UPDATE May 24, 9:30am: Major comment from challenger Michael Liddle in comment box below this report.
The re-election yesterday of Central Land Council chairman Maurie Ryan indicates that his agenda to reform the organisation has broad support from its members. A letter (excerpt pictured) to Senator Nigel Scullion, which sparked Mr Ryan's recent standing down, has been leaked to the Alice Springs News Online. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
A 50% not 10% royalty for Aborigines from mining anywhere in the Territory, not just on the half under granted under land rights; immediate distribution to traditional owners of the Centrecorp assets worth tens of millions of dollars; and a five billion dollar national future fund as compensation for Indigenous people: These are part of the fiery agenda of Maurie Japarta Ryan (pictured). The new chairman of the Central Land Council and the founder of the Australian First Nations Political Party spoke with Alice Springs News Online editor ERWIN CHLANDA.
Michael Liddle (pictured), who is also the deputy chairman of the Central Land Council, has resigned from his position of chairman of the local native title organisation, Lhere Artepe. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
“China will definitely be a key tourism destination for Australia and The Northern Territory for many years to come," says Michael Bridge, named by Chief Minister Terry Mills as the chairman of the yet to be formed NT tourist commission. "Tourism NT will be ensuring that every effort is made to entice those tourists to the NT."
Central Australia is on the outer in the quest for more tourists from China, according to Alice Springs businessman Steve Strike, who's been running a promotional office in Guangzhou for nearly three years.
He says there is clearly a confidential agreement, which is reciprocal, between Australia and China to ensure visitors return and are not given asylum if applied for. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo: Mr Strike as the guest on a TV program about photography in Qinghai, North-Western China. Mr Strike was showing photographs of Central Australia.
Hourly visits to police cells checking on inmates were a routine task for social workers employed by Tangentyere, says former Alice identity Eddie Taylor (pictured).
He says for four or five years in the late 1990s the youth night patrol called at the police cells, spoke to all prisoners and made sure they were OK. Mr Taylor says if the scheme had been continued, it may have saved the life of Kwementyaye Briscoe whose death in the police cells is the subject of a coronial enquiry.
The town's native title organisation has brought back "the decision making and administration to a focus on our elders, our language and our culture,” says Lhere Artepe's Ian McAdam (pictured).
A recent meeting re-confirmed him as the chairperson of the corporation made up of "three Native Title groups who are custodians of the lands in and around Alice Springs".
Putting an end to years of turmoil Mr McAdam says: "Many of our elders were present and we are confident that we can return the Corporation to a respectable arrangement for the future operation and planning of the Corporation.
"We also have a backlog of requests for discussions with the Board by Government and members of the public and I thank those who have been patient with us.
"I am making this statement to the media to convey that we will move forward steadily and with a commitment to be the Corporation which gives respect and priority to our elders and the native title members who are today standing proud now that they have regained control of an organisation that was hard won by many of our elders who are no longer with us.
"They taught us that we have responsibilities to all of our people including our youth."
The board members, from the three estate groups, are:-
Antulye: Ian McAdam, Willy Satour, Felicity Hayes and Janice Harris (who is also the new director). Irlpme: Noel Kruger (Deputy Chair), Kathy Martin, Bonita Kopp and Raymond Peters. Mparntwe: Michael Liddle, Tessa Campbell, Carolyn Liddle and Ian Conway.
Lhere Artepe Aboriginal Corporation needs to be placed "back in the hands of the Arrernte people as the native title holders of Central Australia," says Ian McAdam (see report below).
His appointment as the chairman of town's native title organisation was confirmed today.
He says the group, which is emerging from years of internal strife, "will play a bigger role in our community.
"We will focus on regaining the trust of forgotten native title holders and work hard to strengthen the relationship with the Alice Springs community as a whole.
" The directors, drawn from the three estate groups, are:-
Antulye: Mr McAdam (chairperson); Willy Satour, Felicity Hayes and Janice Harris.
Irlpme: Noel Kruger (deputy chairperson); Kathy Martin, Bonita Kopp and Raymond Peters.
Mparntwe: Michael Liddle (deputy chairperson); Tessa Campbell, Carolyn Liddle and Ian Conway.