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Preference votes confirm Bonanni victory





Following distribution of preferences last night Kylie Bonanni has maintained her decisive lead to be elected to the Alice Springs Town Council, filling the vacancy left by Geoff Booth. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

Review of the Aboriginal sacred sites authority?


UPDATED, November 29, 2013, 6.37am and again at 9.27am. See FULL STORY.


The Opposition describes government intentions for the Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority (AAPA) as "a dangerous plan to scrap" it. However,  Bess Price, as Minister for Community Services, says the Opposition's statements are an "hysterical beat-up". The controversy follows recent conflicts between the AAPA and the Mbantua Festival about the use of the Old Telegraph Station in Alice Springs. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

Artist remembered in annual award night


An annual award, The LOFTY, named in honour of the late Pamela Lofts, accomplished artist and founder of Watch This Space (pictured), is the centerpiece of the local Artist Run Initiative’s end of year celebrations on December 6 from 6pm. Work by Lofts is also included in two exhibitions currently on show at Araluen, including a recent  acquisition, not previously shown in Alice Springs.

Costs savings for tracking crims





The NT Government will introduce electronic monitoring technology to locate and track an offender’s movements, writes John Elferink,

Minister for Correctional Services.

Another reason to love Alice



Sir – On Saturday night I underwent emergency surgery to remove a seriously infected gall bladder at Alice Springs Base Hospital. I am now writing this letter from the comfort of my home four days later, writes Tim Rickards, of Alice Springs.

Andrew Doyle did not hand out how-to-vote cards for Eli Melky


Councillor Eli Melky, via an Alice Springs firm of solicitors, has told the Alice Springs News Online that Framptons First National principal Andrew Doyle did not hand out how to vote cards for Cr Melky during last year's town council elections. We regret the error and apologise to Cr Melky. We made the statement in a report headed "Frampton New Homes: the dream breaker" which was accompanied by the photograph shown here, picturing Mr Doyle on the left and Cr Melky on the right, outside the council chambers polling booth on March 24, 2012.

More sit-down money, fewer answers, as millions accumulate



Communities affected by the Granite Mines (pictured) get $3m a year from their royalty corporation to spend on projects of benefit to their members. Employment doesn't seem to make the wish list. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

What makes a patch of dirt a place?



What makes a patch of dirt a place, is that it has been traversed, crossed, marked ... RUSSELL GOLDFLAM, President of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association of the NT, opened the Alice Springs outing of the traveling exhibition roads cross: contemporary directions in Australian art.

CLP pursue Tiwi Islands 'land grab'



Chief Minister Adam Giles announced at the Property Council luncheon that the Government is on the verge of signing off a deal to secure a 99-year lease over 10,000 hectares on the Tiwi Islands. I have deep concerns that traditional owner consultation hasn't adequately occurred and have called on the Chief Minister to disclose all details of this secret deal to ensure Government transparency and accountability, writes Leader of the Opposition, Delia Lawrie.

Aborigines should be free to use their land for creating jobs





The Opposition Leader should explain what she has against Aboriginal people using their land to create jobs, writes Adam Giles, Chief Minister.



Teachers wait on Fair Work decisions

The Fair Work Commission is conducting a hearing today on the situation of 500 permanent teachers across the NT who may not have a job next year due to the NT Government’s cuts to its education budget. Permanent experienced teachers, some of whom have been teaching in the Territory for many years if not decades and who have found themselves not attached to a particular school, now face an uncertain future. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

Bonanni has strong lead in council poll




Kylie Bonanni (pictured), with 4223 first preference votes, has a convincing lead over Matty Day (2253) at the close of primary votes counting for the Alice Springs Town Council by-election yesterday. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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