He is bright, thoughtful, rather charismatic, he has a loving Aboriginal family but he is getting into trouble. Does the film that tells his story really get down to why? KIERAN FINNANE reviews In my blood it runs.
The public of Alice Springs is both inured to violence in Aboriginal society, because of its frequency, and afraid of speaking out about it, lest this is interpreted as being racist. So says Russell Goldflam (pictured), president of the Criminal Lawyers Association, commenting on the current debate about the alleged rape of an Aboriginal nine year old girl in an Alice Springs town camp. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
"She is not moving. She is fighting mad." She is Felicity Hayes (second from right), and the place she's not moving from is Whitegate where her extended family has lived for generations although by white law it is still no more than a squat. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo: Rod Moss.
Home ownership is a step closer for the residents of Ilpeye-Ilpeye town camp in Alice Springs, with the Australian Government reaching a landmark agreement including a compensation package with Ilpeye-Ilpeye land owners that will provide the means for residents to build their own homes, writes Jenny Macklin (pictured), Minister for Indigenous Affairs.
A prominent councillor says if necessary, the police taskforce should be deployed to keep the peace in town camps: "We must not return to the situation where police are kept out of the camps after dark and needed permits to enter," says Cr Steve Brown (pictured).
Cr Brown, who had the highest vote in the recent council elections, was commenting after a riot in Hidden Valley Town Camp on Wednesday, when it was alleged rioters attacked police, released prisoners from a paddy wagon and smashed police vehicles. Police were also attacked and injured during a melee in Hidden Valley in May.
Is there an income test for people to qualify for government subsidised housing on town camps? Yes. Does it apply to the Shaw family, which has dominated Tangentyere Council for decades, and has turned much of Mt Nancy (pictured) into their private domain? No. By ERWIN CHLANDA.
It's official now: if you find a tree still standing, chop it down.
The latest victims are 25 well-established gums in the poetically named Road 4 in the Larapinta town camp.
The camp is not blessed with an abundance of flora: new houses, built under the $150m Federal initiative to upgrade the camps, now near its end, has produced neat new buildings on barren and dusty blocks.
The 25 trees along Road 4 were a welcome relief.
Now all that's left are stumps.
Territory Alliance Manager Allan McGill said today (Nov 8) the trees were cut down "to allow for the installation of new electrical power lines and water services.
"In keeping with standard design practices, the installation of power and water must follow the new alignment of the road.
"Stumps will therefore also need to be removed to make way for the new water supply."
Mr McGill did not explain why the services could not be installed on the opposite side of the street where there are no trees.
He says the Territory Alliance "has all necessary Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority certificates and no sacred trees were disturbed.
"TA also engaged with residents prior to lopping the trees to advise the work being done, when it would be undertaken and why it was needed."