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38 NT NEWS. Friday, July 12, 2013. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 1 2 -J U L -2 0 1 3 P A G E : 3 8 C O L O R : C M Y K On this day IN THE TERRITORY 10 YEARSAGO: The Governmentwas yesterday accused of staging the start ofwork on the proposed Stokes Hill Wharf tourism precinct by Opposition Leader Denis Burke. 20 YEARSAGO: The South Australian ALP state conference has voted to make a futuremerger of the SA and theNT a party platform, amove opposed by the NTs Labor Opposition. 25 YEARSAGO: Despite tourism industry complaints that numbers are down, the twomajor domestic airlines are struggling to find enough seats in and out of the NT. Letters to the editor should be kept to 175 words or less. Send your letters toGPOBox 1300, Darwin, 0801, or email firstname.lastname@example.org 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, NTNews, GPOBox 1300, Darwin, NT, 0801 FRIDAY, JULY 12, 2013 In defence of good sense AREwe living in BizarroWorld? Territorians could be forgiven forwondering just thatwhen presentedwith the news that Defencetrained firefighters stationed at three Darwin bases are not allowed to fight fires. Its not that they are under-qualified. Defence firefighters are trained in full structural firefighting; aviation crash rescue; hazardous material handling; road accident rescue; personnel rescue, including confined space; rescue from heights; bushfire fighting; and chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defence. And its not that Defence hasnt demonstrated the capability to respond to its own fire alarms. For example, at RAAF Base Tindal in Katherine, RAAF firefighters are responsible for providing firefighting operations and responses 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. However, when there is a fire on base in Darwin, base personnelmust call the NT Police Fire and Emergency Services to respond. This is the case even if it is only a smoke alarm that has been activated. Surely common sense should come into play here. There is no question that the NTPFES do a great job but in this situation they shouldnt have to. Not only dowe have highly trained andmotivated Defence staff standing idly bywhile civilians respond to emergencies, we are also using civilian resources that could be better deployed elsewhere. ... and another thing THE Territorys greatest musical export, Jessica Mauboy, will be coming to Darwin as part of her new Australian tour. Our Jess has come a longway. To her credit, she has never forgotten where she came from you can take the girl out of the Territory, but you cant take the Territory out of the girl. Letters With any new system in place clubs need all the time possible to organise the coming season. SEE LETTER BELOW TIME FORDEVELOPERS TOOPENTHEIR EYES APART from the fact that a good proportion of residents in the Nightcliff area are not in favour of the DCC proposal to erect a cafe in the Nightcliff pool area, I can only marvel at the foolishness of the whole proposal. If the parcel of land destined for this construction were to be offered for sale as a potential home site, Im sure any buyer worth their salt would investigate the long-term potential and decline to buy, knowing that natural erosion of the cliff face is an unavoidable fact and will eventually be its literal downfall. All of this would appear to be a continuation of local developers blindspots judging by all the building in known storm surge areas around the city. If a category 5 cyclone should arrive on an 8m tide, many of these buildings will not just get wet feet, they will lose their foundations. FranWickes, Nightcliff POLITICIANSNEEDTO SORTOUTPAYMESS FROM time to time, leaders of both major parties announce a shake-up of our complex taxation system, when it is convenient for them to do so. They want to make things better for all taxpayers what a great idea! But far better if they tidied the mess in their own backyard first, by not rewarding themselves greedily from the public purse. Take, for example, our current King Campbell Newman of Queensland, who made the unions furious when he gave himself and his cabinet whacking pay rises, yet de nied other public servants a modest request. Even the intervention of Tony Abbott did not stop a loophole in the rules which gave Queensland parliamentarians a magic windfall which they obviously didnt deserve, and they knew it! Any premier worth his salt would have rejected this as a mark of sincerity and fairness, but he chose not to do so, and now earns as much as US President Obama! Shame on you Mr Newman for not setting a good example! So, the message for Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott is please do something about correcting the anomalies in the remuneration of politicians at all levels. This is far more important than taxation reform! Les Fern, FannieBay SLOWDOWNBEFORE SOMEBODY ISKILLED TWICE have I nearly been killed at the pedestrian crossing in front of Kmart that leads up to the ANZ Bank. Im nearly 80 years old and had already stepped on to the crossing when a car flashed past me. In the interest of safety I suggest that a speed bump be installed before the crossing so that vehicles are forced to slow down to about 10 km/h. KWallace, Anula SYSTEMSEES CLUBS DRAWSHORTSTRAW AS a long-term sponsor of the NTFL I feel that the AFLNT Football Department is treating NTFL clubs with a degree of contempt. Having bulldozed the new points system and eight Redtail trial games through the AFLNT Board, the Football Department promptly takes off on leave. With any new system in place clubs need all the time possible to organise the coming season. It is now only 11-12 weeks to the start of the new season and no draft draw has been issued. After monumental draw stuff-ups last year with the Redtails playing pretend games, you would think they would learn. But no, it doesnt matter about the clubs or what efforts it costs them in terms of fiscal and volunteer resources. Some clubs have more than 10 teams to organise each week. They will do as they are told. It does not matter when all grades get their draw! Especially those who owe the AFLNT money or have some financial issues themselves (perhaps the real reason for points system?). There are and will continue to be areas of the points system that require clarification. An example of this is where a local player has been granted a full clearance with payment made prior to the introduction of the new system. AFLNT in its wisdom deems that player to be worth three points, where it should be zero. One could only hope the AFLNT uses common sense in some of its decisions but that seems highly unlikely given the current attitude. Club Sponsor,Marrara BEERCANREGATTAS SUPPOSEDTOBEFUN I WENT in the beer can regatta on Sunday with a boat actually made out of cans. We didnt win anything, but we had so much fun with our crew and the other crews that the day was a massive success. Bonnie and Clyde deserve their trophy. They put in effort, and even though their boat was not all made of cans, the judges let them in, and us real boats couldnt give two flying ducks that they finished first the spirit of the festival is meant to be light-hearted, and all those misery guts out there complaining should remember that. Good on the boys and girls of Bonnie and Clyde. Hope they get to hold their trophy high. Next year we are going to beat them anyway, with a real beer can boat! So let them have this one I say. Jenna, FannieBay BARKINGMAD IDEA WORKSLIKEACHARM OUR southerner visiting sister and family, who are housesitting a Wulagi residence, awoke in the small hours of cracker night to find three unknown persons trying to get in the gate. Started BARKING at them from the bedroom window to frighten them off . . . and it worked! MelanieHolwell The Fixer WHAT: Therewere once bins at this bus stop on the Stuart Highway, Winnellie. Not anymore. A business owner has now put bins there to stop people littering. WHOSRESPONSIBLE: Transport departments LesleyMajor. CONTACT:8924 7287 DOYOUknowof something in theTerritory that needs fixing?GiveThe Fixer a call on8944 9750, email email@example.com followonTwitter @NTNTheFixer Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Text: 0428 NTNEWS Fax: 08 8981 6045 Letters: PO Box 1300, Darwin NT 0801 VOTE LAST WEEKS VOTE Your Say Should taxi drivers be allowed to record passengers conversations? Should hoons have their car confiscated permanently? To cast your vote go to www.ntnews.com.au Yes 64% No 36%