Bernard Leckning

Website: http://bernardleckning.com

I’m currently completing my PhD in Sociology at Macquarie University, Sydney where I also taught undergraduate classes. That was until I decided to move to Darwin where I am now entirely focused on my thesis in between complaining about humidity. I lived in Alice Springs for 8 months in 2006-07 and my contributions to Alice Online will be spent reliving the Centre and doing my best to break the Berrimah Line from the north.

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Central Australian takes NT Senior Australian of the Year Award for 2011

Nov 12, 2010 | 1 Comment

Central Australian takes NT Senior Australian of the Year Award for 2011

This morning the announcements were made for the Northern Territory Australian of the year Awards. Wallce Rockhole elder and stockman, Barry Abbott, has been honoured as Senior Territorian of the Year for 2011. From the Australian of the Year Awards website: Barry Abbott is an Arrente stockman who has had remarkable success rehabilitating young male trouble makers and substance abusers of the outback. Barry established the Ilpurla Aboriginal Association a treatment outstation in a remote south-w...Read more

Carbon storage proposed for Indigenous land

Oct 27, 2010 | Discuss

Carbon storage proposed for Indigenous land

The ABC recently reported about how a not-for-profit group, Centrefarm, is establishing a scheme to encourage Australians to offset their carbon emissions on Indigenous land. Earlier this year a not-for-profit company, the Aboriginal Carbon Fund, was set up to buy and sell carbon credits generated on Aboriginal lands by Aboriginal people in Australia. Centrefarm is calling on the government to establish laws that recognise Aboriginal ownership of the carbon, thus securing any economic benefits d...Read more

The changing face of Uluru

Oct 16, 2010 | Discuss

The changing face of Uluru

Uluru revealed a rarely seen side this week. Visitors will have noted the seemingly infinite grooves carved into the rock surface from millennia of erosion caused by wind and water. According to Tjukurpa – the worldview of Indigenous people from the area – many of the formations on Uluru were created by ancestral beings and forms part of Creation. Yesterday The ABC reported an unusual spectacle: all these grooves have transformed into waterfalls after heavy rains, turning Uluru a sh...Read more

Youth curfew or youth diversion programs?

Oct 16, 2010 | Discuss

Youth curfew or youth diversion programs?

The recent Araluen by-election sparked a mini-controversy when the then CLP candidate and now elected member, Robyn Lambley, came out during the campaign calling for a youth curfew. Jennifer Standish-White, CEO of Gap Youth Centre, slammed the idea at the time, saying “curfews criminalised young people’s behaviour when they were out at night”. She would rather see greater investment in diversionary programs like those run by her organisation that help to keep kids off the stree...Read more

NTG proposes water allocations and National Water Week

Oct 13, 2010 | Discuss

NTG proposes water allocations and National Water Week

The ABC is reporting today that the NT Government is considering water allocation plans for the Artesian basin. The Arid Environment Lands Centre (ALEC) was also reported to support the idea, as long as the allocations prioritised the “water needs of ecosystems and local people ahead of speculative mining projects”. The timing of the announcement coincides with the upcoming National Water Week which starts on Sunday the 17th of October and goes through to Saturday the 23rd of October...Read more

New Chief Justice comes out swinging

Oct 13, 2010 | 2 Comments

New Chief Justice comes out swinging

About a month into the job, new Northern Territory Chief Justice Riley does not appear to be shying away from important issues. During his first visit to Alice Springs as Chief Justice, The Hon. Justice Riley has taken the opportunity to express his concerns about the state of the law courts in Alice Springs suggesting that a bulldozer should be taken to the building. Such is the state of the law courts that Riley believes court lists in Alice Springs will “blow out” and “unacc...Read more

Rains give life to threatened plant

Oct 13, 2010 | Discuss

Rains give life to threatened plant

The dwarf desert spike-rush is a wetlands sedge-like plant found in the Central Desert region of the Northern Territory. It is currently listed as a vulnerable species by the Federal Government. However, the ABC is reporting that a NRETAS botanist, Angus Duguid, has found a new population in the wild at Ringwood Swamp about 100km east of Alice Springs. The dwarf desert spike-rush, he goes on to say, can lie dormant for years until good enough rains bring it back to life....Read more

Beware the Eastern brown

Oct 02, 2010 | Discuss

Beware the Eastern brown

Alice Springs and its surrounds are known to be home to a great diversity of reptiles. You usually don’t need to spend long in the centre before you have a close encounter of the scaly kind. However, according to this ABC report, the recent rains may have improved your chances of running into our reptilian neighbours in town, especially the deadly Eastern Brown Snake (pictured left). According to an earlier report from 2008, this seems partly because the rain increases the number of insect...Read more

Where to from here for Yuendumu?

Sep 23, 2010 | 4 Comments

By Bernard Leckning We’ve been following the coverage of disturbances at Yuendumu (over here and here). The latest news is that some 100 people from Yuendumu who had fled to Alice Springs have now been moved to Adelaide. This ABC report highlights how, apart from creating strain on welfare services in Adelaide and political tension between the South Australia and Northern Territory governments, there is also the lingering question of how the dispute will be resolved or whether it will be. ...Read more

Are Alice Springs juries discriminatory?

Sep 23, 2010 | Discuss

Lawyers for two indigenous men accused of murder before the full bench of the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory are challenging the jury system. The lawyers  say juries do not reflect the community because they lack proper indigenous representation. On Tuesday, Jon Tippett QC raised questions about jury selection processes based on criminal history checks. Today, the defence lawyers have questioned whether or not enough is done to ensure Indigenous people receive their jury notices consi...Read more