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NT Top Cop to become Australian Federal Police Commissioner



The Government will recommend to the Governor-General that Reece Kershaw APM (at left in the photo) be appointed as the eighth Australian Federal Police Commissioner, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced today. FULL STORY »

Don’t mix cops with fire: Union


The firies’ union demands that “CEO of the Northern Territory Fire Service” is removed from the new Police Commissioner’s job description “as the Police Commissioner and previous Police Commissioners have no idea, no connection nor any understanding of the operations of the Northern Territory Fire and Rescue Service and the role of our dedicated firies,” writes Erina Early, NT Branch Secretary, United Voice. FULL STORY »

No-go fracking zones ‘deeply flawed and farcical’



The NT Government has lied through its teeth by claiming it was upholding the recommendations of the fracking inquiry … breaking this promise by failing to apply the criteria for no go zones fairly and faithfully across the NT … this assessment process is death by a thousand cuts,” writes Lauren Mellor (pictured) from the Protect Country Alliance. FULL STORY »

Electorate changes: no guarantee for consistency



Boundaries of electorates that were shunned when proposed 28 years are this year emerging as the answer to our prayers. So much for consistency, comments ALEX NELSON (pictured). FULL STORY »

Is talk of gas hot air?



Wiew # 1: No-one wants gas and the NT Government is backing the wrong horse. View # 2: The Australian LNG sector is now a A$50bn earner as exports climb 21% over 2018-19, according to EnergyQuest CEO Graeme Bethune (pictured). Who’s right? FULL STORY »

Wakefield, Gunner release comprehensive youth crime plan


Braitling MLA Dale Wakefield and Chief Minister Michael  Gunner have just released their Back on Track: Cutting Youth Crime plan, including significant initiatives such as boot camps, construction industry training by private companies, and new powers for the police. Their media release is published here in full, and we invite our readers to comment. FULL STORY »

Making electricity is easy. Transporting it is not.


The sun’s doing a great job for solar power. Now the bureaucrats have to do their bit. RePower Alice Springs gives an update of how we can make fossil fuel use a thing of the past. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Regulation of electrical reticulation in Ho Chi Minh City seems as inadequate ours is over the top.


UPDATE July 18, 4:55pm: Reply from Power & Water. FULL STORY »

Is it time for a First Nations university?


It would be an important symbol, but that is not enough. It must produce high quality employment ready students and also be an internationally respected hub for Indigenous research. COMMENT by  MARK J SMITH (at left). Batchelor Institute graduation ceremony in Alice Springs (at right). FULL STORY »

Four years after power warnings, old engines still carry load


Four years after alarming predictions by former Chief Minister Adam Giles for the electricity supply in Alice Springs, 10 new gas fired engines bought by his government are still not up to speed. Tim Brands, from RePower Alice Springs, asks why. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


UPDATE 1:15pm July 16: Reply from TGen CEO Tim Duignan. FULL STORY »

Even unpaid fines are spiralling out of control: Opposition



They almost doubled to $108m since Labor came to power. FULL STORY »

VIDEO: Watch yourself in the NAIDOC march this morning



Senior women urged about 1000 people marching and attending the rally to fight for what’s right, foremost to save children from incarceration. Video by ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Fracking duel at 50 paces



Gas exploration company Oilmin and fracking foes eyeball each-other: Revealing aspects of Aboriginal participation in the debate emerge. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Man charged with sex offence, boy with multiple thefts

A 20-year-old man will answer a charge of sexual intercourse without consent, while 15-year-old boy will face Youth Court accused of a string of break-ins and car thefts. FULL STORY »

Self-drive at record numbers, but there are risks



But there are risks, says the NT Cattlemen’s Association: Visitors are not used to encountering road trains. Overnight campers need to be careful with campfires and take their rubbish with them. FULL STORY »

Multi-storey car park for the hospital: Lambley

The Independent Member for Araluen, Robyn Lambley (at left) predicts an announcement from Chief Minister Michael Gunner today.


UPDATE 7.10am: The government confirms the car park and announces hospital staff accommodation.


UPDATE 12 noon Wednesday: The Alice Springs News is seeking a reply from the police to a comment from reader “Sam” about the allocation to the police of numerous car parks in Parsons Street. The Town Council has responded to the points raised by the reader.


UPDATE Wednesday 1.10pm: More details of the 70 accommodation units released, including a map of their location (photo). FULL STORY »

Police search for absconder



He has been seen driving a blue Ford Falcon. FULL STORY »

New DKA chief to focus on desert research, renewable energy



Yirandali man descended from the Hughenden region of Queensland has qualifications including a PhD in medical anthropology. FULL STORY »

Money tight, rainfall low, but the Show sure did go on

The annual Show has turned 60 but hasn’t changed a lot in the past few years, decades really, and that’s a sure sign of perfection. Find out what it takes to earn a ribbon. ERWIN CHLANDA reports, and Alice Springs News VIDEOs show the finer points of judging live Show entries. FULL STORY »

Alcohol research: all the government’s own way

Access to raw data from police and hospital on which crime statistics are based is still denied. FULL STORY »

Robbery, indecent assault: Police seek two youths




Bag snatch at fast food carpark followed by chase and indecent assault. FULL STORY »

Bush bands heading for a September crescendo in Alice



Bush bands to get opportunity to learn new skills, meet other musicians and create lasting industry relationships in the lead-up to the big bash at the Telegraph Station. FULL STORY »

Caravan sites row: ‘Return to successful arrangement’


Camping on show grounds: End government permission acting “to the detriment” of the industry, says Brendan Heenan, president of the NT Caravan Park Association. IMAGE: Show Society advertises caravan accommodation on its website. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Alice misses out again on Qantas pilot academy

Mackay chosen “because good infrastructure, a proud community – even a new, state-of-the-art sport and recreation precinct for students, trainers and their families. We were really moved by the way locals came together with the #MackayWantsYouQantas campaign,” says the airline. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. IMAGE: Qantas livery showing Wunula Dreaming of the Yantuwa people in the Gulf of Carpenteria.


UPDATE 2pm:: “Qantas is not the only airline” says airport manager Dave Batic. Asia Pacific region airlines are looking for similar opportunities. FULL STORY »

Turbocharging spin: Parrtjima’s real figures


Tourism Minister Lauren Moss was only half right when she claimed more that 20,000 people saw Parrtjima. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. IMAGE from the Parrtjima website.


UPDATE 3am July 5: Additional comment from Robyn Lambley, Independent Member for Araluen. FULL STORY »

New coalition gears up for NT election



Seniors Party and Australian Country Party form coalition to contest next year’s Territory election. IMAGE from the party’s website. FULL STORY »

Man’s Best Friend is not the council’s


Happy dogs make for happy people, writes John Bermingham, but not always in the Old Eastside’s Ross Park where Town Council restrictions have been brought in, apparently with little or no public consultation – or need.

UPDATE 12.20pm: The rules are not new, says the Town Council. FULL STORY »

Council may take up slack of the NT government


The debate about Small Council vs Big Council is taking on a new urgency as the NT Government has run up record debts while doing little for The Alice. Council CEO Rex Mooney, retiring after more than 16 years on the job, sees no obstacles to local government broadening its brief. He spoke with ERWIN CHLANDA. Mr Mooney is pictured at the Todd Mall building site and at the opening of the town pool following a $16m funding coup (at right in each photo). FULL STORY »

Beanie fest just getting bigger and better



More than 6000 of the head gear that’s doing a lot more than keeping your noodle warm in winter went up for sale on the weekend. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Pictured: Deb Everson White (at left) and Julie Napaltjarri Kitson (at right). FULL STORY »

Drunk driver had 11 people in his car

Speeding and alcohol was involved in nearly half the road fatalities in the NT last year, say police. FULL STORY »

Anonymous theft allegations against PWC employees



Theft of expensive materials owned by the Power and Water Corporation from Darwin depots and workshops are being investigated by the police although, it says, “no formal complaint has been received”. The materials allegedly stolen include entire cable drums (similar to the ones pictured). FULL STORY »

Government transparency? Don’t ask.


Elected Minister passes buck to appointed authority which doesn’t answer questions. COMMENT by ERWIN CHLANDA. Planning Minister Eva Lawler is pictured. FULL STORY »

Sustainable and stunning with a serious message



Designers ask: “At what cost is cheap clothing and fast fashion to lives and the environment?” There is another way and it’s stunning. See video! FULL STORY »

Crack-down on mobile phone, VDU use while driving



Also, learner drivers will no longer be able to ride a moped but cyclists will be allowed to ride slowly across pedestrian crossings. IMAGE: Two motorcycle riders lane-filtering (lane splitting) in California (Wikipedia). FULL STORY »

Gallery: no deal yet on land swap


Its “many complexities and options” are taking time to explore, says council CEO. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


UPDATE 12.45pm June 27: What does “taking out of “confidential” mean? Town Council CEO Rex Mooney explains. FULL STORY »

Government accused of unfair competition



The NT Government has rekindled a long running dispute about Blatherskite Park competing unfairly against privately owned caravan parks. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Loss of Community Safety Patrol in Central Desert



The Central Desert Regional Council stands to lose its community safety patrol program because of funding changes, writes Diane Hood (pictured), the CEO of the council. FULL STORY »

‘Catastrophic’ drop in construction work



Chief Minister Michael Gunner is hiding a government-commissioned report called Alternative Approaches to Funding and Financing Infrastructure, writes Opposition Leader Gary Higgins (pictured). FULL STORY »

Council: Jacinta Price refuses to bury the hatchet

Crs Jimmy Cocking and Catherine Satour have asked for an apology for the variously frivolous, vexatious or misleading complaints made against them, but it’s clear they won’t be getting one. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Is Beetaloo worth fracking? Study raises doubts.



High-level review by EnergyQuest: “While many more wells will be needed before a development decision can be made, the Origin and Santos wells, in 2019, will go a long way to establishing whether the hype about the Beetaloo is justified.” ERWIN CHLANDA reports. MAP Australian Energy Council. FULL STORY »

Vital CDU community safety course on hold



Charles Darwin University says it must wait for the national regulator to issue new qualifications for its Community Night Patrol course, leaving first responders to trouble on communities out in the cold. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Online image by CAAMA. FULL STORY »

Alice turns Queen tribute into giant karaoke



When star Freddie Mercury lost his voice the Alice Springs audience didn’t complain. It took over. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo EMMA TODD. FULL STORY »

Minister Lawler determined to demolish Anzac High


Minister for Infrastructure Eva Lawler “did not want to hear what we were saying” about planned demolition of the school, writes Brenda Shields. PHOTO courtesy Alex Nelson.


UPDATE August 1: Demolition tender let. FULL STORY »

Living on little for a week, to make a point for the world


Joel Pillay joined the Ration Challenge, living on a box of food such as it is given to refugees in the Middle East, “to spread awareness within our community of the less fortunate in Syria”. AT RIGHT: Mr Pillay and partner Victoria Mafambane. AT LEFT: Part of the rations. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Federal Police uses drone to spy on tourists


AFP officers from Pine Gap demand that tourists tell them what they are doing in a Territory conservation reserve. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


UPDATE July 19, 7:05pm: Responses from the AFP. FULL STORY »

Albrecht Oval lights: fight not over yet

The suggestion that dense vegetation around the oval would screen out the feared light and noise impacts of the project is “preposterous”, says one determined opponent. Council nonetheless voted to go ahead.  KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Town under pressure from visitor boom


Alice Springs is full, at least for people travelling with caravans and mobile homes, and the overflow is impacting on local beauty spots. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

‘Schools must not be hit in Budget repair’



We understand the Northern Territory is facing a challenging set of circumstances. However, actions taken by government to achieve savings must never be at the expense of our children’s education, writes Tabby Fudge (pictured), President, Northern Territory Council of Government School Organisations. FULL STORY »

IAD under external administration



IAD Press is a noted publishing house. The News is seeking information about how it may be impacted by the current insolvency. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO from the IAD website. FULL STORY »

Intervention still the main concern



The ongoing loss of community control, pressure to sign over land, humiliating and discriminatory income management, increased removal of children from families, excessive policing and over-incarceration mark 12 years of the Northern Territory Intervention, writes Georgina Gartland. Professor Jon Altman, of the School of Regulation and Global Governance at the Australian National University, is pictured. FULL STORY »

How many Welcomes to Country is too many?



It’s no wonder that many citizens in Australia have developed a bad case of ceremonyitis, writes BRUCE FRANCAIS, of Katherine. FULL STORY »

NT should be the sun, wind powerhouse



The Northern Territory can create more than $2bn in new annual revenue and over 8,000 new jobs by pursuing a target of 10 gigawatts of renewable energy by 2030, new research by Beyond Zero Emissions has found. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Dumbing down Alice Springs

Charles Darwin University (CDU) is holding staff workshops this week to discuss its financial difficulties which are feared may lead to job losses, and possibly already have. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

The cost of booze



It’s a $60m a year hangover for NT Government. Add to that funding from the Commonwealth to GPs, Aboriginal medical services, counselling and other support. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Aboriginal leader joins Country Party



Aboriginal leader joins Country Party: Phil Alice is a campaigner for youth initiatives and 25 year veteran with the NT police. An initiative by him in November 2017 to collaborate with the Town Council fell on deaf ears. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

And now “cabinet in confidence”



What is the government hiding, asks Opposition Leader Gary Higgins (pictured). FULL STORY »

The heavy lifters are those who dropped the bundle



The Government snipes at the Opposition and Robyn Lambley over pay rises yet they keep them on the shortest of leashes when it comes to providing staff. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo: Gunner with lots more staff. FULL STORY »

Tell me what you think about fracking – for $100



Government fracking consultation by invitation: still, a tremendous level of distrust of the government was obvious, writes Bruce Francais (pictured), from Katherine. FULL STORY »

Quietly lending an ear, or saving a life



It’s all in a days work for the chaplains in town. Canon BRIAN JEFFRIES writes about people in Alice Springs who perform great deeds without fanfare. PHOTO: Induction last year of Rev’d Rob Weekes as the new Police Fire and Emergency Services chaplain (Southern Command). L to R: Commander Brad Currie, Rev’d Rob Weekes, Assistant Commissioner Michael White. FULL STORY »

Drug charges as large amount of cash confiscated



A 39-year-old man was arrested and refused bail. FULL STORY »

Art gallery, cultural centre: ‘Another day, another backflip’


No cultural Centre, no time frame for the art gallery – bad news from the government in the Estimates Hearings, says MLA for Araluen Robyn Lambley.


UPDATE 5.10pm: Minister Moss responds. FULL STORY »

Country Party seeks to stand candidates in all seats



Policies still on the back burner, but the economy will be a top concern while the government’s pay freeze has its problems, say Ian Britza (pictured) and Eli Melky, the party’s coordinator for in the NT, in a conversation with ERWIN CHLANDA. FULL STORY »

US marines in Darwin could drag Australia into war



The marines remain within the US Marine Corps chain of command at all times which means that Australia would have no control over the situation, if it suited the interests of the USA to attack a country in our region, writes Kathryn Kelly for IPAN. FULL STORY »

More heat over Albrecht Oval lights, council digs in

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Town Councillors unanimously support going ahead with the light tower project for Albrecht Oval  in face of ongoing vocal opposition from some local residents. KIERAN FINNANE reports. Pictured: View to the west taken by a drone-mounted camera above the oval at the height of the proposed towers. Photo supplied.


Mating odour to catch feral cats



Authorities are failing to use the obvious in controlling wild introduced species, writes Trevor Shiell, of Alice Springs. FULL STORY »

Say no to no go, urge anti-frackers

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Territorians should defend their water and reject the NT Government’s planned no-go zone fracking maps, which place communities, high-value farmland and important cultural and ecological sites at risk, writes Graeme Sawyer, Protect Country Alliance spokesperson. FULL STORY »

Three town councillors in Country Party push

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Eli Melky (at right), Marli Banks and Catherine Satour team up with former WA parliamentarian in new right-of-centre movement. FULL STORY »

Making new tools for living 

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Almost a whole generation of younger men in the Western Desert have not been ‘given’ cultural knowledge due to substance use and criminal incarceration. They want to learn and the elders want to teach.  The Men’s Tjilirra Movement supports this important answer to intergenerational trauma.  PAMELA NATHAN with JAMIE MILLIER TJUPURRULA  write about this unique cultural healing program. FULL STORY »

Larapinta section 7 being moved north of range



New shelters for Ellery (at right), Ormiston and Redbank, writes Lauren Moss, Minister for Tourism, Sport and Culture (pictured). FULL STORY »

Stem tide of waste with craft and imagination

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It’s that time of year again, when Alice audiences are treated to the product of many hours of careful craft and myriad moments of imaginative inspiration, when a piece of wood takes flight as a mythical bird, when an old blanket transforms into an elegant suit. KIERAN FINNANE  previews. FULL STORY »

Alice to get first Aboriginal owned earth ground station

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It will be in the Heath Road complex of the Centre for Appropriate Technology. It will be built and owned by the Aboriginal not-for-profit science and technology company, according a media release this morning. FULL STORY »

Finke story: The front and the back of the field

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No use of real-time monitoring during shooting rampage

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The surveillance bracelet worn by the alleged shooter, Benjamin Glenn Hoffmann, who killed four people in Darwin on Tuesday, provides real-time monitoring of the wearer’s location, but no use was made of that capability during his hour-long rampage. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo Commissioner for Corrections, Scott McNairn.


UPDATE June 7, 4.08pm FULL STORY »

Grog stats: No independent review




Claimed decreases in alcohol related assaults are based on government information: The massive size of the published drops suggests that they should be verified by independent reviews. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo: PHOTO: In 1990, the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress purchased a food outlet and an attached takeaway liquor licence, and allowed the licence to lapse immediately, pouring out booze in Gap Road. FULL STORY »

Ted Egan: Forget splitting hairs, counting drops of blood.

2640 Ted Egan 2 SM2640 Jones book woman SMAny person who can establish genetic link to Australia in 1787 may be acknowledged, honoured and respected, by official recognition as a First Australian. I make some hopefully positive suggestions on semantic issues, as the nation looks for positive ways to “close the gap”. It is a chasm. We certainly need to be thinking big, to allow meaningful interpretation of our history, going back centuries in reflection. By TED EGAN (at left). Young Arrernte woman at Alice Springs Telegraph Station, ca. 1895. FULL STORY »

Liquor laws may force convenience stores to close

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A cap on sales of alcohol at 25% of store turnover proposed for next year could have no impact on the total alcohol sales in Alice Springs, but would channel more trade to Woolworths and Coles. By ERWIN CHLANDA. FULL STORY »

$10m upgrade instead of new youth detention centre

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Public opposition to the proposed siting of a new youth detention centre was a factor in the government decision not to build it, but $10m will be spent on expanding the current facility next to the adult prison, Families Minister Dale Wakefield announced today. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Cops at bottle shops: expensive bluff?




How much does the Point of Sale Intervention – cops at bottleshops – rely on bluff? Is it working? Or is whatever gain it  produces offset by the harm done to our community by the racial profiling of which there is ample anecdotal evidence. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Call to exempt principals from pay freeze



Education organisations want school principals exempted from the public service pay freeze – a Gunner budget repair measure – because of ramifications recruitment, retention and morale, and the knock on effect this will have on schools and students, write Britany Roestenburg, Tabby Fudge (pictured) and Jarvis Ryan, representing NTPA NT, COGSO and AEU NT. FULL STORY »

The Cattle King dies aged 88



Peter Sherwin is best remembered as Northern Australia’s renowned Cattle King. At one point he was the largest private landowner in the country, with 17 cattle stations accounting for more than one percent of Australia’s total land mass. Obituary by the Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association. FULL STORY »

‘Gunner the Betrayer’



