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v. 9 issue 45
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The houses are being paid for under additional grants by the Indigenous Housing Association of the NT. The $1.2m budget comes from the Federal Department of Employment and Workplace Relations, ATSIC and the NT Government. Mr Strachan says after six months participants have reached 25 per cent of competency in the Level Two course. ALICE'S ALLAN GETS TOP AWARD. Alice Springs cinematographer Allan Collins has won the country's top prize in his field, the Australian Film Institute's Best Cinematography Award for his work on Beneath Clouds, directed by Ivan Sen. The award was announced on Saturday night at a gala presentation, televised nationally. It follows Collins' victory at the IF awards, voted on by the public, also for Beneath Clouds. Collins had also received a nomination for the Film Critics Circle of Australia awards. In a triumph for Indigenous film-making talent, Ivan Sen was awarded Best Direction for Beneath Clouds at the AFIs, and renowned Top Ender David Gulpilil, Best Actor in a Leading Role for his work on The Tracker. Indigenous themes were also acclaimed, with Rabbit Proof Fence taking out Best Film, and Aussie Rules, Best Screenplay (adapted from another source). (See Alice News, Oct 30 for KIERAN FINNANE's report on Collins' work and aspirations for cinema in the Territory.) FEDERAL POLICE PROBE VOTING ALLEGATIONS. Report by ERWIN CHLANDA. The Australian Federal Police says it has received "certain allegations in relation to voting irregularities within elements of ATSIC" but would release no further details. A police spokesman says the reports had come from the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC). This follows allegations of vote buying and other misconduct in Central Australia during the recent ATSIC elections (Alice News, Nov 13). Meanwhile the AEC's Bill Shepheard has written to Russell Bray, who was elected as a councillor of the ATSIC Alice Springs Region, and who has made a complaint to the AEC. In his reply to Mr Bray Mr Shepheard says: "You allege that certain candidates for the ward of Alice Springs (Ms Eileen Hoosan, Mr Daniel Forrester and Mr Des Rogers) promised potential voters food, alcohol and money in exchange for their vote." Mr Rogers was elected and is now the chairman of the Alice Springs ward. Mr Forrester is his deputy. Mr Shepheard says: "These activities allegedly took place over a period of time during the election period. "In particular, you mention the Ms Hoosan was seen offering food in return for votes on Thursday 10 October 2002, and Mr Forrester was heard to offer money and beer in exchange for votes on Monday 14 October 2002." RULESMr Shepheard quotes ATSIC election rules and says: "A person must not, with the intention of influencing or affecting any vote of another person, give or confer or promise or offer to give or confer, any property or benefit of any kind to that other person. "As these allegations appear potentially [to] fall within the behaviour described the AEC will consider these allegations further," says Mr Shepheard. The Federal Police would not name the people against which it has received allegations. Just plonk it down anywhere. COLUMN by STEVE FISHER. If there is anyone out there who reads this column regularly, you may have noticed that Queensland has a big influence on the content. I am certain that this will change once I have experienced more of the delights of other places, such as South Australia, for example. In fact, a man recently invited me to Adelaide by extolling the virtues of the local finger food. This is not an enticement to make me phone McCafferty's for a standby ticket on the next bus south. But I'm sure that there are many more attractions to South Australia than the sausages on sticks. Queensland is full of surprises. A few weeks ago, I went to Machans Beach. Supposedly a dog-eared suburb lurking