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Law enforcement: The bracelets that could save us money


The NT Government, while taking law enforcement to new heights, is moving to make it cheaper, in terms of time as well as money.
Scaled-back paperwork will keep cops on the beat rather than in front of a keyboard.
Defence and prosecution will need to stick their heads together before putting matters before the court.
And tracking bracelets are "a whole lot cheaper than $214 a day" – the cost of banging up people in gaol. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Police keep crowd in check outside the courthouse during the Liam Jurrah trial.

Aussie tourists 'hassled, disappointed, fearful' in Alice, Uluru

An Australian tourist, a member of a group, emailed Mayor Damien Ryan and all councillors, saying he would be "embarrassed to recommend Alice Springs and Uluru to anyone" and stating in part: "We feared for our safety many times. You may be used to it, but the smell of many of the locals was unbearable. We left shopping, and we left the Casino because we could not bear the smell of some the people. Before you declare us racist, we would be concerned by any people with these issues." COMMENT by ERWIN CHLANDA. Photo: Drinking and fighting in the town centre.

Haunting excursion into Alice’s psyche

The cover of The Long Weekend in Alice Springs suggests that the story between its covers will be road trip. And it is one, of sorts. You won’t find these roads on any map but they will lead you into the byways of this desert place, reaching back through history into stories of origin, reaching out through darkness, real and metaphoric, into stories of now. KIERAN FINNANE reviews.

'Sentenced to a job and a future' program needs iron will

Max and Jim (we've changed their names) are clearly not the kind of prisoners for whom the visionary "sentenced to a job and a future" scheme of Correctional Services Minister John Elferink is designed. He sees it as a step-up into the broader community for people, mostly Aboriginal, who've never worked before. Max and Jim are white and had significant backgrounds in employment and small business before their respective offences, which are in the mid-range of seriousness. But both have embraced the scheme so whole-heartedly that they seem set to have a major impact on its success. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo: "Jim" in the supermarket where he now works, serving Clifford Tilmouth.

Framptons were Carey's 'bosses', took 'secret commission', says his lawyer




Framptons First National real estate agency received a "secret commission", the "lion's share" out of the first instalments paid by Alice Springs home buyers in a scheme which had Randal Carey as the builder, said Mr Carey's lawyer Peter Maley (pictured) in the Supreme Court this morning. KIERAN FINNANE reports.


UPDATE, 14 May 2013, 3.51pm: Mr Carey has been remanded for sentencing until next Tuesday, May 21. See FULL STORY.


Further update.

Budget: Low-key thumbs up from Alice leaders



Chamber of Commerce head Julie Ross and Mayor Damien Ryan had a low-key but positive reaction to the NT's $5.7 billion Budget handed down by Treasurer Dave Tollner (pictured) today. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

LETTER: Alcohol mandatory treatment Bill up for comment

The draft Bill prescribing the Government’s alcohol mandatory treatment reforms has been released for public scrutiny and will be introduced into the Territory Parliament this week and debated during the Estimates sittings on 27 June, writes John Elferink, Leader of Government Business.

NT a 'bully state' with new criminalisation of drunkenness

No government politicians came to face their critics at today's grog issues rally in Alice Springs. Russell Goldflam, speaking as President of the Criminal Lawyers Association of the Northern Territory, said the government was "hell bent on jamming as many of its citizens in the slammer as they can". Particularly in his sights were the proposed new "Alcohol Protection Orders" (APOs) that Minister for Business Dave Tollner announced on Friday. Mr Tollner said the orders will further strengthen the tools available to NT Police in responding to alcohol-related offences. KIERAN FINNANE reports.


Pictured: Donna Ah Chee, Congress CEO, addresses the rally of around 80 people.   

Builder Carey pleads guilty to reduced charges, talks to police





Randal Carey (pictured), the builder in the failed Frampton New Homes scheme, will today be interviewed by police about "other matters", having pleaded guilty this morning to nine charges of obtaining benefit by deception. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

Booze brawl: Old BDR was better than new APO




The government are not being truthful in how they are explaining the new Alcohol Protection Orders (APOs), claiming that the previous Banned Drinkers Register (BDR) only banned people from purchasing take-away alcohol, says John Boffa (pictured), of the People's Alcohol Action Coalition in Alice Springs. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

LETTER: Alcohol Protection Orders a new tool for police

Orders will be introduced under the Liquor Act which will support the Government’s target of a 10 per cent reduction in crime and further strengthen the tools available to NT Police in responding to alcohol-related offences, including domestic violence, writes David Tollner,

Minister for Business.

[See rebuttal by the People's Alcohol Action Coalition.]

LETTER: Garrett admits Indigenous education defeat

School Education Minister Peter Garrett has admitted today that the Gillard government has failed to close the gap in indigenous education, writes Senator Nigel Scullion, Shadow Minister for Indigenous Affairs.

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