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08 NEWS FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 1 2017 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Aspiring writers awarded Young Territory Author Award winners Cameron Jackson and Jessica Phelan Picture: JUSTIN KENNEDY Equality survey panned T E R R I T O R I A N S o v e r whelmingly think the Federal Governments $122 million same-sex marriage postal plebiscite is a waste of money. Only 27 per cent of respondents to the poll, commissioned by the NT News and conducted by MediaReach, said they believed the Coalitions voluntary survey was the right thing to do, while 64 per cent said it was the wrong thing to do. The rest said they didnt know or thought it was neither good nor bad. The survey follows an online poll conducted by the NT News in which 74 per cent of respondents said they supported same-sex marriage. NT Labor Senator Malarndirri McCarthy said the survey result reflected community concern. The Australian Labor Party said from the outset, the way to really work on same sex marriage debate was to work on the floor of Parliament and have a free vote. The decision by Malcolm Turnbull has always been a great concern for us and while we dont move away from that, we do want to make the best of a very bad idea and do want people to support the yes vote, she said. The Australian Bureau of Statistics recently announced options for those living in remote indigenous communities without access to post. Those with access to phone or internet services can take part in the paperless vote by requesting a secure access code from the ABS. That code can then be used to take part in an automated phone survey or online vote. In other circumstances, forms will be sent to the nearest mail centre, or can be picked up from ABS officers in yet to be determined locations. CHILDREN and teens with a passion for storytelling have been recognised as part of the 2017 Young Territory Author Awards held yesterday in Darwin. Jessica Phelan, of Katherine, took out the Young Territory Author of the Year award with her story titled The Guardian. It was originally a poem about symbolism, so the teddy in the story is a symbol for protection and safety, she said. The 18-year-old said she was thrilled to find out she was the winner. It was very surprising but Im so excited that all of my hard work finally paid off, she said. As part of her prize, Miss Phelan will take home $500 which she plans to put towards studying creative writing at university. Regional winner from Palmerston Cameron Jackson said he was shocked when he found out his story The Owl, the Key, the Map and the Room took out first prize. His mother Anitra Jackson said she was extremely proud of her son, who has dyslexia. Its a huge achievement for him. Hes done an amazing job and although it was challenging at times, it just shows that perseverance pays off. CARER FRIENDLY BUSINESS AWARDS 2017 Recognising outstanding service that has made an impact on you and made a difference to your caring role. Are you a carer who has experienced amazing customer service this year? Or maybe your employer demonstrates an understanding of your needs as a carer? Say thank you to a business or individual who has gone above and beyond for carers. Nominations Now Open 1800 242 636 | firstname.lastname@example.org www.carersnt.asn.au Nominations close 8 September ISOLATED CHILDREN'S PARENTS' ASSOCIATION Recently I attended the 46th Annual ICPA Aust - Isolated Children's Parents' Association Conference which was held in Alice Springs this year. It is a great event with delegates travelling from across Australia to debate issues of importance to the education of our kids in the bush. Delegates are motivated, knowledgeable and driven by a desire to get the best for the bush. The ICPA is a voluntary, non-profit, apolitical parent body dedicated to ensuring that all rural and remote students have equity of access to a continuing and appropriate education. It encompasses the education of children from early childhood through to tertiary. Children may be educated in small rural schools, by distance education, attend boarding schools or school term hostels and sometimes have access to early child-hood services. Tertiary students whose family home is in rural and remote Australia frequently must live away from home to access further education The Association, established in 1971, has over 2,500 members, residing in the more remote parts of Australia, who all share a common concern of gaining access to education for their children and the provision of services required to achieve this. ICPA seeks to have all elements of education cultural, experiences, social contacts, participation in sport and other enriching activities available for all children regardless of their home location. CONNECT WITH WARREN Follow me on social media, connect with me through the website or contact me via the electorate office. Advertisement ConneCt with warren Follow me on social media, connect with me through the website or contact me via the electorate office. @snowdonmp @manwiththemo www.warrensnowdon.com 1300 301 725 WARREN SNOWDON MP Federal Member for Lingiari