Labor’s track record is showing up as considerably worse than the CLP of old and can only be considered a complete and utter betrayal in abject subservience to unaccountable commercial interests, comments ALEX NELSON.
Independent checks of what is best practice of this "frontier industry," mines department not the regulator, funding for community organisations and a stronger EPA, says Gerry McCarthy. EXCLUSIVE by ERWIN CHLANDA.
The Territory Government, if re-elected next week, will spend as much on a third set of lights for Traeger Park as it will for the rest of the town.
Announcing election promises for Central Australia, Chief Minister Paul Henderson said in Alice Springs today it will cost $2.5m to upgrade the lights to broadcasting standard, so that AFL games such as the Indigenous All Stars can be broadcast nation-wide.
The same amount will be paid to the Town Council for the enhancement of the CBD and community parks.
PHOTO: Mr Henderson (centre) during the announcement today. He is flanked (from left) by ALP candidates Adam Findlay (Araluen), Rowan Foley (Greatorex) and Deb Rock (Braitling). ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
CLP incumbent Robyn Lambley says it's a non-issue: she also opposes a u-mine 'on top of the water table'
The Labor Government might have a credibility problem with its stance on a possible future uranium mine at Angela Pamela, but the local branch of the Labor Party does not: "We were always at odds with the government over their support for the exploration process on that site so close to town," says Labor's candidate for Araluen, Adam Findlay (left).
But the Country Liberals' incumbent Robyn Lambley (right) says Mr Findlay will struggle to make this an issue in the campaign as there is "no point of difference" between them: "There's no way in the world that I could ever support a uranium mine on top of the water table in Alice Springs unless its safety could be demonstrated beyond a shred of a doubt." KIERAN FINNANE speaks to the two contenders for the seat of Araluen in August's Legislative Assembly election.
"There is a risk in this election of seeing a 'lame duck' mayor," says candidate for councillor Vince Jeisman. He strongly supports the incumbent Damien Ryan but says it's clear that the field is divided behind Mayor Ryan and Alderman Eli Melky as the lead contender amongst his four challengers.
Whoever wins the mayoral contest will be looking keenly at who takes the fourth and fifth positions in the councillor ballot, says Mr Jeisman, to see whether the "strong lobby from the right" or "the middle to leftist" candidates will have the majority.
Mr Jeisman, a Labor Party member and electorate officer for Labor MHR Warren Snowdon, obviously counts himself in the latter camp. He says he will be happy with whatever way the cards fall.
"The community will make up its mind on polling day and we all have to live with that decision.
"If I'm elected, I will bring my Labor values to the debate but once a decision of council is made I will be bound by it."
He sums up his Labor values as a belief in social justice, equity and striving for a balance between freedoms and equality: "In our decisions how do we include everyone in the community without becoming too burdensome on some?"
Applying this to the issue on everyone's lips – law and order – he says the causes, not the symptoms have to be treated. Unless we do that, it's like filling a swimming pool with a hole in the bottom. That's what we would be doing if we only brought in more police and youth programs, say, and didn't do something about grog. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
Pictured: Vince Jeisman in Hartley Street, between the Post Office and Yeperenye. He wants to see a better environment for pedestrians in the CBD.
To get an idea of what's ahead of us in this election year it's instructive to read the final words spoken by government front bencher Chris Burns in the NT Parliament before the Christmas break.
Producing his own brand of Festive Season cheer, Labor politician Dr Burns was having a shot at Alison Anderson in the adjournment debate of the last Sittings of 2011.
That's not surprising, because the colorful Member for MacDonnell had recently joined the Country Liberal Opposition, after having been an Independent, which was after having been a party colleague of Dr Burns'.
What is remarkable about his sniping is that his ammunition consisted mostly of alleged past transgressions by Ms Anderson which, while she was a Labor Member, his party either ignored or said Ms Anderson was not guilty of. And that was from then Chief Minister Clare Martin down.
So Dr Burns engaged in some robust mental gymnastics to explain his change of heart.
It's all about the book by Melbourne journalist Russell Skelton, King Brown Country, The Betrayal of Papunya. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.PICTURE: Ms Anderson and her brother, Sid, now the president of the MacDonnell Shire. Different takes on their role as power brokers in Papunya shape up as election fodder.