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The Northern Territory news Fri 22 May 2015



The Northern Territory news Fri 22 May 2015

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44 OPINION FRIDAY MAY 22 2015 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Docs facing a vicious cycle ...and another thing THE NT News was shocked somewhat amused, but mostly shocked to learn visiting specialist doctors to Alice Springs are only offered a bike to use on their days off. Bizarrely they are denied the use of one of the 3500 NT Health Department cars to explore the sights or pick up a bit of bread and milk from the shops. Is it any wonder we fight an uphill battle attracting them to the region? Specialists and registrars are often brought into Alice Springs from interstate and use the town as a hub between community visits, but attracting them has long been a challenge for remote health services. As far as outback towns go, Alice Springs is second to none so why wouldnt we be encouraging visitors to the town to get out and about in the community, explore and make connections? The department says its because it likes to encourage healthy pursuits for doctors. While theres no doubt a trusty metal steed is a great way to keep fit, unless youre Cadel Evans its hardly going to convey you for a weekend trip to Uluru. AMA NT president Dr Robert Parker said it was pretty standard practice for other states and territories to let doctors use cars for personal use. I would think if they (doctors) are looking at their emails and see in Queensland they are given a car and in the Territory they get a bike, I know where Id be going, he said. The AMA is very happy the department is encouraging healthy transport options for visiting medical staff, but it doesnt appear consistent with conditions in other states. Only in the Territory right? THERE are a lot of things that signify the start of the Dry. Some reckon it starts on May 1. Others when they see dragon flies. Or when the overnight temperature drops. Or when the backpackers start rolling in. We reckon this coming weekend proves its here. Theres so much to do. And it doesnt matter whether BASSINTHEGRASS or Garrmalang is more your speed. Get out and be part of our amazing Territory! Doggone lucky AUSTRALIA doesnt have a good record of consideration to animals, so Johnny Depps little dogs were lucky he was rich enough to save them. In World War II my dad, who was on leave, told us of a little dog in Egypt he called Horrie. This dog attached itself to an Aussie unit stationed there. It saved many lives as it would warn them of any danger about. When they were to be demobbed they were told, kill it or abandon it. They couldnt do it. They taught Horrie to hun ker down at the bottom of a kit bag while it was checked, so they could get him into Victoria. He learned how to do it and made it through. He was taken to a property outside Geelong, where he lived happily for five years until some stickybeak told the authorities. They came out and shot him. Another little dog discovered on the same boat on the way home was seized and thrown alive into the sea. No matter how much Mr Depp is fined, he and his little dogs are so very lucky. Shirley Marcon, Virginia Promising idea I BELIEVE our community should be slow in rushing to judge the prisoner for a job program. As alluded to in Sentenced to work, but free to wander (NT News, May 9), there will be some glitches in the management and administration of this program. But shortcomings are sure to be recognised and procedures tightened. In a territory with extraordinarily high incarceration rates, this program is one that recognises the capacity of prisoners to be rehabilitated and acquire skills through work, while at the same time contributing to the NT economy. Any program which adds feelings of worth and purpose for those trusted to contribute in the workplace should be persevered with, not curtailed. I know from experience many of those released to work during the day are making valuable contributions to small businesses. This is particularly the case in more remote towns. Persons in the program have a chance to earn wages, which are held in trust against their parole or release. A percentage of earnings is deducted to pay for the costs of their imprisonment, reducing costs of confinement otherwise carried by the taxpayer. I applaud the Government for having developed and introduced this scheme. Employers who are prepared to trust low-risk prisoners also deserve plaudits. Rehabilitation and upskilling of those who have offended against the law are prime aims of this program. If they graduate from the scheme ready to add value to our economy, the initiative will be confirmed as investing positively in people and the Territory. Henry Gray, Leanyer Jolly good bellow DURING the late 1970s there was an electric car horn tuned to sound like a cow bellowing. Cattle, being inquisitive, would go towards the sound to find out what caused the cow to bellow. These horns were invaluable when rounding up wild scrub cattle. If theyre still in production one of them would help to round up the remaining cattle from the recent road accident at Tiger Brennan Drive and Wishart Rd. Name & address withheld Its a no-brainer WHY does the NT Government think it knows more or can get more information than the medical profession, Family Planning and all other experts who say, Join the rest of Australia and allow the use of RU486 that is taken orally and used as an alternative to surgical abortion? It has proven to be much safer and convenient. Women can then have the choice to plan a family when it is safer, more convenient or more responsible. It is often too hard for women outside the Darwin area to get to Royal Darwin Hospital, and they just end up having a child when it was not the best choice. We do not need more inquiries and years of time wasted making this no-brainer decision. Every state has had them and made the informed decision to go with it. Carol Phayer, Independent Candidate for Port Darwin Cattle cruelty AUSTRALIAN cattle continue to be mistreated when exported abroad. Stuff live export and the third world nations that treat them like crap. Slaughter them in Australia humanely or else. Its time the unaccountable cattle industry was reined in. Conform or lose your land and livestock to those who will. Sean Robert Meaney, Darwin In a territory with extraordinarily high incarceration rates, this program is one that recognises the capacity of prisoners to be rehabilitated and acquire skills through work, while at the same time contributing to the NT economy. SEE BELOW 10 YEARS AGO: A former Territory policeman has unearthed the worlds biggest and most valuable opal. Clint McNamee, 41, found the precious gemstone, valued about $1.5 million, while bulldozing at an opal-mining field in Central Australia. 20 YEARS AGO: Top End hotels and clubs have joined a campaign to combat binge drinking. The liquor industry has also adopted a new code of conduct that bans binge-drinking promotion. 25 YEARS AGO: The Northern Territory will lose $370 million in housing funds over the next 10 years. The Housing Minister, Mr Manzie, said this morning it would be a devastating blow to the NT public housing program. 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 out on the corner of Rothdale Rd and Trower Rd, Moil. WHO'S RESPONSIBLE: PowerWater general manager for Power Networks John Greenwood. CONTACT: 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

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