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See the Red Centre without setting foot in Alice Springs

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“It is expected the new service will be very attractive to time-poor Asian and European travellers. Travelling to Uluru via Darwin improves their options, cutting their travel time up to five hours … instead of travelling on flights via other cities,” says the promotion of a direct Darwin to Ayers Rock Resort service by Qantas, starting today. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo: Qantas promotional image, showing Kata Tjuta (the Olgas ). FULL STORY »

Federal Budget ‘another big GST blow to the NT’

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A further $75m reduction of GST: The Territory Labor Government has fought to see immediate Federal investment in the Territory and job-creating projects. This Budget doesn’t deliver that says Treasurer Nicole Manison (pictured). Meanwhile Opposition Leader Gary Higgins welcomes new taxation measures for business and individuals. FULL STORY »

Billion dollar mine inching closer to reality

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The money isn’t in the bank yet but Arafura Resources is soliciting “indicative costs” for motel-style accommodation on site for use during shifts and initially, construction. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Remote parents to raise playgroup and web data issues

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Hiccups in the mobile playgroup scheme and payment for internet access needed to do school work were key issues raised at the annual meeting of the Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association yesterday. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Image NTCOSS website. FULL STORY »

Gallery swap: Aborigines second in pecking order

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The Chief Minister is putting his fresh “preferred location” for the National Aboriginal Art Gallery to the town council, ahead of the local Aboriginal people whose culture and traditions the multi-million project is mean to be celebrating. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Isolated parents meet: From the absurd to the visionary

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Boarding and travel allowances under the microscope, and a push for agricultural, conservation and land management courses. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo: Ziggy Solczaniuk, School of the Air pupil at Ross River, pictured in 2015. FULL STORY »

Killerbots, guided by Pine Gap, same as any other weapon?

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What to hit, what to avoid will be programmed at the design stage; deployment and targeting will still be human-directed. That’s what makes Pine Gap relevant and gives Alice Springs residents a more than usual stake in the debate at the UN. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Welcome to winter paradise

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How to use a Swag and other useful hints as we say good-bye to the heat. By ERWIN CHLANDA. FULL STORY »

Cattlemen face land tenure, gas, live export and Native Title

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Live export restrictions, on-shore gas production, Native Title and security of land tenure present challenges to the cattle industry, according to Chris Nott (pictured), president of the NT Cattlemen’s Association (NTCA), speaking at its annual meeting today. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

 

UPDATE 12.30pm The NT Government is proposing to amend the Pastoral Land Act making permission to use pastoral lease land for non-pastoral purposes more difficult to obtain.

 

UPDATE Saturday 3.15am: Live export safe under Labor, say McCarthy and Snowdon. FULL STORY »

Half a billion dollars for NT roads: Scullion

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Federal program will  increase flood immunity and boost safety and efficiency through sealing, realigning routes, building bridges and widening roads, writes Nigel Scullion (pictured) Senator for the Northern Territory. FULL STORY »

Council platitudes in response to residents’ anger

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The Town Council director of technical services, Scott Allen (at left), answers with platitudes questions raised three weeks ago about damaging work done to the verges of Schaber Road. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

We’ll all be rooned. Not.

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House and unit prices: Hanrahan’s got it wrong. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. IMAGE: Part of Araluen from Google Earth. FULL STORY »

Council: fob off, rejection, and secret moves

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On top of failing to apologise for disparaging remarks and rejecting council’s appeal for master plan funding, Chief Minister Michael Gunner seems to have his sights set on the Civic Centre block for the proposed national Aboriginal art gallery. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Bottle snatching and assault alleged

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Police seek a woman after alleged bottle snatching and assault. FULL STORY »

John Moriarty: My mother found me in Alice Springs

2624 Moriarty Qantas SMUniversity graduate, soccer star, activist, senior public servant and successful businessman: Removed child John Moriarty rose to the top of Australia’s public life, with Alice Springs at the crossroads of his extraordinary achievements. MARK J SMITH chronicles them. Photo: John and Ros Moriarty with the Qantas Dreamliner whose livery their company created. Two-time Brownlow Medallist Adam Goodes is in the centre. FULL STORY »

