The Northern Territory news Wed 9 Jul 2014
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32 OPINION MONDAY JUNE 9 2014 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Mighty fine lot in melting pot ...and another thing THERE can be no doubt that the Glenti Festival is one very successful event on the Darwin calendar. And what makes it even better is it helps you fully realise that the Dry really is here. Ancient Greece is regarded as the cradle of all Western civilisation and was the birthplace of democracy and helped form many aspects of modern thought. But perhaps one of its other greatest contributions, maybe its greatest, is the souvla. We jest, of course, but making light with a point, that foreign food is often the first entry point for many Australians regardless of their own background into anothers culture. And they line up for the Greek food at Glenti, but then people will sit and stay and linger over a drink and take in the singing and the dancing and the very spirit of what being Greek is. As we often hear, Darwin is one Australias most multicultural places. And Greeks have helped build the Territory into the top place it is today. The strength of the tradition of Glenti will surely in years to come be an inspiration for other, more recently arrived cultures. The Greek community were at times treated with contempt and disrespect in Australia when they first arrived in numbers after World War II. So it is grand to see that non-Greeks flocked to Glenti. And it is also great to see the dualism of having Greek pride but pride to be Australian so strongly demonstrated. For that is what multiculturalism at its best is. THE news that Australia Post is set to lay off hundreds of workers comes as no surprise. And the area that is losing money is also no surprise letter deliveries. It looks like the inexorable rise of digital communication has finally killed off the traditional art of letter-writing. It is a shame to see it go, but no part of society should be immune to change particularly changes that bring many benefits along with the drawbacks. WHAT: Streetlights on Farrar Bvd are on all day and night. WHOS 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or follow on Twitter @NTNTheFixer The jokes on us RE: MR Allan Hawkes letter to the editor June 5 about fracking inquiry. While letters to the editor are widely read, it is hardly the venue for an announcement concerning the most major mining inquiry the NT has ever seen. To the contrary, it should be announced by at least one of those half-page advertisements the Government is constantly advising of good news of government policy. The consequences of an extension of submissions to June 30 is resulting in a plethora of mining interest submissions not previously published. No report from Mr Hawke until later in the year and in the meantime mining grants free for all. The joke is on us. Roger W Miller, Farrar Heads Up at work I AM writing to let your readers know about Heads Up a new campaign beyondblue has launched to promote mentally healthy workplaces. We want business owners and leaders to place just as much importance on peoples mental health as they do on their physical health and safety. And we have a new website to help businesses to take action to improve mental health in their workplace www.headsup.org.au In a new Instinct and Rea son survey of more than 500 business owners and managers, around half (45 per cent) agreed that workplace mental health is a problem, but not a major cost to the business and almost as many (43 per cent) agreed that businesses have more important issues. I believe they may reconsider their position if they knew that a PriceWaterhouseCoopers report recently found that through absenteeism, decreased productivity and compensation claims, mental health in the workplace costs the Australian economy $10.9 billion a year. On the other hand, the good news is the PWC report also found that for every dollar spent on improving mental health in the workplace, a business reaps an average return of $2.30. In several industries, however, it can be as high as $5.70. So it follows that taking action on mental health problems (such as depression and anxiety) in the workplace is not only the right thing to do, but it makes good business sense. I am greatly encouraged that more than seven out of 10 (74 per cent) leaders surveyed recognised that mental health problems resulted in absence and lost productivity, nine out of 10 (89 per cent) agreed businesses needed support to tackle mental health issues in the workplace and almost as many (84 per cent) agreed that a campaign was needed to raise awareness in the business community. So I invite business leaders and bosses to check out our headsup.org.au website to find out what they can do to make their workplaces mental health friendly. If youre an employee, show this letter to your boss or check out the Heads Up website yourself. Mentally healthy workplaces are those that people look forward to attending, are sensitive to individuals needs, and where employees and managers are supportive of each other. Good businesses need good leaders, so I hope everyone will acknowledge that there is good evidence to show taking action to make your workplace mentally healthy makes good business sense. Georgie Harman, CEO beyondblue, VIC Shorten should go AS A unionist, Bill Shorten was a gentleman who did an outstanding job. Now he is a politician, but like the leopard he could not change his spots he is still a unionist in thought and deed. I listened to parliamentary question time and he sank to being just a parrot with a union slogan your fault, jobs, your fault, jobs. He must have repeated it two dozen times or more. This only brings the same replies. When made leader by the Labor Party I expected him to show leadership and aid the government out of the present malaise. The best thing for the country, the party, and himself, is for him to resign and go back to the union movement. Name & address withheld Burning issue ROBERT Wesly-Smiths letter re burning at the right time of year has merit as it is how it used to be done before a lot of exotic grasses were introduced into the Territory and, of course, mimosa pigra, by government scientists. Peter Cavanagh, Howard Springs PUPs need help LOST, looking for new home three PUPies. House trained; tendency to stray; previous custodians have neglected their emotional and aspirational needs. Can be loving and faithful under right conditions. Desperate, someone please help. If able to assist phone Don. AJLS, Stuart Park The good news is the PWC report also found that for every dollar spent on improving mental health in the workplace, a business reaps an average return of $2.30. In several industries, however, it can be as high as $5.70. SEE BELOW 10 YEARS AGO: When case worker Linda Carter told Chief Magistrate Hugh Bradley of the Territorys lack of a residential rehabilitation program for teenagers on drugs, he labelled the situation as a disgrace. 20 YEARS AGO: Aboriginal leader Mick Dodson yesterday called for separate indigenous parliaments in parts of the Territory. Mr Dodson said his call reflected Aboriginal dissatisfaction with both major political parties in the Territory. 25 YEARS AGO: The NT Teachers Federation has accused the Education Minister, Mr Tom Harris, of being irrational in his criticism of an Aboriginal education grant from the Federal Government. Letters to the editor should be kept to 175 words or less. Send your letters to GPO Box 1300, Darwin, 0801, or email email@example.com 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
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