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Ex-Alice headmaster shines as PS axe falls

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PUBLIC SERVICE SHAKE-UP: Former headmaster Ken Davies (pictured) heads up a super department that includes the troubled Children and Families whose head, Anne Bradford, is sacked. Also going is Tourism NT’s Tony Mayell, who was based in Alice. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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NATS: and now the fiscal hangover

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$1.3m of taxpayers’ money for two days of entertainment and the numbers are missing or massaged. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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‘My future is in my hands’: winning work

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Inaugural Vincent Lingiari Art Award winner Marlene Rubuntja celebrates her life in the Larapinta Valley town camp. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Crossing Oz: He does it diagonally, for a good cause.

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John Olson (pictured) has traversed Australia twice on foot, but this time he’s doing it diagonally, and in support of people with a rare but fatal disease. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Volunteers create native seed banks in buffel fight

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Pockets of native grasses providing seed banks could be key to a strategy for defeating buffel. PHOTO: Stuart Rotary Club member Richard Bentley is heading up volunteers working near Wallaby Gap on the Larapinta Trial. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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‘First authentic Indigenous light festival of its kind in the world’

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“The story of the Caterpillar is folklore … considered by the local Indigenous Arrernte community to be one of the major creation forces of Alice Springs,” says NT Major Events.

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Growling motors, screeching tyres: NATS are here

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Red Centre NATS: All Christmases are coming at once for revheads. Photos and story by ERWIN CHLANDA. 

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Pine Gap homes to be sold from next year

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Defence gives a partial reply to questions about the sale of Pine Gap housing. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Opposition of Independents still possible

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Advice from the Solicitor-General refers to “convention and practice rather than law”, says MLA Robyn Lambley, and the situation confronting the 13th Legislative Assembly is anything but conventional. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

With no Opposition, the people will need to do the talking

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“We look forward to continued and thorough consultation on key industry topics, policy and legislation,” writes Neilia Ginnane (pictured), of the Housing Industry Association.

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Above and below, big things are happening

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Reptiles rise early, and there’s that streak in the sky! Nature provides diversion from politics. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Was that pee his?

Paroled offender charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice. FULL STORY »

Independents move to form Opposition

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With the possibility of as many, if not more Independents than Country Liberals in the Territory parliament, the Independents have already begun discussions on forming a coalition to take on the role of Opposition. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

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Election shock: the person bringing change may well be you

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Symbol of the past four years – the five-storey Supreme Court building, a temple to crime and commercial space that isn’t needed, towers over The Residency, part of what the locals and visitors from the world over love about Alice Springs. FULL STORY »

CLP: Reform, new party or branch of Liberal Party?

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Soul searching begins as the CLP may be reduced to just three of Parliament’s 25 seats. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Dale Wakefield who may unseat Chief Minister Adam Giles, Scotty McConnell who trounced Bess Price in Stuart and Adam Finch, whose preferences got Independent Robyn Lambley over the line in Araluen.

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Truckies at Alice reunion predict big changes

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Glasses that will keep drivers awake and real-time monitoring from satellites of speed, location and engine temperature – these will help to ensure a long life for road transport, say Industry Icons Gary and Steve Radford. ERWIN CHLANDA reports from the National Transport Hall of Fame reunion in Alice Springs.

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Instagram boost for Kangaroo Sanctuary

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In half a decade, from sleeping rough and back-breaking work, to world fame and running a tourism icon in Alice Springs, now Instagram crowns Kangaroo Dundee’s success.

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Doubts remain about independent monitoring of fracking

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CLP stance of “leave it to the EPA” falls short of advice from international expert advising the government, Tina Hunter. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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We spend more on debt than under Labor

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The new Darwin prison pushed interest on debt repayments under Giles beyond the level of Labor’s in 2011/12. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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The Greens Senator and that four-letter-word: Work.

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Is the solution for the Territory’s problems Guaranteed Adequate Income? ERWIN CHLANDA speaks with Greens Senator Rachel Siewert about it and other ideas her party has for Central Australia. PICTURED are Senator Siewert in Alice Springs, with Vince Forrester and Dalton Dupuy (Greens candidates for Namatjira and Braitling, respectively). FULL STORY »

NT poll – only one more sleep

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A $10,000 bounty on drug dealers, movies made in the NT, sharp drop in housing approvals, parks to be opened to trailbikes, 4WDs, and wind power beats gas power in our southern neighbour: Food for thought before you vote. FULL STORY »

Crime: Spin and reality

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Police were told who the bag snatchers are but more than three months after the crime, they still haven’t been dealt with. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Teen killers of man who tried to help them sentenced

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Richard Berry, pool manager at Yuendumu, was brutally killed in January 2015, then “cruelly abandoned” by “two young fellas he trusted and had given so much help to”, recalled his mother. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Dept of Children & Families toxic, repressive, say staff

p2349 Dept of Children and Families SMThe death, believed to have been a suicide, of a colleague triggers whistleblower revelations of “yelling at staff, imposing unreasonable workloads, isolating staff, spreading rumours, putting people down” and a string of other allegations by a “repressive gang” in the Alice Springs office. EXCLUSIVE by ERWIN CHLANDA. Image from the DCF website.

