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Alice Supreme Court matters up by 40% in 2013/14

 

 

Crime in Alice decreasing? Not at the serious end of the spectrum it would seem. Chief Justice Trevor Riley said today that criminal lodgements (formal accusations) in the Alice Springs registry of the Supreme Court are expected to be up by 40% in 2013/2014 compared to the previous reporting year.

Film festival travels to Alice Springs Cinemas

MODIFIED 3.45pm, February 6, to include feedback from the festival on the reason for changing venue. 

 

For many years a fixture of the Araluen Arts Centre calendar, the Sydney Travelling Film Festival this year will be staged at the Alice Springs Cinemas. Owner Paul Darvodelsky is delighted: he’s a fan of “this sort of film” – arthouse and independent – and has made an effort to program them. Hosting the festival will be a way of getting the message across that the cinemas have broadened their offerings.

Pictured: Aaron Pederson in Warwick Thornton's The Darkside, likely to be a special attraction for festival-goers in Alice.

Noted film maker owed money by Mbantua Festival

 

 

Noted film maker Rachel Perkins (pictured) says she is not a director nor office holder of the company that ran the Mbantua Festival last year which still has substantial debts to artists and suppliers including her.

See also UPDATE 1:40pm Feb 6 & 7:30am Feb 7.

Pilger review: Greens strike back

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

In “Pilger’s polemic fails Australia and Aborigines” Kieran Finnane enters into a polemic herself to discredit Pilger, but what exactly is it about Utopia that the writer disputes? The facts?  Is she saying it is all too complex and nuanced for anyone to understand or analyse, let alone criticise, writes Sarah Thorne, of the Alice Springs Greens Working Group.

Hunt for teen robbers as another youth service may go

 

Police are seeking public assistance in relation to an alleged robbery by teenagers in Alice Springs early this morning as the Shadow Minister for Children and Families, Lynne Walker (pictured) expressed fears a further youth service may be shut down.

Elkedra jackaroo: station life in the 1950s

When at age 18 DES NELSON OAM (pictured) left his Cowra birthplace his boss warned, “I’ll give you six months, and you’ll be back”. To date, sixty years have passed, spent in the Territory. He's only ever been back to Cowra for brief holidays. Here he recalls his earliest experiences of the place to which he has devoted his life and his first real experiences with Aboriginal people, the local Alyawarra, living on Elkedra Station where he had a job as a something of a jack-of-all-trades.

The crucible of alcohol legislation

 

 

ALCOHOL WATCH #9 by Russell Guy.

Would this qualify as the shortest taxi ride in the world? Or just another vignette in the senseless saga of alcohol control measures in the Territory. Photo by ERWIN CHLANDA.

A way forward for Alice Plaza?

 

Is there a solution to the stalemate between the Town Council and Alice Plaza about the Plaza installing a grease trap on council land? KIERAN FINNANE reports on the latest round of questions and answers. Pictured: Patrons enjoying al fresco tables at Piccolo's; the mostly closed doors of Alice Plaza's  eastern frontage in the background.

That four-letter word: work

Work – mainstream, private, lucrative and honourable – may achieve for Aborigines what four decades of social engineering and handouts have not. Nigel Scullion (pictured with a Top End elder), the first NT based Minister for Indigenous Affairs, clearly does not want to amend the Land Rights Act which would trigger a national outcry by lower-case 'l' liberals. Yet he must bring into play Aboriginal assets that have lain idle for too long: Half a million square kilometers of freehold land, and thousands of working-age people on the dole. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

Single, unemployed, and back on my bike

 

 

When one grows up on a bicycle, like I did in the Netherlands, it is amazing how quickly one picks up the art of riding, even after an absence of thirteen years.

Prisons cost us four times national average

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

The NT's imprisonment rate is five times the national average. The NT spends $553 per head of the NT population per year on our prison system, compared to the national average of $139 per head, writes Priscilla Collins of the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency.

Open speed limit starts tomorrow

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

A 200km stretch of the Stuart Highway will undergo a 12 month open speed limit trial, starting tomorrow, writes Peter Styles, Minister for Transport.

 

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