Save Anzac Hill High School: National Trust

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The school was the first purpose built school for the education of secondary school students in Alice Springs and was a significant step-up in school design to meet the increasing needs of the community, writes Tim Dixon, Director, National Trust NT. FULL STORY »

Government backflip leaves Centre’s youth worst off

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Almost 75%  of young people in detention in the Northern Territory are from the Centre. They are being doubly punished, says the Central Australian Youth Justice committee, by being locked up in a detention centre that’s not fit for purpose, or being sent over a thousand kilometres away from their families to Don Dale where they can’t receive visits. FULL STORY »

Government backflip leaves Centre’s youth worst off

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Almost 75%  of young people in detention in the Northern Territory are from the Centre. They are being doubly punished, says the Central Australian Youth Justice committee, by being locked up in a detention centre that’s not fit for purpose, or being sent over a thousand kilometres away from their families to Don Dale where they can’t receive visits. FULL STORY »

Tungsten, molybdenum miner closer to production

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Thor raises $742,000 and moves mine north-east of Alice closer to production. And the Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority has now issued an Authority Certificate. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Thor’s Molyhil site. FULL STORY »

Tungsten, molybdenum miner closer to production

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Thor raises $742,000 and moves mine north-east of Alice closer to production. And the Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority has now issued an Authority Certificate. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Thor’s Molyhil site. FULL STORY »

News cycle: It’s all over in a day

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The 24 hour news cycle is a handy reality for some: It’s all forgotten by tomorrow. A case in point: The IBIS Styles Alice Springs Oasis hotel in Alice Springs is alleged to have given Aborigines inferior rooms. Tourism Central Australia CEO Stephen Schwer (pictured) had known about this for months. The organisation’s chairperson is dodging questions. FULL STORY »

Ida Standley, Topsy Smith: Mothers to the Bungalow children

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By teaching white children in the morning and Aboriginal children in the afternoon it is likely that Ida Standley’s school at Alice Springs was the first government multi-cultural school in Australia – in 1914. By JOHN PmD SMITH. FULL STORY »

Ida Standley, Topsy Smith: Mothers to the Bungalow children

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By teaching white children in the morning and Aboriginal children in the afternoon it is likely that Ida Standley’s school at Alice Springs was the first government multi-cultural school in Australia – in 1914. By JOHN PmD SMITH. FULL STORY »

Ways of being: beyond the beauty of Papunya paintings

 

Men, whose lives in so many ways were under the thumb of Native Affairs, found the means to assert a profound expression of who they were in their own terms and sent this out into the world, writes KIERAN FINNANE. FULL STORY »

Aboriginal soldier from Charlotte Waters killed in WWI

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Tomorrow, March 26, a Last Post Ceremony at sunset (5.30pm) will be held at the Alice Springs Cenotaph, Anzac Hill, in honour of Private Alexander McKinnon. He is pictured as a child with his with his paternal grandfather, also Alexander, writes Jonathan Pilbrow, Convener Alice Springs Peace Action Think Tank. FULL STORY »

Aboriginal soldier from Charlotte Waters killed in WWI

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Tomorrow, March 26, a Last Post Ceremony at sunset (5.30pm) will be held at the Alice Springs Cenotaph, Anzac Hill, in honour of Private Alexander McKinnon. He is pictured as a child with his with his paternal grandfather, also Alexander, writes Jonathan Pilbrow, Convener Alice Springs Peace Action Think Tank. FULL STORY »

Gas, oil royalties: 10% of what?

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After the agonising, divisive fracking debate we can be safe in the knowledge that we’re getting in royalties 10% of an amount of which we have no idea. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Canberra billions: Is there anybody out there?

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Alice Springs is slow off the mark getting a slice of the $5bn in the kitty of the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility. ERWIN CHLANDA spoke with Mark Coffey (pictured), Head of the Office of Northern Australia. FULL STORY »

Oops, no heavy rain for Alice

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System broke up much faster than usual, says independent forecaster. FULL STORY »

Oops, no heavy rain for Alice

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System broke up much faster than usual, says independent forecaster. FULL STORY »

Mineral exploration on the way up

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NT mineral exploration annual expenditure is recovering from a trough of $78m in 2016 reaching $123m in 2018, but is still way below the 2011 peak of $228m. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Mineral exploration on the way up

