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‘Fracking debate must include shale gas industry impacts’

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University researchers found that oil and gas industry propaganda is telling only part of the fracking story, writes Naomi Hogan of Lock the Gate NT.

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Alice electrician powers largest independent hospital ship

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Local sparkie Nathan Foote (pictured) gives charity a hand looking after thousands of people in Africa needing medical care, writes Melissa Mason of Mercy Ships Australia.

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Opal fuel turns 10

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The low aromatic fuel has cut sniffing by almost 88% in 17 communities but some servos still refuse to stock it, writes Blair McFarland (pictured).

  FULL STORY »

Fresh breeze of confidence in the CBD

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New style convenience store, bakery take up corners of the Alice Plaza. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

‘Average kids’ make up half of those in care

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Dysfunctional homes my be driving them into the care of the state. By ERWIN CHLANDA. IMAGE from the Facebook site Abandoned Prams of Central Australia. FULL STORY »

Family ties ‘could feature in Indigenous tourism’

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Professor Rolf Gerritsen (pictured) says combine obligations to rellies with guiding tourists, writes CDU Media Officer Katie Weiss.

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Will shale gas fracking release greenhouse gasses?

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“Clean” Territory gas would have dangerous methane as by-product writes Naomi Hogan (pictured), of the Lock the Gate Alliance NT.

  FULL STORY »

Strengthening public interest in government advertising

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No taxpayers’ money for political advertisements pledges Michael Gunner (pictured), writes media advisor.

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Council millions for cradle to grave welfare schemes

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Central Desert Regional Council which, on a per-capita basis has a budget six times greater than the Alice Springs Town Council, is fine-tuning activities in child and aged care, education, law and order and the local economy. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Grog: Stop TBL, bring back BDR, says CLC

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Central Land Council also calls for more government support for victims of “extreme rate of alcohol consumption”. PHOTO: Tipping out alcohol outside the Congress shop in 1990. Alice Springs News Online archive.

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Darwin gets ‘vibrant’ minister, not Alice: Lambley

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But Gunner will work with the town council to breathe life into the Mall, writes Robyn Lambley (pictured).

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Growing food up north? Small is clever.

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Our north the nation’s food bowl? Self-sufficiency may be a good start. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo: David de Vries with a planting pot he designed for outback conditions.

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Royal Commission’s broad inquiry: ‘the way kids live their lives’

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“The difficulty will be to draw together all these strands into recommendations that can be implemented.” KIERAN FINNANE  reports. FULL STORY »

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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Fracking survey details will not be released

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Pauline Cass (pictured) disagrees with the Government’s version of what happened with online submissions on the fracking inquiry. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

 

UPDATE 4:45pm: Vowles slams lid on submissions.

UPDATE October 16: “Open and transparent fracking consultation” claims Lauren Moss, Minister for Environment. FULL STORY »

UPDATE October 20: No details of the survey to be released.

Call for more ‘investment’ for ‘largest land owning group’

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Northern Land Council CEO Joe Morrison (pictured) grapples with the notion that Aborigines are land rich but development poor. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

 

UPDATE 1am November 9.

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Major reforms underway in youth justice, child protection

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“If we just keep locking kids up, we just keep growing the business of locking kids up,” says newly appointed Deputy CEO of Territory Families, Jeanette Kerr.

 

Interview by KIERAN FINNANE. FULL STORY »

Woman’s face bashed during home invasion

And children steal 17 mobile phones and $1000 worth of grog, police allege. FULL STORY »

Namatjira project: a film and a legacy

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After six years the Big hART project has reached an ending of sorts but hopes for a lasting legacy. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Demand for middle-range homes grows three-fold: agent.

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Stamp duty relief, renovation grant maKe “amazing difference,” says real estate Steffi Hart (pictured). Report by ERWIN CHLANDA.

