An Indigenous cultural centre in Alice Springs, tourism from Asia, the revheads’ NATS, battling buffel and the Parrtjima festival (pictured) are all works in progress. ERWIN CHLANDA speaks with new Minister Lauren Moss.
Minister, department and industry given sole control over mining operations, although this is against the government's own professed policy, writes Lauren Mellor, of the Frack Free Territory Alliance. PHOTO: Demonstrators in the public gallery of the town council in July 2014.
Changes to the Care and Protection of Children Act (the Act) will include enabling of pre-natal notifications and investigations and introduction of therapeutic orders to enable the admission of some children with high needs into a secure care facility, writes Alison Anderson, Minister for Children and Families (pictured).
The CLP promised they would be open and accountable. Gagging the Auditor General makes them the most secretive Government in Australia and the Northern Territory’s history, writes Michael Gunner, Shadow Minister for Government Accountability.
The new Regional Development Framework will have an open and transparent link with a cross-agency senior officers group who will ensure that government policies are aligned, that resources are shared, and that regional perspectives are taken into account in government planning and decision making, writes Alison Anderson (pictured), Minister for Regional Development.
While Minister Giles is pushing to create 100 residential blocks in the new Kilgariff suburb, Minister Chandler (at left) has the same number of dwellings empty and decaying throughout the town.
A reliable source says about 100 public housing homes and units are vacant, and no or little repair work has been done since the Country Liberals came to power in August last year. IMAGE: A small selection of empty and derelict public housing in Alice Springs (from left) 6 Walmulla Street, 10 Kraegen Street, 74 Gap Road, 97 Gap Road and 6 Arunga Street. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
UPDATE Saturday: A spokeswoman for the Minister told us she would be getting back to us on Monday.
A 15 day boot camp as apparently proposed by Correctional Services Minister John Elferink would be of little value.
That is the view of a member of the town council who, together with long-time youth worker Graham Ross, has been planning for years to set up a residential facility out bush for young people. PHOTO: Graham Ross (at left) and Cr Brown at the site in the Larapinta Valley where they hope to establish a camp for young people in trouble.
The Office of Children and Families has shut down vital communications with agencies and people representing children under protection orders.
The children are exposed to inadequate care because the system is no longer open to the independent scrutiny provided for by law.
And Minister for Children and Families, Robyn Lambley (pictured), is either unaware of the turmoil in her department, or is condoning it: either way she is failing in her portfolio, says an insider. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.