We may need to take kids away from parents who can’t or won’t allow them to learn, and take them out of communities that are unable to support a school, and place them in an environment where daily school attendance through the long years of childhood is not optional.
Desert Knowledge Australia chairman Fred Chaney (pictured) has rejected all requests for information from the Alice Springs News Online except for financial information that is already on the public record. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Alcohol related harm affects the whole the community. We believe it is important that this inquiry has a broad remit to examine alcohol related harms across the entire community, writes JOHN PATERSON, spokesperson for Aboriginal Peak Organisations of the NT.
Yesterday CLP Senator Nigel Scullion announced a “broad-ranging national inquiry into alcohol-fuelled violence” and said everything would be looked at, yet today we hear that it will only focus on Indigenous Australians. Are we to believe that yesterday Senator Scullion recognised that grog harm was a whole-of-society issue yet today it’s a race-based issue? This is extraordinary, writes Leader of the Opposition, DELIA LAWRIE.
Any inquiry into alcohol problems should be looking at the effect of passive welfare and be specific to the conditions in the Northern Territory, says NT Justice Minister John Elferink (pictured). ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
It is a sign of the extent of Dave Tollner’s incompetence that the Federal Minister for Indigenous Affairs Nigel Scullion has today intervened in Northern Territory affairs and announced a Federal Parliamentary Inquiry into how to tackle increasing rates of alcohol-fuelled violence, writes Leader of the Opposition, DELIA LAWRIE.
The CLP's Member for Daly Gary Higgins has joined the growing chorus of voices calling for the CLP Government to hold a Parliamentary Inquiry into alcohol misuse. Alcohol-fuelled violence and anti-social behaviour has increased to an alarming level in the Territory and our community is suffering, writes Leadre of the Opposition, DELIA LAWRIE (pictured).
Senior Desert Knowledge Australia (DKA) staff and its two senior board members have gone to ground as the NT Government's review of the organisation is entering its final phase. CEO John Huigen and board chairman Fred Chaney have not responded to questions from the Alice Springs News Online, and deputy chairman Harold Furber has refused to answer questions. Meanwhile enquiries by the Alice Springs News Online into the DKA Outback Business Network (OBN), cited as one of its major achievements, suggest that it has more front than substance. There are significant resignations from the organisation and its funding from the NT Government – $900,000 a year – is in doubt as a government-ordered inquiry by Don Zoellner (pictured) is under way.ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
As the decline of the northern end of Todd Mall continues it's instructive to look at newspaper advertising from 1968, namely the feature about Murray Neck's joining Retravision that year, writes historian Alex Nelson, of Alice Springs.