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The Northern Territory news Sat 3 Jan 2015



The Northern Territory news Sat 3 Jan 2015

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18 OPINION SATURDAY JANUARY 3 2015 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Hit and run just plain cowardice ...and another thing THERE have been five hit-and-run car crashes in the NT in the past eight weeks and it rightly has Territory police aghast. The spike is disturbing, but difficult to explain unless you conclude that the sorts of people who drive in such a negligent manner are also the sorts of cowards who would flee the scene. And there is no other word for them. Cowards. What must go through the mind of someone involved in a crash? For some people it might be concern for the potentially injured. For others it is clearly self-preservation. But selfishness comes with a catch. Firstly, when they inevitably get caught, drivers who bolt from the scene of an accident face tougher penalties. Then theres the emotional penalty, having to live with the fact youve caused serious injury or death to someone but chosen to save yourself. But that pales in comparison with the emotional penalty paid by injured victims and grieving family members. A 19-year-old man is now fighting for his life. Wed only be guessing to suggest he might have had a better chance if the driver had stopped. But that is certainly a definite possibility. Earlier this year, the NT Government toughened the laws to require drivers to report crashes and assist police with inquiries. This is a useful tool, but we think harsher penalties should be put forward. In fact, there arent many penalties we would consider too harsh for fleeing the scene of a crash and leaving someone lying there critically injured. For now, we hope the young bloke injured pulls through. And we hope the NT police have success in tracking down who ever hit him and left him for dead. WHILE its good to hear that we are unlikely to get a massive cyclone this year, theres still absolutely no excuse not to be prepared for the worst. Get a kit together, make a plan and dont get caught out. And while were talking about the weather, how good is this rain? The build-up had, quite frankly, become ridiculous. Great to have some relief. But we suspect it will only be a matter of days before Territorians start whingeing about how dreary it is. WHAT: A speed sign on Thorngate Rd in Holtze has fallen victim to gravity. WHO'S RESPONSIBLE: Litchfield Mayor Allan McKay. CONTACT: 0409 940 108 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 Lessons forgotten FORTY years since Cyclone Tracy. Boyo, have we learned a lot. Not. 1) No buildings were to be built over three storeys high. 2) Cyclone shelters were to be obviously and plentifully available, with emergency facilities to be readily available also. 3) Darwin was to be primarily a military town, as we are considered to be the gateway to the East. 4) Government of the people, for the people by the people. As in consultations. Chyilpie, Darwin Hitting the spot I CHECKED this morning and Im freckle-clean. I am usually happy but can be mean when told by inspectors, and men at that, that Im not freckle-clean and thats that. Theyre just little men trying to be big with their bananas and freckles, thats their gig. But Im going to keep eating my bananas so good. They wont stop me now but they would if they could. Frisky Fanny the Freckle Free Feral Female Brace for impact TERRITORIANS are treated like second-rate citizens. The CLP just does not learn. Remember what happened to Denis Burke! The voters made sure that there were only enough members to have their meetings in a restroom. Its going to happen again to Giles or should we call him Piles as he is full of crap. He has sold us out to a company that is ruthless. Our money doesnt stay here, it goes back to the fatherland (Germany). I have and I know of many people who have had bad dealings with Allianz. Steve Sunk Left in the dark INFORMATION is the currency of democracy! So, Mr Giles, why is it in a survey of voters in Coolalinga, Northlakes, Casuarina, Nightcliff and the Mall, 42 per cent of the respondents had not even heard of fracking, despite 90 per cent of the Territory being under mining applications for unconventional hydraulic fracturing?! This is a Government that claims to really care about what people think. If it is serious about public consultation it should be shamed by this level of public ignorance of such a major issue with the potential to transform the NT. Territory voters deserve to be informed so that they can make a decision based on accurate, independent analysis (77 per cent of interviewees declared fracking would be a factor in determining their vote). Chief Minister Giles, we call on you to show responsible leadership and inform the electorate. We need to know the facts! Louise Becker, Bees Creek The CLP just does not learn. Remember what happened to Denis Burke! The voters made sure that there were only enough members to have their meetings in a restroom. SEE BELOW 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 10 YEARS AGO: The maximum heights of buildings at Darwins $1 billion waterfront development were lowered yesterday. The old heights were 34.1m to 36.5m and they have been cut to 22m and 27.5m. The height of the buildings will follow the flow of the escarpment. 20 YEARS AGO: Acting Chief Minister Shane Stone hit out at China yesterday over the number of boat people leaving for Australia. Mr Stone said China had accepted the people who were now leaving the country as refugees from Indo-China. 25 YEARS AGO: A new mosquito-borne disease has been discovered in the Territory. The Barmah Forest virus was discovered by the Health Department and Department of Primary Production in mosquitoes taken from Leanyer Swamp.

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