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Issue 35

Dole: Who are the bludgers?

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It's an outrage: dole bludgers lying on the couch all day, smoking dope, pooling their money fleeced from the taxpayer to rent a share house, while we're out there, working our guts out, keeping the economy afloat, by the sweat of our brow. Onya, Tony, for getting right up them. Learn or earn, you bastards. Mmh. But is there a flipside? ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Centrelink office in Alice Springs.

Bushfires: huge task, lack of men & machines

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The trouble with controlling bushfires is the massive amount of information we do not have, says renowned Central Australian botanist, Peter Latz. And even the sparse knowledge we do have can't be put to much use because we don't have the assets. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

Open letter to Neville Perkins: Mbantua Festival debts are a public issue

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The $1.3m grant from the Federal Government to the Mbantua Festival, and the investment in the event by the town's people, make debts to suppliers more than an issue between the producers and its creditors: It's a public issue, says Alice Springs News Online in an open letter to director Neville Perkins.

Mbantua Fest debts matter between company, creditors: Perkins

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The money owed by Arrulka Business Aboriginal Corporation to its remaining creditors for the Mbantua Festival is a commercial matter between ABAC and its creditors, which has been and will continue to be addressed, writes Neville Perkins (pictured).

 

 

The power of 'we'

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“Where do we go from here?” The theme of the just concluded Strehlow Conference may have sounded disarmingly open-ended but its difficulty was soon apparent. That two-letter word ‘we’ could not paper over the cracks between ‘them’ and ‘us’. The ‘us’ more often than not were whitefellas – people of professional expertise – talking about the blackfella ‘them’, until the tables turned. KIERAN FINNANE reports. Pictured: Alison Anderson MLA (left) and Professor Peter Sutton (right).

Community Bank sponsors life saving equipment

We have just put an Automated External Defibrillator at the Traeger Park and hope to soon have one at the turf club as well, writes Bridget May, Director, Alice Springs Community Bank.

Fact follows fiction

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Are you having fun with the ABC's Utopia, that delightful spoof about an "authority" with the sole purpose of hoodwinking the public into believing its government is doing something useful? Don't worry if you've been watching another channel, because here in the Territory you get the real thing, right under your nose. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

 

Kings Canyon traditional owners ask government to disallow mining

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The traditional owners and Aboriginal members of the joint management committee for Watarrka (Kings Canyon) National Park have asked the NT government not to allow oil and gas exploration in one of Australia’s top tourist attractions.

Darwin's 90 metre building "glass ceiling" may go

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No Northern Territory law or regulation will limit the height of buildings in Darwin’s CBD if a proposed Planning Scheme Amendment is successfully adopted, writes Peter Chandler, Minister for Lands, Planning and the Environment.

Blackfellers buggering around whitefellers, where's the off button?

p2152-Zoellner-Gerritsen-SMThe answer from two academics to the question posed by the Strehlow Conference, Where to from here? is not what most people would be happy to hear. Rolf Gerritsen says there is no end in sight to the "covert resistance" displayed by Aborigines towards whitefellers' efforts to Close The Gap. And Don Zoellner suggests the ballooning expenditure for a deliberate policy of fixing social problems though the justice system is driving the Northern Territory towards a financial abyss. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
 

Town planning: A commission for the people?

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Eight storey buildings are now officially on the agenda for Alice Springs, and the government's newest land management instrumentality is on the same page as one of the town's most outspoken high-rise opponents, heritage architect Domenico Pecorari. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

A life lived at the frontier of enormous change

p2135-Blind-Moses-cover-smp2135-©Mike-Gillam-Peter-LaIn 1876, as a German Lutheran scouting party of three entered Western Arrernte country to explore the Hermannsburg lease where they would set up a mission, a small Arrernte boy was watching. His name was Tjalkabota. He came to embrace the Christian faith and took the name Moses, becoming an evangelist of the new ways. KIERAN FINNANE previews a biography of this important man by Peter Latz. It will be launched on Thursday.

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