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October 10, 2014

‘Massive swing’ against Labor in Casuarina – Giles

Yesterday’s Casuarina by-election saw a massive swing to the Country Liberals and is a huge vote of confidence in the work of the Giles Government, writes Adam Giles, Chief Minister. FULL STORY »

Who’s angry in Casuarina?

The comment by new Casuarina MLA Lauren Moss “I think people are angry” is odd in view of the a massive 17% swing against her party, writes Petra Browne, of Alice Springs. FULL STORY »

Row over CLP political donations heats up



Emails between Foundation 51 Director Graeme Lewis and then Chief Minister Terry Mills in late 2012 [appear to] show that at least $200,000 was funnelled into the CLP election campaign via the party’s slush fund and never declared as required under law, writes Opposition Leader Delia Lawrie. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Adam Giles has still not responded to questions from the Alice Springs News Onlinefirst raised on October 3, asking whether he has received campaign donations from a former employer. If so, they should have been declared, but have not been.


Pool the place to be, but cooler weather from tomorrow




Masters Games competitor John Pollock isn’t fussed about the hot weather: His sport is swimming, which has 129 entrants. For all the other 3800 mature sports lovers, cooler weather will come tomorrow. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


Weekend of world movies at Alice Springs Cinemas




Another innovative move by the Alice Springs Cinemas builds on its commitment to enlivening Todd Street North and encouraging a richer film culture in town. They’ll host a movie festival over the coming weekend that gets away from the diet of mainstream new releases. There’ll be foreign films, documentary, art-house, action and comedy and a festival atmosphere with foyer and alfresco dining and wining.


Giles: No more Mr Nice Guy on fuel prices



Last week I issued the fuel companies a “please explain” over their behaviour but at yesterday’s fuel price summit they failed to respond adequately. I am no longer asking for an explanation from fuel stakeholders. I am now demanding one through a new Fuel Price Disclosure Bill to be introduced in the next parliamentary sittings, writes Chief Minister Adam Giles.



The power of ‘we’

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“Where do we go from here?” The theme of the just concluded Strehlow Conference may have sounded disarmingly open-ended but its difficulty was soon apparent. That two-letter word ‘we’ could not paper over the cracks between ‘them’ and ‘us’. The ‘us’ more often than not were whitefellas – people of professional expertise – talking about the blackfella ‘them’, until the tables turned. KIERAN FINNANE reports. Pictured: Alison Anderson MLA (left) and Professor Peter Sutton (right). FULL STORY »

Alice bakery to close




Ten jobs are expected to be lost when a local bakery closes down next month. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Where to now for council and Stuart statue?



What should the Alice Springs Town Council do about the clearly expressed wish by Arrernte people associated with Akeyulerre Inc, an Arrernte healing centre on Stuart Terrace, to remove the statue of explorer John McDouall Stuart just across the road? Should they begin by responding to an open letter, addressed to Stuart but forwarded to the Mayor and elected members in the hope of a “very respectful discussion”?  KIERAN FINNANE reports.


Open letter to Neville Perkins: Mbantua Festival debts are a public issue



The $1.3m grant from the Federal Government to the Mbantua Festival, and the investment in the event by the town’s people, make debts to suppliers more than an issue between the producers and its creditors: It’s a public issue, says Alice Springs News Online in an open letter to director Neville Perkins. FULL STORY »

Campaign donations: what a mess!

While the NT Electoral Commission is declining to deal with reports from a whistleblower claiming that Chief Minister Adam Giles has failed to declare an election donation worth several thousand dollars, Mr Giles is announcing “a wide-ranging investigation into political donation processes and legislation”. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Mbantua Fest debts matter between company, creditors: Perkins




The money owed by Arrulka Business Aboriginal Corporation to its remaining creditors for the Mbantua Festival is a commercial matter between ABAC and its creditors, which has been and will continue to be addressed, writes Neville Perkins (pictured).



Giles ducks allegations, Electoral Commission refuses probe



Chief Minister Adam Giles has still not confirmed nor denied whether he was given the use of a 4WD (similar to the one pictured) for two months during his 2012 election campaign without declaring this to the NT Electoral Commission. And the commission refuses to probe the allegation although a whistleblower is offering full cooperation. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


Fact follows fiction



Are you having fun with the ABC’s Utopia, that delightful spoof about an “authority” with the sole purpose of hoodwinking the public into believing its government is doing something useful? Don’t worry if you’ve been watching another channel, because here in the Territory you get the real thing, right under your nose. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


MacDonnell communities hope for Territory Tidy Towns win



 UPDATE, October 24, 5.15pm: MacDonnell Regional Council has won in six categories of the awards.

MacDonnell Regional Council’s President, Sid Anderson and CEO, Jeff MacLeod, along with workers from each of their region’s three finalist communities are hoping for a win at tonight’s Territory Tidy Towns awards in Darwin. FULL STORY »

Gough Whitlam: first Prime Minister for Aboriginal Affairs




The Aboriginal flag outside the Central Land Council in Alice Springs is flying at half mast today as Central Australian Aboriginal people mourn the passing of Australia’s 21st Prime Minister, Edward Gough Whitlam, write Francis Kelly (Chairman) and David Ross (CEO), of the Central Land Council. FULL STORY »

Prison contracts: robust debate ends with “talk soon”



A potentially explosive meeting about local firms losing business to the prison workshops ends amicably – and on a promising note. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo: New 600 square meter metal workshop at the Alice Springs jail.