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NT mineral exploration annual expenditure is recovering from a trough of $78m in 2016 reaching $123m in 2018, but is still way below the 2011 peak of $228m. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Gallery: The Gunner spin goes on

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Non-answers for Lambley and passing the buck to the Town Council: Gunner’s gallery fumbling continues as Adelaide scores $85m from the Feds. ERWIN CHLANDA comments. FULL STORY »

Gallery: The Gunner spin goes on

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Non-answers for Lambley and passing the buck to the Town Council: Gunner’s gallery fumbling continues as Adelaide scores $85m from the Feds. ERWIN CHLANDA comments. FULL STORY »

Home-coming for the foundation works of Western Desert art

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The foundation works of the Western Desert art movement have returned home, perhaps not to West Camp at Papunya where the spark was lit in the song, dance and body painting of prolonged ceremonies starting in the warm months of late 1970, but to Alice Springs where the first paintings on board arrived, beginning their journey to international renown, writes KIERAN FINNANE. FULL STORY »

Home-coming for the foundation works of Western Desert art

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The foundation works of the Western Desert art movement have returned home, perhaps not to West Camp at Papunya where the spark was lit in the song, dance and body painting of prolonged ceremonies starting in the warm months of late 1970, but to Alice Springs where the first paintings on board arrived, beginning their journey to international renown, writes KIERAN FINNANE. FULL STORY »

Two injured in rock throwing

Six alleged offenders aged under 10 were taken home by police, and three aged 11, 12 and 13 issued with Youth Diversion written warnings. Police report. FULL STORY »

Two injured in rock throwing

Six alleged offenders aged under 10 were taken home by police, and three aged 11, 12 and 13 issued with Youth Diversion written warnings. Police report. FULL STORY »

Thinking about Dreaming

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Usage and meaning of the words ‘Dreaming’ and ‘Dreamtime’ have moved a long way from original understandings, reflects DICK KIMBER. FULL STORY »

Massive gas reserves close to being tapped

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But the red tape is still a mile long. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo: Alister Trier, Chief Executive of Department of Primary Industry and Resources, addressing some 250 mining personnel at the AGES conference in Alice Springs this morning.

 

UPDATE Wednesday 10.50am: Tourism not fracking should be promoted, says the Protect Country Alliance. FULL STORY »

A student should have led the chants: Jimmy Cocking

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Arid Lands Environment Centre staff are “highly distressed” by social media posts following the School Strike 4 Climate Action, says Jimmy Cocking (pictured). FULL STORY »

A student should have led the chants: Jimmy Cocking

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Arid Lands Environment Centre staff are “highly distressed” by social media posts following the School Strike 4 Climate Action, says Jimmy Cocking (pictured). FULL STORY »

Charles Perkins: Australia’s Nelson Mandela

2622 Charles Perkins SM2622 Charles Perkins 1 SMIt could be said nobody had a more positive impact on improving the lives of Aboriginal people in the twentieth century than Charles Nelson Perkins. Born in Alice Springs on a wooden table at “The Bungalow” in 1936 he was the first Indigenous person the become Secretary of a Commonwealth Government Department. Feared by ministers and confidant to Prime Ministers, he was an unrelenting fighter for his people. Story by MARK J SMITH. FULL STORY »

Charles Perkins: Australia’s Nelson Mandela

2622 Charles Perkins SM2622 Charles Perkins 1 SMIt could be said nobody had a more positive impact on improving the lives of Aboriginal people in the twentieth century than Charles Nelson Perkins. Born in Alice Springs on a wooden table at “The Bungalow” in 1936 he was the first Indigenous person the become Secretary of a Commonwealth Government Department. Feared by ministers and confidant to Prime Ministers, he was an unrelenting fighter for his people. Story by MARK J SMITH. FULL STORY »

Big crowd at local School Strike 4 Climate Action

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Alice Springs students rallied, held speeches and marched through the CBD in  support of today’s mass action across the nation. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Big crowd at local School Strike 4 Climate Action

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Alice Springs students rallied, held speeches and marched through the CBD in  support of today’s mass action across the nation. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Trachoma campaign in Centre part of ending Australia’s shame

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“With every kid’s face clean, trachoma would disappear by the end of the year.” This is the blunt and urgent message of EndTrachoma by 2020 which opened a community laundry in Santa Teresa this week. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Trachoma campaign in Centre part of ending Australia’s shame

