Alice Springs

Alice Springs council protests against cheap alcohol ban in Woolworths and Coles

Peter Martin COLES and Woolworths are under attack in Alice Springs for banning cheap wine in an attempt to force up the alcohol floor price.

Three arrested over Alice Springs sex attack

A 17-year-old youth will appear in the Alice Springs Court today and two others are in custody in relation to an alleged sex attack on two European tourists in the town this week.

Worker's co-operatives: A stake in the businesss

Michael Green Joe Caygill and Dave Kerin are the most unlikely of collaborators: one is a conservative-voting small businessman; the other, a Marx-quoting trade unionist.

Cowley to be pursued over RM Williams company loss

Ken Cowley.

Rory Callinan and Matthew Cranston Former News Corp Australia chief executive Ken Cowley is to be questioned in court over his role in the collapse of farming company RM Williams Agricultural Holdings, which received nearly $10...

Conman plays catch me if you can

Dene Broadbelt

Peter Vincent A cocky New South Wales radio DJ-turned-conman has gone to ground

Senator Bill Heffernan calls for investigation into News Corp carbon scheme

Rupert Murdoch

Rory Callinan and Matthew Cranston The Senate should investigate a scheme which saw $9.19 million of taxpayers' money wasted on a failed carbon farm that was supposed to make Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp carbon neutral, according...

Joseph Sparling's Abecedarian approach

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Konrad Marshall A ground-breaking education project that changed the lives of disadvantaged children in the US is now being repeated in remote Aboriginal communities.

More jobs for Aborigines could put billions into economy

Noel Towell Australia's economic output would be greatly improved if indigenous employment rates could be improved, report says.

Australia, US accessing Indonesian telephone data, leaked documents show

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Philip Dorling Newly disclosed documents from former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden have revealed that Australian intelligence efforts against Indonesia do not just target suspected terrorists or key...

Hopes for harnessing chameleon superpower

Robert Upe An Australian scientist is leading a world-first study into the mystery of how and why animals change colour, with the hope of adapting it for human use.

To have, to hold and to give: getting married for a good cause

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Effie Mann More couples are giving something back on their wedding day.

Remembering Hazel, the life of the party

Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke with his wife, Hazel.

Tony Wright Hazel Hawke, gone now, was often a saviour when the chips were down for her husband, Bob.

Hollow promises: an enduring tragedy

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Mark Baker Two young Aboriginal men share a terrible bond: the fate of each has become a shameful landmark.

Desert secrets

Spies in the Never-Never: An aerial view of Pine Gap, the joint US-Australian listening and tracking base at the foot of the MacDonnell Ranges near Alice Springs.

It is a piece of America. At least that's the vibe in the large cafeteria at the top-secret Joint Defence Facility at Pine Gap near Alice Springs.

US drone strikes guided from outback

<em> Illustration: Michael Mucci </em>

Philip Dorling Central Australia's Pine Gap spy base played a key role in the United States' controversial drone strikes involving the ''targeted killing'' of al-Qaeda and Taliban chiefs, Fairfax Media can reveal.

January heatwave smashes 80-year high

Peter Hannam A RECORD was set last month for Australia's hottest average temperature for January.

Spy program tracks 'nearly all' web use

Philip Dorling Top-secret US intelligence documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden have revealed details of a key signals intelligence program used by the Australian intelligence community to harvest...

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Competitive fires ignite in a soaring race for supremacy

Nathan Coates The heat is always on for hot air balloon racers - and that's just the way they like it.

Blame it on Rio

Michael Palin in Oz to discuss 'Brazil' (Thumbnail)

Tim Young For his latest adventure, travel writer Michael Palin decided to address a 'black hole' in his previous travels and headed to Brazil.

Russian embassy set up to intercept secrets: ASIO

Ivan Stenin (right) Geronty Lazovik

Philip Dorling Russia used its embassy in Canberra to intercept Australian intelligence and political communications, targeting the capital's main telecommunications tower, the Defence Department, Australian...