Race will determine where the money will go following three NT Government decisions announced this week. COMMENT by ERWIN CHLANDA. Pictured are Ministers Dale Wakefield (at left) and Ken Vowles (at right).
The answer from two academics to the question posed by the Strehlow Conference, Where to from here? is not what most people would be happy to hear. Rolf Gerritsen says there is no end in sight to the "covert resistance" displayed by Aborigines towards whitefellers' efforts to Close The Gap. And Don Zoellner suggests the ballooning expenditure for a deliberate policy of fixing social problems though the justice system is driving the Northern Territory towards a financial abyss. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
How much accurate and relevant information is needed to start a protest campaign? The ratio is in indirect proportion to the distance from what is being protested about: The further you are away from the action, the less you need to know – and get away with it. At least that's what is suggested by the "Six years of the NT Intervention is six years too long" campaign by the St Vincent de Paul Society, ACOSS and the National Welfare Rights Network (NWRN). ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
In November 2007 we reported that Debbie King, a ward clerk at the Alice Hospital, drove her car on Wills Terrace past Anzac Hill (in the background of the photo) when a rock thrown from the hill crashed into her windscreen. Five and a half years later, pelting cars with stones is a rampant as ever. Last week a tourist bus was attacked twice in the space of one hour, the second time when it was ferrying visitors from a restaurant to their hotel. ERWIN CHLANDA spoke with the new Minister for Children and Families, Alison Anderson (at left).
The NT has a huge health burden accelerated by “unhealthy commodity industries” responsible for the sales and promotion of tobacco, alcohol, energy-dense foods such as burgers, frozen pizzas and pasta dishes, nuggets, sticks, crisps, biscuits, confectionery, cereal bars, carbonized and other sugared drinks and various snack products, described in a Lancet report. PHOTOS: The Territory isn't on its own when it comes to consuming too much of the bad stuff ... bulk booze near Longreach, Queensland, in days gone by (above), and a junk food sign targeting kids in Adelaide today. RUSSELL GUY reports.
The stick needs to be added to the carrot to enforce parental responsibility, reduce youth crime and get able-bodied people off the dole, says Member for Braitling Adam Giles (pictured).
If that is not done, none of the other initiatives will work.
He was responding to more than 40 comments posted by Alice Springs News Online readers, voicing extreme frustration with yet another summer of crime, are concerned that people will take the law into their own hands, and are urging the end of unconditional welfare. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Kay Eade, Executive Officer of the Chamber of Commerce in Alice Springs, joins our Food for Thought panel this week.
When things get tough the tough get going. Kay strutted a no-nonsense attitude at a string of recent public functions: Enough talk. Here are her views of what action the town needs.
When Alice Springs was going through difficult times during the summer of 2011, I contacted many regional Chambers to find out if their communities were experiencing similar issues, and if so, what were they doing to combat the problem.
Most of them were, or had been, having difficulties with lawlessness which added to businesses operating expenses.
One topic which kept being raised was that of welfare payments. Many of the Chambers I contacted stated that their community believed that welfare was hindering the progress of their regions.