NTCOSS wants more time for public comment on the review of the Pensioner Carer Concession Scheme and says it should be extended to other people in need, writes Marnie Round of the Northern Territory Council of Social Service.
Seniors are urging the NT Government to overturn unfair changes to its Seniors Concession Scheme which were announced in the NT’s 2014 Budget, writes Margaret Borger, National Seniors NT Policy Advisory Group Chair.
The NT Government's review of Desert Knowledge is continuing, according to a government spokesman, "looking into the future shape and the various aspects of the Desert Knowledge Precinct. Meanwhile DKA's number two man, Mike Crowe (pictured) has jumped ship. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Residential builders and home owners and builders attended a presentation of the Residential Building Cover review but the presentation was halted halfway through when it became apparent the results of the review did not actually answer any of the concerns of the residential builders present, writes Alice Springs builder Jamie de Brenni (pictured).
The Alice Springs Water Allocation Plan is back to the drawing board following comments by Councillor Steve Brown in the Alice Springs News Online and the Council Chambers in April, with large allocations for industrial purposes and a reduction of the current projected life of the aquifer from over 300 to 200 years, writes Jimmy Cocking (pictured), of the Arid Lands Environment Centre.
Tangentyere Council needs to come clean with the taxpayer about how it spends the $43m a year it gets from the public purse, says NT Minister for Indigenous Advancement, Alison Anderson (at left). She says the arganisation was previously responsible for all or most of the town's up to 19 camps, but is is now looking after fewer than half of them; is failing to stem the "rivers of grog" despite the camps' "dry" status, is incapable of curbing extreme violence; and is treated by the Shaw family as its private "dynasty". ERWIN CHLANDA reports.PHOTOS: Garbage in Charles Creek in 2010. The same location on Wednesday this week, after Ingkerreke has taken over from Tangentyere clean-up and parks maintenance functions.
After more than three years on the frontline of child welfare and protection Fred – not his real name – is leaving town. He's taking with him corporate knowledge, which he says has been dwindled worryingly, about matters that are uppermost in the public's mind.
He says he isn't bitter nor angry, rather feels privileged to have developed relationships with a part of the population that is raising profound concerns, both as victims of abuse and neglect, and perpetrators of crime: some four fifths of Fred's clients were Aboriginal.
He spoke in person with editor ERWIN CHLANDA, for an hour and a half, but on the condition of not being named.
"The My New Home scheme is an interesting proposal – my only concern is that there's often a difference between what governments, lending institutions and finance brokers say people can borrow and how much they should," says Duncan Poulson, NT Regional Commissioner of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).
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The new government appears unlikely to implement the no-deposit, low interest scheme, My New Home, promised by the defeated Labor government – certainly not in a hurry. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
After years of bitter conflict there's no place in Australia where changes to the Native Title legislation and management are more relevant than in Alice Springs.
On the 20th anniversary of the Mabo High Court decision, the Federal Government's objections are clearly to morph Native Title into a path for Indigenous people to acquire land, across the nation, similar to the way landrights were making it possible in the Territory and parts of South Australia. Meanwhile, around the country the subject seems to be a yawn: the telemovie Mabo, directed by Alice Springs' own Rachel Perkins (Bran Nue Dae), flopped on the ABC, according to The Australian, rating 544,000. It's unfair to a well-made story about a battler who doesn't give up, starring Jimi Bani (The Straits) as Eddie and Deborah Mailman as Bonita. The sometimes dry legal cases in Queensland and finally the High Court – changing Australia's history – are lightened by the touching love story. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.