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“With every kid’s face clean, trachoma would disappear by the end of the year.” This is the blunt and urgent message of EndTrachoma by 2020 which opened a community laundry in Santa Teresa this week. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Heat rises on cooling plan

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Mayor Damien Ryan is not happy to have the kibosh put on planting trees on the median strip at the northern end of Bath Street. In fact, to use his own word, he is “infuriated” – to the degree that he walked out of the council meeting last night before a vote on the issue was taken, having earlier launched a sustained verbal attack on a council officer’s report. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Heat rises on cooling plan

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Mayor Damien Ryan is not happy to have the kibosh put on planting trees on the median strip at the northern end of Bath Street. In fact, to use his own word, he is “infuriated” – to the degree that he walked out of the council meeting last night before a vote on the issue was taken, having earlier launched a sustained verbal attack on a council officer’s report. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

A necessary remembrance

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The loss of hundreds upon hundreds of trees in Tjoritja National Park (West MacDonnell Ranges) should not go without a significant act of remembering. FULL STORY »

A necessary remembrance

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The loss of hundreds upon hundreds of trees in Tjoritja National Park (West MacDonnell Ranges) should not go without a significant act of remembering. FULL STORY »

‘Arrogant’ government fails to answer 20 questions

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“The growing arrogance of this Labor Government is quite shocking,” says Independent MLA for Araluen Robyn Lambley (pictured) as Chief Minister Michael Gunner fails to provide specific replies to 20 questions about the Opposition. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

‘Arrogant’ government fails to answer 20 questions

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“The growing arrogance of this Labor Government is quite shocking,” says Independent MLA for Araluen Robyn Lambley (pictured) as Chief Minister Michael Gunner fails to provide specific replies to 20 questions about the Opposition. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Councillor passes buck to staff

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From this (at left) to that: But don’t complain about it to Cr Glen Auricht, chair of the Technical Services executive committee. He won’t have an answer for you. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Councillor passes buck to staff

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From this (at left) to that: But don’t complain about it to Cr Glen Auricht, chair of the Technical Services executive committee. He won’t have an answer for you. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Leslie Nayda: Alice boy reaches top of SA public service

2620 Les Nayda in 1978 SM2620 St John's Hostel SMLes” Nayda (at left), born in Alice Springs in 1943, became the longest serving Aboriginal public servant in Australia and the first dedicated policy adviser on Aboriginal Affairs to a State Premier. By JOHN P McD SMITH. At right: St John’s Hostel in Bath Street, Alice Springs. FULL STORY »

Leslie Nayda: Alice boy reaches top of SA public service

2620 Les Nayda in 1978 SM2620 St John's Hostel SMLes” Nayda (at left), born in Alice Springs in 1943, became the longest serving Aboriginal public servant in Australia and the first dedicated policy adviser on Aboriginal Affairs to a State Premier. By JOHN P McD SMITH. At right: St John’s Hostel in Bath Street, Alice Springs. FULL STORY »

Bringing Arrernte language into town signage

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In this International Year of Indigenous Languages, Akeyulerre Inc wants to work with council, first on a specific project achievable within six months, then set a timeline for a process beyond that. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Bringing Arrernte language into town signage

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In this International Year of Indigenous Languages, Akeyulerre Inc wants to work with council, first on a specific project achievable within six months, then set a timeline for a process beyond that. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Gender-diverse Alice flocks to drag queen spectacular

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Mascara was streaming down their faces in torrents (whose idea was it to have the spectacle at the hottest time of the day – 39 degrees?) but there was no stopping the drag queens in town for the first FABalice festival, and the locals just love a parade: They packed into the Mall. See video. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Gender-diverse Alice flocks to drag queen spectacular

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Mascara was streaming down their faces in torrents (whose idea was it to have the spectacle at the hottest time of the day – 39 degrees?) but there was no stopping the drag queens in town for the first FABalice festival, and the locals just love a parade: They packed into the Mall. See video. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

No juvenile prison in your back yard: Dale Wakefield

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“The infrastructure here is not ideal but it is a lot better than what it was. We have no immediate plans to move that anywhere at this stage. We want to focus on keeping kids out of that facility.” Last night’s announcement by Dale Wakefield was good news for the NIMBY crowd. It is not what she promised 15 months ago for offending children. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Doreen Carrol nee McCormack, at right in the photo, with part of the crowd last night, mostly women. FULL STORY »

