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Snapping Henley on Todd out of its midlife crisis

 

The town's three Rotary Clubs are calling on the public for ideas to snap Henley on Todd out of its midlife crisis. A budgie smuggler race – maybe with a doorstop thrown in – may be added to the program to return the madcap regatta – now more than 50 years old – to its former glory. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

Pollies on Alice youth: he said, she said

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

 

While Chief Minister Adam Giles is touting government support to the tune of $2.5m for a youth facility at one end of Anzac Oval, Opposition Leader Delia Lawrie is deploring his shutting down of a youth facility at the other end.

'They are afraid for their children'

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Darwin Asylum Seeker Support and Advocacy Network (DASSAN) visitors are meeting asylum seeker mothers who do not know if they and their families may be deported by force in the middle of the night to Nauru or Manus Island. Mothers have heard of the reports of violence on Manus, the risk of malaria on Manus and substandard living conditions on Nauru – they are afraid for their children, writes network member EMMA MURPHY.

 

Minister says 'no' to further Mbantua Festival grant

 

 

 

Aboriginal Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion has rejected a further request for a government grant for the Mbantua Festival held last year. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo: Festival chairman Neville Perkins.

Alice Plaza and the street: can we try a bit harder?

 

Businesses opening their doors onto the street is a make or break situation for Todd Street North, with the most critical premises being the tenancies on the eastern side of Alice Plaza.  If one solution is grease traps, allowing a cafe to open up in the location, is everyone trying hard enough to make that happen? KIERAN FINNANE reports. 

January 26: Good day, bad day?

 

 

 

January 26: When the penal colony established that day has matured into today’s Australia, or when the wars of conquest started that have never been resolved.

Pilger's polemic fails Australia and Aborigines

John Pilger's recently-released film Utopia cannot rightly be called 'documentary' or 'journalism' if those words are still to have any standards attached to them. It does not ask questions, other than ones Pilger thinks he knows the answers to and to which he can lead his interviewee. It does not seek out or fairly treat a single dissenting point of view. It does not recognise complexity. It has all the irksome smugness – and the sing-song voice to boot – of a man in a pulpit who is quite sure of being right, writes KIERAN FINNANE.

Hunter/gatherers vs the farmers

 

 

Whitefellas are not at some pinnacle of evolution that all other cultures seek to attain. When we meet Aboriginal people, it becomes uncomfortably evident exactly what have we given up for what we have gained, writes BLAIR McFARLAND in the final part of his series.

 

One gap that's not closing

 

 

ALCOHOL WATCH #8 by Russell Guy

Some people continue to blame the “Aboriginal industry” for the failure of billions of dollars spent on “Closing the Gap,” but very few acknowledge the alcohol industry as one of the chief players.

Spec builders limited to one block at Kilgariff

 

 

“Spec builders” will be able to buy land at the new Kilgariff  suburb but only at the rate of one per person, says Chief Minister Adam Giles. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

Crunch time for Adam Giles

 

 

If the the NT Government can manage the Alice Springs economy through its downturn and rekindle its dynamics, they’ll be a Government of legend. If they fail they’ll be history.

Three people and one event shine on Oz Day in Alice

Three people and one event are front and centre today in Alice Springs, honoured with Australia Day awards. They were Peter Lowson (pictured with his group of little Aboriginal drummers), teenager Jacilyn Lindner who captured a commercial opportunity, emergency services volunteer Michelle Thomas and the Australian Dirt Kart Titles.

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