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The Northern Territory news Thu 8 Mar 2018



The Northern Territory news Thu 8 Mar 2018

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10 OPINION THURSDAY MARCH 8 2018 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Historic period tightens bond A LANDMARK agreement to settle the long and bitter dispute about maritime borders between East Timor and Australia was overdue but is certainly most welcome. The East Timorese are among the Territorys dearest friends and closest neighbours. For decades, the NT and Timor have had intimate ties across many different fields, from sports competitions to arts, education and long and fruitful economic relationships. You only have to look at people pioneers like the Jape family, who fled the Indonesian occupancy of East Timor in the 1970s and forged their name in Darwin. Since then, Alan Jape has returned to his homeland, where he has invested millions in the capital of Dili, and continues to pursue ventures in business and tourism. Stories like this are win-win. The Territory and Timor are both fledgling lands, filled with hope and opportunity. Yesterdays signing of the maritime border agreement between the two countries at the United Nations in New York should signal a new chapter in this relationship. Billions of dollars in gas revenue could be pumped into both Timor and Australia if the Greater Sunrise gas fields reserves are piped into Darwin. Without overstating it, a project of this scale the gas reserves in Greater Sunrise are said to be worth $56 billion could be just what Darwin needs to weather the Inpex cliff. To ensure this happens, we will desperately need our politicians to wrangle their way into the boardrooms of the gas companies involved and fight for the importance of the NTs involvement in this period local jobs, local contractors, local accommodation for FIFOs. But mostly, for now, congratulations are due to our lifelong friends, the Timorese. Your country has fought long for this moment. Lets hope the new agreement brings some worthy rewards. ... and another thing FROM our mothers, sisters, girlfriends and wives to colleagues in the workplace, women shape our lives from the day we are born. Today is a day to reflect on their influence and appreciate the effort and perspective they bring to all aspects of life. The outstanding women we have featured today are an example of how to take on the world and make the most of your abilities. With the AFLW coming to Darwin tomorrow night its another opportunity to support our girls. Sorry for scare SORRY to the couple that I hydroplaned the other night in Leanyer. So you are aware that it was not intentional. I came around the bend at the speed limit and just hydroplaned. No control, just imminent fear, thank god you too were also on the ball. Top work mate. I am so sorry! Jack Bartlett, Leanyer Budget time ITS that time again where the chosen ones decide what will be in the Territory Budget, but will we see a public health clinic for Dundee, fitting the criteria of employment and delivering service? Will we see this project that will enhance tourism, provide safety for the public, fulfilling what government is actually there for, or will we see increased advertising and an enlarged public service as we saw with the tourism turbocharging? Will we see public health and safety or will we see an empty museum and carpark? One thing we do know is the budget will include a pay raise for the politicians and the public service who created the problems we have, dont you think? Donna Mahony, Dundee Downs Engage, listen OPEN letter to Ken Vowles. I was somewhat disappointed that you withdrew from our prearranged meeting at my property to profile the apparent success of the banana freckle program, initiated by the previous CLP government and continued by the Labor Government, an excellent example of bipartisanship. As no reason was given for your withdrawal I can only assume that you were required to meet with some more important person, who possibly doesnt even have the right to vote in NT elections. After the last disastrous government, Michael Gunner promised to engage with the people and listen to what they had to say. This promise was negated with the farcical seniors allowance review debacle and now the unwanted Barneson Blvd and Myilly Point Museum projects. If your Government is seeking to be a single-term government that may well be its most successful policy. Obviously the CLP. is not ready to govern, the Labor Party appears not to be able to govern and so the voters will need to determine where their votes will go. Given the current disillusionment, I anticipate that all sitting independents will retain their seats and a number more could fall that way if people of character and substance put their names forward. It may well be a dozen or more could be elected. Whichever party holds more seats would then have the opportunity to herd the cats and receive a guarantee not to block supply. Private members Bills would then determine how the Territory was governed. Would this be beneficial or not? I really would like to see the Government begin to engage and listen, but am I being too optimistic? Ron Wright, Howard Springs Corporate greed WHAT better example of corporate greed than Qantas CEO Alan Joyce expecting the states and territories to fork out millions of taxpayers dol lars for his new flying academy? In the next breath he joyously announced a record half-yearly profit of almost $1 billion proving that sacking staff and jacking up flight prices is how the flying kangaroo regards Australians. And governments will no doubt be falling over themselves, opening their coffers to hand over our money while, at the same time, cutting essential social services. Disgraceful. Pat Dry, Anula Give HRH real deal ON Charles visit; if its good enough for us to walk through faeces, urine and unconscious drunks and be humbugged in the CBD on a daily basis, give him the real CBD experience. Jenny Mills-Young Ant sir me this WHAT happened to Oz English? We now speak pidgin US English thanks to radio/TV journos and words we knew are now two words. Lieutenant = Loo tenant Territory = Terror Tory Demand = Dumb and Iran = Eye ran Ceremony = Sarah moany Tour = Two err Command = Come and Answer= Ant Sir There are plenty more. The Radar Tell us what you think! Letters to the editor should be kept to 250 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. The NT News reserves the right to edit letters. Responsibility is taken by the Editor. 10 YEARS AGO: Northern Territory indigenous artist Emily Kame Kngwarreye was in her 80s when she painted her first canvas. Three decades on, a selection of abstract works by the late artist is the largest collection by an Australian to exhibit internationally. 20 YEARS AGO: The NT Aboriginal Eye Health Committee will finish its Trachoma Spectacle Program this month because of federal funding cuts. The decision was made last year, well before Prime Minister John Howards recent announcement of funding for remote health. 25 YEARS AGO: Darwin artist Noel Foleys work is being exposed to some of the worlds richest collectors on board the luxury cruise liner, the QE2. ntnews.com. au/dollar More news for your buck *Conditions a pply Subscribe Now For the first 28 days* Email: ntnmail@ntnews.com.au I Text: 0428 NTNEWS I Fax: 08 8981 6045 I Letters: PO Box 1300, Darwin NT 0801 Your Sa lllllllllllll'tvoURVOICE IN THE TERRITORY 111111111111111 111 EDITORIAL NT'+News o On this day IN THE TERRITORY CONNECT WITH US ~ www.ntnews.com.au -(;) @TheNTNews Facebook.com/TheNTNews 11 111 111111 1111 111 1111 111 111 111 111 111 111 111 11111111111111111111 1111 111111111111111111111 11 111 1111111111111111 111 1111 111 1111 111 11111 111 111 111111 11 11 ~Letters .IMoFFm :JOikl"\11e: rz.e~eLLic:l~ ...

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