Tuesday, December 1, 2020

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30 scientists say no to fracking in the NT

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The Fracking Inquiry found a scenario submitted by the NT Government would have emissions equivalent to 18% of Australia’s emissions, writes Tom Burmester of The Australia Institute, Canberra, a public policy think tank established in 1994.

 

UPDATE 5:40pm Matthew Doman, of the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association, provided a reply.

Multi-pronged effort saves river giant: better late than never

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The efforts of several persistent individuals as  well as the fire brigade contributed to saving the old river red gum at right ... but only just. Report by KIERAN FINNANE, photo series by FIONA WALSH who says now is the time to start work and planning for next summer's fire threat in the river.

 

UPDATED, 28 February 2018, 3.21pm: Fire service did cut the burning tree in an unprecedented move to save it.

Aboriginal flag on Anzac Hill: it's not over yet

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A petition with more than 1000 signatories has stalled the Town Council’s formal vote on flying the Aboriginal flag on Anzac Hill. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

'Proper' drinking: elusive goal but how hard have we tried?

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As Alice Springs looks once again at the pernicious problem of excessive drinking in our town – guided by a new Liquor Commission working with a new Liquor Act and a new reform framework – a new book can help inform the inevitable debates. KIERAN FINNANE reviews Maggie Brady's Teaching ‘Proper’ Drinking. 

Who pays the bill when fracking goes wrong?

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Will the public need to cough up when wells are failing and the companies are "long gone," writes 1 Territory party president, Braedon Earley (pictured)

Liquor Commission to 'implement government policy'

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Public views are to to be considered but "I don't think this is a democratic process or a process where the average person in the street is consulted,” says commissioner Blair McFarland. He spoke with ERWIN CHLANDA. PHOTO: The Alice Springs watering hole formerly (when this video was shot) known as the Animal Bar.

You can't choose your neighbours

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Families Minister Dale Wakefield (pictured) undertook that neighbours would be "consulted" during the establishment of accommodation for youths on bail. That does not apply to assisted accommodation: Residents in the vicinity can voice their concerns after the real estate property had already been acquired for that purpose. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

Eight Labor heavies will decide fracking

... and they will do it behind closed doors. Bruce Francais of Katherine comments.

Chamber of Commerce in a grog Catch 22

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Some Chamber of Commerce members make money from alcohol, others have businesses hit hard by grog fuelled crime and unrest. CEO Kay Eade speaks with editor ERWIN CHLANDA.

Alleged toddler rape: Why she hadn't been taken from her family

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Territory Families cites 10 quotes from the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children report, including this: "Removing a child from their family and placing them in out of home care should be undertaken as a last resort. It should only be used to ensure the safety of the child." PHOTO: Commissioners, Margaret White AO and Mr Mick Gooda. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

‘Resetting the button’ of Aboriginal men’s identity

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Disturbing events in Tennant Creek this week, including the alleged sexual assault of a two-year-old girl, are an extreme example of a more widespread lawlessness engulfing the lives of too many Aboriginal people. This is what a program called Codes for Life is attempting to confront.  KIERAN FINNANE reports.

$3m boost for Hermannsburg historical precinct

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More visitors are expected following the completion of the Inner Loop road sealing, writes Lauren Moss, Minister for Tourism and Culture. PHOTO: Building in the precinct needing repair.

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