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The Centralian advocate Tue 7 Aug 2012



The Centralian advocate Tue 7 Aug 2012


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Nationwide News Pty. Limited

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Alice Springs


v. 66 no. 22

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Centralian Advocate, Tuesday, August 7, 2012 7 P U B : C A D V D A T E : 7 -A U G -2 0 1 2 P A G E : 7 C O L O R : C M Y K www.wardkeller.com.au Email: alicesprings@wardkeller.com.au 52 4200Phone: 08 89 Legal Problems? Unit 4, 6/15 Leichhardt Terrace Alice Springs PO Box 8862 Alice Springs NT DARWIN PALMERSTON NHULUNBUYCASUARINAALICE SPRINGS PARAP w k 0 3 a u g 1 2 Emma Schulz, experienced Workers Compensation and Personal Injury Lawyer will be in our Alice Springs office on Tuesday 14 August 2012. To arrange for an appointment with Emma, please call us on .8952 4200 ALICE BY NUMBERS 1 The number of pressure cookers destroyed by the Alice Springs Police after being left unclaimed at the police station for a period of over four months 2750 The distance from Alice Springs to Sydney in kilometres P H O T O E S S A Y Picture: DEBI WATTS Words: COREY SINCLAIR No-one likes being sick, and even the bravest adults succumb to pain. But imagine how hard it must be for a child to be in hospital. Little Tarni Watts might be only knee-high in stature but when it comes to being sick, she is as tall as any adult and as strong as an Amazon. Seen here taking time out from her intensive treatment, Tarni has only one arm at her disposal but that couldnt stop her from colouring in stencils in the schoolroom at Alice Springs Hospital. Even with the drip attached to her right arm, you wouldnt guess that Tarni was in hospital. Her brave smile in the face of invasive procedures serves as an inspiration to all. Who would have thought that spending time in a schoolroom could be used as a form of pain relief? MP incites voters ire Several months ago Araluen MP Robyn Lambley wrote a diatribe to the Centralian Advocate blaming the NT Labor Party for the lack of progress in developing the old Melanka site for the benefit of her cohorts in the Alice Springs business community. I responded by pointing out that it was common knowledge that business development at the time was hindered not by her political opposition but by the high rents for businesspeople and the spate of lawlessness in town. I indicated that it was dishonest to state otherwise. I then challenged the Araluen MP to prove her assertions, with a notable lack of public response from her. She avoided any public debate on the matter and instead sent me a letter to my private address inviting me to visit her and discuss the matter. Shades of I know where you live? How and why did she find that out? With an election coming up, she has now outlined her political position to the Centralian Advocate. Its dear Laura Norder making an appearance yet again. How predictable! In the 20 years Ive been in the Territory, this has been the same old tired refrain from the CLP candidates every election. In the past it was common for them to hire telephone canvassers to ring one up at home on the landline and ask what one felt about certain issues several weeks before an NT election. They then changed or adapted their policies to reflect the results elicited by the canvassers. After a while I and others began to ask who was actually paying the canvassers and then declined to comment when an evasive answer was given. Now we have posters for the Araluen MP all over town, despite council policy stating that they cant be there until after the electoral roll has closed. Breaking the rules; is that a CLP policy too? And my elected MP says its OK despite the council rules? Yet more dishonesty from Ms Lambley. Is this part of her Laura Norder platform? Has the CLP got anything to offer besides Laura Norder, already disregarded by the Araluen candidate? Please enlighten your public, MP Lambley. Dont respond to me personally as I wont vote for you anyway. And no more letters to my private address. Jeremy Smith Alice Springs The NT Government has gone into caretaker mode in preparation for the August 25 Territory election. According to electoral law, all letters published in the Centralian Advocate leading up to the election must be sent in and printed with your full name. No name, no publication.