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Comment on Trees on Melanka block no longer sacred? by Erwin Chlanda.

No Russell, it ain’t. Our journalism is in the reports, and we stand by them.
Many readers’ comments are providing valuable facts.
What some say is not news nor fact, but an expressions – sometimes outburst – of opinion. But they have the freedom of speech as well.
Our readers know to tell the difference.
ERWIN CHLANDA, Editor

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Trees on Melanka block no longer sacred?
Thanks, Russell (Posted December 2, 2016 at 6:36 pm).
What you label as a generalisation is an assertion we make with complete confidence: Reader statistics for each report – which we have to the accuracy of one through Google Analytics – establish that stories attracting little or no comment (the majority) can have just as many readers as stories that attract a lot of comment.
This shows us that readers are coming on to our site primarily for the journalism it provides, while we welcome the many who also respond to the forum for discussion it creates.
ERWIN CHLANDA, Editor


Trees on Melanka block no longer sacred?
You seem to have a good point, Harold (posted December 3, 2016 at 8:13 am
Since November 30 we’ve made several requests to the Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority for comment. Not a peep out of them.
Regards, ERWIN CHLANDA, Editor


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Re Vicki Gillick: On June 4 I approached the hospital, via its media liaison person, and the NT police, via its media section, for access to the raw data underpinning the alcohol control measures, on the condition that privacy is not breached. (Note the last paragraph of the report above.)
This would include such documents as police running sheets and emergency department individual admission records.
No doubt Ms Gillick has made similar requests in the interest of “evidence-based reforms and rigorous evaluations” to which she refers in her comment of May 29.
Our requests are still being considered by the hospital and the police.
We’re of course happy to collaborate with Ms Gillick in our quests for information about these issues.
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Gareth: Thank you for your compliments about my writing.
This piece was by-lined as comment.
The Alice Springs News gives you a large platform for comment, so surely it should be availabe to me as well.
As for “fearless, honest journalism” in Central Australia, mine started full-time in December 1974.
Checking out our online story archive, some seven million words, would have assisted to make your comment better informed.
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@ Rosalie Schultz: The appropriate fact check for me in this report was to ascertain Mr Snowdon’s position on the issue of gas and it is presented accurately. Google our newspaper for extensive coverage of both facts and opinion on gas issues, including the Pepper inquiry.
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