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Who gets free quarantine here? Wakefield passes buck.


The 20-bed COVID quarantine facility on Ross Highway is free of charge. Does that include visitors from Victoria who Mr Gunner says will have to cough up $2500 each? ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


UPDATE July 10, 4.10pm We asked Minister for Families and MLA for Braitling, Dale Wakefield, would she save Territorians who want to see their loved ones from interstate $50,000 a fortnight? She said it’s up to the Department of Health. FULL STORY »

US Marine in Darwin has tested positive for Covid-19

The man has been in quarantine since his arrival in Darwin on 8 July.


‘Major Project’ is ready to go – except for the money


Chief Minister touts planned tungsten mine as “jobs jackpot for Central Australia” while none of the $43m is locked in as yet. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


UPDATE July 11, 6am: Minister Dale Wakefield says “there are not shortcuts through our processes” and so far as she knows, the government is not putting any money into the venture. FULL STORY »

The militarised centre of Australia


The Northern Territory and South Australia trade on the allure of openness and possibilities but there is a weight to the increasingly militarised swathe running south to north right through the centre of Australia. KIERAN FINNANE comments. FULL STORY »

Two seniors missing in remote area

They took water but no food, say police. FULL STORY »

A touch of light: Ptilotus rising


On a recent hike into the East Macs, not one Ptilotus but tens of thousands of bouquets crowned the ridgelines, cloaked the hillside flanks and crowded every moisture-holding crease in the eroded landscape, writes MIKE GILLAM


Tweedledum and Tweedledee both like fracking



CLP uses three-year-old information from a Gunner inquiry while the Australia Institute says you almost couldn’t give gas away. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Territorians need truth on economy and government finances



John Langalount, the Head of the Review into NT Budget repair found that NT Budgets had been treated more like “rough guides” rather than serious financial plans. Now Territorians can expect another “rough guide” for a fiscal outlook. Professor DON FULLER comments, Part 6. FULL STORY »

Before COVID started to bite

Tourism expenditure figures form Tourism Research Australia for years ending March 2009 to 2020, for Lasseters (including Ayers Rock Resort) compared with Alice Springs (including MacDonnell). FULL STORY »

Massive military spending: Election distraction?


Voters, stand by: Massive growth in military spending. New spin to take the heat from youth crime, phenomenal Budget blow-out and COVID-19? ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: KC-30 refuelling aircraft that can fly non stop from Tindal to Beijing and back.


UPDATE July 7 at 9.30am: To date, the United States Government has awarded four construction contracts for USFPI infrastructure projects worth US$101.785m in the Northern Territory, says the Australian Department of Defene. (See map.) FULL STORY »

Worst unemployment ever in the NT: Chamber of Commerce



“Now is the time for businesses to put together new financial plans, to set short, medium and long term goals, create action plans, and execute them,” says NT Chamber of Commerce CEO Greg Ireland (pictured). FULL STORY »

Government transparency, Gunner style


Picking winners is the Government’s way of informing the public on a life and death issue. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.



The grandstand and grandstanding



Millions for a drinks company on the rocks and a grandstand for the Darwin Turf Club as the Territory stumbles towards a record debt: In Part Five of his series Professor DON FULLER further assesses the Gunner Government which now may be within days of its demise. PHOTO: A bloated bureaucracy. FULL STORY »

NT to become just one Federal seat of Parliament



In the absence of a successful appeal the House of Representatives NT seats of Lingiari and Solomon are going to be combined because of a drop in population. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTOS: Warren Snowdon (left) and Luke Gosling (right). FULL STORY »

The Territory is too big for them to grasp




Halving our seats in Parliament: “The underlying presumption in such a cold, clinical, approach must be that all people are equal and are evenly scattered around an electorate within one climate zone,” writes Bob Beadman (pictured). FULL STORY »

Traveller returning to NT tests positive



The Darwin man in his 30s had stayed with family in a defined Melbourne hotspot area, and is now in isolation in the Royal Darwin Hospital, according to SecureNT. FULL STORY »

Zachary Rolfe is changing address



After alleged conduct directed towards him and his family, a change of address was approved in the Alice Springs Local Court this morning. KIERAN FINNANE reports.


Council resignations and surprising alliances


Councillors Marli Banks and Catherine Satour, both contesting the upcoming NT election, have given notice their resignations from council, effective July 9. And a surprising alliance formed to support the renaming of Willshire Street. 

UPDATED with full report by KIERAN FINNANE 30 June 2020, 11.16am. FULL STORY »

Deloitte to close Alice Springs office



The majority of staff in Alice Springs offered redeployment opportunities to our Darwin office, says the company. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Library ban: where will all the young ones go?



Young people will be welcomed back but only when the Youth Hub gets up and running, Covid or no Covid. KIERAN FINNANE reports.  FULL STORY »

With Gunner, great advice is of little use



The Langoulant Report in late 2018 to sort out the NT Budget mess made it clear that “persistently exceeding” approved spending targets with un-budgeted and unplanned outlays is much of the problem. But the Chief Minister wasn’t listening, Professor DON FULLER writes in Part Four of his series about the NT economic politics. Image: CDU pie in the sky? FULL STORY »

A touch of light: mistletoe magic



“Looking back into the sunrise the mallees were dazzling, adorned with pendulous mistletoe in fiery tresses of red and yellow.” MIKE GILLAM starts his piece recalling a magnificent walk on the steep south side of the west MacDonnell Range – it was later engulfed by wildfire.  FULL STORY »

Don’t threaten us: Cattleman to PM over live export decision


Cattle industry leader Tom Stockwell (at left) challenges Scott Morrison over “threats” to appeal the Federal Court’s live export decision: It should be hailed “as a principle of good governance to guide future ministers, rather than running a protection racket for the under-performers of the political class at further expense to the people”. FULL STORY »

$3m compensation for ‘reckless, unjustifiable’ export ban



Federal Court decision today may spark hundreds of claims, says Cattlemen’s Association CEO Ashley Manicaros. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Interstate COVID hotspots: Will the bad guys get caught?



