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Anonymous comment writer “Tim” is invited to provide evidence that I have a “some sort of set” against Mr Thompson.
His efforts in running a bus company in a small Australian town and serving on a tourism industry body are acknowledged in the report.
“Tim” may like to expand on that with facts rather that unsubstantiated claims.
I am very comfortable comparing my efforts, with those of Mr Thompson, for the wider Central Australian region in which I have worked as a journalist since 1974.
Included are these:
I co-founded an independent newspaper with a readership averaging 20,000 (Google Analytics), now in its 26th year of publication.
I produced thousands of television news, current affairs, magazine and documentary reports for all Australian and several overseas TV networks (USA, Europe and Asia).
I invite “Tim” to consider the quality and amount of national and global attention the region received from that over my 44 years in the town.
Erwin Chlanda, Editor

Recent Comments by Erwin Chlanda

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.

Chance for NT Government to get cracking on fires
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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