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Issue 51

Urgent talks with NT government as organisation cannot pay its bills

By ERWIN CHLANDA

 

Hiccups in NT Government funding for ASYASS, an Alice Springs NGO providing emergency accommodation for young people, were given "urgent priority" in talks yesterday as the organisation was unable to pay some of its bills.

ASYASS director Brian Hayes said yesterday the problems had existed for five to six months but he was confident they would be fixed.

The News was unable to contact him today.

A spokesman for the government said: "Issues relating to payment of invoices were identified last week and are being resolved by the Regional Executive Director, Central Australia as an urgent priority."

Todd Mall: Are we finally getting it right?

ALEX NELSON asks the question after decades of ill-fated developments in the town's main drag, the war between two shopping centres,  tinkering with traffic, parking and public use, and lots of government largesse. Should there be a Royal Commission?

OUR REST & REFLECTION SERIES: Alice has magic but house prices and crime need a firm hand

 

 

If you drive into Alice through the hills early on any morning, you can see a slight mist over the town. I have always called this the “magic of Alice”. It is stronger than the troubles with house prices and crime, which nevertheless need to be firmly dealt with, writes JAN HEASLIP.

OUR REST & REFLECTION SERIES: Heat is on as NT in limbo on global warming policies

 

Records are being broken across the country as we in Central Australia swelter through another week of the "heatwave" continues which many commentators are referring to as "the new normal". Yet it is not clear what the new Northern Territory Government’s approach to climate change will be but early indications are not encouraging, writes JIMMY COCKING, of the Arid Lands Environment Centre (ALEC).

LETTER: On ya, Tony!

It was pleasing to see our "leader in waiting" [Tony Abbott] in his fire truck taking direct action against climate change, writes Richard Bentley.

For the record …

 

 

 

 

The photos in this story may end up being some of the last images of the trees and the sails that have been a part of this end of town for the last quarter century, and yet another chapter unfolds of the operation and interaction of business, bureaucracy and government in the Northern Territory. Photos and comment by ALEX NELSON.

After years of carrot, time for the stick: Adam Giles

The stick needs to be added to the carrot to enforce parental responsibility, reduce youth crime and get able-bodied people off the dole, says Member for Braitling Adam Giles (pictured).

If that is not done, none of the other initiatives will work.
He was responding to more than 40 comments posted by Alice Springs News Online readers, voicing extreme frustration with yet another summer of crime, are concerned that people will take the law into their own hands, and are urging the end of unconditional welfare. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

LETTER: DPP’s failure to investigate Briscoe’s death is a blight on the justice system

The decision by the Department of Public Prosecutions not to investigate the death of Kwementyaye Briscoe in a police cell in January 2012 is another shocking blight on the justice system and its treatment of Indigenous Australians, writes Monica Morgan of the Amnesty International's Indigenous Rights Program.

OUR REST & REFLECTION SERIES: New government, same spin doctors?

 

 

 

Reading the two letters from two current pollies in your latest edition makes me think that they employed the same spin doctors as the previous administration. Where is the detail, writes Trevor Shiell. PHOTO: Why is Renmark and not The Alice the centre of commercial development of the emerging bush food industry?

Stop giving young crims bail, says councillor

Juvenile delinquents are still running riot despite pledges by the new government – in office now for well over than 100 days – to get tough on them, says Councillor Steve Brown, a long time former member of the CLP. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

LETTER: 110 days of peace in Yuendumu

Yes, we crossed 110 days of peace, writes Madhu Panthee, on behalf of the Yuendumu Mediation and Justice Committee and its chairman, Robert Jampijinpa Robertson.

OUR REST & REFLECTION SERIES: Keep raising the unmentionables!

 

 

Thanks for again raising the unmentionables. The things that discomfort people, the politically incorrect issues, but the matters that will ultimately destroy the Northern Territory unless they are corrected. COMMENT by former Coordinator-General for Remote Services in the NT, Bob Beadman (pictured).

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