Some further reporting from the Coroner’s findings may assist clarity …

Comment on Repeal ‘paperless arrest’ law: Coroner by Kieran Finnane.

Some further reporting from the Coroner’s findings may assist clarity in the debate by commenters.

As it goes to some detail, I have posted it under the heading ‘ADDITIONAL REPORTING’ at the bottom of the original report.

@ Paul Parker, these findings are focussed on the death in custody and the paperless arrest law, and not with detox facilities.

Recent Comments by Kieran Finnane

Cr Auricht: All the way with USA on fate of Assange
Some commenters are assuming that the Alice Springs Town Council has come to a decision to write to the Federal Government in support of repatriating Assange. The vote on a motion to do so will come at the end of the month meeting (February 24). The mood in the chamber on February 10, as reported, would not have delivered a majority in favour.

Council’s ambitious solar plan: 100% of what?
Just so readers are clear, I did put to council, as follow-up questions, those suggested by Tim Brand in his first comment below, ie what does council mean by a virtual power plant and whether it would be able to be integrated with other such plants. Council has declined to answer at this early stage of the plan, as advised in yesterday’s UPDATE at the head of the article.
The focus of my earlier questions was on getting precision on the 100% coverage. The critical tone of the report was in response to the bureaucratic answer I received to this simple question. The tone was not directed to the possible virtual power plant, although Tim is right, my report lacked a definition of what is meant by this term. And with neither council nor Repower Alice Springs elucidating we would remain none the wiser.
I provide Wikipedia’s definition here: “A virtual power plant is a cloud-based [‘cloud’ being a network of remote servers hosted on the Internet] distributed power plant that aggregates the capacities of heterogeneous distributed energy resources for the purposes of enhancing power generation, as well as trading or selling power on the electricity market.”
An example, said to the world’s largest, is being developed in South Australia by Tesla and the SA Government. You can read about that here:
Hopefully, as council develops its plan, we will have more to report about a local example.

Council’s ambitious solar plan: 100% of what?
@Tim Brand. Thanks for the suggested questions. I’ll overlook the condescension. It’s not too late to follow up, of course. Maybe you would like to explain what you understand a virtual power plant to be and what the advantages are of it being integrated eventually with others.
I might also note that I had contact wth members of RePower Alice Springs this week ahead of publication, asking for their perspective on this plan. They said they “could not had add much at this time”.

Doomsday Clock now 100 seconds to midnight
John Bell mis-characterises the concept of the Doomsday Clock. Its point is not to foretell the ‘End of the World’ but to focus minds on understanding the threats to life on Earth as we have known it and on doing something about them. The threats are not limited to climate change, as our excerpted article makes clear.
When the Clock was devised as a communications tool, it was seeking to avoid nuclear catastrophe. That threat is more potent than ever; again the article points to why.
While the Clock’s apocalyptic language possibly limits its usefulness in these cynical and highly polarised days, the evolution of the carefully considered assessments that have stood behind it over its seventy plus years are an important record of humankind’s ability to cooperate on dealing with existential threats, or not. The ‘100 seconds to midnight’ is a measure of this, of us.
Kieran Finnane, moderator, senior writer, Alice Springs News

War on Iran must be prevented
@ Interested Darwin Observer. The questionable legality of the US killing of Qassem Soleimani has been widely discussed in mainstream media, for example, the BBC, CNN, the Washington Post, the New York Times.
A key word in the debate, in international law, is ‘imminent’: were the future Iranian attack plans, that the US claimed to be deterring by the killing, imminent? If so, this could justify the use of lethal force. Under international law, that means the necessity to respond would have been “instant, overwhelming, and leaving no choice of means, and no moment of deliberation”. When the US began belatedly using the word ‘imminent’ to justify the action, it provided no evidence of any such overwhelming necessity, nor evidence even of a more loosely defined imminent threat.
The debate is not limited to IL considerations. There are also questions being asked, again in mainstream media, about whether the killing was justified under US law.
For these reasons the Alice Springs News, in its introduction to Mr Pilbrow’s comment, referred to the killing as “arguably illegal”.
I will leave it to others to take up the other points you make.
Kieran Finnane, moderator, senior writer, Alice Springs News.

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