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No further Stuart Highway road closures by Defence

Defence spokesman Trevor Seebohm has just announced that Defence will no longer be conducting Road closures of the Stuart Highway that were scheduled to take place between October 1 and 21.

Defence to close Stuart Highway for up to 12 hours

2587 Woomera SM

Several closures between now and October 21: Department fails to answer vital questions. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO by Jason Wright of an explosion near Woomera in June 2017, taken from Lake Hart.

 

UPDATE Oct 4, 11.50am Minimal notice to Alice residents of closure from 3pm up to 11pm today. Passenger and freight trains not affected by the Woomera tests.

 

FURTHER CLOSURE TODAY, Oct 5.

 

PLEASE NOTE October 8, 9.40am: We offered the Defence Department prominent space for paid advertising on this front page for its Stuart Highway closures, with express production (usually less than two hours). We explained that we don’t publish public notices as editorial matter. We emailed the department at 1.59pm on October 5. We have not yet received a reply.

Bid to lighten load on local courts

 

 

 

A measure to lighten the load on the courts of summary jurisdiction will be proposed to the NT Cabinet by Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, John Elferink (pictured).

He says if the measure becomes law, in the event of a not guilty plea both parties will be obliged to have a pre-trial conference in a bid "to sort it out". ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

Alice Springs News loses defamation case

The Supreme Court this morning decided in favour of David Forrest, a principal of Framptons First National Real Estate, who brought a defamation action against Alice Springs News Managing Editor, Erwin Chlanda, and the publishing company, Erwin Chlanda Pty Ltd.
The decision is in the sum of $100,000 plus interest. The issue of costs is yet to be decided.
The action arose from one article that was part of news coverage over a period of more than a year, of a situation affecting some 12 local families, home buyers, clients of the Framptons New Homes scheme and collapsed building company, Carey Builders Pty Ltd.  The home buyers suffered significant financial losses and anguish.
This is not the end of the story but at this time I make the following statement:-
It is the first time in my half century working as a journalist that I have had to stand trial for defamation.
The arduous experience of conducting my defence without legal representation, and with a minimum of legal advice, is motivating me to do as much as I can to get behind the current push for reform of the way our society deals with defamation.
The present system is a great impediment to freedom of speech.
There is a vast gulf between what the law and the courts can demand, and what the readers expect from us, the journalists, and our duty to inform.
Rich people are vastly more likely to win than poor people. They can set on to journalists and publishers, lawyers receiving extraordinary levels of remuneration in a rigid court process that can result in the ruin of a medium and its staff.
With the recent Finkelstein Review, these issues are well and truly in the public arena nation-wide.
This case cost my wife and colleague Kieran Finnane, our family and myself not only the small amount of money we could afford for limited legal advice, but more than a year of sustained effort and anxiety.
We will be doing our best to assist reform efforts that will serve our readers, the people we write about and our profession.
The Alice Springs News Online will continue publication and maintain its five million word (and growing) online story archive dating back to 1997. (The hard copy archive dates back to 1994.)
Erwin Chlanda, Editor

 

See also prominent author Barry Hill's comment on how the loss needs to be put in context.

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