Friday, August 14, 2020

The freedom of the press still furnishes that check upon government which no constitution has ever been able to provide – Chicago Tribune.

Kieran Finnane

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The militarised centre of Australia

 

The Northern Territory and South Australia trade on the allure of openness and possibilities but there is a weight to the increasingly militarised swathe running south to north right through the centre of Australia. KIERAN FINNANE comments.

Territorians need truth on economy and government finances

 

 
 

John Langalount, the Head of the Review into NT Budget repair found that NT Budgets had been treated more like “rough guides” rather than serious financial plans. Now Territorians can expect another “rough guide” for a fiscal outlook. Professor DON FULLER comments, Part 6.

A touch of light: Ptilotus rising

On a recent hike into the East Macs, not one Ptilotus but tens of thousands of bouquets crowned the ridgelines, cloaked the hillside flanks and crowded every moisture-holding crease in the eroded landscape, writes MIKE GILLAM

 

Zachary Rolfe is changing address

 

 

After alleged conduct directed towards him and his family, a change of address was approved in the Alice Springs Local Court this morning. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

 

A touch of light: mistletoe magic

 

 

"Looking back into the sunrise the mallees were dazzling, adorned with pendulous mistletoe in fiery tresses of red and yellow." MIKE GILLAM starts his piece recalling a magnificent walk on the steep south side of the west MacDonnell Range – it was later engulfed by wildfire. 

Library ban: where will all the young ones go?

 

 

Young people will be welcomed back but only when the Youth Hub gets up and running, Covid or no Covid. KIERAN FINNANE reports. 

Council resignations and surprising alliances

 

Councillors Marli Banks and Catherine Satour, both contesting the upcoming NT election, have given notice their resignations from council, effective July 9. And a surprising alliance formed to support the renaming of Willshire Street. 

UPDATED with full report by KIERAN FINNANE 30 June 2020, 11.16am.

Federation Party announces candidates: more councillors joining the fray

 

 

Catherine Satour will stand in the seat of Namatjira and Marli Banks in Braitling. That brings to five the members of council with a declared party interest in the Territory election, with four actually contesting seats.

Zachary Rolfe prosecution: possible hearing in September

 

 

Mr Rolfe appeared by video link from Canberra. Outside the court in Alice Springs, Ned Hargraves, chair of the Warlpiri Parumpurru Committee, continued to call for Mr Rolfe's bail to be revoked – Indigenous people "don’t get that chance". KIERAN FINNANE reports. 

A touch of light: Dead finish and friends

 

The distinctive lipid rich yellow aril attached to each seed is prized by birds and ants that carry the seed away from the parent plant and thereby aid its dispersal. Perhaps its greatest admirer is the zebra finch, Nyingke, a name sometimes abbreviated to Nyi Nyi. MIKE GILLAM writes of his gardener efforts with both.

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