The Northern Territory news Wed 22 Aug 2018
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WEDNESDAY AUGUST 22 2018 NEWS 09 V2 - NTNE01Z01MA A WINE wholesaler that has operated in the Territory for 18 years will shut its doors at the end of the month due to the poor economic climate. Options Wine Merchants has been revising its business model to accommodate the A BILL to restore Territory rights has been put back on the table, with Senate sittings on September 10 expected to readdress the Restoring Territory Rights Bill 2018 cosponsored by Member for Solomon Luke Gosling and ACT MP Andrew Leigh. Mr Gosling told the NT News last night that the divisive topic would be debated in the House during the next sittings. The Bill will not reinstate euthanasia in the Northern Territory, however, it will correct a wrong in our laws which openly discriminates against Territorians, he said. I have placed on the record my own reservations about euthanasia. But this Bill isnt about what I think or what the Prime Minister thinks, its Right to die back on table about the rights of Territorians and listening to what they have to say. The legislation is aimed at repealing Liberal MP Kevin Andrews successful 1997 private Bill banning territories from ruling on voluntary euthanasia. Mr Gosling said while last nights announcement showed that his lobbying was working, it was still up to the Federal Government to decide if it would go to a vote. With the current instability in the Federal Government it has been a win to get this debate but time will tell if the Federal Government will allow it to a vote, he said. We still have some work to do to convince the majority of Federal parliamentarians that their personal views on issues are not superior to the views of Territorians on issues that affect their rights. CHELSEA HEANEY decline but the double-digit losses have become too much. Its Territory manager Rob Brooks sent out an email to customers this week advising them of the closure and encouraging them to support smaller independent wholesalers. Options served most Darwin restaurants. Unfortunately due to the current economic downturn in Darwin the support has not been strong enough to keep viable, he said. Mr Brooks, who has worked in the booze industry for the past 25 years, said competition had not been the killer. Dan Murphys will have an impact, there is no Options Wine Merchants Rob Brooks says the economic climate is behind the closure of the Top End branch Picture: MICHAEL FRANCHI doubt about that some restaurants will go there and the smaller wholesaler will feel the pinch, he said. But competition hasnt been our enemy, the economy has. Options Wine Merchants labels included Geoff Merrell, Elderton, Richard Hamilton and Stone & Wood beer. ASHLEY MANICAROS Wine sales evaporate in Top End