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The Northern Territory news Fri 1 Sep 2017



The Northern Territory news Fri 1 Sep 2017

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28 OPINION FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 1 2017 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 BDRs return is worth the wait TODAY the Banned Drinker Register returns, so please be patient and expect delays buying your favourite beer and spirits over the weekend as the kinks are worked out. Its going to be an inconvenience, especially for those of us who enjoy grabbing a quick six-pack or bottle of wine on the way home from work. And it doesnt matter how well we know our local sommelier, were going to have to get used to presenting our IDs. But anyone whos witnessed the death, damage and destruction wrought on the community by dangerous drunks will understand that something needs to be done and if this works, it deserves our applause. And if playing our part means being patient in line at the liquor shops, we can do that. The Government does not appear to be playing any games with the register either. As of today, individuals will be placed on the BDR if they receive two low-range drink driving offences in three years, if they are the defendant in an alcohol-related domestic violence order, have a court ordered alcohol prohibition order, receive three alcohol-related infringements in two years or referred by a doctor, nurse, child care worker or family member. The Government has pledged to review the policy after 12 months. We hope there is some evidence that shows it has in fact had a positive impact and helped keep the community safer. According to a recent NT News poll, nearly 70 per cent of Territorians are on board with the reintroduction of the BDR that was scrapped by the CLP in 2013. Lets all play our part to ensure its effectiveness. And if that means waiting in line a little longer, thats really not all that much effort for something that could make a big difference to our community. ...and another thing In the great Australian cinematic masterpiece The Castle, Darryl Kerrigan utters his famous catchphrase, Hows the serenity? The Kerrigans were recharging their batteries at Lake Bonnie Doon in regional Victoria, which a new study has revealed is far less rejuvenating a holiday destination than the Northern Territory. Perhaps its the sunsets which makes the Territory so great, or perhaps its the spectacular scenery. Then again, maybe its just the vibe of the place. Flood flaws I UNSUCCESSFULLY stood for council, aggravated by the unlimited public liability for stormwater mitigation and failure in the rule of law on development approvals, with the platform of better stormwater management. From my talking with the department of infrastructure, the EPA and the airport authority and the council there is a poor perception of the role of retained vegetation and soil in flood mitigation and quality of life. Misconceptions like its okay to pave everything because for the really big rainfall events the ground is saturated anyway; and council approvals include a developers contribution for stormwater system upgrade. Whats not understood is the effect of channelising, paving and roofing on the speed of runoff, how this reduces the time it takes for the whole catchment to contribute to the flood event, the increased flood peak with the same amount of peak runoff exiting in less time, and the lack of design for pollution control. Also, whats not accounted for is the effect of a changing rainfall environment on increased failure risk of engineering design options that were based on historical rainfall records. In our expensive government system the EPA, Department of Infrastructure, Council and Development Consent avoid owning stormwater as an issue and designing to limit the liability to the public. We are picking up the cost of flood mitigation in Rapid Creek to save six houses from flood inundation. This is a poor political decision in my opinion, but I would wear it if there was a clear resolve to make land owners and developers responsible for storm water from their land or development. It isnt, fundamentally, a research job. This is a practical technical job using established design principles and techniques that replace hard surfaces and pipe connections with water infiltration, retention, transpiration and natural filtration. Instead of a compromised and expensive development and environmental approval process driven by Greek builders bearing gifts, we need professionalism in governance and good environmental design. The change would make Darwin a better place to live in many ways. Ian Hollingsworth, Nakara Change the date BILLY Moir (NT News, August 30, 2017) asks for opponents to keeping January 26 as Australia Day to research facts to support their opinion. Little research is required to establish that the Terra Nullius concept was overturned by the Mabo decision. Consequently the arrival of the first fleet constituted an invasion of a country which was already occupied. When Cook arrived, the inhabitants they decimated, and whose weapons were vastly inferior to those of the invaders, were far from overjoyed at the arrival of these colonisers. England was invaded time and again, the major difference, in relation to Australia, being that there was a less significant difference in cultures, making inter-racial marriage and assimilation easier. So for the first people of what we call Australia, memories of the landing of the first fleet are not pleasant ones. Anne Twomey, a prominent constitutional lawyer, writes: After years of negotiations the constitutional links between Australia and Britain were finally broken, not by a referendum but by legislation passed by the State, Commonwealth and British parliaments. On March 3, 1986, these acts, the Australia Acts, came into force. They state that the British government is no longer responsible for the government of any state and that the Westminster Parliament can no longer legislate for Australia. Most important, they transferred into Australian hands full control of all Australias constitutional documents. So March 3, 1986, is the day Australia achieved complete independence from Britain. Happy Australian Independence Day. There is your alternative. Rosemary Jacob, Fannie Bay Try blockade IT seems to me that there is a better way than sanctions. I have tweeted this to President Trump. Namely because sanctions mainly hurt the people. In my view, this is what should be done ... The US, China, and neighbours/allies should blockade North Korea, primarily to prevent the import of weapons and nuclear materials. And they should take the necessary steps to shoot down North Korean missiles as soon as viable after they are launched. Roman R, Darwin Letters to the editor should be 250 words or fewer. 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: A Territory teenager has been recognised nationally as a fun and fearless female. Michelle Murphy, 17, is one of five Australian women competing for the Cosmopolitan magazine Fun Fearless Female Award. 20 YEARS AGO: A Darwin punter won $6000 on the Territory election but he had to outlay $100,000. Despite being a safe bet, Fannie businessman Nick Bjelict sweated it out before he finally had his investment and winning firmly in his pocket. 25 YEARS AGO: A rare clay beer bottle probably belonging to an explorer in the 1860s has been uncovered in virgin scrub in a remote part of the Top End. The bottle is one of only 10 known in Australia and has a conservative value of $2000. Join our Let's Make the Territory Greater campaign and email your ideas to news@ntnews.com.au and put "Let's Make the Territory Greater" in the subject line. We'll take your ideas to councils as well as the Territory and federal governments. 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