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Everyday realities dosed with humour and hope: TV series

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These are stories “the world doesn’t see”, said co-director Warren H Williams at the premiere of all four episodes of the series Our Place. KIERAN FINNANE  reviews. FULL STORY »

Old Melanka site for sale – again

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$100m dollar project dropped. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Council president arrested for aggravated assault

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His arrest co-incides with the launch of the Central Desert Regional Council’s Family Wellbeing Strategy. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: President Adrian Dixon.

 

UPDATE October 18

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Judges and people on song for Wearable Art’s top prize

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“Queen Aero Naughtical” got the tick, a homage to pioneer women pilots. Words by KIERAN FINNANE, photos by ERWIN CHLANDA. FULL STORY »

RSPCA loses court case against cattleman

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Failure to have cattle de-horning declared as animal cruelty is a “significant win for the pastoral industry,” says defendant’s lawyer. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

 

UPDATE October 17: The RSPCA replies.

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‘China visit focus should be on renewables, not fossil fuels’

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China is the world’s biggest investor in non-fossil energy. Gunner should have talked about that, not gas, writes Jimmy Cocking.

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Traynor’s Alice Springs: more than tale of heroic white men

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This new book drives home just how heavily imprinted on the present town map is its colonial history, but author Stuart Traynor tells a more multifaceted story. KIERAN FINNANE reviews. FULL STORY »

Before and after that famous handful of sand

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Historian Charlie Ward’s book, A Handful of Sand, recasts the moment not as the start of something, but as coming in the middle of a process of enormous social change. KIERAN FINNANE spoke with the author. FULL STORY »

Alice Turf Club silent on financial issues

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Taxpayer funding puts “issues” into the public interest domain. Club chairman Craig Lambley is in the centre of the photo. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Youth detention Royal Commission can summons parents

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The decision to do so lies with the counsels assisting, Peter Callaghan SC (left) and Tony McAvoy SC (right). ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Beef producers to be surveyed on fracking

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Results will go to the AGM of the Cattlemen’s Association in March and to the NT Government, says Tracey Hayes (pictured). ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

A Dorothy Dixers free day and pollies’ interests on web

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… and the Speaker will be an Independent, Kezia Purick at the moment, says Natasha Fyles (pictured).

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‘Town council neglects its duty of care over Pine Gap’

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Alice has no civil defence measures in case of a nuclear attack on the base, writes Bevan Ramsden, of Lambton, NSW. PHOTO: Kristian Laemmle-Ruff.

  FULL STORY »

Top female police officer takes new role

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The role, in Territory Families, brings together domestic violence, child protection and youth justice under one coordinated umbrella. FULL STORY »

Tourism, parks under one hat: great opportunity

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An Indigenous cultural centre in Alice Springs, tourism from Asia, the revheads’ NATS, battling buffel and the Parrtjima festival (pictured) are all works in progress. ERWIN CHLANDA speaks with new Minister Lauren Moss.

  FULL STORY »

Fiasco in government’s fracking survey

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The website recording comments wasn’t working for part of the brief consultation period. Fracking opponents demand an extension of the deadline. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

 

UPDATE 10:10am.

  FULL STORY »

Intruder locks out home owners

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… and makes a mess of the ensuite, writes Heather Krikke.

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More doubts on Gunner’s fracking policies

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Advisory body’s focus is far too narrow, says Katherine action group as deadline for public comment nears. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO provided by the group shows industrialisation of the hydraulically fractured Jonah shale Gasfield, USA.

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Tuesday, 5:40pm: The exploration licence given by the Giles Government to Origin just days before the election will not permit the company to use fracking while the new government’s moratorium is in place. FULL STORY »

Yuendumu break-ins: culprits are small children

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A reliable source says they smashed windows, damaged cars and in one office, set light to files. Aged eight to 10, they will not be prosecuted, say police, who are working with the children’s families. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

  FULL STORY »

Homes get cheaper, web buying hammers traders

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Boost as new government brings back stamp duty rebate for first home buyers, says senior industry source. PHOTO: The industrial area where the commercial and industrial rental market struggles.

