“We need to start thinking about fundamentals. Are we locked into a path where we can’t really change and we can’t see the alternatives?” asks the town's top academic, CDU Professor Rolf Gerritsen. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Barry Abbott (with microphone) and leading Aboriginal people at a protest about the Whitegate camp at the eastern edge of Alice Springs.
A murder trial in Alice Springs holds up a mirror to the town’s dealings with issues of race, and the inter-racial dynamics turn out to be not nearly as clearcut as might be expected, writes KIERAN FINNANE.
Half of the inmates in the Alice Springs gaol are men who are there for having assaulted their intimate partners. Justice Jenny Blokland is one of the people gaoling them. It gives her no pleasure, she told a public meeting in Alice Springs last night, attended by hundreds; it’s a protective measure, often short-term, and doesn’t solve the problem. She acknowledged the "very difficult" social issues in Alice but said this does not explain the "gendered nature" of the violence: 80 to 90% of perpetrators are men. KIERAN FINNANE reports.