Charles Darwin University appears to be substantially scaling back its commitment to regional centres such as Alice Springs, particularly through a reduction in staff and programs in the delivery of Vocational Education and Training. ANALYSIS by DON FULLER.
The popular two litre cask wine, which can be picked up in other Australian states for around $10, skyrocketed by 300% to now cost Territorians closer to $30, says an alcohol industry spokesman. PICTURED: Four litre casks selling in Port Augusta for around $19. Their sale is banned in Central Australia.
More than 17 million tourists visiting Northern Australia in 2014/15 and spending 10 billion dollars is a fact that could be expected to send the pulse rate up a notch or two. But despite its stirring title, “Northern Horizons – Unleashing Our Tourism Potential”, the Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Northern Australia report, at least judging by its chapter six, is short on excitement, specific initiatives and detail that could further crank up the industry. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
"Governance structures [for Aboriginal town camps] are characterised by confusion and uncertainty. The leasing structure makes day to day management difficult. There is no one agency or organisation that provides direction, support and funding. This means little support to assisting residents to pursue development opportunities in a coordinated fashion." Housing Minister Gerry McCarthy releases a scathing report after sitting on it for nearly one year. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
"No industry is completely without risk, and the development of any onshore shale gas industry in the NT is no exception [but] the challenges and risks associated with [it] can be appropriately managed." That's the opinion of the fracking inquiry's final report presented to the NT Government today. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
UPDATES from Michael Gunner, Gary Higgins, the Frack Free Alliance, the Arid Lands Environment Centre and Lock the Gate.
Chairperson Rachel Pepper says “it is not the role of the Inquiry to make a recommendation whether or not the moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in the NT should be lifted. That is a matter for Government”. But she also says “the conclusion of this Inquiry is that the challenges and risks associated with any onshore shale gas industry in the NT are manageable”. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
UPDATE 7am December 14: Arid Lands Environment Centre and Health Care Professionals Against Fracking.
Bring back an independent liquor commission, lobby the Feds for a volumetric tax, law for 400 square meter floor limit to go, and a floor price on alcohol products to prevent alcohol related harms, writes Natasha Fyles, Attorney-General and Minister for Health.
The long-awaited Hawke report into fracking has been released today. It says "environmental risks can be managed effectively subject to the creation of a robust regulatory regime" and there is no need for a moratorium. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
UPDATES – views of Minerals Council and Arid Lands Environment Centre.
The NT system of regulating fracking needs a complete overhaul and the government is yet to take any steps to remedy these shambolic laws, writes David Morris (pictured), from the Environmental Defenders Office NT.
Income Management, with the BasicsCard as its major tool, has made little difference to alcohol sales, and "rather than building capacity and independence, for many the program has acted to make people more dependent on welfare," says a government commissioned evaluation. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Yuendumu store, where the basics card can be used.