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Industry, government working together sparked visitor boom

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Generous grants to operators for promotion and infrastructure improvements went a long way, says Rex Neindorf (pictured at left in the photo), of the iconic Reptile Centre. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Alice women’s footy side scores huge in Adelaide

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The Alice Pinktails a footy sensation on Norwood Oval. ROB CLARKE reports.

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Prisoner rehab missing or inadequate: Hamburger review

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Some prisoners “sentenced to a job” were declining parole so that they could keep their paid work, a “perverse consequence” of the over-emphasised scheme which came at a cost to other programs. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

When fresh food is too dear, DIY

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Family battles bad food that is making kids fat. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Drunken violence on NT women massively above Oz average

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… and only in the NT the rate for women exceeds the rate for men: Curtin University study. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Altercation in the CBD.

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Thousands share in the fun as Masters Games start

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A torrent of people parading through Todd Mall last night to usher in the 16th Masters Games. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Put detention millions to better use, Royal Commission told

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It’s money going “down the drain” if you want to rehabilitate. KIERAN FINNANE reports from the Royal Commission’s visit to Yuendumu. FULL STORY »

Council’s one sentence Pine Gap policy is 30 years old

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… and the impending review has no guidelines. When it comes to the “space base” local government sees no evil, hears no evil and speaks no evil. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Tourism bonanza in final CLP year

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Town outperformed The Rock in 2015-16, says the research. Alice is being seen as a destination in its own right rather than a place on the way to somewhere else, says Chamber of Commerce CEO Kay Eade. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Government silent on unsupervised street kids in its care

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Department for a new CEO, Ken Davies (pictured) but kept its old habits of lacking transparency. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

 

UPDATE 11:35am with information from the department.

  FULL STORY »

Volunteers are beating buffel

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The Old Eastside’s Spencer Valley has turned into a sea of yellow flowers. The grey clump is dead buffel. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

 

UPDATE October 28: St Philip’s students in war on buffel.

  FULL STORY »

Pine Gap: protection or threat?

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Bigger and more powerful than ever, Pine Gap is part of “a great upsurge” in American military presence in Australia, an expert tells a packed public meeting in Alice Springs. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Who is this man, police ask

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He may be able to assist with inquiries into a serious assault in Todd Mall in August.

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Despite protests Pine Gap bigger, more powerful than ever

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The biggest and hardest lesson from past campaigns is that we are now much further from closing Pine Gap than we were (or at least we thought we were) 30 years ago, writes RUSSELL GOLDFLAM. FULL STORY »

Pine Gap: Important talks but who was listening?

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Pine Gap protests: Days of debate ignored by most. By ERWIN CHLANDA. Photo: Senator Scott Ludlam (black shirt) speaking at the gates to Pine Gap.

 

UPDATE 11:30am

UPDATE 1:45pm

UPDATE 10:42pm on October 4.

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CLP preselected some wrong people, says Steve Brown

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The Country Liberal Party chose the wrong candidates, says Steve Brown (pictured), long-time member and candidate for Araluen. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Greens Senator: Investigate those who led us into the Iraq war

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Scott Ludlam (pictured) tells Pine Gap public forum that the Australian Prime Minister’s office is just another “jointly operated outpost” of the United States. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Red faces for Federal police bringing peace activists to court

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They forgot to apply the letter of the law and the charges were thrown out. KIERAN FINNANE reports. Pictured from left, activists Tim Webb, Franz Dowling, Jim Dowling and Margaret Pestorious. Not shown, Andy Paine. FULL STORY »

Back door to Pine Gap

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Is the base using stealth buses? No. There is a back road. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Pine Gap demonstrators provide real time images

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Defence contractor Raytheon targeted in the industrial area.

 

UPDATE 9:50am

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‘Out of home care’ system broken, Royal Commission told

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Children are consigned to untrained staff, long waiting lists for counselling and health needs, hasty reunification with family who are then not supported to care for them: these are among the failings of the ‘out of home care’ system. KIERAN FINNANE reports from yesterday’s community meeting with Royal Commissioners Mick Gooda and Margaret White (pictured). FULL STORY »

Aboriginal sites authority gave no cultural advice

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Claim by festival organisers are contested. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PICTURED are Giles Wesley (left), lighting projection artist, and Anthony Bastic, director of light, from AGB Events, at the launch of the event last Friday.

