After travelling alone overseas, including in southern Morocco, ESTELLE ROBERTS returned to Alice, grateful for its relative safety. Her confidence has been undermined by a near miss with an intruder and after learning of the brutal rape of a local woman who had left a party that Estelle would have gone to had she been here. Pictured: Sunset off Morocco's Atlantic coastline – beautiful, but hard to appreciate when you're being hassled by local men with their stereotyped ideas of western women. Returning to Alice was a relief ... at first.
With the funeral of a nephew who took his own life fresh in her mind, MLA Alison Anderson in last night's Legislative Assembly debates asked for a breakdown of statistics on suicide in the Northern Territory. She wants to see what the picture is in urban, rural and remote settings, suspecting that, from her experience, young people in remote communities are more vulnerable.
The nephew buried last week in Mutitjulu was the second in Ms Anderson's family to suicide this winter. The second young man took his life in a suburban street of Alice Springs. He was buried in Hermannsburg on the same day as his father, who Ms Anderson says died from alcoholism. PICTURE ABOVE: MLA Alison Anderson at a rally this year outside Parliament during its sittings in Alice Springs. By her side is Councillor Mildred Inkamala (pink shirt) of the MacDonnell Shire Council. KIERAN FINNANE reports.