@ Darren Burton: My memory is that you did. The …

Comment on Uranium mining would help to save Alice: Businessmen by Erwin Chlanda.

@ Darren Burton: My memory is that you did.
The facts are that there is no doubt, and my notes show it, that the Transport Hall of Fame was raised at the meeting; that the story attributed all the suggestions made to all three businessmen attending Including you, of course); that I gave you the privilege of reading the story draft ahead of publication; that the published article referred to the Transport Hall of Fame precisely as it was in the draft; that you had called the meeting and that you raised no objections to the way the Hall item was reported, having read the draft.
Erwin Chlanda, Editor, Alice Springs News Online.

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Uranium mining would help to save Alice: Businessmen
Hi Edan Baxter: As you suggest, EVERYBODY is welcome here.
We’re proud to be the town’s ideas forum, without the sometimes grubby stuff appearing elsewhere on the web.
The number of comments from the public on this story alone (47 so far) are a great sign our editorial policy is working for the community we’ve been serving for 21 years – so far.


Uranium mining would help to save Alice: Businessmen
@ Ian Sharp, re Todd dam: Many thanks for the comment, Ian. Robert Tickner, Federal Aboriginal Affairs Minister at the time, imposed a 20 years ban. This moratorium expired in 2012.
Erwin Chlanda, Editor, Alice Springs News Online.


Uranium mining would help to save Alice: Businessmen
Hi Bob Durnan and Richard Bentley: Thank you very much for your valuable thoughts on the flood mitigation dam issues.
We have extensive coverage of these – google this site.
For example, we published an update on February 10, 2011, referring to the principal government report, by Power and Water, “Alice Flood Mitigation Dam, October 1990.” https://www.alicespringsnews.com.au/1802.html
It concludes that only a dam (not such measures as levee banks) can be effective in big floods, up to those likely to occur every 100 years.
Erwin Chlanda, Editor, Alice Springs News Online.


Recent Comments by Erwin Chlanda

‘Selected’ crimes down
No, “Surprised”. These “crime statistics” are based on the numbers of reports made to and accepted by the police. See also our earlier report.
Erwin Chlanda, Editor.


Film short on answers for trouble in the streets
Hi Alex Kelly, thank you for your comment.
Kieran Finnane’s second book, as did her first (Trouble), is dealing with facts in a fair and balanced manner which underpins this form of long journalism.
When completed she will promote her book with all elements of the trade as a work of integrity and relevance, and no doubt Kieran will appreciate your advice.
At no time will she accept the suggestion that she is the mouthpiece of one pressure group or another, nor will such a suggestion be appropriate.
By contrast, you describe In My Blood It Runs: “What is driving this project and the impact strategy that runs alongside the release of the film are the goals that the family and community on screen have identified.”
In your own words, the film has an agenda which it serves, which confirms the accuracy of my description as propaganda. It is not a documentary which would have been tied to the requirements of the Journalistic Code of Ethics.
For example, the film communicates to people the world over, by using snippets of the Four Corners program, that in Alice Springs, men in correctional facilities treat children brutally.
At no time does the film report that the events resulted in a $100m Royal Commission, making a string of recommendations, initiating a broad re-think of how to deal with children at risk and children who commit crimes.
I am surprised that none of this was found worth-while to be included in the film, in the interest of balance, by the “over 35 people gathered for three days to discuss how they wanted the film to be released and what they hoped it could achieve”.
You will find ongoing and extensive reporting and commentary about these issues in the Alice Springs News, including our readers’ comment section which of course includes Aboriginal contributors.
Erwin Chlanda, Editor.


Film short on answers for trouble in the streets
@ Kim Hooper: I did not describe the film as a propaganda stunt. I described it as propaganda, not a documentary.
My estimate was of the “number of people living and working in Alice Springs [who] are focussed on Aboriginal people, responding to their needs”. That is not just “Aboriginal organisation employment stats” but includes government instrumentalities.
A significant part of my comment was the verbatim statements by William Tilmouth, a respected Aboriginal leader.
I welcome Ms Hooper’s contribution to the discussion, but I stand by my comment.
Erwin Chlanda, Editor


Territory tourism playing catch-up
Michael Dean, Posted February 2, 2020 at 12:44 pm: The answer, scandalously, is “no”.
Erwin Chlanda, Editor.


Aggravated assault in Alice hospital
Hi Ian Sharp, “Surprised!” and the other correspondents: Thank you for your comments!
May I suggest that the ambiguity of “Monkey see, monkey do!” has received the discussion it well deserves.
May I propose that we now turn our attention to the essence of the comment by “Liberal” on January 16, as I understand it: Do Aboriginal children have adequate opportunity of observing positive role models who can guide and inspire them on their path to adulthood? If not, what must we do?
Erwin Chlanda, Editor.


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