Community Bank sponsors life saving equipment

We have just put an Automated External Defibrillator at the Traeger Park and hope to soon have one at the turf club as well, writes Bridget May, Director, Alice Springs Community Bank. FULL STORY »

NT Ministers win inaugural Mushroom Award





Four NT Government Ministers share the inaugural Mushroom Award, an initiative of the Alice Springs News Online to encourage government honesty and transparency.


The light work of many hands




It started with an aesthetic idea – a vision of the loveliness of pinch pots, the simplest of ceramic forms, en masse. It became an idea about community. To get the thousands needed to fill the gallery, ceramicists Suzi Lyon and Mel Robson had to involve other people, writes KIERAN FINNANE.


Local business has nothing to fear: Prison bosses




Correctional Services launched a robust media blitz this morning countering rumours that taxpayer funded enterprises being set up in the jail will harm local businesses. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Kings Canyon traditional owners ask government to disallow mining




The traditional owners and Aboriginal members of the joint management committee for Watarrka (Kings Canyon) National Park have asked the NT government not to allow oil and gas exploration in one of Australia’s top tourist attractions. FULL STORY »

Puzzle over gas tank near new flats



The positioning of a service station gas tank close to dwellings under construction in Larapinta Drive is having authorities, the station’s owner and land developers scratching their heads. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


Cr Melky’s lonely triumph



The Town Council’s Finance Committee appeared to meet entirely in open session last night. Not only were the full monthly accounts included in the papers, as they have been for some months now; there were also open officer reports and nil confidential reports. The landmark event may well have gone unnoticed except for the congratulatory remarks of Councillor Eli Melky. He directed them to the CEO and Director of Finance as well as to his fellow elected members. But nobody took the opportunity to congratulate him where the credit was perhaps most due. Why, you might wonder? KIERAN FINNANE reports.


$10m of taxpayers’ money, what’s it doing for us?


Q: What contribution does the convention centre make to our tourist industry? A: That depends on whom you ask.

PHOTO: Tourism NT’s convention advertising on the web – what “culture” might that be? Drinking culture? Oh, that blob in the background is Uluru. Conventions at the Ayers Rock Resort are competing with the Alice Springs Convention Centre. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


Bush community: E. coli scare over



The people in the community of Ampilatwatja have been told to boil their drinking water as many have been struck down with vomiting and diarrhoea, according to a community source. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Water tower at Ampilatwatja.



CLC says ‘no’ to nuke dump




The Central Land Council has all but ruled out a nuclear dump on Aboriginal land it controls – roughly half of the Territory’s southern half. A “comprehensive proposal” is missing, says CLC director David Ross. FULL STORY »

GFC and the Margin Call – act now before Statute of Limitations expires

Time is running out for legal action on GFC related losses, writes Michael Parisi. FULL STORY »

Outback Way: $40m in NT over next three years





The NT and Canberra will jointly fund construction of the Outback Way within the Northern Territory to the tune of $40m over thee years, it was announced today by Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss (pictured) and NT Chief Minister Adam Giles. FULL STORY »

Fuel talkfest tightly stage-managed, says Labor


  Yesterday’s fuel price summit was carefully stage-managed event did not allow questions or comments from attendees which prompted audience frustration,  writes Leader of the Opposition Delia Lawrie.


Born here and aged 25, that makes you old enough!




It was an ode to Alice Springs last Saturday, as is the Territorian Dinner every year, an ode to the town’s people, its lifestyle, community spirit and magnificent scenery. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. NOTE UPDATE! FULL STORY »

Has Adam Giles failed to disclose election donation?



Chief Minister Adam Giles will not answer questions about whether he received a substantial political donation, and failed to declare it to the NT Electoral Commission. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

The boom’s on its way!




As projects announced recently, and some yet to be, begin to come on line we will see a turnaround in the town’s economy, the like of which hasn’t been seen since the seventies.


NT Government thinking about selling TIO



For several months, the NT Government has been investigating what opportunities might exist for the Territory under the Commonwealth’s asset recycling incentive program, writes Chief Minister Adam Giles (pictured).


Dole: Who are the bludgers?


It’s an outrage: dole bludgers lying on the couch all day, smoking dope, pooling their money fleeced from the taxpayer to rent a share house, while we’re out there, working our guts out, keeping the economy afloat, by the sweat of our brow. Onya, Tony, for getting right up them. Learn or earn, you bastards. Mmh. But is there a flipside? ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Centrelink office in Alice Springs. FULL STORY »

Bushfires: huge task, lack of men & machines




The trouble with controlling bushfires is the massive amount of information we do not have, says renowned Central Australian botanist, Peter Latz. And even the sparse knowledge we do have can’t be put to much use because we don’t have the assets. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Hand back of Coniston Massacre site



The traditional owners of Yurrkuru (Brooks Soak) will receive the title next Wednesday to a sacred site where the dingo trapper Fred Brooks was killed by Aboriginal men in 1928, followed what has been called the Coniston Massacre. PHOTO: A monument that was unveiled, and woman dancing around it, in 2003 at Brooks Soak. FULL STORY »