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The Northern Territory news Tue 5 Feb 2019



The Northern Territory news Tue 5 Feb 2019

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20 OPINION TUESDAY FEBRUARY 5 2019 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 dundancy, you might find you can hang on to your job! Paul Morris, Darwin City (Former head of the NT Community and Public Sector Union) Wake up Nine SETTLED in for a couple of hours fun to watch the advertised Dirty Rotten Scoundrels on Channel 9, advertised both online and in the paper. What do we get on BOTH channels, three hours of excruciating Married at First Sight, basically unwatchable for those with a brain of any sort. No explanation forth coming from a phone call to Channel 9. What is happening there and this is not the first time. Meanwhile, went for a walk I suppose stamping around in the heat is better than the alternative mentioned above. Wake up Nine, you are losing viewers fast. Wendy Georgetti Scullions $250k pension WHAT a disgrace, a lot of people in the NT and in Australia are struggling to make ends meet, to pay their bills, put food on the table, have some quality of life for themselves and their families and then we have Nigel I know nothing Scullion, who will retire on a pension of $250,000 a year for the rest of his life! How can he sleep at night, seriously, when did he ever do a hard days work while in Canberra? The man for the Northern Territory and of the people in the Northern Territory, what a bad joke, he certainly had blinkers on when dealing with the Don Dale situation! How can you sleep at night Scullion? J. Rayner, Nightcliff 15 YEARS AGO: AN 1 8 - y e a r - o l d woman told Darwin Magistrates Court yesterday a driving instructor touched her indecently during a driving lesson last year. She said the 63-yearold instructor had his hand on her leg and upper thigh for more than half of the one-hour lesson. 10 YEARS AGO: TOP ENDERS are set to see a big increase in monster cyclones. Dr Greg Holland, from Americas National Center for Atmospheric Research, says there has been between a 300 and 400 per cent increase in category 5 storms in the past 10 years in the US. 5 YEARS AGO: ARSES were bared yesterday in celebration of rural area culture. The solid and historically minded folk of Livingstone about 50km south of Darwin were out at the old airstrip, downing a few sherberts yesterday afternoon. ...and another thing SMALL business owners are really hurting at the moment in the Territory. Verissimo De Jesus, owner of Bakewells Busy Bee Cafe, which is set to close its doors this Friday, could not hide the pain when talking about his loss of livelihood. The cafe, which has operated since the early 1970s, survived Cyclone Tracy but could not get through the Territorys current economic headwinds. Its an indictment of the current economy that as business owners such as De Jesus face a harsh reality of a failing economy, politicians squabble and point fingers over who deserves blame. Letters to the editor should be kept to 300 words or less. Send your letters to GPO Box 1300, Darwin, 0801, or email ntnmail@ntnews.com.au You must include your name, home address or PO Box number. Name and address will be withheld on request. Preference will be given to letters that give the writers full name and suburb and are kept to under 300 words. The Northern Territory News reserves the right to edit letters. Responsibility is taken by the Editor, NT News, GPO Box 1300, Darwin, NT, 0801 Got something to say? Letters Public servants THERE is a saying among the public service unions and that is, never get between a public servant and their redundancy if you value your life! As the former head of the CPSU, I keep a keen eye on whats happening in the NT public service, old habits are hard to shake. Lets not be squeamish about this, NT public servants are being bought out of their jobs under the guise of (clear the throat) redundancy. While its a convenient and undeniably humane way for the Government to solve a tricky problem, in a great many cases the redundancies on offer arent genuine, especially if you have any respect for the Fair Work Act. Many public servants are just being paid off, which, strictly speaking, is not a redundancy. Sadly, dont expect too much from the OCPE, that partial-sighted, lumbering, rubber-stamping giant has a tin ear to the everyday travails of public servants at times like this. They appear to be ignoring the significant minority of public servants who prefer to keep their job. If youd rather not be treated like out of date perishable goods, then join your union and start challenging your re Trust us, the Territorys decision makers - and about 50,000 others - read your letters to the editor every day. Make your opinion count. Lending has to continue AUSTRALIAS banks are bloodied, battered and left with shameful reputations after the final report into the institutions by Commissioner Kenneth Hayne QC was handed down yesterday. Sweeping changes will now follow, with the Federal Government to act on Mr Haynes 76 recommendations in the wake of shocking behaviour. Three of Australias biggest financial players, CBA, NAB and AMP, admitted charging dead customers for services they were not receiving. This included AMP charging thousands of dead superannuation customers for life insurance, despite knowing there was no longer a life to insure. Dodgy? Damn right it is. And this was just one revelation of many at the royal commission. So the focus turns now to restoring trust and what that means for the customers of these lending institutions. With an estimated $360 billion in interest-only mortgages rolling over to principal and interest repayments over the next three years, there will be a rapid rise in the number of homeowners faced with mortgage stress caused by the unmanageable extra payments. Households could find themselves struggling. The economy very much rides on the lending of these institutions. It is expected to become harder to get a loan as banks will have to do more to verify customers income and their actual living expenses. While the banks have to be more responsible, the Territory cannot afford them to stop lending. Heaven help the Territory if the flow of credit dries up. EDITORIAL Email: news@ntnews.com.au I Text: 0428 NTNEWS I Fax: (08) 8981 6045 I Letters: PO Box 1300, Darwin, NT, 0801 THE PEOPLES VOICE IN THE TERRITORY

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