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The Northern Territory news Mon 15 Feb 2016



The Northern Territory news Mon 15 Feb 2016

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12 OPINION MONDAY FEBRUARY 15 2016 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Why frackings a burning issue THERE are some big issues facing the Territory. At the moment, there are few bigger than the fracking debate. The issue implores us to find a middle ground between the jobs onshore gas can provide and the environmental concerns that have been raised by activists. It has split both political parties down the centre and theres no sign of an easy fix. If there was one reason, above all others, why Willem Westra van Holthe had to resign it was this: the saga of last week was distracting from the issues we need to be talking about. He didnt owe his resignation only to his colleagues, who are running out of time to make a decent re-election push. He also owed it to the Territory to put debates about the economy and the environment back at the top of the agenda. Labor announced yesterday an undefined moratorium on fracking. You can probably look at that two ways. A Labor sympathiser will say its a compromise position. One that means the party proceeds foremost with caution, but does not rule out being able to provide onshore gas jobs sooner rather than later. Another might consider the decision a meaningless cop-out. What good is a moratorium without a deadline? It could be ended at the stroke of a pen at any moment during a Labor government. Or it could also be left in place for an extended period. It provides no certainty to either miners or environmentalists. A fair analysis is that the decision was an attempt to find a com promise, but its a soft and largely meaningless one. Above all, it shows just how difficult this debate has become. Polling conducted by Lock the Gate shows people have lingering concerns about fracking. One thing is clear: there are votes up for grabs here, on both sides of the debate. ...and another thing IT APPEARS crocs arent just in Territory waters on the ground, but high in the sky too. One Territorian was doing a bit of cloud-watching as he ate his fish and chips when he discovered the storm clouds out on the water were a bit snappier than normal. Pictures in the clouds are supposedly meant to tell us things like our subconscious dreams and warn us of danger. Perhaps this one is telling Top Enders to avoid Territory waterways for a while? Big screen umpire IS THIS the end of the cricket umpire? I have witnessed a situation while watching the NZ v Australia third one-day match where a decision has been made based on a big-screen replay and from the local crowd voicing disapproval loudly. Without the big screen replay, everyone on the ground would have continued on with the next ball. Based on this umpiring decision, I assume we will just wait for the big-screen replay to decide whether the batsman is in or out. This would, by this decision, make on-ground umpires obsolete. All that is required in future is to have the third umpire review the tape? Glenn Woodcock, Larrakeyah Hazy memories HAVING resided in Darwin for almost 50 years and having been a small contributor to your paper over this time, I thought you may be interested in a very popular practice among the local pubs/hotels in the mid 60s to Tracy. Being a young bloke then with plenty of money (well, enough) I, like the majority of gals and boys, spent lots of money and time at the local licensed establishments. I was no different from other men (and females) and after a few coldies the barmaid/men would always get more attractive as the night wore on. Of course hotel managers kept a very close eye on their staff then as there was no closed-circuit television cameras or sophisticated electronic tills or security staff etc. The publicans of that era must have had a long lunch one week and came up with the brilliant concept of having an alternative late night at their premises. An example I can well remember was the Fannie Bay Hotel (on the right at the entrance to East Point, between Bayview and Colivas), their late night was on Friday. This meant that all the other hotels closed their doors at 6pm on that day and all the staff and their customers headed for the Fannie Bay. The publican, knowing that there would be a huge crowd, would engage a local band to entertain the patrons. Of course the ace card for us single men and ladies was the opportunity to invite the favourite barmaid/man for a dance and hopefully a closer encounter much later! I think the shutters on the late-night bars went down at 11.30pm, but as I was there (but not fully aware) this could have been earlier or indeed later. A very valuable part of Darwins nightlife prior to Tracy and of course before the breathalyser. Colin Blair Gunner go slower SOMEONE please teach Michael Gunner how to talk properly. Tell him to slow down. Always seems to talk in a hurry racing towards the August election, perhaps? Pat Dry, Anula Test made easy I REFER to Cops facing drug testing (NT News, 03/02/16). For the benefit of Minister Peter Chandler, there is no need for a policy. There is no need to set aside funds for a framework and there is no need to consult with the police association. All you have to do is drug test an officer on or off the job in the same manner as any member of the public. If a police officer proves positive to a drug test then that officer should be charged with that offence and, without hesitation, instant dismissal. They are police officers, they are fully aware of the law, therefore there are no excuses. That is what the public demand. A G Piper, Winnellie Have mercy on us SOME residents of the Catalyst apartments on 6 Finniss St in Darwin must listen from Monday to Friday to the early morning sound coming from the CrossFit Health Club in front. It is still dark when the night silence is interrupted by the dropping of weights on the floor its a must wake up call. Sometimes music is played to ensure residents dont forget to wake up. Whereas all residents are required to observe silence from 2200 to 0600 hours, the gym users seem to be the exception. The metal construction of the warehouse deflects the noises rather than absorbs. It would be a lovely gesture from the gym manager to open after 0600 hours and keep the doors closed. One Catalyst Resident My own speed TO THOSE who say stick to speed limit bang it up your arses. If I want to drive 90km/h in a 100 zone I will. Why dont you catch a bus? Rod Haines, Coolalinga Without the big screen replay, everyone on the ground would have continued on with the next ball. Based on this umpiring decision, I assume we will just wait for the big-screen replay to decide whether the batsman is in or out. SEE BELOW 10 YEARS AGO: Some Territory workers risk losing their leave loadings under the Federal Governments industrial relations reforms, it was said yesterday. Public Employment Minister Chris Burns said Canberras WorkChoice Bill would override the NT Annual Leave Act. 20 YEARS AGO: The Olympic flame for the Sydney 2000 Games should enter Australia through Darwin, Chief Minister Shane Stone said yesterday. Mr Stone said he had put the idea to the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games. 25 YEARS AGO: The NT Government is moving to phase in power and water charges to all Aboriginal communities, MP Fred Finch said. Letters to the editor should be kept to 175 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 Northern Territory News reserves the right to edit letters. Responsibility is taken by the Editor, NT News, GPO Box 1300, Darwin, NT, 0801 WHAT: Street lights on Nakara Terrace and Adcock Crescent, Nakara, are not working. WHO'S RESPONSIBLE: PowerWater general manager for Power Networks John Greenwood. CONTACT: (08) 8924 5068. Do you know of something in the Territory that needs fixing? Give the Fixer a call on 8944 9750, email thefixer@ntnews.com.au or follow on Twitter @NTNTheFixer Fixed

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