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The Northern Territory news Tue 6 May 2014



The Northern Territory news Tue 6 May 2014

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12 OPINION TUESDAY MAY 6 2014 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Seatbelts are not a choice ...and another thing A HORROR weekend on Northern Territory roads has seen two deaths and more still in a critical condition. Three crashes outside Darwin, Katherine and Yuendumu, two of them single-vehicle accidents, have again raised the importance of the humble seatbelt. The Darwin accident saw four out of six people thrown from the one vehicle as wreckage stretched for more than 200m along the Stuart Highway. Police said the fatalities and injuries from all three incidents resulted as they did because seatbelts were not worn. They warn that not wearing a seatbelt is fast becoming a theme with many acting complacent on the matter. We know as drivers that seatbelts save lives. It is a message hammered into us as teenagers through instruct ors and those narky parents, then noticed later as adults through advertising campaigns. But there are always some who, for one reason or another, neglect the simple task. It is made simple in many new cars, vehicles generating an excruciating beep when a seatbelt is not attached. This is not a case of breaking a habit for your own health, or a choice. It is the law to wear a seatbelt while travelling. For the families of the two men who died, and those hoping for others to make a recovery, the situation is unbearable. While there is more to what happened in each incident than just the issue of seatbelts, police accounts tell us the extent of the damage could have been much less. It is a lesson learned for all of us when tragedy strikes as it has here. CHIEF Minister Adam Giles makes a valid point when he says more Australian children in need should be adopted. There are many kids in the Territory who need our help. Last year, Mr Giles caused an uproar when he said repeatedly neglected indigenous kids could be considered for adoption. While the conversation on adoption may be difficult for some, its a conversation thats well worth having. Nothing will be achieved if we dont talk about it. WHAT: A waterless water bubbler is causing skaters at the Palmerston Skate Park to go thirsty. WHOS RESPONSIBLE: YMCA chief executive Alexia Hohipa CONTACT: 0417 285 021 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 Angels among us I have had the misfortune of requiring varied and extensive hospital services since August last year. During that time I have learnt a little secret ... angels dont just exist in heaven, they grace the wards of both the RDH and the Private hospitals, disguised as doctors, nurses and admin staff. The care and compassion I have received by these angels has been exceptional. I write to express my heartfelt thanks and immense gratitude to them all. There are too many to list individually, but I must acknowledge: The staff of A&E and ICU who work miracles every minute of the day under extremely difficult conditions. The pathology team who had the unenviable task of extracting blood, sometimes twice a day, and did so with a euphoric gotcha. The radiology team, who handled me with kid gloves. The catering staff, who tried everything to satisfy the tastebuds of this fussy Greek cook. The nurses and admin staff of the Jakana ward and palliative care. All of you assisted me with compassion, care, respect and love. Finally, the staff of NT Cardiac, in particular Dr Ilton, who provided far more than medical assistance, he gave me strength when I was weak, hope when I was concerned, and respect and comfort to the end. Those who say when in pain, get on a plane obviously havent experienced these angels, and should seriously reconsider their views. Darwin has been my home for over 75 years and I am proud of, and thankful for, the services provided by all staff. Julie Papandonakis OAM Bring Games back Jess Websters story on the demise of the Arafura Games (Games of lost glory, NT News May 3) will strike a chord with many readers. Barely months after being elected to government in August 2012, the CLP saw fit to scrap the 2013 games. The NT Government justified its decision ... by saying the Games were not good value for money and ... no longer fitted into its Asian Engagement Strategy, the story said. At the time, and a few short months after being elected, the Government was in super savings mode because of its focus on inherited debt. Austerity was at the top of the agenda. As a keen volunteer and supporter of these Games I could have accepted this pos ition but for the following reasons: Since the scrapping of the Arafuras, this Government has committed big dollars to sponsorship of sport, including several football codes together with horse and car racing. These sporting ventures are about spectator opportunity. The Arafura Games involved deep community engagement with hundreds of volunteers supporting the week long venture. While the Arafura Games came at a cost, revenue generated into the NT community by their staging far exceeded outlay. Businesses were the beneficiaries. The Arafura Games gave students in our schools the opportunity to study about participating countries beforehand, during and after the Games. Many deep friendships were established between visiting athletes and officials and NT families connecting with the Games through billeting, volunteering and so on. They were a catalyst for building relations between Territorians and overseas friends from participating countries. The Arafuras were age friendly, appealing to competitors, supporters and volunteers of all ages. The Games were heavily subsidised by the Australian Paralympic Committee which supported the games as an opportunity for athletes with disabilities to participate and gain rankings for entry into more major competitions. The Governments scrap ping of the Arafura Games while introducing or continuing endorsement and support for other sporting codes, raises equity issues. I believe the Government acted in haste when foreclosing on these biennial games. They had been a significant calendar event in our region since 1991. I am but one of many Territorians who would welcome their reinstatement. Henry Gray, Casuarina Playing with fire Ya know, if I was Joe Hockey or any of his Liberal mates, Id think twice before I messed with pensioner entitlements. Pensioners are the group who are most likely to be told they have a terminal illness and only have a short time to live. Some might be returned servicemen and women whove already been screwed out of their entitlements by major party governments. They might decide, with nothing to lose, theyll do one more service for their country. Political careers could be drastically shortened! Frank Brown, Richmond, Queensland ... angels dont just exist in heaven, they grace the wards of both the RDH and the Private hospitals, disguised as doctors, nurses and admin staff. The care and compassion I have received by these angels has been exceptional. SEE BELOW 10 YEARS AGO: The 132-year-old Alice Springs Telegraph Station has been declared a heritage site. The reserve was established in 1872 to relay messages on the overland telegraph line between Darwin and Adelaide and marks the site of the first European settlement in Alice Springs. 20 YEARS AGO: Electricity prices in the Territory would not increase this century, the NT Government said yesterday. Power and Water Authority Minister Daryl Manzie said PAWA savings and efficiencies in the past had allowed the Government to announce the price freeze. 25 YEARS AGO: Territory businesses have been urged to throw their support behind programs to end homelessness. Human Rights Commission secretary Chris Sidoti said homelessness could no longer be considered solely a Government responsibility. 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

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