The Northern Territory Chief Justice Trevor Riley appeared to be expressing his support for a Banned Drinkers Register or something similar when yesterday in Alice Springs he sentenced a man to four years and nine months for a cruel, drunken assault on his wife.
An obvious step to address the "terrible problems" of alcohol in Central Australia would be "to limit the flow of alcohol to people such as" the offender, he said. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
Pictured: A drunken fight brewing in the Alice Springs CBD. Photo from our archive.
UPDATED: November 1, 2012, 12.28pm. See graph at FULL STORY.
Protective custody statistics shown in the Police Annual Report, tabled in the Legislative Assembly yesterday, show a considerable drop in police protective custodies over the last six years, with a big hike in the middle period followed by a big drop in 2010-11. This puts a different complexion on the recent mileage made by NT Attorney-General John Elferink of the small drop in police PCs between 2010-11 and 2011-12. A small drop building on a big drop is a better look for where alcohol policy was heading than just a small drop on its own. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
It was a "job interview" and he didn't turn up. First question to the other three contenders for the Legislative Assembly seat of Greatorex was, "Where's the CLP candidate? Has there been any apology from him?"
This was the 'meet the candidate' forum for Greatorex, organised well in advance by independent candidate Phil Walcott to which all contenders were invited.
"If someone chooses to not turn up for the interview, well ...," said Mr Walcott, explaining that incumbent Matt Conlan (Country Liberals) had indicated that he would not attend via a letter to the editor in the Centralian Advocate last week.
Joining Mr Walcott to outline their platform and answer questions were the ALP candidate Rowan Foley and the Greens' recently announced contender, Evelyne Roullet.
It seems though that the campaign is hardly setting the electorate on fire. About a dozen constituents turned up. Local media from three outlets were also in attendance.
Alcohol policies were an inevitable focus.
Photo (from left): Rowan Foley, Evelyne Roullet and Phil Walcott – but where is Matt? KIERAN FINNANE reports.
CLP incumbent Robyn Lambley says it's a non-issue: she also opposes a u-mine 'on top of the water table'
The Labor Government might have a credibility problem with its stance on a possible future uranium mine at Angela Pamela, but the local branch of the Labor Party does not: "We were always at odds with the government over their support for the exploration process on that site so close to town," says Labor's candidate for Araluen, Adam Findlay (left).
But the Country Liberals' incumbent Robyn Lambley (right) says Mr Findlay will struggle to make this an issue in the campaign as there is "no point of difference" between them: "There's no way in the world that I could ever support a uranium mine on top of the water table in Alice Springs unless its safety could be demonstrated beyond a shred of a doubt." KIERAN FINNANE speaks to the two contenders for the seat of Araluen in August's Legislative Assembly election.
KIERAN FINNANE talks to three candidates for the upcoming Town Council election.
Work together, get past the difficulty of differences of opinion, work with the whole community, for the good of the whole community: sounds obvious, sound perhaps soft, but it was a message delivered with convincing emphasis from all three Town Council candidates I spoke to for this article.
They are an assorted lot. Greater diversity is on the cards with the change to the way votes are counted in local government elections, and perhaps the likelihood of a diverse council is delivering candidates who welcome the opportunity of working with its inevitable challenges.
Despite their varied backgrounds, Aaron Dick, Dianne Logan and Matthew Campbell share a number of broad aims: rejuvenation of the town centre, doing what council can to stimulate business in the CBD, developing a greater connection with the river, protection of mature trees, much more shade, more activities for young people.
Alcohol policy and flood mitigation – in this, the year when the 20 year moratorium on a flood mitigation dam north of the Telegraph Station will be lifted – were recognised as thorny, perhaps the latter even more than the former.
While none wanted to comment too much on the mayoral race, all expressed respect for the way Mayor Damien Ryan has handled his role.
Pictured, from top: Aaron (Charlie) Dick – we need more trees and shade throughout the town, and fewer carparks in the CBD! • Dianne Logan – "Let's get it happening!", she says of rejuvenation of the CBD .