Don’t hold your breath for an answer from the NT Government. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Federation Party announces candidates: more councillors joining the fray



Catherine Satour will stand in the seat of Namatjira and Marli Banks in Braitling. That brings to five the members of council with a declared party interest in the Territory election, with four actually contesting seats. FULL STORY »

Zachary Rolfe prosecution: possible hearing in September



Mr Rolfe appeared by video link from Canberra. Outside the court in Alice Springs, Ned Hargraves, chair of the Warlpiri Parumpurru Committee, continued to call for Mr Rolfe’s bail to be revoked – Indigenous people “don’t get that chance”. KIERAN FINNANE reports.  FULL STORY »

A look at what’s wrong with our Parliament



A painstaking investigation by ICAC Commissioner Ken Fleming (at right) raises fundamental questions about the “principles of integrity, honesty, accountability, responsibility and public interest” that the Speaker of the NT Legislative Assembly is meant to apply to the office, as Kezia Purick (at left) resigns. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Gunner’s rule: Economic cracks widen, accountability vanishes


“Further evidence of problems with accountability and transparency emerged in September 2018 when it was disclosed that a report by the Auditor-General found that the government had handed out billions of dollars in grants without proper record keeping and without a government-wide oversight procedure in place.” Part Three of an analysis by DON FULLER. Photo: The public left in the dark over the government’s spend on the Donghai Airlines deal. FULL STORY »

Step forward towards rare earths project north of Alice



Subject to raising finance and approval of its mining management plan, Arafura hopes to start work on construction at the site in 2021, says Arafura managing director, Gavin Lockyer. IMAGE from Arafura’s website illustrating rare earths use in car engine. FULL STORY »

Stuart statue should have King Charley as opposite



Back in 2015 many people were opposed to yet another celebration of John McDouall Stuart, this figure of colonial history. Now there is an even greater aversion to the constant claiming of time and space by white culture; as well as a desire for truth-telling and to commemorate the unsung Indigenous heroes of our nation, write Joel Liddle Perrurle, Jason Gibson and Myfany Turpin. FULL STORY »

Bush problems? Nothing they can’t handle.



Bush mother Tiani Cook’s group, Horses for Courses, on a week-long trek traversing the magnificent West MacDonnells in October, will learn to overcome adversity and develop resilience in a safe space. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Territory Alliance to ‘lock the gate’ on fracking




The Territory Alliance, if elected, will ban fracking in the Northern Territory due to widespread community concern and the unviable economic case of this controversial practice, writes TA Leader Terry Mills (pictured). FULL STORY »

Not much left of Gunner’s lofty promises



There is a strong positive correlation between accountable and transparent government and the sustainability of economic and community development, argues Professor Don Fuller in this Part Two of his series, taking measure of the Gunner Government’s performance on that score. FULL STORY »

Mills blasts Gunner over Speaker’s conduct



Territory Alliance Leader Terry Mills called on Speaker Kezia Purick (pictured with Deputy Speaker Chansey Paech) to “resign immediately from Parliament,” saying the Chief Minister needs to “explain why he installed her in the first place … with such overwhelming numbers in Government, and why he stuck with her as Speaker when the scandal first broke back in October 2018”. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Jobs, jobs, jobs – really?




Will this $53m economy revival project keep the jobs creation promises that Eva Lawler (pictured) is making? ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

COVID: Vinnies has many first-time clients



People stranded in Alice need food, accommodation and reassurance that they are not alone. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo: Peta Brand runs the St Vincent de Paul store in Alice. FULL STORY »

10 years for people recruiting kids to commit crimes



There will be clear and immediate consequences for repeat offenders including the establishment of a community work program that will see offenders cleaning graffiti and clearing weeds and landscaping, write Chief Minister Michael Gunner and Police Minister Nicole Manison. FULL STORY »

Sex business in residential areas gets the nod

The Opposition stands by its commitment that sex services businesses of any size must be restricted to operating, with consent, in non-residential areas, writes Opposition Leader Lia Finocchiaro. FULL STORY »

Colour a feature of winning Centralian architectural designs



They were acknowledged in the Northern Territory Architecture Awards, held last night by live stream. FULL STORY »

Curfew a child protection measure: Territory Alliance


“The police will not be running around the streets at night throwing innocent children into paddy wagons and locking them up. This strategy is not about criminalising children. If they cannot go home, they will be taken to a safe house where they can stay until a responsible adult is found,” says Deputy Leader Robyn Lambley. FULL STORY »

Conflict of interest: Councillors allow candidates Ryan, Paterson to attack Government



Their opportunity to publicly criticise their political opponents – especially Chief Minister Michel Gunner – was unfettered by any objections from their colleagues despite council’s protracted debate in recent months on the issues of conflict of interest. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Rosenberg’s rose coloured view of Pine Gap


David Rosenberg, former National Security Agency employee at Pine Gap, uses several sleights of hand to make his argument, on this site yesterday, about the exemption of the base from any moral responsibility in the military operations to which it contributes intelligence. KIERAN FINNANE comments. FULL STORY »

The Base turns 50, will survive Trump


Pine Gap has always shown itself to be a presence that is greater than any single leader. It is a symbol of the ties that bind the United States and Australia, writes DAVID ROSENBERG, retired National Security Agency signals intelligence manager and former employee of Pine Gap. FULL STORY »