Tuesday, January 26, 2021

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"In which state is Alice Springs," asks 000 operator as armed thugs threaten to kill

 

 

 

 

"In which state is Alice Springs?" No, this wasn't the irritating question by a cold caller from New Delhi.
It was what tennis club manager Matt Roberts was asked by the woman responding to his 000 call while he was under siege, for nearly an hour, from a gang of armed, rampaging youths. PHOTO: A piece of timber used as a weapon in the assault. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

German Foreign Office says mobile homes should stay only in caravan parks with guards, warns of rapes, armed robberies in Alice Springs

An attack on two German tourists in a mobile home in the West MacDonnell Ranges is of the kind described in a German Foreign Office security advisory website (pictured), in its Australia section singling out Alice Springs alone. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

Two week boot camp not enough to solve youth problems

A 15 day boot camp as apparently proposed by Correctional Services Minister John Elferink would be of little value.

That is the view of a member of the town council who, together with long-time youth worker Graham Ross, has been planning for years to set up a residential facility out bush for young people. PHOTO: Graham Ross (at left) and Cr Brown at the site in the Larapinta Valley where they hope to establish a camp for young people in trouble.

Reasons for a health pact in the NT

 

 

 

The NT has a huge health burden accelerated by “unhealthy commodity industries” responsible for the sales and promotion of tobacco, alcohol, energy-dense foods such as burgers, frozen pizzas and pasta dishes, nuggets, sticks, crisps, biscuits, confectionery, cereal bars, carbonized and other sugared drinks and various snack products, described in a Lancet report. PHOTOS: The Territory isn't on its own when it comes to consuming too much of the bad stuff ... bulk booze near Longreach, Queensland, in days gone by (above), and a junk food sign targeting kids in Adelaide today. RUSSELL GUY reports.

Office of Children and Families admits legal action over failure to provide information

 

Two children died while in government care.

New laws "to address extreme behaviours".

 

The Office of Children and Families has admitted that legal action is being taken against it over the alleged failure to disclose information to children's representatives but the minister, Robyn Lambley (pictured), still refuses to be interviewed about government child protection issues and other matters. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

Sentenced to a Job Program "successful beyond expectations" and will be expanded

 

 

Prisoners have been sent to work "in real jobs, for real money" as part of the Sentenced to a Job Program, first reported in the Alice Springs News Online on December 18, 2012. Minister for Correctional Services John Elferink (pictured) says the trial program has been successful beyond expectations and will be expanded.

LETTER: R. M. Williams responds on Henbury

The owner and operator of Henbury Station, R. M. Williams Agricultural Holdings, clarifies points about Henbury Station raised by Nationals Deputy Senate Leader Senator Fiona Nash in her letter to the editor.

$23 million Bunnings development on schedule for mid-year

Bunnings Warehouse $23 million development will be completed mid-year, creating more than 100 permanent jobs and a further 160 construction jobs.

LETTER: Labor’s mismanagement of $9m splash on Henbury carbon farm

The Gillard Government doesn’t even have a management plan for a cattle property turned carbon farm, Henbury Station, south of Alice Springs,  it ploughed more than $9 million of taxpayer funds into back in 2011, writes Fiona Nash, Nationals Deputy Senate Leader.

Children at risk as department shuts down communications: insider

The Office of Children and Families has shut down vital communications with agencies and people representing children under protection orders.

The children are exposed to inadequate care because the system is no longer open to the independent scrutiny provided for by law.
And Minister for Children and Families, Robyn Lambley (pictured), is either unaware of the turmoil in her department, or is condoning it: either way she is failing in her portfolio, says an insider. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

Money for movies

The NT Government will maintain the previous level of funding for traveling film festivals such as the Sydney one, opening in Alice Springs for a three day season on Friday, with nine movies to be shown.

LETTER: Native title changes must go ahead, and should go further

Despite exaggerated claims from industry bodies and state governments, the Commonwealth’s proposed reforms to the Native Title Act 1993 are modest, straightforward, and long overdue. These changes leave many of the large problems in the native title system unchanged, but they address some of the small problems that can be easily fixed, writes Stephen Keim of the Australian Lawyers for Human Rights.

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