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Title

Alice Springs news

Collection

Alice Springs news; NewspaperNT

Date

2008-07-24

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Language

English

Subject

Community newspspers; Australia, Central; Alice Springs (N.T.); Newspapers

Publisher name

Erwin Chlanda

Place of publication

Alice Springs

Volume

v. 15 issue 25

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application/pdf

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Copyright. Made available by the publisher under licence.

Copyright owner

Erwin Chlanda

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https://www.legislation.gov.au/Series/C1968A00063

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/232757

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/661377

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Lively batt le for Brait l ing Advert isement B y K I E R A N F I N N A N E T h e race f o r B r a i t l i n g o n A u g u s t 9 got m o r e i n terest ing o n T u e s d a y w i t h G r e e n s a l d e r m a n J a n e C l a r k t e n d e r i n g h e r res igna t ion f r o m the T o w n C o u n c i l a n d n o m i n a t i n g as a G r e e n s cand ida te in the electorate w h e r e she's l i ved f o r 17 y e a r s . She becomes the third w e l l k n o w n candidate to nominate in the seat - f o l l o w i n g A d a m Gi les , prese lected b y the C o u n t r y L i b erals (the rebadged C L P ) , and E l i M e l k y running as an independent and endorsed b y o u t g o i n g i n c u m b e n t L o r a i n e B r a h a m , also an independent. M s Clark d rew contro v e r s y f r o m other candidates and fe l low aldermen con testing the counci l election as a G r e e n , but electors w e r e undeterred, placing her third in the mayora l con test w i th 15% o f the vote , a far healthier proport ion of the vote than the Greens ' p r i o r e lec tora l p e r f o r m ances here. A n d she a lso f i l l e d third spot in the aldermanic count. Last year she contested the Greatorex by-e lect ion for the Greens, but came last in the field o f four. T h e announced L a b o r candidate for Brai t l ing this time round, A a r o n D i c k , has little t ime to bui ld his public profi le in the electorate, so the allocation o f preferences w i l l be crit ical. I n the 2005 e lec t ion Labor preferences got M r s Braham o v e r the l ine. O n the w e e k e n d M r M e l k y was seen dining on p i z z a w i t h L a b o r candidate for A r a l u e n and unti l n o w a staffer for the C h i e f M in is ter, J o h n G a y n o r . " C e r t a i n l y w e talked about preferences - let's not be c o y , " says M r M e l k y . H o w e v e r he says he w i l l not make up his m ind unti l Centre Party no show T h e C e n t r e P a r t y m o o t e d b y t o u r i s m i d e n t i ty R e x N e i n d o r f w i l l not field a cand ida te i n the c o m i n g p o l l . " W e ' r e s t i l l g e t t i n g things organised," said M r N e i n d o r f w h e n the A l i c e N e w s called after the pol l was announced. Steve B r o w n , chair o f A d v a n c e A l i c e , w h o has spoken about a loose al l i ance o f independent candi dates, has also been caught short b y the pol l announce ment. " W e c o u l d see m o r e i n d e p e n d e n t s , m a y b e a couple, but it 's still a bit ear ly to out them," he said on T u e s d a y . Nominat ions close next M o n d a y M r B r o w n was crit ical o f the ex t remely short c a m paign per iod: "It doesn' t g ive the public m u c h t ime to have their say ," he said. I T e x p e r t J a n e C l a r k in the r u n - u p to the G r e a t o r e x by -e lec t ion last y e a r . he knows all the chal lengers - nominations close next M o n d a y at noon. M r M e l k y acknowl edges that preferences w i l l play an important role and says he w i l l endeavour to allocate them to get "the best re sults for Brai t l ing". M r M e l k y was un successful in gain ing p r e s e l e c t i o n f o r the C o u n t r y L ibera ls . W i l l he be loya l to conservat ive politics in his allocation o f prefer ences? H e stresses that he is "unashamedly a L i b era l" in the true sense o f the w o r d - he stands for " i n d e p e n d e n c e , f r e e d o m and choice" . B u t he says he 's