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katherinetimes.com.au/opinion OPINION WednesdayMarch 09, 2016 KATHERINETIMES 9katherinetimes.com.au PHONE Call us: (08) 8972 1111 EMAIL Send your letter to: editor.kathtimes@ fairfaxmedia.com.au SOCIAL facebook.com/ katherinetimes, twitter. com/katherinetimes CONNECT WITH US Preference is given to letters that are fewer than 350 words. Letters must include the authors first and last name (for publication), address and daytime contact number. Letters may be edited for reasons of space and clarity. Letters are placed at the editors discretion. POST PO Box 42 Katherine, NT 0851 T HIS is likely to be one of the few International Womens Day-flavoured pieces that puts the focus squarely on those in possession of a Y chromosome. Thats right, guys, I am looking at you, so pay attention. If the fairer sex is to move a step closer to the 2016 theme of gender parity, especially in the workplace, it is incumbent on us to take a long, hard look in the mirror at how we genuinely assess the professional successes of the women we spend 40 hours a week or more with. Put down your paper or smartphone and consider a woman in your organisation who has ascended the corporate ladder at a rapid rate, flourished in a traditionally male-dominated industry, or achieved professional recognition on a broader scale. Did you involuntarily assume her achievements were based on her capability and work ethic, or did you question which of her feminine wiles she called upon to cement her success? Unfortunately, if we are honest, too many of us including myself in one specific instance more than a decade ago have considered the latter as the sole reason why some women are going above and beyond to boot some astronomical goals in the workplace. A report released by The Economist to mark International Womens Day places Australia 18th out of 29 developed countries when it comes to the best and worst places to be a woman in the workplace. Until the status quo is an automatic acknowledgement that a woman in a situation we take a professionally envious view of has not flirted or slept her way to success, that ranking is unlikely to improve. There are countless women in the Katherine region who have experienced exceptional workplace success because of their aptitude, tenacity and passion for what they do. Yet, they are forced every day to justify their existence, either face to face with jealous colleagues who feel emasculated by their competency, or in response to snickered aspersions and innuendo fired into their backs from the water cooler. It is time for us to man up and call out those who refuse to implement change. A #PledgeForParity cannot begin to become a reality until we acquiesce that the professional victories of our female counterparts deserve to be judged on the same set of criteria as our own. EDITORIAL: LYNDON KEANE Parity pledge begins withmale perspective THUMBS UP FOR KATHERINE AMBASSADORS MY HUSBAND and I have just completed the Overland Track, from Cradle Mountain to Lake St Claire in Tasmania. There were 26 of us in five different groups that started on the same freezing cold, snowy, sleeting day on February 16. One group comprised 11 young adults from Katherine. We took six days and got to know everyone pretty well over that time it was hard not to when sharing basic huts for five nights and losing any hope of personal space. I feel compelled to give public praise to this group from Katherine. They were wonderful ambassadors, not only for Katherine, but their generation. They were considerate, friendly, helpful and fun. I feel we were really lucky to have this group with us it was a challenging endeavour and could have been far more difficult, had we had less pleasant travelling companions. Julie Tennett, Spring Hill PORT FIGURES FAIL TO ADD UP A SENATE committee scrutinising the lease of the Port of Darwin to the Chinese-owned Landbridge Group has described it as being as clear as the mud on the bottom of the harbour. The Northern Territory government has repeatedly claimed that it received $506 million from the 99-year lease of the port. The official lease documents, however, have revealed that the figure was a mere $390m a shortfall of $116m. After allowing for a reported $20m payout to a consultancy firm for organising the lease, there is still a discrepancy of nearly $100m. The Landbridge Group immediately subleased the port to another Chinese firm for $21m per annum, indexed annually, for 99 years, in what has been described as a tax minimisation scheme. This would provide the Landbridge Group with in excess of $2 billion, excluding indexation figures, over the lease term, which represents five times the amount received by the NT government. The port earned $15m last financial year. If it had remained in government hands, and assuming the same profitability rate in future, the NT would have earned $1.5b over a 99-year period of time. It is little wonder that the Landbridge Group directors are laughing all the way to the bank at the stupidity of the present Country Liberal Party government. Quite apart from the extremely poor economics of the deal for Territorians, the leasing of the port gives the Landbridge Group control of shipping traffic, including Australian and United States ships on military manoeuvres. Defence analyst and executive director of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute Peter Jennings has heavily criticised the NT government and the federal agencies that allowed the lease to be signed. Although China has become Australias largest trading partner, tension between the two nations has been building up in recent times, particularly over the South China Sea issue, where intimidation tactics have been used. For the government to lease a vital defence asset to China at such a time is an action I believe verges on treason. Bruce Francais, Katherine CLP CRACKS WILL COST PARTY DEARLY THE Country Liberal Party and its branch in Katherine need to understand that the current airing of its division over the question of Willem Westra van Holthe continuing as the pre-selected candidate for this years election will cost confidence and votes. One only has to look as far as the Queensland border for proof of this to see what happened to Campbell Newmans Liberal National Party government between 2012 and 2015. Hamish Edwards, Rockhampton PORT BLUNDER: Bruce Francais says he believes the leasing of the Port of Darwin to a Chinese company for a 99-year period warrants a full explanation to Territorians. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR SUNBURNT STORY WINS FANS OUR story about Katherine authorToni Tapp-Coutts sharing the tale of her extraordinary childhood on the iconic Killarney station was a hit with online readers last week, with more than 5000 reading it within the first 24 hours of it being published. Heres what you had to say on Facebook: I would love to read this book. Can't wait for it to come out. Peta Ramm Would love to read this Patricia Sartin-Stafford Well doneToni xx will be great reading Helen Atkin BRANCH INFIGHTING CRITICISED THE second most popular online story of the past seven days, with more than 4000 readers, looked at the unreal backstabbing and infighting within the Katherine branch of the Country Liberal Party amid revelations a plot was under way to seek disendorsement for incumbent candidate WillemWestra van Holthe. Katherine deserves honesty, integrity, action, and a member who is available. Good on those branch members for having the personal integrity to say they won't support someone who has let Katherine down. Melanie Usher LATE BREAKING NEWS THE death of an 18-year-old male on an Adelaide River station has been ruled a drowning by NorthernTerritory Police. While the circumstances surrounding the death are still being investigated, the matter has been deemed non-suspicious. Detective SergeantTony Henrys from the Major Crime Squad said he was reported missing at about 3.30am on March 6. At 1pm, a body was retrieved from a dam on the station, he said. An investigation into the exact cause of death is underway. A file will now be prepared for the coroner after an autopsy was conducted on March 7. To read the full story, go to katherinetimes. com.au. WEB WORDS
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