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Issue 5

LETTER: The politics of caterpillars

 

 

 

Reader Andrea Hewett sent in this photo of hairy procession caterpillars. She says they remind her of our current political situation: They are going around in circles for hours, very slowly, no-one knows who the real leader is, and if you get too close to them they cause a major reaction.

Bid to lighten load on local courts

 

 

 

A measure to lighten the load on the courts of summary jurisdiction will be proposed to the NT Cabinet by Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, John Elferink (pictured).

He says if the measure becomes law, in the event of a not guilty plea both parties will be obliged to have a pre-trial conference in a bid "to sort it out". ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

Eviction cruel or a necessity in a desperate housing market?

A family is facing eviction from the home it occupied since 1994 because the partner, father and grandfather, who has held the lease, has died. A cruel act – or a necessity in a desperate public housing market? And what lies behind the circumstances in which a battler family is finding itself? ERWIN CHLANDA spoke with Bronwyn Ferguson pictured (from left) with her daughter Tiarah Ferguson, son Dennis Novak and two-year-old granddaughter Naryiah.

LETTER: Chief Minister summarises initiatives

Chief Minister Adam Giles writes about a string of initiatives by his government.

LETTER: The Banned Drinkers Register did NOT work

 

The Banned Drinkers Register did not reduce drunken violence on our streets and did not stop drunks accessing alcohol.
A huge haul of alcohol (picture courtesy police) obtained by Alice Springs Police today illustrates why the BDR simply did not work, writes Chief Minister Adam Giles.

LETTER: Inauguration of ICTV Channel 601 at Yuendumu

At 5pm CST on April 18 2013, Indigenous Community Television (ICTV) will officially commence full-time broadcasts on its own dedicated channel (601 on VAST). The occasion marks over 30 years of broadcasting in remote Indigenous communities.
Yuendumu, 300 km NW of Alice Springs, is the home of Warlpiri Media (now PAW Media & Communications), who shares with Ernabella (home of EVTV), the historic foundation of Indigenous television in Australia, writes Rita Cattoni, Manager, Indigenous Community Television Limited.

The work of healing hands

"This book is about our hands and our faces, that's our work, our hands," explained Pantjiti McKenzie, one of the nine ngangkari present on Monday at the Desert Knowledge precinct to launch a new book about Anangu healing traditions – the use of healing hands, healing breath, insight and lifelong experience to renew the health and happiness of sick people.  KIERAN FINNANE reports.

At left: The book cover featuring the hands of Andy Tjilari.

LETTER: Remote areas NAPLAN results a disgrace

The 2012 NAPLAN results show close the gap indicators for education are going backwards under the Gillard Government and the results in remote and very remote areas are a disgrace, writes Senator Nigel Scullion, Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory.

Trip to the dump as an election is looming

 

You always know when an election is around the corner: Member for Lingiari Warren Snowdon is doing what he does best, namely spending public money.

Or in TV news footage he is standing close to someone else doing it.

Sources say that he will dole out $8m to the regions west of Alice Springs in the next few days, for more dialysis facilities and infrastructure support such as hostels.

And a media doorstop at the dump on Monday has attendees scratching their heads. ERWIN CHLANDA comments.

PHOTO: Smile! (From left) Cr Liz Martin, Mayor Damien Ryan, MLA Alison Anderson, MHR Warren Snowdon, Cr Brendan Heenan, Cr Geoff Booth and Cr Steve Brown.

A star on British TV, ignored by Tourism NT

Alice Springs' own Chris "Brolga" Barns of Kangaroo Dundee fame is delighting an overseas TV audience of 15 million.

The first show, having taken Britain by storm, will soon be running in the USA, and the shooting of a six part sequel is about to start.
It's free publicity for Central Australia upon which promoters, one might have thought, could build a dream campaign.
But it seems the massively funded yet chronically underachieving Tourism NT doesn't want to know Brolga. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.        FULL STORY        

 

See earlier readers' comments.

 

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Little Sisters attackers sentenced

Cycle of revenge not 'traditional' and cannot be tolerated, says Chief Justice

 

Two men were sentenced yesterday for their part in the violence at Little Sisters town camp on March 7 last year. Their names are familiar now to anyone who attended the trial of Liam Jurrah, cleared by a jury last week of having caused serious harm to Basil Jurrah, his cousin. Christopher Walker pleaded guilty to causing that harm, and by way of "common intention", the assault on two residents of Little Sisters, carried out by Josiah Fry. An unidentified co-offender also took part in the assault on Basil Jurrah, according to the sentencing remarks of Chief Justice Trevor Riley. The Chief Justice also took the opportunity to repeat his call  for "worthwhile efforts to curb the flow of alcohol" and to refute the notion that the ongoing cycle of violence between Warlpiri families is "in any way a traditional response".  KIERAN FINNANE reports.

 

Pictured: Police moving in to calm an angry crowd outside the Alice Springs courthouse during the committal hearing of Jurrah, Walker and Fry last year. The cause of a seemingly similar eruption during Liam Jurrah's recent trial was more complicated, at least in part involving another case.

 

Anderson on juvenile misery, delinquency: We'll make a change

In November 2007 we reported that Debbie King, a ward clerk at the Alice Hospital, drove her car on Wills Terrace past Anzac Hill (in the background of the photo) when a rock thrown from the hill crashed into her windscreen. Five and a half years later, pelting cars with stones is a rampant as ever. Last week a tourist bus was attacked twice in the space of one hour, the second time when it was ferrying visitors from a restaurant to their hotel. ERWIN CHLANDA spoke with the new Minister for Children and Families, Alison Anderson (at left).

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