The Northern Territory news Mon 17 Nov 2014
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30 OPINION MONDAY NOVEMBER 17 2014 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 When will we ever learn? ...and another thing NEVER MIND ISIS, theres a bigger threat facing Australians. And its a lot closer to home. The sad fact is youre far more likely to be killed in an attack by some drunken idiot on a night out than you are by a terrorist. One punch can kill; its a message that has been drummed into us for years and yet its still not getting through. On Saturday night we were horrified to hear of a man who was allegedly punched in the head repeatedly and swung into a metal pole in a sickening attack on Knuckey Street. He is lucky to be alive and is the Royal Darwin Hospital in a serious but stable condition. Lets hope he makes a full recovery. It comes only days after an alleged incident in Wulagi which saw another man, 28, sustain head and facial injuries after he was attacked by a 30-year-old man. All the while our community is still grieving the loss of 21 yearold Josh Hardy after he was killed in a bashing outside a McDonalds restaurant in Melbourne less than a month ago. At the time of his death Joshs uncle Shaun Hardy described a young man with big dreams. This is a young man in his prime. Its such a trivial issue at a takeaway place and all of a sudden someone is dead and wont be coming home, he said. To have his life cut short when he had all the promise in the world and with what was ahead of him is such a terrible, terrible tragedy. We can only hope that young people can learn something from such a senseless act of violence and such an unnecessary death. If only we would learn. IT appears that Territorians are getting it on without putting a condom on evidenced by the huge increase in sexually transmitted diseases reported in the Department of Healths annual report. That news is concerning. Territorians especially young Territorians need to heed the safe-sex message. Catching an STI can affect someone for the rest of their lives. Out of touch THE idea of extending the term of office for the Darwin Council is absurd. Apart from being in breach of the Local Government Act it simply highlights how out of touch the current councillors are. Did they not hear the message sent by the 4500 ratepayers in Waters ward? Are they insensitive to the sledging they receive daily in these pages? Will they allow our city get to the same situation as in Los Angeles where only 5 per cent of those eligible cast votes for the Mayor? So how do we start building a city that makes us care? A city that values its ratepayers? If we want to change how the council functions, then we really have to change the decision-making processes that have resulted in what we have now. Wayne Wood, Taifalos Headline hurtful I WRITE to protest at the headline on the front page of your paper. Worst of the Worst what is this headline really saying: that all asylum seekers from Nauru Detention Centre are somehow lacking in morality, even humanity and as such we, our government, is justified in locking them up in conditions which all reasonable people have deemed as inhumane? That your reporter is said to have quoted an unnamed source within the Wickham Point Detention Centre is equally disturbing because it confirms many peoples fears about the quality of care being provided to people seeking asylum in our country. It seems your reporter and the headline writer have forgotten Australia is a signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Refuges. Dare I say it: we need to watch how we use language. Pamela Trotman Wrong petition IT WAS interesting to read in the NT News (November 12), that Labor was going to present a petition to the CLP with a few thousand signatures from those opposed to the sale of the TIO. The inference being that all Territorians are, in fact, opposed to the sale, based on a few thousand signatures. Wouldnt Labor be better off collecting signatures from those that want the TIO sold? In this way they could present to government only a few thousand signatures from Territorians that want it sold, suggesting that the many more thousands who didnt sign the petition do not want it sold. It was also interesting to hear TIO boss Richard Hard ing provide a very compelling argument for the sale, on Mix 104.9 hosted by Labor spokesman Pete Davies. Meanwhile, Labors Natasha Fyles accuses the Government of being arrogant. And yet arrogance didnt hand over public property to union mates. I suppose Labors attempt at selling the TIO is not hypocrisy either. Its definitely the silly season. Salvatore Finocchiaro, Ludmilla Focus on fair go TO ANSWER your question Ken (NT News, November 13), yes you are out of step, along with all the rest of the neoclassical economic theory zealots who trumpet in unison, the Government should not be in business. But it should be in the business of making things fair and equitable. This is not a competitive market! Just look at petrol pricing? The only competition in this market, once TIO is sold, will be among the insurance players to see who can raise the prices the highest first. Why is it that on the one hand we have a government agency whose job is to monitor and try to keep inflation under control, and then on the other hand we have governments who indulge in deliberately inflationary measures? All that will achieve is to have more people who might be at risk to be forced to opt out of insurance. Any notion that if there were another catastrophic event in our region, that the NT Government (TIO) would be left by the rest of Australia to carry the can, is not backed up by past history. Peter Still, Bakewell Holiday havoc JETSTAR have done it again. We were on holiday in Vietnam, informed by email that our flights home on a Tuesday were cancelled, have changed, adding three days to our stay, online assistance no assistance. No offers to assist with extra costs to us, only offer is flight refund that would take up to 15 days we arranged our own flights back to Darwin. I was due back at work on a Thursday. New flights are for Friday. Has anyone else had bad Jetstar experiences? Elaine Walsh, Vietnam Meerkat not free WHAT an adorable little meerkat pictured. (Meer excitement, November 14). But how sad that she/he is condemned to a life of imprisonment, deprivation and boredom for nothing but human entertainment. Jenny Moxham, VIC This is not a competitive market! Just look at petrol pricing? The only competition in this market, once TIO is sold, will be among the insurance players to see who can raise the prices the highest first SEE BELOW 10 YEARS AGO: The head of the Territorys electricity supplier said the Power and Water corporation should be punished if homes had too many blackouts. Managing director Kim Wood supports refund or discounts for affected households or businesses. 20 YEARS AGO: Stocks in retail stores and supermarkets could be scarce over Christmas if a threatened Transport Workers Union strike goes ahead. TWU industrial officer Les Bell said the effect on fruit and vegetable stocks to Darwin would be crucial. 25 YEARS AGO: Central Australia could become one of Australias top five tourist areas, the Chief Minister Mr Marshall Perron says. The confident prediction was based on a report commissioned from tourist industry specialists Horwath and Horwath by the NT Government. 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