Councillor Eli Melky revealed a certain ignorance of Australian history at last night's council meeting, suggesting that appeals be made to the Governor-General to help Alice Springs deal with its “crime wave”. Since 1975, the year of Prime Minister Gough Whitlam’s dismissal, the intervention of the G-G in our politics and governance has been a sore point for many Australians. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
Once again, the Town Council will turn its attention to what more they can do to curb antisocial and criminal behaviour in the town. From council to council, from Territory election to Territory election, the terms of the debate, the range of possible actions being considered scarcely shift, but in this council they have a bitter undertow. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
Many more people than a fortnight ago filled the public gallery, in the end it was standing room only. T-shirts had been printed, speeches prepared, 17 people took to the microphone, a song was sung … and ground was lost. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
A push to get the NT Government to declare all Territory public drinking water areas as no go zones for fracking was unanimously supported by the Town Council last night. Another, to get them and the Australian Government to declare a climate emergency, did not fare so well. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
Local government needs to be recognised in the Constitution, which would allow council "more opportunities for engaging directly with Federal Government, to make sure the needs of our community are heard in Canberra," says Cr Jimmy Cocking (pictured, white shirt) in an interview with ERWIN CHLANDA in his Big Council or Small Council series.