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Fracking probe: Part risks raised, part industry pitch

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Idyllic billabong or insidious fracking site? The panel will examine 66 "risk themes" but seems to accept industry claims that shale gas production is more benign than coal seam gas, despite both requiring drilling through the water table. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


Public asked for views on fracking (protests aside)

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Only views expressed at hearings or by written submission will be considered, says judge heading up the the Scientific Enquiry into Hydraulic Fracturing in the NT. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

Did Wilfred and Gisela Thor have to die?

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Can we do more to keep our visitors safe? Could the search for the two Germans have started earlier? Is world-wide news reporting of such tragedies harming out tourism industry? Do we need better mobile phone range, and why don't we use cutting edge technology? By ERWIN CHLANDA.


Woman's narrow miss as sacred tree sheds branches

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Councillor Brown says lopping to reduce risk to public is hampered by bureaucratic "absurdity" from sacred sites authority. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


UPDATE Tuesday 3:13 pm


Canberra to hear Arrernte plans for a Living Culture Centre

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Booked in with top echelon federal government advisors, Akeyulerre Inc will present their plans for a centre where Arrernte families can host visitors, locals and tourists alike, who want to learn about Arrernte culture directly from Arrernte people themselves. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

National Indigenous gallery: what should come first?

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Is a design competition the best way to build a national Indigenous art gallery? Should thinking about a building come before the project establishes roots in the community? And what community is that, how and when will it be involved? KIERAN FINNANE explores some answers.

Crime wave laws – no hurry?

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No Parliamentary debate now till next month, writes Lia Finocchiaro, Deputy Opposition Leader (pictured).


Canberra money for festivals all goes to Top End




Nigel Scullion announces Commonwealth festivals funding: Top End $188,560. Central Australia nil. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


See UPDATE February 28.


Land councils acted behind our backs, say pipeline TOs

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In a move against fracking, of which they say they weren't informed, Traditional Owners are seeking a halt to the Tennant Creek to Mount Isa gas pipeline by disallowing land clearing. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Members of the Wakaya Land Trust.


Illegal black market trading in taxi licences

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Lambley gets full support for Parliamentary investigation.


Independent assessment of government funding still in future

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Government funding: We still depend on what the donors and the recipients tell us, but the Commonwealth says it is gearing up for independent and transparent assessment. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. IMAGE from the CAAC 2014/15 financial report.


TOs seek to block pipeline. Hendo in the gas business.

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Never a dull moment in the fast lane: As traditional owners seek to block the Tennant Creek to Mount Isa gas pipeline, ex Labor Chief Minister Paul Henderson (at right in the picture) and former Liberal Opposition Leader Alexander Downer (next to him) are offering "discreet advice" about how to do business in the Territory. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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