Minister for Indigenous Advancement Alison Anderson says there is no conflict between her vision of schooling in the bush and the Chief Minister's. In a long speech to parliament on Tuesday she said that teaching traditional culture and language "should not be done in schools". This has been reported as in conflict with County Liberals policy, with Chief Minister Terry Mills stating yesterday that, while the objective is to teach English, "you have to use the language that they bring into the school in those first two or three years".
Ms Anderson told the Alice Springs News Online this morning that this of course is the "pragmatic" way to go: "You can't start teaching bush children in a language they can't understand. You use the traditional language to get to English, which is what schools do now. It's called 'scaffolding'." KIERAN FINNANE reports.
Pictured: Alison Anderson at Hermannsburg on polling day. Her own Indigenous language skills are legendary but she wants bush children to become fluent in English and this must be the primary focus in schools, she says.
UPDATED October 25, 2012, 11.55 am. See FULL STORY.
Reducing debt means reducing the size of the public service
Economist Rolf Gerritsen welcomes the Country Liberals Government's "fiscal rectitude": "Let us hope that [it] lasts longer than the Government’s first budget (which is as long as it lasted when the Martin Government was elected)." He describes the Government's intentions to return the NT budget to surplus by the end of its first term and then to begin repaying debt as "laudable" as interest costs "are a dead weight on the budget". KIERAN FINNANE reports.
Many Hands Art Centre going through a restructure after royalties cease
It was a gratifying moment: a Helpmann Award trophy, won by the production Namatjira which told the story of their illustrious ancestor, was put into the hands of Kevin Namatjira and family yesterday. Namatjira won the Best Regional Touring Production category, against competition from the likes of Bell Shakespeare. But there was something further on the artists' minds yesterday: what will be the future of Ngurratjuta Iltja Ntjarra, also known as the Many Hands Art Centre? KIERAN FINNANE reports.
Last Saturday people of the Ba'hai faith were celebrating the birth of their prophet, known as the Bab (meaning 'gate'). In Alice Springs local Ba'hai chose to share their holy day with children, any children. They set up at a neighbourhood park in Larapinta and offered a morning of activities and companionship.
Fuel prices are not regulated by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC), but it says if it had evidence of prices resulting from anti-competitive conduct in breach of the law, the watchdog may take offenders to court.
Detectives are requesting public assistance to identify the person in the CCTV image at right.
The alleged offender entered a property in Gillen on the night of October 20 and stole items from a fridge at the rear of the dwelling.
A resident of the house disturbed the offender and he ran away.
And police have arrested a 14 year-old youth who they will allege is responsible for three separate unlawful entries in the town. People with information were asked to ring Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or police on 131 444. – Police media release.