Alice Springs

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.

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.

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


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...

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


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

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.

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.

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.

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...

Scientists warn bushfire season getting longer

firefighters in Elemore Vale

Craig Butt, Lara O'Toole A bushfire season that starts in spring and stretches well into autumn could be new norm.

Hollow promises: an enduring tragedy


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

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.

Jurrah chased, struck rival with machete, court hears

Liam Jurrah.

Ian Munro AFL star twice led raids on home of rival clan on night he struck a cousin with a machete, Alice Springs court hears.

Liam hit me with machete: cousin

Liam Jurrah.

Ian Munro, Alice Springs Basil Jurrah says he had felt an obligation to fight the AFL footballer's extended family, which he regards as the 'enemy'.

AFL star to stand trial over attack

Xavier La Canna AFL player Liam Jurrah will face trial over claims he attacked his cousin with a machete and three other people earlier this year, in what his lawyer says is a case of the ''tall poppy syndrome''.

A fractured spirit

Liam Jurrah.

Ian Munro Melbourne footballer and Warlpiri man Liam Jurrah was yesterday committed to stand trial in the Northern Territory Supreme Court for his alleged role in a wild brawl in March.

Cold War files reveal laid-back attitude to nuclear apocalypse

Philip Dorling More than three decades after it was written, the Australian government has finally declassified its most secret study of the potential impact on Australia of a nuclear war between the United States...

Secret's out: Soviets did not target cities

Atomic bomb blast.

Philip Dorling THE US-Australian joint defence installations were almost certainly Russian nuclear targets during the Cold War.