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Sunday Territorian 31 Jul 2016



Sunday Territorian 31 Jul 2016


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SUNDAY JULY 31 2016 NEWS 03 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Former national security adviser to prime ministers Tony Abbott and John Howard, Andrew Shearer, said the delay was a bad look. It reflects badly on both sides that implementation has stalled, and its important that both governments focus on the long-term benefits of the US marine rotations, particularly in light of the rising maritime tensions in the region, he said. At a time when the future of alliances is being openly questioned in Washington, Australia and the US should redouble their efforts to reach agreement on cost-sharing. Senior fellow at the Australian National Universitys Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, John Blaxland, said neither nation wanted to concede any ground. Australia has politically gone as far as it feels it can and they really feel this is some thing the US can pony up on, he said. Mr Blaxland said the dispute wouldnt threaten the strength of the alliance and that Australia was within its rights to try to wring what it could from the deal. Im all for the American alliance, too, but I dont think its at all inappropriate for Australian government ministers and officials to be driving a very hard bargain, he said. This is something weve learnt from the US. They drive a hard bargain. The US status-of-forces agreements with its allies all tend to take a similar shape, with the host nation covering the whole cost of basing US forces. But some question why that applies in Australia, which has a vastly different history with the US than other allies such as Japan or Korea. Deal fails on who pays Which country will fork out for US Marines in DarwinDEFENCE experts say Aus-tralia and the United States need to get on with it and hammer out the final details of the cost-sharing arrangement which will see the full complement of Marines stationed in the Top End. US President Barack Obama announced the plan for Darwin to host rotations of 2500 Marines five years ago. But the deal has been held up as the two countries squabble over who will fork out for costs associated with the rotation, including upgrades to Robertson Barracks. A report from the US State Departments independent International Security Advisory Board acknowledged the weaknesses of the approach. The defect in the template model is that it ignores the awkward reality that in negotiations, it is sometimes necessary to consider the views of the other party, the report read. When the template is proposed to a host country, that nations negotiators regularly raise sovereignty and other objections in part due to its extremely broad scope and the absence of reciprocity. Pure love ... across the generations A lot has been said about the power of children to bring healing to our elderly citizens, particularly those suffering from Dementia. And last week Nightcliff Family Centre helped bring a little more joy to the lives of residential care elders by opening its doors to a morning of childs play. Something that brought 81-year-old Southern Cross Care resident Judith Wells to tears as she spent the morning chatting to threeyear-old Bonita Benes. These children make me feel so special and cherished, an emotional Ms Wells said. This is everything to me. Darwin carer Robyn Thorpe said interaction with children for those in the early-to-late stages of Alzheimers had been a proven and powerful form of therapy. For Judith it brought back many memories for her ... the way she opened up and her smile ... it is just so meaningful. Centre Director Rennae Griffith said the benefit to children - many whose own grandparents lived interstate - was equally significant. MARIA BILLIAS Little Bonita Benes and Judith Wells, 81 from Southern Cross Care, share precious time together at the Nightcliff Family Centre Picture: HELEN ORR DR ELEPHANT 3PM TODAY @ HOWARD SPRINGS TAVERN!