Veteran of Indigenous affairs in the Northern Territory, BOB BEADMAN, looks back on the issues arising in Indigenous policy over the last 50 years and questions its progress. "I remain slightly uncomfortable about talking about the lives of others," he writes, "but better me than yet another armchair expert from the eastern seaboard who has never spent serious time in the Northern Territory, let alone with Aboriginal people." This is the text version of his Eric Johnston lecture, presented at the Northern Territory Library on November 14 2013.
For a small town Alice Springs occupies a prominent place in the nation's nuclear debate: We're surrounded by uranium deposits. Our massive power consumption, driven by climatic conditions, suggests a low carbon emission source for electricity would be a good idea. That's the setting for the provocative film Pandora's Promise to be shown here on December 11. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. IMAGE: Electricity cabling in a Brazilian slum.
The Icy Pole Treat, in its 40th year, is aiming to give every kid in Alice Springs, including the kids at the hospital and the town camps, a visit from Santa at Christmas time, write Ben Crawford and Steve Langdon, of the Apex Club Central Australia.
The Territory Government and the Tiwi Land Council have signed a Memorandum of Understanding recognising their shared vision for economic development and jobs on the Tiwi Islands, writes Chief Minister Adam Giles. PHOTO: Mr Giles and Gibson Farmer Illortaminni, Chairman Tiwi Land Council.
The fierce struggle for control of assets owned by Alice Springs native title owners seems set to be resolved, according to a reliable source, speaking on condition of not being named. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Northside IGA is among the assets.
Anyone who believes that alcohol is not as addictive as heroin is riding their armchair. In the weeks since the last Alcohol Watch, there have been some interesting developments. Let’s take a look. ALCOHOL WATCH #2 by Russell Guy.PHOTO courtesy PAAC: Booze litter collected in the Todd.
Desert Knowledge Australia (DKA) is in "in discussion" with the NT Government about its funding. Both the chairman, Fred Chaney, a former Coalition Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister, and CEO John Huigen are confirming this. Pictured: The Desert Knowledge precinct in Alice Springs. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
UPDATE Dec 5:
Mr Huigen announced today that the NT Government is undertaking its first review of DKA since it began operating under the Desert Knowledge Australia Act in 2003, saying: “This is a timely opportunity to actively demonstrate our practical achievements since we began 10 years ago as part of the Alice in 10 project."
Alice backed a council candidate who gives young people jobs, not programs; who stands up for the local construction industry and tradies staring into an abyss of no contracts, and who has runs on the board as a player in small business. ERWIN CHLANDA spoke with Kylie Bonanni. PHOTO: Cr elect Bonanni with husband Fabio and their children (from left) Jacob, Gemma and Tessa.