The current differential for fuel, between the terminal gate price and the pump price, is at an unacceptable 26 to 32 cents per litre in Alice Springs, says outspoken local Murray Stewart (pictured). He is calling to support what he describes as the outlet with most consistently the lowest price in town. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Governments usually borrow money for creating infrastructure. In the Territory the cash is needed to pay the public servants' wages. DON FULLER reports. PHOTO: After three years of divisive Aboriginal art gallery debate, a hole in the ground is all the government has to show for, and the demolition of a perfectly good building, the historic Anzac highschool.
Opposition Leader Lia Finocchiaro may be on a mission impossible tomorrow: During Public Accounts Committee hearings she will be asking Chief Minister Michael Gunner 14 questions about government finances. When the Alice Springs News raised with him a related issue on March 11 in Alice Springs, the answer was predictable. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
The Gunner Government is happy to try and slam through legislation with minimal scrutiny. It will do everything in its power to cover-up and squash debate. It’s just not on, says Opposition Leader Lia Finocchiaro (pictured).
Chief Minister Michael Gunner (pictured) announces initiatives on payroll and utilities, urges council to drop rates, mandates longer periods of negotiation between tenants and landlords and fairer terms so that businesses and households can get through the coronavirus crisis.
Aboriginal organisations call for the NT to become Special Control Area for COVID 19, meaning that everyone entering the Territory must go into self-isolation for two weeks. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo: Michael Gunner delivering a long speech but measures for the pandemic spreading to the NT remain a work in progress.
UPDATE 4.50pm: Today, the National Cabinet has given in-principle agreement for the Commonwealth Biosecurity Act to be used to restrict travel into and out of remote communities.
Graeme Smith (pictured in his football days), a member of the native title organisation Lhere Artepe, says the acquisition of five areas of land in Alice Springs has been “flagged” by the NT Government, but there are no signed deals nor an Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA).
“Those lines around local decision making are government rhetoric. It is the normal rubbish that they peddle out. The reason why they are not making plans for remote communities is because it is not their priority." Scott McConnell (pictured), the Member for Stuart, the vast and mostly remote electorate in Central Australia, is scathing about the Chief Minister's approach to dealing with the threat looming in the bush of the deadly Coronavirus pandemic.
Serious doubt is being cast over statements from Michael Gunner, in his “2020 – The Year Ahead” speech, by Fabian Conway (pictured) who chairs Irlpme, one of the three estate groups that make up Lhere Artepe. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.