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Issue 48

LETTER: John Bell – my fight with Robert de Castella

Sporting identity John Bell writes about his protracted dispute with marathon icon Robert de Castella.

LETTER: Indigenous homelands funding cautiously welcomed

Amnesty International welcomes the announcement of a further 12 million dollars for property maintenance across Northern Territory homelands in the State Mini Budget, though remains concerned by the conditions attached to the funding, writes Sarah Marland, the organisation's Indigenous Rights Campaigner Coordinator.

New General Manager for Tourism Central Australia announced

Tourism Central Australia has appointed Jaclyn Thorne to the position of General Manager from January 14.

Mini Budget pain for every Territorian, says Lawrie

Territorians will feel the pain of a doubling in the cost of living because of the CLP Government Mini Budget which she says is taking CPI from 2.1% to 4.3%, hiking up PowerWater charges, motor vehicle registration and a raft of fees and charges while slashing concessions, says Leader of the Opposition Delia Lawrie.

LETTER: Mini Budget courtesy the Toe Cutter and others resurrected

In the NT Government's mini-budget is a strong element of deja vu: Three of the panel of experts appointed by the Mills Government for the current exercise (paid for at great cost to long-suffering taxpayers) were also prominent at the time of the Expenditure Review Committee process of 1990/91 writes Alex Nelson, of Alice Springs.

It's the Mini Budget we had to have – Labor would have done it too, says Treasurer

 

 

With net debt in the non-financial public sector projected to reach $5.54 billion by 2015-16 and the fiscal imbalance at $867 million in 2012-13 in the Pre-Election Fiscal Outlook, it is not only responsible, but also necessary, to take steps that improve the Territory’s financial position, says Treasurer Robyn Lambley, handing down her Mini Budget.

COMMENT: The Treasurer's too hard basket

Tomorrow the new government will release its mini budget. Will the statement by Treasurer Robyn Lambley include the answer to the big question: why does governing the Territory, per head of population, cost five and a half times as much as the national average, asks ERWIN CHLANDA.

LETTER: Water debate 21 years ago – similar in substance, but not in tone

There was a warning of impending water restrictions (never implemented) 21 years ago when the town was supplied by water from the Mereenie aquifer and the population was less than 10,000, writes Alex Nelson. While the substance of the ensuing debate was similar to today's, the tone was vastly different.

Protecting unborn children from grog damage

There is only one cause of foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) and that is prenatal alcohol exposure, in other words a pregnant mother's drinking. This can cause brain damage in the unborn child. A report released yesterday by the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs looks at the "hidden harm" of FASD and sets out a national strategy to deal with it. Most of its recommendations concern the Commonwealth but two involve engaging with the states and territories. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

 

Pictured: A diagram from the report shows how, when a pregnant woman drinks, the alcohol is passed directly to the fetus through the placenta.

 

Income management: a lot of pain for little gain?

UPDATED November 30, 9.21am.

 

"There appears to be a large number of people subject to Compulsory Income Management who are unlikely to benefit from this measure, and for whom the restrictions of income management can create unnecessary frustrations and challenges." So conclude the authors of an independent evaluation of the controversial measure in their first report. A second report, not due until 2014, will include an economic evaluation, answering the question of whether the measure delivers value for money compared to other interventions. KIERAN FINNANE reports. 

Income management 'improvements' announced

The Australian Government today announced improvements to the delivery of income management in the Northern Territory, in response to findings from an interim evaluation report. The interim report by the Australian National University, Australian Institute of Family Studies and the Social Policy Research Centre at the University of New South Wales found that among Indigenous people on income management in the Northern Territory, there was a statistically significant perception of an improvement in their ability to afford food.

 

 Source: Media release by Minister for Indigenous Affairs Jenny Macklin

LETTER: A town council media policy is wrong on every count

During my time as an alderman of the Alice Springs Town Council I fought the introduction of a media policy for years. It came before council twice. It was defeated twice.
The core reason was that elected members are not bureaucrats, not staff members. They do not represent the council but the ratepayers and the people of Alice Springs, writes Murray Stewart.

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