  FULL STORY »

‘This beautiful body of knowledge’ at the Strehlow Centre

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SHAUN ANGELES, an Indigenous Repatriation Researcher at the centre, speaks of working with a collection whose essence is  “all about sacred land management practice and human wellbeing management”. FULL STORY »

Historian, archeologist changed ‘imagination of a nation’

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And “there is no one who has done more work on the Central Australia of 100 years ago and there probably never will be”, according to Alice Springs historian Dick Kimber. FULL STORY »

Pool ban: Councillors have ‘no power to direct or control staff’

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They are “more like a board” and the Local Government Act denies them hands-on management, says Cr Eli Melky (pictured).

  FULL STORY »

Batchelor Institute students get 149 certificates

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But the training facility is mum on some questions about jobs for students and its budget. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Pine Gap protests in town, at base

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US facility (pictured) in Schwarz Crescent also targeted.

  FULL STORY »

75,000 domestic violence cases in three years

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Police Commissioner Reece Kershaw (pictured) calls for a Violent Offender Register so people like Carlie Sinclair don’t have to die any more.

  FULL STORY »

Festival in Light ignores local advice, talent

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A dreamtime story, millions of taxpayers’ dollars and the local creative community left out in the cold: The Festival in Light gets heavy. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Video: The hunter and the dog on Mount Gillen.

  FULL STORY »

White guilt flopped but Okine’s braggadocio worked

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Comedian Matt Okine (pictured) takes aim at cooking shows, haters on social media, the badness of Mondays and vegan guilt, writes reviewer MORGAN RICHARDS.

  FULL STORY »

Ironman barred from pool says he is denied natural justice

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Council firm on six month trespass notice, makes offer which Kevin Coyle (pictured) considers “unsuitable”. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

SA power cost blow-out: Some will say I told you so.

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When the wind stopped electricity costs in South Australia went through the roof, writes Tony Wood, of the Grattan Institute.

  FULL STORY »

Benefactor was there at the start of huge art movement

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$100,000 birthday present for Olive Pink Garden from Peter Fannin (pictured), one of the co-founders of the world famous dot painting movement. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

  FULL STORY »

Alanya making ‘dreams come true and bigger’

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Young people from Warburton Ranges  celebrate contemporary youth culture on the Ngaanyatjarra lands and lay the foundation of a social enterprise. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Misleading zoo comparison as wallabies get blasted with light

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Spin doctors are getting into high gear ahead of Chief Minister Michael Gunner’s dinner to launch the Festival in Light. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

 

UPDATE 3:45pm

UPDATE 12:50pm September 23

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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 »

Government stops ‘excessive surcharges’ by taxis

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Taxi credit card charges reduced from 10% to 5%, night rides must be pre-paid, writes SIMON SAUNDERS, of the NT Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics.

 

UPDATE September 30, 1:45pm re surcharges

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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.

  FULL STORY »

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.

  FULL STORY »

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 »

Storm in the town pool: Ironman banned

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Swimmer training for international event says he’s left high and dry for six month without coherent explanation. PHOTO: Mates in the pool (left to right) Deanne Ward, Tamara Shirvington, Nat Stepan, Lynn Treis, Fiona Coyle, Kevin Coyle, Duncan Rogers.

 

UPDATE: 11am September 23

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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).

  FULL STORY »

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.

  FULL STORY »

The Centre gets three times its average rainfall

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… and maybe hail this evening, says BOM.

  FULL STORY »

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.

  FULL STORY »

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.

  FULL STORY »

Facts about street kids made public

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

  FULL STORY »

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.

  FULL STORY »

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).

  FULL STORY »

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 »

Missing link: no Minister for Local Government

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An Assistant Minister for A Vibrant Darwin CBD yet no defined focus on Local Government? Mayor Damien Ryan is concerned. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »