I am responding to comments from Des Rogers, Deputy Chief Executive of the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress about the Little Children are still Sacred report. I was shocked to hear his comments. I think it is deplorable that he has said the Federal Intervention demonised men, writes Alison Anderson, Minister for Children and Families.
A spokesman for the health department has provided the following comment: "We have a town with relatively few stroke patients and those strokes are more likely to be haemorrhagic where this treatment does not work and makes the stroke worse.
"The treatment of patients who present with a stroke to Alice Springs Hospital is tailored to the clinical need of the patient and additional advice sought from specialist staff interstate if required."
To bust or not to bust, that is the question – and it's one of life and death. The Alice Hospital does not use clot busting medication, other than Aspirin. But Dr Andrew Lee, of the Flinders stroke clinic in Adelaide says clot busting medication is a good thing. Photo: Clinical Nurse Manager Jeanette Berthelson in the recently opened emergency department of the Alice hospital. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
All those who haven't been paying attention to the debate so far, please join me for this back-of-the-envelope exercise on big picture issues confronting Alice Springs, looking past the end of our noses and compelling matters such as parking in the CBD on Saturdays. At the moment we are storing our garbage, and process our sewage in an open-air facility, pretty well dead in the middle of our municipality (X marks the spot on the map). There are better options. ERWIN CHLANDA comments.
Remember when Rotary was seen as the reserve for stiff upper lip blokes in pinstripe suits? Times have changed – at least in The Alice: Two out of three club presidents here are now women (pictured, from left) Erika Sauzier (Mbantua) and Fran Neylon (Stuart), with Mike Smith (Alice Springs) in the minority. Meanwhile another prominent service club worker, Probus president Enid Harland, received a prestigious award usually reserved for Rotarians, the Paul Harris Fellowship. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
The Show Society is still crunching numbers but attendance was 21,000 over the two days – not bad for a town of 25,000. New president Kevin Heintze, heading up a committee half of whose members were also new, says the biggest success was the campdraft , running from noon on Thursday to Saturday night. Interstate traders and exhibitors were thin on the ground, citing the Global Financial Crisis as the reason for their absence. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
The horse had bolted: while the Town Council was mulling over the issues and deciding to send a letter to the Minister, the Development Consent Authority approved, with conditions, two proposed telecommunications towers in Araluen. Councillor Jade Kudrenko, who has been trying to represent constituents’ views opposing the siting of the towers, last night expressed her frustration with council’s slowness while the DCA’s process had rolled on. KIERAN FINNANE reports from council’s committee meetings. Other issues: buskers in the mall • water waste and savings • asbestos in confidential • McDouall Stuart statue in no-man’s land.
Pictured: Greens councillor Jade Kudrenko, here introducing the party's NT Senate candidate, Warren H Williams.
The Country Liberals Government is committed to making homelands a viable place to live for Indigenous Territorians with a new funding formula that is focused on equity. The new long term funding arrangements were negotiated with the Commonwealth Government through the municipal and essential services implementation plan guaranteeing funding for 10 years, writes Alison Anderson (pictured)
The event happened 224 years ago and on the other side of the world, but Alice Springs’ own Froggies Rendez-Vous celebrated with a dinner and Can-Can dancing the day the Paris mobs stormed the 400-year-old Bastille prison and got the French Revolution into high gear.
That they were all blokes up on the stage didn’t at all put the diners off their French repas on Saturday, cooked by Chris and Seb of Desert Chef: Onion soup, followed by a main course of the classic Coq au Vin (wine rooster) with a Gratin Dauphinois (potatoes gratin), and to top it off a traditional Religieuse (a “nun” – two choux pastry cases filled with crème pâtissière).
Temperamental, terribly unpredictable and very entertaining is how the organisers of today's Camel Cup in Alice Springs touted their racing stock – and sure enough the humped beasts lived up to their reputation. ERWIN CHLANDA joined the crowd of 6000 – 1000 more than last year – to see a race like no other. See our VIDEO at FULL STORY.
In some ways Warren H Williams seems singularly suited to be “the voice” for people who are “the last to be recognised” but the first to be the subject of “government experiment”. If he put his message to music, who could turn away from that husky, golden voice from the desert, that sings so movingly of “the hills of home”? KIERAN FINNANE was at the launch of his run for the Senate today, on the Greens ticket.
If you've ever wondered about the extraordinary web of relationships among Aboriginal people of your acquaintance, about what is meant by terms such as cousin-brother, cousin-sister, or how your friend can call more than one person mother, then this is a book for you. KIERAN FINNANE takes a look at Anpernirrentye Kin and Skin – Talking about family in Arrernte by Veronica Perrurle Dobson AM and John Henderson, the latest production of local publishing house IAD Press.
Pictured: Veronica Perrurle Dobson AM with Margaret Kemarre Turner OAM, who launched the book during the recent national Native Title conference.