Hi Neil Rilatt and “Joe”, thank you for your comments. …

Comment on Rubbish house lenders have 71 loans in Alice by Erwin Chlanda.

Hi Neil Rilatt and “Joe”, thank you for your comments.
Surely, it’s not all that hard to comprehend what makes these issues newsworthy (which means the public has a wish and right to know).
Unlike the privately (shareholder) owned banks, IBA received, in one financial year, $34m from the taxpayer. These subsidies are clearly ongoing.
Government guarantees for banks are a world-wide phenomenon and subject to vigorous debate at the moment, but these issues are outside our patch.
Unlike the private banks IBA is a Commonwealth Statutory Body responsible – via politicians – to the public.
Publicly owned property we reported about was significantly damaged by tenants whose use of the house was facilitated by IBA.
These tenants inflicted sustained inconvenience and anxiety on their neighbours, and made repeated police attention necessary.
While there are more questions to be answered, IBA announced it would provide no further comment.
You are welcome to browse our seven million word archive, dating back almost 20 years, and you will find several reports about damage to public property.
We covered ice manufacture in Alice Springs. Are you suggesting these houses were also financed with IBA loans?
If not than for any loss banks incurred, they will have their shareholders to answer to, not the public.
Erwin Chlanda, Editor.

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Rubbish house lenders have 71 loans in Alice
Hi Neil Rilatt, thanks for your comment.
You may like to point out which commercial bank receives $34 million a year “as revenue from the Australian Government”.
Kind regards, Erwin Chlanda, Editor.


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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.


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@ 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.
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Michael Dean, Posted February 2, 2020 at 12:44 pm: The answer, scandalously, is “no”.
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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?
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Many tanks for your comment, Domenico.
We’re happy to provide you access to our photo archive and publish comparative photos you may like to supply.
More interesting than the 2018 report you refer to would be the report currently being prepared about the fires last summer. As we reported it is still incomplete and when finished, will be withheld from the public.
You state: “I’m not sure that water-bombing aircraft would be very useful in fighting our type of (scrub)fires, outside of the immediate urban area.”
The expert we spoke with had no doubt about that – see one of our earlier our reports about the subject.
When you have clarity about that question please let us and our readers know.
Happy New Year, Erwin Chlanda, Editor.


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