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The Northern Territory news Mon 4 May 2015



The Northern Territory news Mon 4 May 2015

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32 OPINION MONDAY MAY 4 2015 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 NT in grip of ice age terror ...and another thing THERE is no doubt that ice is becoming an increasingly serious and visible problem in the Northern Territory. There is a story in todays paper about a taxi driver who was understandably shocked to see a woman openly smoking the dangerous drug at a suburban supermarket at 7.05am. I was stewing on it anyone who has had any exposure to ice knows its going to have a devastating effect on the community, he said. NT Police Deputy Commissioner Mark Payne last week told the NT News that the explosive growth of crystal meth addiction had seen the highly-addictive drug displace most other drugs from the black market. You wont see base-order amphetamines, you wont see LSD, but what you will see is ice, and ice, and more ice, he said. The justice system is flooded with addicts, dealers and cooks along with the crime that accompanies the use of such an insidious drug amid claims the NT is battling an ice epidemic. Not only does ice cause terrible social and law enforcement problems, it has also driven a rise in violence associated with the use and dealing of the drug. Six months ago, drug squad detective Superintendent Tony Fuller reported that paranoid junkies and dealers had become more determined to get their hands on guns. This is a concern for everyone in the community, not just those directly affected by drug use. What is needed is a holistic approach that targets both use and supply. Education and harm minimisation needs to go hand in hand with effective policing strategies to target this terrible drug which is causing so much harm to Territorians. EVEN the most hardened republicans had their hearts melted by the arrival of the peoples princess a sister for little Prince George. The long wait for press and public was rewarded when the Duchess of Cambridge emerged looking radiant with the littlest royal cradled in her arms. Not to be outdone by his baby sisters arrival, Prince George wooed the crowd with a cheeky wave. Puny penalties AM I the only one that gets really angry when I read in the paper or hear on the radio that some criminal man or woman got a suspended sentence? They show remorse, so they walk away with no punishment at all. Some time ago I got a parking fine. I was very remorseful, but I had to pay. I dont mind paying the fine, but I cannot see that over parking is a worse crime than some of the often rather bad crimes they get a suspended sentence for. People said they got a slap on the wrist. That is corporal punishment and against the law. Singapores got the right idea rattan to the backside may straighten them out. Tony Christensen, Shoal Bay We owe Anzacs AGAINST my better judgment I watched Q&A last Monday night. There was to be some questions about the treatment of DVA pensions and superannuation that I wanted to see. Before they got to that there was a long segment about the sacked SBS journalist, sacked because of his tweets on Anzac Day about ours and his perceptions of Anzac Day, and his personal vilification of the Anzacs and those that gather to commemorate the events. Of course the question came around to free speech and wether his sacking constituted a breach of that right. Tony Jones couldnt help himself and rather than facilitate, began to lead the discussion in defence of the journalist. Apparently, his sacking was as a result of his breach of SBSs social media policy, especially when his tweets identified him as an SBS employee. Be that as it may, the number of online comments and audience reaction to the question of Anzac Day was disappointing. It seems these people think their right to attend such an event, espouse a view diametrically opposed to others and live in freedom is purely an accident. Wrong! We live in a country with no civil wars, a long-standing democracy, the right and capacity to disagree, free and fair elections and free speech, despite what happened to Scott McIntyre. Yet it appears not enough for some, and they choose to denigrate the sacrifices of those who have gone before us. They would have been well served watching the preceding Four Corners program about the Kurdish women fighting against ISIS to gain a wider perspective on freedom. Its disappointing that it certainly seems so hard for some to accept that the way of life they have now is in part owed to those that have gone before. We have promised for a long time, Not Forget Them that is what Anzac Day is about! Peter Still, Bakewell History lesson YOUR editorial of April 25 said: Today the first Australian and New Zealand soldiers went to war. Wrong! Australian and New Zealand soldiers (and their horses) went to war together 17 years earlier. It was called the Boer War. Remember Breaker Morant? Terry Verrall, Nhulunbuy Good medicine I WOULD like to thank the United Discount Chemist at Oasis Shopping Centre Palmerston for their support and explanations of medicines and getting my scripts 100 per cent right all the time. The staff are very friendly and always willing to assist me with my inquiries. I have been going there for 12 years. I would say that they are one of the best chemists in Darwin/ Palmerston. Keep up the good work amigos and amigas. Look forward to continuing my patronage of your service. David Nicholls, Palmerston Political remedy WITH governments all over Australia unable to govern due to independents some elected, most the result of voting systems so complex that most people dont understand them I think the NT would be the ideal place to try some new rules. I think we need to stop some ratbag using a political party to vault into parliament and then become an independent. If you resign from the party you must go to a by-election and see if the voters agree. If you resign too close to an election for a by-election you are not eligible to stand in that election. If you are sacked by your party, that needs more thought. We have seen independents rule Australia, as in Oakeshott and Windsor. They did very well for their electorates but stuffed Australia. In the NT we had the situation where an independent held the balance of power. He did nothing either for the NT or his electorate. Peter Cavanagh, Howard Springs We live in a country with no civil wars, a long-standing democracy, the right and capacity to disagree, free and fair elections and free speech, despite what happened to Scott McIntyre. SEE BELOW 10 YEARS AGO: One of the mechanised army units based in Darwin is likely to be transferred to Adelaide. The move would be part of a $1.6 billion restructuring plan. 20 YEARS AGO: A Darwin radio station has launched a petition calling on the NT Government to make fencing around all swimming pools and spas compulsory. Hot 100 program manager Dave Howard said the station hoped to get up to 20,000 signatures. 25 YEARS AGO: Racing and Gaming Minister Fred Finch has ordered an assessment of the failure of London casino Aspinalls about what it means for Darwin casino Diamond Beach. 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: A broken pit lid on the corner of Omeo St and Trower Rd, Brinkin. WHO'S RESPONSIBLE: Telstra NTs Tianee Dohnt. CONTACT: 8923 0050 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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