Armed police in Alice Springs are making sure that the wrong person doesn't buy a sixpack while health staff are fleeing remote areas where they don't feel safe. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Meanwhile Independent MLA Scott McConnell is calling for an investigation "at the highest level".
UPDATE, 13 November 2019, 8.27pm: A 28-year-old male Northern Territory police officer has been charged with one count of murder in relation to the Yuendumu shooting.
Independent candidate Phil Walcott (pictured), who will be standing against Chief Minister Adam Giles in Braitling, says the planned introduction of optional preferential voting is a cynical bid by the government to cling to power. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
A meeting of some 60 non-government organisations (NGOs) yesterday heard about successful ways for services to cooperate, but also laid bare absurd failures of the current system. Congress CEO Donna Ah Chee (pictured) was there and spoke to the Alice Springs News Onlineabout it. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
The wish list of the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress, for whomever will gain power in Canberra, contains not what it wants to get, but what it doesn't want taken away. In a swirl of rumored spending cuts, where will the money come from to drive the newly chosen direction? The 40-year-old NGO that has a budget of $38m a year, for both town and "auspiced" services. More than 70% comes from the Feds. Congress has 300 employees, half of them Aboriginal. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
IMAGE from the Congress annual report 2010-11, as published on the web.
There is one thing Ninti One – translated as Clever One – has practised persistently in its first decade of operation: spin: The camel cull, telemetric cattle management, Aboriginal tourism and enterprises are flops, pie in the sky or nice ideas – and now the world's most researched ethnic group is going to research itself (photo). And all that behind a wall of silence. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Chamber of Commerce head Julie Ross and Mayor Damien Ryan had a low-key but positive reaction to the NT's $5.7 billion Budget handed down by Treasurer Dave Tollner (pictured) today. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
I hosted a lunch with the Chronic Preventative Health worker from Alice Springs. The man she principally sought and tried to get to the lunch was intoxicated by 11am. I told her this was the way it had been for the past 18 months with this forty-five year old, talented, bi-lingual remote community man who'd had a stroke at that time. RUSSELL GUY sees the grog mayhem up close in a "dry" community not far from Alice. PHOTO: The sign nailed to the tree says: "Let there be light in the darkness."
The NT has a huge health burden accelerated by “unhealthy commodity industries” responsible for the sales and promotion of tobacco, alcohol, energy-dense foods such as burgers, frozen pizzas and pasta dishes, nuggets, sticks, crisps, biscuits, confectionery, cereal bars, carbonized and other sugared drinks and various snack products, described in a Lancet report. PHOTOS: The Territory isn't on its own when it comes to consuming too much of the bad stuff ... bulk booze near Longreach, Queensland, in days gone by (above), and a junk food sign targeting kids in Adelaide today. RUSSELL GUY reports.