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The Northern Territory news Thu 1 Nov 2018



The Northern Territory news Thu 1 Nov 2018

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10 OPINION THURSDAY NOVEMBER 1 2018 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 kept ajar day and night. If thats not trying to hide the cloak and dagger s**t, I dont know what is! City Walker, Darwin Teachers choice I HAVE been following with interest Craig Dunlops campaign to turn a Teacher Registration board into a Big Brother organisation which might control who teaches who in NT schools. Id imagine if Craig were a parent, hed have well and truly met and talked to his childs teacher about their progress, and checked out their school, by this time of the year. Schools, classes and parents are all part of the community mix which enables a school environment to function. A school is not an IT agency, a computer, or a police watch over people, but a community. Parents still have the freedom to choose where, and to which school they entrust their children, and in most cases manage a good match. I wonder, does Craig think a computer agency is a better way to do this than a parent visiting a school, and meeting the teacher who is teaching their child. Im glad my children have been free to choose the kind of education their children get. Old Teacher Blake St win WOW, a four-year battle of the Blake St development has been won, proving that People Power does work. Thanks to NTCAT for seeing the logic, but what a shame that the general public and the developer have had to fight this for over four years at a big cost to both parties. If the DCA and DASS had done their job properly from the beginning and listened to the over 80 per cent of the residents of this three-street suburb that already has traffic and parking issues, the development was not a bad one but not suited to the area, we do not live in Singapore or Hong Kong where we have a shortage of land. We need to look after and listen to our residents or we will lose more, the rezoning of this land which happened a couple of weeks after it was bought as community use land, was the first mistake. Then we allow the clauses of Special Development or Landmark development to override zoning guidelines. We were able to prove that this was not a Landmark development, but just another unit development, which would be fine in the right area. The great lesson though, of people working together for what is right. Carol Phayer, Darwin 10 YEARS AGO: AN INTERNATIONAL flight was forced to return to Darwin airport after a fight broke out between five drunken passengers. Jetstar flight JQ 61 carrying 172 passengers from Darwin to Singapore was forced to turn around about half an hour after it took off from Darwin. 5 YEARS AGO: A MAN has been robbed at knifepoint by a group of men after withdrawing cash from an ATM in the Palmerston CBD. Superintendent Louise Jorgensen said the 32year-old man claiming the three men had threatened him for the cash about 11pm. 1 YEAR AGO: DARWINITES are no strangers to lightning strikes, but one came a little too close for comfort for Girraween resident Bec Fears during yesterdays storm. The 32-year-old had just come in from mowing the lawn when the lightning hit a tree a dozen metres away. ...and another thing BOILING crustaceans alive isnt right. In an ideal world, Territorians wouldnt dream of dropping a delicious fresh mud crab into a boiling pot of water its a bit cruel for the poor things. Its not an ideal world though, and while 99 per cent of Territory fishos do the right thing, some dont. Some will ditch unwanted live catches on the sand, and wait for them to die. Some will let freshly caught fish sizzle in the Darwin sun. Some will throw fresh mud crabs in boiling water. Not any more, though. The NTs Animal Protection Bill will mean fishos can dob in the bad behaviour of others because they care about conservation most of all. 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 Parlour row HEY B.C.H. Darwin, Your Say has published letters about massage shops offering sex services and the need for legislative reforms into the sex industry for well over three years. An NT politician has said they lower the tone of the city. Many businesses have closed down around them because they couldnt afford two lots of rent or mortgage payments. The reason the massage shops dont close down is the majority rent to live in them. Ever seen a worker opening one up in a morning, cleaning the marks off the door, switching the lights on unseen? Google massage parlours Darwin and see what comes up, its not all about advertising. Why were 19 massage shops raided by Police in 2015 across Darwin and Palmerston? Why do news websites run stories/videos/info on the subject i.e. Is your local massage parlour really a brothel? Protecting the industry will be inevitable by other contributors to Your Say, however never have I written that all massage shops are brothels. Perhaps you might like to explain why one centrally-located in the CBD (next door to a family eatery) prefer clients to use the back door, which is Trust us, the Territorys decision makers - and about 50,000 others - read your letters to the editor every day. Make your opinion count. MyFuel NT a costly failure THIS week Deputy Chief Minister and Treasurer Nicole Manison announced the winding up of the NT Infrastructure Development Fund (NTIDF). Half of the $185 million in the fund is going to economic transformation projects and the other half is going towards paying down the Territorys soaring debt. Reducing our debt is a good thing, as is reducing wasteful government spending. Today is the 12-month anniversary of the Gunner Governments MyFuel NT site. It costs Territory taxpayers about $250,000 a year to maintain. When Ms Manison spruiked the benefits of the MyFuel NT site she said it would drive down the cost of living with free, real-time fuel price information from every service station in the Territory at our fingertips. The supporting argument was that because the new MyFuel NT will require all fuel retailers to publish fuel prices online, consumers get to compare fuel prices and find the cheapest fuel in their region and drive greater competition on those prices. MyFuel NT will help Territorians find the cheapest fuel and keep the pressure on the fuel retailers to give a better deal for Territorians, Ms Manison said last year. So has the MyFuel NT site achieved what the Deputy Chief Minister promised? No it has been a flop. The only thing that has happened since then is fuel has continued to go up and up in price. We say axe the MyFuel site and put that towards cutting debt as well. 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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