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Issue 2

The little children are clever

 

Part One: The choice not to go school

 

Little Aboriginal children in remote communities are choosing not to attend school.  From their point of view, this is the right thing to do, writes BLAIR McFARLAND (pictured).

 

Children denied education may need to be taken away

 

 

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 rejects requests for information

 

 

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.

Inquiry must examine alcohol harms across entire community

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

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.

A funny thing happened to me on the way to the tip …

 

 

 

Driving past the new tip shop, having disposed of my 'domestic waste', my heart skipped a beat. I'd spotted a thing of beauty, a marvelous, playful, intriguing thing, writes KIERAN FINNANE.

 

Is misuse of alcohol only an Indigenous issue?

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

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.

 

Booze probes must deal with passive welfare: Elferink

 

 

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.

Federal Parliamentary Inquiry embarrassing for CLP

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

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.

Holiday makers spend more in 2013, still below 5 year peak

 

 

Estimated expenditure of holiday makers in Alice Springs and Central Australia increased from 2012 to 2013 but is still below the five year peak of 2010. The figures come from Tourism NT.

Crack in CLP ranks on alcohol supply

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

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).

 

Desert Knowledge 'flagship' more front than substance?

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.

So much for the 'revitalisation' of Todd Mall

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

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.

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