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Ground-breaking Territory play on the local stage

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Territory writer Mary Anne Butler’s play Broken made history when it won this year’s Victorian Prize for Literature – a first for a play.  After a sold-out run at the Darwin Festival it has been touring the Territory. KIERAN FINNANE reviews . FULL STORY »

Henley on Todd: Big kids, small kids, a ball for all

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Gunpowder smoke from broadsides of warring vessels (see video) and the pitter patter of little feet: It’s all part of the town’s longest lived crazy tourist draw card. ERWIN CHLANDA was there.

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Uber vs taxis: brawl over Labor’s proposal

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Brawl over Gunner’s planned introduction of Uber ride-for-pay: Taxi lobby says this is “un Australian”. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Election of Trump could impact Alice Springs: Mayor

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Pine Gap is significant to the economy, employment in Alice Springs, says Damien Ryan. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

 

UPDATE November 10, 10:30am: “Donald Trump Doesn’t Understand the Value of US Bases Overseas.”
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Search for six months old boy

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Police want to speak with two teenagers who were seen in a maroon coloured vehicle.

 

UPDATE: The baby has been found.

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Giles defeated in Braitling

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Dale Wakefield (pictured) becomes first Labor Member for Braitling. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Domestic violence: criminal justice system ‘not suitable for purpose’, says Coroner

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Two deaths that were the subject of the recent coronial inquest into “extreme domestic violence” were the tipping point for Coroner Greg Cavanagh. KIERAN FINNANE reports on his findings, handed down this morning. FULL STORY »

Little kids have the key to our future

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Talking, reading, playing and lots of praise: It all needs to happen in the first thee years of our children’s lives, says Congress CEO Donna Ah Chee (pictured) in her keynote address to the Chronic Diseases Network Conference. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Fresh irregularities at Lhere Artepe native title body

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ORIC takes elected officials, included Rosalie Kunoth-Monks (pictured) to task over suspension of members, decisions at meetings, appointment of directors. EXCLUSIVE by ERWIN CHLANDA.

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Groundwork laid for NT film industry future

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After 12 years at the helm of Screen Territory, retiring director Penelope McDonald looks back on the industry’s progress and forwards to her own future. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

The apple a day message got a bit more complicated

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Single teenage mothers and irresistible energy drinks span a wide range of topics at the Public Health Association conference. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photos: Limin Buchanan and Jackie Bradshaw (at right).

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Pine Gap: wake-up call for Alice Springs

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An artist focusses our attention on the military base about which we have become so blasé, writes KIERAN FINNANE. FULL STORY »

Michele Castagna, 1944 – 2016

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The feisty disability advocate and state finalist for Senior Australian of the Year 2015, passed away this morning.

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Police search for absconder

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It is alleged he removed his monitoring bracelet.

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The Centre gets three times its average rainfall

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… and maybe hail this evening, says BOM.

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Gunner on fracking: Change of words or heart?

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Five words are at the centre of a row between the environmentalist sector and the new Chief Minister. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Gunner ‘backflipped’ on fracking moratorium

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The anti-fracking lobby, which has played a major role in the NT election campaign, is outraged over what new Chief Minister Michael Gunner has announced this morning about the moratorium that was a cornerstone of his policies. ALEC spokeswoman Nicole Pietsch (pictured) has joined the Lock the Gate Alliance in an attack on the new Chief Minister.

 

UPDATE 4:50pm

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For richness and breadth there is nothing like Desert Mob

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The annual exhibition from art centres, in its 26th year, offers an inspiring survey of priorities for Aboriginal people in our region. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Peace President Obama dispatcher of drones killing innocents

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Unmanned warplanes will be the focus of protests and convention talks in Alice Springs as participants call Pine Gap staff “polite murderous citizens” and demand closure of the base. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Facts about street kids made public

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Youth Parol statistics reveal the extent of a problem. EXCLUSIVE by ERWIN CHLANDA.

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Protest at a price?

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Permits to protest under Town Council By-laws can cost $80 a day but is this democratic and fair, asks Councillor Jade Kudrenko. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Wakefield in inner cabinet. Paech, McConnell assistant ministers.

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Chief Minister Michael Gunner (pictured), in the announcement of his team, has apparently re-named the national indigenous art and culture centre in Alice Springs to which both major parties gave much attention in the campaign. It is now called  “Iconic Indigenous Art Gallery”. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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We need to bring trust back to government: Dale Wakefield

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“I am not afraid of full and frank public discussion,” says the new Member for Braitling (pictured with Federal Member Warren Snowdon). “That’s how we get to good outcomes, to be brave enough to have these difficult conversations.” She spoke with ERWIN CHLANDA.

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Stop the light show, says petition to Gunner

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The “Parrtjima – A Festival in Light” should be cancelled because it will harm rock wallabies, claims a petition on a global website. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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The lady who provides the link to outside

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Three yellow daisies from a little girl among other gifts marked Enid Harland’s 20 years as volunteer.

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Desert ‘mysteries’: start by asking the locals 

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“Fairy circles”: they sound like something out of a Disney film but the term is actually at the heart of a scientific debate being conducted at the highest level. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

When an elder is an elder

The term “elder” is generally linked to the person having knowledge and how to be wise to speak on or share the knowledge, writes Michael Liddle, of Alice Springs. FULL STORY »

More rain doubles average winter falls

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Some roads may be cut. PHOTO courtesy HANS THOLSTRUP: Low clouds sit on top of the Olgas.

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Lambley calls for action on palliative care hospice

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The government needs to honour its commitment on palliative care hospice in Alice, writes ROBYN LAMBLEY (pictured).

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Flowers to brighten up a rainy day

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The annual flower exhibition will open at the Residency this afternoon.  ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »