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Now it’s five

A Territory couple who disembarked from the Ruby Princess cruise ship in Sydney and flew to Darwin tested positive to Coronavirus (COVID-19) today. FULL STORY »

Third NT COVID-19 case confirmed

The man in his 30s and woman aged 21 had followed protocol and immediately gone into self-isolation after arriving in Darwin from overseas. FULL STORY »

NT may face total COVID-19 lockdown

 

Aboriginal organisations call for the NT to become Special Control Area for COVID 19, meaning that everyone entering the Territory must go into self-isolation for two weeks. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo: Michael Gunner delivering a long speech but measures for the pandemic spreading to the NT remain a work in progress.

 

UPDATE 4.50pm: Today, the National Cabinet has given in-principle agreement for the Commonwealth Biosecurity Act to be used to restrict travel into and out of remote communities. FULL STORY »

Armed robbery, suspected arson

Hunt for masked robbers, arson suspect arrested.

 

UPDATE March 23, 1pm: Police say two youths were charged. FULL STORY »

Finke cancelled

 

 

 

“For the first time in 44 years, there will be no Finke weekend celebrated in Central Australia by locals and 7000 interstate visitors,” says president Antony Yoffa. FULL STORY »

Bad start to the week: Assaults, hit and runs.

Police are looking for offenders in separate crimes. FULL STORY »

Listen to the people, say Marli Banks and Brian Jeffries

 

 

A businesswoman and a retired Anglican Rector say the messages are there. Now the new government to be elected in August, in far-away Darwin, will need to take on board the special demands of The Centre. NEW SERIES by JULIUS DENNIS. FULL STORY »

COVID-19: Local Court circuit services suspended

 

 

In light of the developing COVID-19 situation the Local Court will be suspending all circuit court services effective immediately, according to a media release today. FULL STORY »

Record NT debt: Gunner mum on collateral

 

 

Compulsory acquisition of real estate for gallery on the cards, deals for land with native title holders, solar future and the Feds are to blame for youth crime: Michael Gunner sketches what’s in store for The Alice this year. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Bush clinic and ambulance burned, man arrested

19-year-old in police custody. FULL STORY »

CLP announces $20m Greener Safer Homes’ stimulus

 

 

The CLP Opposition calls on the Labor Government to immediately boost the Territory’s struggling economy by introducing a $20m Greener Safer Homes scheme which the CLP will implement if elected in August, writes Opposition Leader Lia Finocchiaro (pictured). FULL STORY »

Human causes of a river tragedy

 

A film about the devastation that water extraction has caused to the once mighty Barka or Darling River in NSW brings critical focus to thinking about water-intensive industries in the NT and their impact on the environment.  KIERAN FINNANE reviews. FULL STORY »

Good idea, except when the container is empty

 

 

Unless, of course, the container is empty, as it was in this Alice supermarket this week. FULL STORY »

Small town takes lead on solar power

That diesel costs money and sunlight does not is a no brainer, but it takes an initiative such as the one underway in the tiny town of Borroloola to translate this into dollars and cents. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

CLP, Territory Alliance: Two seats each

 

 

In the aftermath of the Johnston by-election the independent Member for Fong Lim, Jeff Collins (pictured), has formally joined Territory Alliance. Does that herald the end of the CLP as the Opposition? MARK J SMITH reports. FULL STORY »

CAAMA ‘drowning in debt’: Regulator

 

Well over half its income comes from grants but its liabilities are considerable and growing, according to the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations. Despite having a repayment plan with the Australian Tax Office, its tax debt has more than doubled, “reaching a critical level that is not sustainable”. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Thief snatches fortnight’s money from age pensioner

The victim was an elderly woman who was robbed while withdrawing her entire pension ($600) from the ATM in the Centre, writes Ralph Folds. FULL STORY »

Millennials targeted for a fly and drive NT holiday

 

 

Tourism NT is targeting the not so grey nomads. PHOTO: Devil’s Marbles. FULL STORY »

Making going solar so much harder

 

New rules are likely to make home owners, investors think twice about becoming electricity generators. SPECIAL REPORT by TIM BRAND. FULL STORY »

When art meets sport meets community

 

As soon as you enter the gallery at Watch This Space, you are transported: it’s a sunny day full of the cries of players and supporters, team action on the field, and community in action on the sidelines, a community of women. KIERAN FINNANE reviews.  FULL STORY »

Horses perish in abandoned Aboriginal outstation

 

 

Whose responsibility is it to avoid this? That is the question asked by a Alice Springs News reader who came across this horrendous scene. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Alice Springs: 129 days a year over 40°C?

 

 

High-powered look at climate change in The Centre. PHOTO, from left:  Janet Gregory, Dr Josie Douglas, Frank Shadforth, owner of Seven Emu Cattle Station and conservation reserve, Gadrian Hoosan from Borroloola solar project at a convention about what climate change may bring. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Youth offenders: CLP would overturn presumption of bail

 

 

The Territory’s victims of crime were left out of the Labor Government’s minds when drafting this legislation, writes Opposition Leader Lia Finocchiaro (pictured). FULL STORY »

The water is there, but our swamp is dying


 
At Ankerre Ankerre (Coolabah Swamp ) water is flowing down the drain without reaching the wetland trees who need it. Why, in a time of increased environmental scrutiny, does this desert town still discharge its water? asks JUDE PRICHARD. FULL STORY »

For Country, for Nation: compels, moves without digging deep

 

 

The exhibition strives for an equivalence in those terms, ‘Country’, ‘Nation’, that to fight for the one is to fight for the other, when even some of its own exhibits challenge that. KIERAN FINNANE reviews. FULL STORY »

New look ‘juvie’ tender is released

 

Construction is expected to start in May this year with the redevelopment completed in April 2021, says Territory Families Minister Dale Wakefield. 

 

UPDATE Sat 2:30am: Works carried out on the facility since the current government came to power in 2016. FULL STORY »

Conservative vote: Territory Alliance up, CLP down in Johnston

 

 

Joel Bowden (pictured), ex-footballer, union worker, holder of a Bachelor of Education and a Master of Business Administration and currently studying a Bachelor of Laws, retains the blue ribbon seat despite a big swing against Labor. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Could this be the end of the CLP Opposition?

 

Territory Alliance candidate Steven Klose secured 719 first preference votes putting him clearly in second place in the Johnston by-election, comments MARK J SMITH (pictured).

 

UPDATE 10.26am Lambley to re-contest Araluen, again as an Independent.

UPDATE Monday 2pm Comment writer “David” gets it wrong: On the How to Vote card of the CLP’s Josh Thomas, the number “2” was clearly next to the name of Labor’s Joel Bowden.

UPDATE 8.20pm: “David” retracts his comments and apologises. FULL STORY »

Finocchiaro to talk about jobs in onshore gas

Over 25 years a moderate scale of onshore gas development could be worth $9 billion nationally, drive development in Northern Australia, and generate thousands of jobs in the Northern Territory, writes Opposition Leader Lia Finocchiaro (pictured). FULL STORY »

Soft song of rain will continue

 

Alice Springs Airport gauges show that some 25 mm of rain has fallen over the last 24 hours. Listening on the roof showed that it was of lovely and soft and continuous through last night.

 

UPDATE 12.30pm: Where the rain has fallen in the past week. FULL STORY »

Native title organisation has $3.7m in the bank

 

Many Aboriginal people in Alice Springs are impoverished and many young Aboriginal people are neglected and fall foul of the law. Should they benefit from these millions, we are asking the organisation. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

CAAMA: No news is good news?

 

Has CEO Karl Hampton resigned? While preaching transparency CAAMA isn’t practising it. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

 

Reader claims: CAAMA sold its majority share holding in Imparja. No comment from CAAMA. FULL STORY »

Removing blankets from public places

 

 

Council rangers were “doing wrong”, some people are sick, it is a “worry when they have nowhere to stay”, the Town Council heard. The Alice Springs News asked for an update on current practice. 

  FULL STORY »

Uluru cave paintings defaced

 

Unconfirmed reports say the offenders were local children using motor oil. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

 

UPDATE 12.52pm: We received the photo at right a few minutes ago. What appears to be stains of a dark fluid are clearly visible.

 

UPDATE 2.47pm: Statement form Parks Australia.

 

UPDATE March 3, 11am Parks: No information on perpetrators. FULL STORY »

Pets allowed unless tribunal disagrees: Govt proposal

 

 

Keeping a pet is a right: ALP. No, it’s not: CLP. Report by ERWIN CHLANDA. FULL STORY »

Fracking stance hits Labor vote: Protect Country Alliance

 

 

New Johnston MLA Joel Bowden needs to take public’s concerns to Gunner, writes Dan Robins, of the Protect Country Alliance. FULL STORY »

Perception of Mayor’s conflict of interest becomes issue

 

Cracks are beginning to show between Mayor Damien Ryan, now also a CLP candidate, and Labor front bencher Dale Wakefield, when cooperation appears vital to get a handle on youth crime and the national Aboriginal art gallery.

Ms Wakefield, pictured yesterday with Dan Falzon, from the Earth Sanctuary World Nature Centre, was announcing interstate schools can apply for $3,000 towards the cost of a trip to the NT. FULL STORY »

Do film’s omissions mislead viewers on school’s record?

 

 

The apparently whitewashed history lesson featured in the film In my blood it runs had more to it than was shown and so does the school’s reporting practice. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Council wrestles with latest fracking developments


 
They want local government across the NT to have an ongoing say in fracking, especially its likely impact on water, but Councillors  Jimmy Cocking and Marli Banks got their proposition over the line only by acknowledging that fracking could have good as well as bad consequences. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Housing plunge to continue, says industry leader

 

 

A further fall is forecast for the current financial year, before the industry starts to recover by 17% in 2020/21, according to HIA. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Gunner the statesman short on facts for Centre

While emulating Churchill with lines such as “I’ll have to ask even more of you” vital questions remain unanswered about how the Chief Minister will deal with the pandemic. And as far as the flow of information to The Centre is concerned, the Berrimah Line attitude is alive and well. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

UPDATED 24 March 2020, 3.52pm: Risk in testing only the sick. FULL STORY »

Totem Theatre makes plans for its second half century

 

 

The vision is for the iconic stage to host “a dynamic Central Australian performing arts scene where local skills and creativity thrive”. JULIUS DENNIS reports. PHOTO: Pink Ladies. FULL STORY »

Gallery opponents, grandstand friends

 

 

The opening of the Albrecht Oval grandstand this morning was an unlikely occasion to gain some clarity of the process – or lack of it – to find a place for the national Aboriginal art gallery. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Camel Cup called off

 

Apex hopes it will be back next year. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Productivity Commission wants to axe concessions in bush

Zone Tax Offset as well as employer provided housing concessions should go, says the commission, potentially hitting people including emergency and medical personal permanently stationed in remote communities.. MICHAEL TRULL reports.

 

UPDATE February 27, 3.30pm: The Minerals Council of Australia welcomes the news the Morrison Government will not be acting on the recommendations. FULL STORY »

Gunner says fresh talks about gallery at Anzac Hill precinct

 

Anzac Hill precinct back in talks with the Town Council as the site for the national Aboriginal art gallery, but opposition from traditional owners doesn’t get a mention as the Chief Minister answers a question from MLA for Araluen, Robyn Lambley. PHOTO by Isaac Benz: Part of the site of the Anzac Hill high school, now demolished. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

 

UPDATE 11.10am: No evidence of consent from traditional owners.

UPDATED 25 February 2020, 9.26am FULL STORY »

Town library, pool close; non-essential Council events cancelled

 

Council has acted on the advice of the Australian Government, the Northern Territory Department of Health, and the Northern Territory Chief Minister responding to COVID-19. FULL STORY »

Mayor’s perceived conflict of interest: new legal opinion

 

Taking into account the provisions of the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) Act, the advice is for a conservative approach to both actual and perceived conflict of interest. KIERAN FINNANE reports. 

 

UPDATED 25 February 2020 11.02 am. FULL STORY »

Gunner government to hide fiscal facts

Voters will go to the August election short on Budget information. FULL STORY »

Local passions run high from public morality to human rights

 

In the public gallery at last night’s Town Council meeting, some were concerned about the upcoming rainbow FABAlice Festival; others were focussed on the fate of Julian Assange. KIERAN FINNANE reports.  FULL STORY »

Last drinks, and Henley on Todd cancelled

 
 

A few people (pictured) enjoyed drinks at Sporties in The Mall last night but as of noon the bar and restaurant and all of its ilk will be closed. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

CLP candidates: Representing you or their party?

 

 

Contact details of preselected candidates such as personal email addresses and mobile phone numbers are are not on the website with CLP spin such as “ecstatic to be selected … excited for the challenge of winning the seat … well and truly aware of the issues facing the people … passionate about giving back to the community.” ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo: Araluen candidate, current Mayor Damien Ryan. FULL STORY »

NT closing borders to interstate arrivals

From 4pm Tuesday 24 March, strict border controls will operate at all access points – by road, rail, air and sea.

UPDATE 6.00pm: FULL STORY »

Country Liberals should not feed the rumour mill

 

 

The new Opposition Leader’s feverish outburst, calling for the alcohol floor price to be dropped because she had heard from alcohol outlets that people were buying more grog, was ill-advised, writes Dr John Boffa (pictured) of the People’s Alcohol Action Coalition. FULL STORY »

Fix the kids problems and our roads

 

 

Cr Eli Melky (at left) wants some parents brought to task for the trouble their kids are causing, and Ashley Manicaros (at right) says cattle roads need attention. JULIUS DENNIS continues his Alice Votes series. FULL STORY »

Feds may fund CAAMA even in administration

 

 

The National Indigenous Australians Agency “is working closely with CAAMA to ensure the requirements of the funding agreement, including reporting, are met and broadcasting services continue to be delivered,” according to a spokesman for the agency. ERWIN  CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Youth curfew no longer an option, a necessity: Lambley

 

 

Coronavirus is a threat to the large groups of kids who are still roaming the streets at night, writes Robyn Lambley, Deputy Opposition Leader. FULL STORY »

Virtual power plant plans more advanced than council lets on

 

 

They are detailed in publicly available information on the Net, yet council is staying mum. Strange when it sounds like a good news story. KIERAN FINNANE reports.  FULL STORY »

Virus risk: US Marines should not deploy to Darwin

 

The Independent and Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN) has written to Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds,  pointing out the risk of allowing 2,500 USA marine personnel to start arriving in Darwin next month. FULL STORY »

Little progress with $64m management system for trouble kids

It will cost $14m more than the government has set aside for the planned national Aboriginal art gallery in Alice Springs. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Are frackers immune from COVID-19 rules?

 

 

The Chief Minister should have put more money into our local clinic. I don’t know why they’re pumping money into fracking companies, writes Gadrian Hoosan (pictured), of Borroloola. FULL STORY »

‘Selected’ crimes down

A police spokesman’s answer to a request for more details: We can apply for a form and put our questions on that. FULL STORY »

Aggravated assault in attempted handbag snatch

Police hunt for two youths. FULL STORY »

Dujuan’s moving story and its missing pieces

 

He is bright, thoughtful, rather charismatic, he has a loving Aboriginal family but he is getting into trouble. Does the film that tells his story really get down to why? KIERAN FINNANE reviews In my blood it runs.   FULL STORY »

Big lay-offs at Lasseter complex

 

 

The casino, hotel accommodation, restaurant and convention centre, has laid off 155 casual employees, 45% of its workforce. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Film short on answers for trouble in the streets

 

In My Blood It Runs is propaganda, not a documentary, but a it has a strong message nonetheless: Families must find the solutions because politicians, bureaucrats and NGOs surely won’t, says Elder and collaborator in the movie, William Tilmouth. COMMENT by ERWIN CHLANDA. FULL STORY »

Does non-citizen travel ban apply to US personnel at Pine Gap?

 

 

Department of Defence has not provided a clear answer to the question. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

UPDATED 2.44pm.

 

UPDATE 4.03pm. FULL STORY »

Can Alice Springs crime statistics be trusted?

 

 

Contrary to current popular opinion, crime against the person in Alice Springs is not worse than ever before, if you take the NT crime statistics as your guide: But are the base data from the police, unchecked by anyone else, reliable? And why does the categorising of NT police statistics not match with that of the Australian Bureau of Statistics, which means we can’t compare apples with apples? ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Work on six storey accommodation complex to start in May

 

 

A six-storey accommodation building which will stretch from Todd Street to Leichhardt Terrace will create 150 jobs during construction. It is planned to start in May and be complete in November, says part-owner, Michael Sitzler. FULL STORY »

Claypans focus on Clean Up Australia Day

 

 

No need to register! Just turn up! Bring along your friends, family, neighbours and workmates if you wish, write the Friends of the Ilparpa Claypans. FULL STORY »

Gunner’s native title deal merely ‘flagged’: Lhere Artepe

 

 

Graeme Smith (pictured in his football days), a member of the native title organisation Lhere Artepe, says the acquisition of five areas of land in Alice Springs has been “flagged” by the NT Government, but there are no signed deals nor an Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA). FULL STORY »

Lambley seeks brake on government spending

 

 

Private Members Bill seeks special measures if current $7bn government debt is to be exceeded, writes Robyn Lambley Independent Member for Araluen. FULL STORY »

Coles milk sales limit puts Uncle Edy’s at risk

 

 

The jobs of eight workers are threatened as Coles is providing Uncle Edy’s only a fraction of the 140 litres of milk a week it needs for making coffee and icecream. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Government pays $800,000 a day in interest

 

This Labor Government’s fixation on spending money like a kid in a lolly shop is irresponsible, and their red tape preventing private sector investment is killing the economy, writes Opposition Leader Lia Finocchiaro (pictured). FULL STORY »

Robyn Lambley to join Territory Alliance

 

“I got to a crossroads.  I’m watching the town crumble around me … and couldn’t deliver as an Independent,” says Mrs Lambley. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

 

UPDATED 18 March 2020, 11.58am: Terry Mills has formally made the case to Speaker of the Legislative Assembly for Territory Alliance to be recognised as the official NT Opposition.

 

UPDATE 18 March 2020, 3.55pm: Territory Alliance is now the official NT Opposition. FULL STORY »

Council’s ambitious solar plan: 100% of what?

 

 

 

Does the 100% refer to all of the energy going to all council-owned infrastructure? Perhaps not, though the answer is far from clear. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Bush towns making their own Coronavirus plans is ‘nonsense’

 

 

“Those lines around local decision making are government rhetoric. It is the normal rubbish that they peddle out. The reason why they are not making plans for remote communities is because it is not their priority.” Scott McConnell (pictured), the Member for Stuart, the vast and mostly remote electorate in Central Australia, is scathing about the Chief Minister’s approach to dealing with the threat looming in the bush of the deadly Coronavirus pandemic. FULL STORY »

Labor gets fracking, gambling, booze cash: Fraser-Adams

 

 

All Johnston candidates put Labor last on the how to vote cards, writes Sue Fraser-Adams, president, Ban Fracking Fix Crime Protect Water Party (at left). Labor pretends it is against fracking, she says. FULL STORY »

CBD revitalisation no show all council’s fault?


“I don’t recall at any stage [council] being approached to invest” in the revitalisation project, says Deputy Mayor Matt Paterson. Meanwhile, Cr Eli Melky calls for council to fight with legal action any move to compulsorily acquire its assets for the national Aboriginal art gallery. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

UPDATE Friday 20 March 2020, 10.40am:

Council CEO Robert Jennings has provided clarification on council’s contribution to the revitalisation. FULL STORY »

‘I saw the bombers’

 

 

On February 19, 1942, Father John McGrath, under strafing fire on Bathurst Island, radioed a warning about a large number of aircraft approaching. RAAF operations thought that the aircraft were probably American P-40s so no immediate action was taken. Japanese began bombing Darwin some 20 minutes later. By JOHN P McD SMITH. FULL STORY »

Custody on communities for remote area arrestees refused bail

 

Their next court appearance will be on the next business day via telephone or video-link, in an effort to reduce unnecessary movements in and out of remote communities in response to the threat of the coronavirus pandemic. FULL STORY »

Train hoppers hurt

Rail services in the NT and SA were delayed for four hours as youths jump from moving train. FULL STORY »

Remote Coronavirus: Each community to work out a plan

 

Meanwhile the Police Association complains about “incredibly slow official response and lack of communication”. Google Earth Photo: Yuendumu, a remote community 300 km north-west of Alice Springs. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

 

UPDATE 4.30pm Roadside breath testing suspended. FULL STORY »

Anger with out-of-control kids: council needs to step up

 

Cr Glen Auricht is “fearful that these children are going to be injured by angry people”, that “these kids would be killed”. Cooler heads on council want to act on a resolution of 2017, and meanwhile CCTV proliferates (photo) and the problems remain. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Gunner’s native title deal not what it seems to be

 

 

Serious doubt is being cast over statements from Michael Gunner, in his “2020 – The Year Ahead” speech, by Fabian Conway (pictured) who chairs Irlpme, one of the three estate groups that make up Lhere Artepe. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Locked in senior: Daughter speaks out

 

 

Lisa Wilson, the daughter of Alan Viegas, has sent to the Alice Springs News an image containing two photos of her father (at left). Mr Viegas as pictured by the News last week (at right). ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Incoming Pine Gap personnel to self-isolate like everyone else

 

 

They are “subject to the same checks and requirements imposed by the Australian Border Force as all other international arrivals,” says a Department of Defence spokesperson. KIERAN FINNANE reports.  FULL STORY »

Cr Auricht: All the way with USA on fate of Assange

 

 

Debate on the matter is “in real conflict with our community” because we have “a very large American contingent in town”, argues Councillor Glen Auricht. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Coronavirus strategies in the bush still a work in progress

 

Overcrowding, poor hygiene and inadequate health facilities in remote communities are likely to present challenges. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

 

UPDATE March 15 Northern Land Council ceases to issue entry permits.

 

UPDATE March 15, 4.50pm Gunner to release event assessment tool. Schools will stay open.

 

UPDATE March 17, 5.30pm Parrtjima rescheduled.

 

UPDATE March 17, 2am The Central Land Council has “appealed” to everyone to suspend all non-essential visits to remote communities.

 

UPDATE March 18, 4am Congress has 8000 masks. FULL STORY »

Lambley: Gunner Government gives away $5m youth camp

 

 

The Gunner Government has decided to give away to the Aboriginal owners of Loves Creek, near Ross River, east of Alice Springs, $5m worth of infrastructure and equipment from the only government owned boot camp in the NT, writes Robyn Lambley, Independent Member for Araluen. Photo: Management of the camp had its challenges. FULL STORY »

Five generations together in the one room

 

 

At a time of anxious news from around the country and the world, the story of a new life, a baby girl, and the great-great grandmother there to welcome her. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Yirara College: Just seven laptops for up to 30 students

 

 

Teacher resigns over inadequate IT equipment for Yirara College students. “While I lobbied in vain for the most basic classroom student computers, Yirara bought a high-tech plug-and-ray laser engraver (pictured) that reportedly cost close to $25,000,” writes teacher Ralph Folds. Principal Chris England responds. FULL STORY »

Corona bush solutions: Health workers from interstate

 

 

Decisive and urgent action is needed to prevent COVID-19 spreading to remote Australian communities, the council of the Central Australia Academic Health Science Network decided yesterday, writes its Executive Director, Chips Mackinolty. FULL STORY »

NT Greens say free Assange

The NT Greens condemn the continuing persecution of Wikileaks’ publisher Julian Assange by the US, British and Australian governments, a fundamental attack on all democratic rights, writes Jasmyn Sheppard, Convenor of the NT Greens. FULL STORY »

Pine Gap traffic and COVID-19

 

My questions on this issue have been placed at number 87 in the queue and will be answered in due course, reports KIERAN FINNANE.

 

UPDATED 13 March 2020, 5.24pm.

 

UPDATE March 14, 1.20am: No spectators allowed today at Traeger Park footy. FULL STORY »

Uranium in water at three times the safe level: Claim

 

 

Drinking water containing uranium at the rate of up to three times the safe level is used in several Central Australian communities, according to the environmental group, Friends of the Earth Australia. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Sun Cable to power on despite virus uncertainty

 

 

The whirlwind of global financial uncertainty triggered by coronavirus will not delay the ambitious multibillion-dollar Sun Cable project to supply electricity to Darwin and Singapore according to Atlassian billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes (pictured). Report by MARK J SMITH. FULL STORY »

Transport Hall manager takes Liz Martin to court

 

 

The NT Government appointed manager of the National Transport Hall of Fame is taking to court Liz Martin, the co-founder of the iconic tourist attraction and for decades its driving force. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Volunteers are pictured on Liz Martin’s Facebook site. FULL STORY »