not " s o l d " on the C o u n t r y L i b e r a l s ' s t o r y : " T h e y ' r e o n l y inter ested i n w i n n i n g g o v ernment", and, as w i t h Labor , this can some times be "at a cost" to certain electorates. M s C l a r k is also w a i t i n g f o r n o m i n a tions to close before making a decision on preferences. She describes her opponents as "predictable" and is hoping "more p r o gress ive candidates" w i l l come out the w o o d w o r k . M s C la rk was a mayora l as w e l l as aldermanic can didate in this year 's counci l election and had commit ted, i f elected as m a y o r , to stay fo r a fu l l four years on counci l . She d i d n ' t make the same c o m m i t m e n t as an a ldermanic candidate, at least not to the A l i c e Springs N e w s . U n d e r the L o c a l G o v M e l k y d u r i n g the K i n g o f f M o u n t a i n race i n 2006. ernment A c t she has to re sign as alderman in order to contest the A u g u s t 9 po l l , but, i f unsuccess fu l , has seven days after the pol l is declared to ask for her pos i t ion to be reinstated. She says so many o f the issues that local government sees as important fo r the f u ture o f A l i c e Spr ings have to be referred to the T e r r i tory G o v e r n m e n t and she believes she could be m o r e ef fect ive in the Legis la t ive A s s e m b l y . A n example is Conta in er Deposit Legis lat ion ( C D L ) , where counci l has done every th ing in its power to have such a scheme introduced in A l i c e but has been ig nored b y the T e r r i t o r y G o v e r n m e n t . She also says local g o v e r n m e n t r e f o r m , w h i c h has s e r i o u s l y w e a k e n e d the L o c a l G o v e r n m e n t A s s o c i a t ion o f the N T , has de pr ived her, as a m e m b e r o f the L G A N T execut ive , o f m u c h o f her vo ice . She is count ing on support f r o m y o u n g e r voters w h o she says are more idealistic about env i ronmenta l issues: she sees C D L , r e c y cl ing and implementa t ion o f climate change adaptation measures as "front and centre" for the electorate. S h e a l s o s a y s " s o c i a l c o h e s i o n has changed in Bra i t l ing" in the t ime that she has l ived there and c o m m u nity and envi ronmenta l projects are needed to bui ld cohesion. O n uranium min ing she says she is prepared to take "a sensible ap p r o a c h " , to push the N T G o v e r n m e n t to "take ser ious ly" its responsibi l i ties to people w h o l i ve in A l i c e Spr ings. M r M e l k y , "a f a m i ly man, business man and athlete" sees some o f the k e y issues as: promot ing business and tour ism; edu cation as an essential p r i or i ty ; p rov is ion o f health services; support ing pol ice and their enforcement o f the laws; affordable housing for famil ies; tackl ing the future g r o w t h o f the t o w n . election Rolls Close at 8pm THURSDAY 24 J U L Y 2008 for the Legislative Assembly election on Saturday 9 August 2008 l Y o u are el igible to enrol : I If you are: I 18 years of age or older \ an Australian Citizen (or a British subject who was on \ the Commonwealth Roll in January 1984) . \ and; I have been living at your present address for at least one I month. \ Electors may check their current enrolment by telephoning 13 23 26 (To l l F r e e ) or visiting www.aec.gov.au Enrolment forms are available from: N T Electoral Commiss ion , 2 n d Floor, A A N T Building 7 9 Smith St, Darwin Electoral Serv ices Cent re , Suite 4 Leichhardt Building,16 Leichhardt T e r r a c e , Al ice Springs Austral ia Post a n d M e d i c a r e offices enro lment stalls operat ing at selected shopping centres C o m p l e t e d forms MUST be received at the N T Electoral Commiss ion by 8pm Thursday 24 July 2008. Direc t all e n q u i r i e s to : N o r t h e r n T e r r i t o r y E lec to ra l C o m m i s s i o n 2nd F l oo r , A A N T Bui ld ing, 79 S m i t h St , D a r w i n Pos ta l A d d r e s s : G P O B o x 2419, D a r w i n , N T 0801 Tel: 8999 5617 Toll Free 1800 019 159 Fax: 8999 5845 or v is i t www.ntec.nt.gov.au E N R O L M E N T A N D V O T I N G A R E C O M P U L S O R Y PENALTY $110 Authorised by BILL SHEPHEARD, ELECTORAL COMMISSIONER, 79 Smith St, Darwin http://www.aec.gov.au http://www.ntec.nt.gov.au


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