No juvenile prison in your back yard: Dale Wakefield

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“The infrastructure here is not ideal but it is a lot better than what it was. We have no immediate plans to move that anywhere at this stage. We want to focus on keeping kids out of that facility.” Last night’s announcement by Dale Wakefield was good news for the NIMBY crowd. It is not what she promised 15 months ago for offending children. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Doreen Carrol nee McCormack, at right in the photo, with part of the crowd last night, mostly women. FULL STORY »

$65m for children at risk case management system

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Territory Families CEO  Ken Davies (pictured) says 1060 children are in the government’s care. The “Safe, Thriving and Connected” program now being designed is included in the $229m response to the recommendations of the royal commission into children in custody. ERWIN CHLANDA  reports.

 

UPDATE 5.22pm FULL STORY »

$65m for children at risk case management system

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Territory Families CEO  Ken Davies (pictured) says 1060 children are in the government’s care. The “Safe, Thriving and Connected” program now being designed is included in the $229m response to the recommendations of the royal commission into children in custody. ERWIN CHLANDA  reports.

 

UPDATE 5.22pm FULL STORY »

NT state final demand declines further

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Drop of 2.5% in the December quarter follows 8.4% in September, according to the ABS. Real action is needed, says the Opposition. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

NT state final demand declines further

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Drop of 2.5% in the December quarter follows 8.4% in September, according to the ABS. Real action is needed, says the Opposition. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Fixing taps or fixing policy?

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After decades of arguing about remote housing, consultants are still paid well for big words while the people on the ground could be taught to fix the small jobs. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Pictured: A kit to fix leaking taps. FULL STORY »

Fixing taps or fixing policy?

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After decades of arguing about remote housing, consultants are still paid well for big words while the people on the ground could be taught to fix the small jobs. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Pictured: A kit to fix leaking taps. FULL STORY »

The Florence Nightingale from the bush

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Sister Rona Glynn grew up at The Bungalow in Alice Springs, Mulgoa in NSW and St Mary’s Hostel, back in Alice Springs. In 1952 she was the first Indigenous junior teacher at the Alice Springs Primary School. In 1962 she became the first Indigenous charge sister at the Alice Springs Hospital. It is believed that she delivered over 2000 babies and was loved throughout Alice as Sister Glynn. FULL STORY »

The Florence Nightingale from the bush

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Sister Rona Glynn grew up at The Bungalow in Alice Springs, Mulgoa in NSW and St Mary’s Hostel, back in Alice Springs. In 1952 she was the first Indigenous junior teacher at the Alice Springs Primary School. In 1962 she became the first Indigenous charge sister at the Alice Springs Hospital. It is believed that she delivered over 2000 babies and was loved throughout Alice as Sister Glynn. FULL STORY »

Town Council out of step with counterparts on assets register

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In Queensland anyone can consult councillors’ asset registers online; in Victoria anyone can apply to consult them. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Town Council out of step with counterparts on assets register

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In Queensland anyone can consult councillors’ asset registers online; in Victoria anyone can apply to consult them. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Liberals and Labor: Tweedledum and Tweedledee on Pine Gap

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That hasn’t changed after Defence Minister Christopher Pyne’s Ministerial Statement last Wednesday and Shadow Defence Minister Richard Marles’ ingratiating reply. This includes refusing to answer any questions. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Liberals and Labor: Tweedledum and Tweedledee on Pine Gap

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That hasn’t changed after Defence Minister Christopher Pyne’s Ministerial Statement last Wednesday and Shadow Defence Minister Richard Marles’ ingratiating reply. This includes refusing to answer any questions. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Gas fracking: Who forgot the oil?

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The Gunner Government’s permission to frack for gas amounts equally to permission to frack for oil – enhancing the production of oil and giving access to Northern Territory oil not available without fracking. By TIM FORCEY. FULL STORY »

Gas fracking: Who forgot the oil?

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The Gunner Government’s permission to frack for gas amounts equally to permission to frack for oil – enhancing the production of oil and giving access to Northern Territory oil not available without fracking. By TIM FORCEY. FULL STORY »