The dawn service, the march, the two-up, the beers (in a group of mates): The pandemic has put paid to these, for the time being. But LYNNE SMITH found a way to keep alive the spirit of ANZAC Day with a story about her grandfather who made history in a very surprising way.
Sick of COVID? Move the continent where there is none. Former Alice Springs doctor Rhys Harding did. He's now the medical Jack of All Trades for the crew of 24 at the Davis Station in East Antarctica, one of Australia's research stations. This is his story.
A crude Chief Minister (at left) with the worst budget management on record, since well before COVID: Welcome to the Northern Territory. While Michael Gunner takes kudos for achievements arising from the National Cabinet, Scott McConnell (at right) says there's too much self-congratulation. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
UPDATE April 23, 10.10am: Strategic Communication COVID-19 explains "back to country" quarantine.
Chief Minister Michael Gunner in a statement less than an hour ago announced police powers to impose on-the-spot fines of $5495, and he called alleged offenders grub, idiot, and lowlife. Power and water prices for Territory businesses will be slashed by 50% and mandatory quarantine arrangements will be formalised. New measures will be brought in during a special session of Parliament on Friday, with some Members attending remotely.
Although claiming our attention gently, the winning entry is a lovely work by the early career Thea Perkins and its acquisition as part of the Prize will be an important addition to the Alice Springs Collection. KIERAN FINNANE reviews the exhibition, after a privileged visit to the gallery in this time of coronavirus shutdown.
Get ready for hotter than average temperatures across the NT this week, especially in inland areas, says the Bureau of Meteorology. In Alice Springs yesterday it was 10 degrees hotter than average, with a top temperature of 38⁰C.
Foreign Minister Marise Payne (pictured) has called for an independent review, mentioning in particular the role of China and the World Health Organisation. But what about the intelligence agencies? KIERAN FINNANE reports.
"A quick survey of the town’s street trees reveals a landscape architect’s worst nightmare. It took a century of effort, mostly uncoordinated, of overlapping Government departments, Federal, Territory and Local to provide this expensive, high maintenance, botanically weak sense of place," writes MIKE GILLAM.
High prices, scarceness of food, grog running, breaking of biosecurity laws: The part of the country the NT Government has clearly forgotten in its COVID responses. Now there's a call for the Feds to bring in a 20% point of sale scheme, the CLC's Joe Martin-Jard, supported by Congress CEO Donna Ah Chee, announced this morning. They are pictured above – observing physical separation. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
UPDATE April 23, 4pm: Minister for Indigenous Australians Ken Wyatt says the Government does not support a direct subsidy or rebate on groceries at this time.
UPDATE April 24, 10am: The National Indigenous Australians Agency to revoke a store licence if pricing and quality expectations are not met, however this power has not been used.
UPDATE April 24, 3.25pm: Linda Burney, Shadow Minister for Indigenous Australians, says food insecurity and unreasonable pricing is severely undermining the public health response to COVID-19.
UPDATE April 24, 3.40pm: No comment from the CLC to Mr Wyatt's statements.