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Youth gaol? Centre? It costs $24m.

By ERWIN CHLANDA As the NT Government announces a $2.7m expenditure over five years for a Child and Family Centre in Alice Springs a $24m...

Making school success praiseworthy on remote Aboriginal communities

OpEd by RALPH FOLDS A kid learning quickly to read and write on a remote community is not considered smart, except perhaps by the school...

The Territory Budget miracle: achieving so little with so much

JOHN ELFERINK: "How are we to deal with the $5.5 billion projected debt left to us by Labor?"

 

It's time again for a treasurer to perform the Northern Territory's annual miracle: achieving so little with so much.

Prepped by all the hand wringing about black holes, the public is fearing the worst. Savage Power Water Corporation (PWC) hikes have already given a taste of what may be ahead.
Yet the NT, with less than 1% of Australia's population, gets 5.4% of the nation's GST. More than half the NT Budget, $2.7b, is from the GST. The Feds are also kicking in $3.4 billion over 10 years through Stronger Futures.
Add to that the millions in Federal welfare payments, and massive funding to NGOs performing – some poorly – state and local government-like functions, and we have an administration awash in public money. ERWIN CHLANDA comments. "How are we to deal with the $5.5 billion projected debt left to us by Labor?" asks government frontbencher John Elferink in reply.

PHOTO: Part of the new Alice Springs power station at Brewer Estate – an expenditure of the "black hole" Power Water Corporation.

Jurrah Trial, Day 3: Witness lied to police "under pressure"

A witness in the Liam Jurrah trial, 23-year-old Bruno Wilson (pictured), has told the court that he lied in a statement to  police when he said that Liam Jurrah had a nulla nulla and that he hit Basil Jurrah with it three times. He said he lied because he felt under pressure; that the police officer taking his statement repeatedly asked him whether Liam Jurrah had a weapon and only stopped when he finally said that he did. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

PHOTO below: Police intervened as tempers flared outside the court on several occasions.

 

LETTER: Plenty in store for The Centre, writes Lambley

Central Australians have several projects to look forward to in 2013, writes Deputy Chief Minister Robyn Lambley.

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