Member for Katherine Sandra Nelson owns up to having voted for fracking, writes Bruce Francais (pictured), of Katherine. FULL STORY »

Alice vs The Rock, at a glance



Tourist spend: The gap continues to widen. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Chinese, Singaporian pipeline firm wants Aussie handout



Jemena is wholly owned by the Chinese and Singaporean Governments – it can absolutely afford to build its profit making gas pipelines without money from Australia, writes Naomi Hogan (pictured), from the Lock the Gate Alliance. FULL STORY »

Transport Hall of Fame reunion a goer: Manager



Lester Hamilton appointed as general manager, “overwhelming support from the Alice Springs community and members of the RTHS Australia wide,” writes Rosey Batt, statutory manager of the Road Transport Historical Society Inc. FULL STORY »

Remembering nuclear past, imagining nuclear-free future

Alice Springs locals determined not to forget the devastation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by American nuclear bombs in 1945 will come together on 6 August on the Flynn Church lawns in Todd Mall. FULL STORY »

NT at the bottom of the barrel



New equipment investment in the Territory down 3.5% on a year ago, the trend of economic growth is down 5.4% annually and employment is down 6.6% for the year to end June 2019, writes Opposition Leader Gary Higgins. FULL STORY »

Soy sauce now only from a bottlo


The booze controllers have a new target. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


UPDATE 4.10pm Tuesday July 30 from the Department of the Attorney-General and Justice.


UPDATE 6.25am August 2: The Department of the Attorney-General and Justice has announced a backflip late yesterday. FULL STORY »

Why the NT Govt sacked the volunteers managing an icon


It’s the National Road Transport Hall of Fame, loved by trucking enthusiasts and managed by the industry’s moguls. It is in a sound financial position and not a burden on the taxpayer; on the contrary, spending millions of dollars in the town for their annual reunions. The government has turned its back on them for years. Now they pretetnd to be the saviours. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Telling the government what to do, nicely


If you think being a councillor is hard work, try riding a pushbike from Alice Springs to Melbourne. First-term local government member Matt Paterson did that to raise $20,000 for Starlight Foundation children in 2012. Now he has his work cut our balancing the Three Rs with holding the government accountable. He spoke with editor ERWIN CHLANDA. FULL STORY »

Spying on park visitors: nothing to see here?


The NT Department of Tourism, Sport and Culture is in charge of the Kuyunba reserve adjacent to Pine Gap, but the department’s Media Manager says she is unaware visitors are being spied on with a permanently installed and concealed camera, as well as a drone, and tourists are approached by security staff, as several locals are claiming. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. IMAGE from a photographic equipment website. FULL STORY »

Breakthrough funding for Arrernte Living Culture Centre

Two and a half years after plans were first taken to Canberra, Akeyulerre Inc will get to build its Arrernte Living Culture Centre on Stuart Terrace, with the Territory Government providing $5 million dollars for the project. FULL STORY »

US military base in Darwin: what risk to NT?

The Force Posture Agreement between the governments of the United States and Australia allowing up to 2500 US Marines to be based  in Darwin essentially relocates a major part of the US military forces to the Asia/Pacific area in order to confront and contain China, writes BEVAN RAMSDEN. Is that in Australia and the NT’s interest? FULL STORY »

Debt-ridden govt wrests control of debt-free Transport Hall


The National Transport Hall of Fame is financially sound and has major assets but the Acting Director-General of Licensing Sally Ozolins has appointed a statutory manager to the organisation because it “has not functioned in accordance with the Associations Act 2003 or its Constitution”. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

AFP denies spy encounter, no comment from Defence



Tourists remain firm that they were questioned by security personnel in the Kuyunba Reserve. The Australian Federal Police says it wasn’t us, and stop asking. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

‘Big Council’ needed in times of trouble

Local government needs to be recognised in the Constitution, which would allow council “more opportunities for engaging directly with Federal Government, to make sure the needs of our community are heard in Canberra,” says Cr Jimmy Cocking (pictured, white shirt) in an interview with ERWIN CHLANDA  in his Big Council or Small Council series. FULL STORY »