16,000 sacred tree certificate

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… now the Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority does nothing about enforcing its erstwhile stringent rules, blithely ignored. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

90 become Aussies in Alice on Australia Day

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The weather held off, the Town Council opened its doors, the flag was raised and 90 people from 25 countries became Australian citizens.

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Territory bombs out in key Asian tourist markets

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Tasmania had three times the increase of visitors from key markets, figures released today by Federal  Tourism Minister Steven Ciobo show. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. IMAGE: A social media comment from a grey nomad.

  FULL STORY »

‘No comment’ from Adam Giles on his new mining job

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Anti fracking group puts “plum” job for ex Chief Minister with Gina Rinehart under spotlight.

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Hamburger with the lot

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Multi million dollar commission listens to Queensland consultant Keith Hamburger (pictured) for two days, is told his model for NT prison Aboriginal-controlled reform is based on scant local feedback. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Boys in early teens on 153 criminal charges

Property crimes in residences and businesses keep courts, police on the hop. FULL STORY »

The art of collecting

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A long-term loan and a generous donation have brought two key works into the Araluen collections, from which three new shows grace the galleries for the summer. A surprise performance marked their opening.  KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Alice police station to stay open 24/7

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“People have spoken loud and clear. It is their belief that having on officer at the front counter 24/7 makes them feel safer. We respect that,” says Commander Danny Bacon. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Gunner’s 100 days message is focussed on Darwin

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“We need clear linkages between the Waterfront and Cullen Bay; a CBD museum, and progression on a third entry to the CBD,” writes MICHAEL GUNNER (pictured). Alice Springs doesn’t rate a mention. FULL STORY »

Government disappoints on economy, crime fight: Higgins

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Government disappoints on stimulus as commercial break-ins shoot up, writes  Opposition Leader Gary Higgins (pictured).

  FULL STORY »

Grog, domestic violence control group in trouble again

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New questions are being raised about financial reports in an Aboriginal controlled NGO.  ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Image: Documents obtained by the Alice Springs News Online.

 

UPDATE 3:27pm: ORIC boss says these are “internal operational matters of the corporation.  I am therefore unable to make any comment.”

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Chinese New Year tourist market worth chasing?

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More than 11,000 Chinese visitors a day to see the 12 Apostles over the next fortnight – a market we’re missing out on? ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Town throws a party in the spirit of Christmas

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Organised by the Town Council, it wanted for nothing when it came to atmosphere, diversity, fun and community feeling. Words & pictures by Kieran Finnane. FULL STORY »

The West MacDonnell Ranges start at the council dump

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$30m in council savings are looking for a place to go: Would a car park bring tourists? Editor ERWIN CHLANDA suggests alternatives in our Rest & Reflection series.

  FULL STORY »

Telling the stories of war: we could do so much better

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After visiting an Anzac Centenary exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia  KIERAN FINNANE reflects on the approach taken at Anzac Hill, where the local experience of war and conflict is entirely absent.

A contribution to our Rest & Reflection series. FULL STORY »

‘We are Australian’ new anthem?

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Inclusiveness should be the spirit of Australia Day, writes STEVE BROWN in his contribution to our Rest & Reflection summer series. And he suggests the Seeker’s hit would, as the national anthem, better describe what Aussies are all about.

  FULL STORY »

“Dangerous brinkmanship” from Trump: Pine Gap opponents

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Fraser, Keating urged review of ANZUS, writes peace activist ALISON BIONOWSKI. IMAGE of Pine Gap by Kristian Laemmle-Ruff.

  FULL STORY »

Summer crime calls for thinking outside the box

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Alice Springs may well find the elusive solution to its summer crime spree, triggering the usual Facebook fury, in Columbia where clowns succeeded and cops failed, writes Richard Bentley in our Rest & Reflection series.

  FULL STORY »

Caterpillars as big as a mountain are starving

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Alice Springs has been described as caterpillar country but where are the caterpillars now? asks Dr FIONA WALSH in this contribution to our Rest & Reflection series.

 

UPDATE, 20 January 2017, ‘Lost’ 4th totemic caterpillar sighted. FULL STORY »

Images from our rich history: collection is growing

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Harry Williams with friends building Ted Strehlow’s house at Jay Creek: One of the thousands of historical images in the public library collection created by BARRY ALLWRIGHT. He writes in our Rest & Reflection series today.

  FULL STORY »

Holidays in a bog no tall order for Yuendumu cops

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Being stuck in the mud was a challenge met with aplomb by outback cops, Sgt Anne Jolley and Const James Rose, writes Mark Roots.

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