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The Northern Territory news Fri 14 Dec 2012



The Northern Territory news Fri 14 Dec 2012

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36 NT NEWS. Friday, December 14, 2012. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 1 4 -D E C -2 0 1 2 P A G E : 3 6 C O L O R : C M Y K On this day IN THE TERRITORY 10 YEARSAGO: The Alice Springs to Darwin railway line between Tennant Creek and Katherinewas completed thisweek,marking the halfway point of track laying. 20 YEARSAGO: NT Government and business representatives expect an increase in trade betweenAustralia and Eastern Indonesia following two major breakthroughs lastweek. 25 YEARSAGO: Darwin could face a black Christmas, the Electrical Trades Unionwarned. Thiswas after 60 striking Power andWater staff returned towork. Letters to the editor should be kept to 175 words or less. Send your letters toGPOBox 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, NTNews, GPOBox 1300, Darwin, NT, 0801 FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2012 Dont evict democracy THE last time anybody looked, Australia was still a democractic country. Someone needs to remind Donna Ellice of this joyous reality. Her decision to evict her lodger because hemocked the CLP on his own Facebook page is outrageous. It is indicative of the intolerant political climate in the Territory nowadays. Ms Ellice is amember of the CLP andworks in Parliament House as Chief Minister TerryMills mediamonitoringmanager. She says thismeans her unnamed lodger has no right tomake negative comments about my boss andmy political party even on his personal Facebook page. Oh, yes it does. All Australians have the right to saywhat they like within the bounds of certain laws framed to protect people from such things as defamation and racial abuse. Indeed, criticism of politicians is healthy and necessary; it allows voters to let off steam and gives politicians food for thought. WhatMs Ellice and her supporters need to understand is thatmost Territorians certainly those living in towns are deeply unhappywith the newNTGovernment. And the lodger is doing nothingmore than reflecting that discontent. Ms Ellice shouldnt be blaming the bloke paying the rent: she should be blaming her boss. ... and another thing THE record number of inmates in Territory prisons proves at least one thing: The NT judicial system is not soft on crime quite the opposite. An alternative to sending non-violent offenders to jail must be found, otherwise the new prison will be full on the day it opens. Letters Sadly, the party is over and it is time to go home and deal with the hangover. SEE LETTER BELOW $20TOGET IN THE QUEUE FORNEWCARD MY partner is 82 years old and has no drivers licence or passport. As a result she has an 18+ card for ID for travel, banks, post parcels etc. This card is issued by the MVR at no charge for pensioners. However, to renew it later this year she will have to pay a $20 queue fee. Ron,Woodroffe PARTYSOVERFOR WASTEFULSPENDERS I PREFACE my comments with the statement that I do not support, nor am I affiliated with, any political party in the NT. There is no doubt the spending cuts and price increases tabled by the new NT Government will hurt Territorians, and that for many it will be a very painful adjustment process. Unfortunately, it is unlikely the CLP had any other choice but to take this course of action, and it is worth noting they are not alone. Governments domestically and worldwide are having to face up to the fact that the financial path they were on was not sustainable. The NT Government is now also having to face this fact. Whether the adjustment process happens now or later is largely irrelevant; it has to happen and it will hurt. Sure, it is worth debating what services/departments are cut and from where additional government revenue should be sourced to maintain some level of fairness and equity. But the main contributor to the current malaise we find ourselves in is the easy monetary conditions we have had now for 20-odd years. Easy access to money and poor spending decisions by individuals and governments have led us to where we are now. Sadly, the party is over and it is time to go home and deal with the hangover. JamieWilson, Stuart Park ANEWWORD ISNOT NEEDEDFORMARRIAGE I WRITE in reference to Marriage not right name for a gay union, (Soapbox, Letters to the Editor, NT News, December 12). The person who wrote that letter said homosexual people should not be allowed to marry and that their relationships should be made official under another name. I applaud your correspondents willingness to allow that homosexual peoples relationships may be formalised in some manner, but I wonder why there needs to be a separate term for it. Surely a civil partnership or a covenant relationship, or whatever it would be called, would be, for all intents and purposes, precisely the same as a traditional marriage, with the same purpose and the same rights and privileges appended to it. If this is the case, why is there a need to call it something else just because the two partners in the relationship are of the same sex? In my opinion, such a differentiation implies their re lationship is less than that of a heterosexual couple. This, in turn, implies homosexual people are less than heterosexual people, an implication that may result in homophobia, hate crime and discrimination. The purpose of and roles within traditional marriage have changed many times throughout history, as even the most cursory reading of any number of historical texts, including the Bible, will tell you. Extending the right to marry to homosexual couples would be just another change, which can only strengthen the institution of marriage itself. Kathleen, Tiwi KEENFORPHOTOSOF LEMONSHARKCATCH MY 14-year-old son Ben and his mate Lucky Luka were at Stocks Wharf on Tuesday from approx 2.30-5pm. Neither boy had a camera as both have recently lost their phones to the perils of the sea while fishing! A lady arrived shortly after Ben had landed himself a 2.5m lemon shark, using hand line. She took some photos for the boys and said she would email. I hope she got the right email address the boys are keen to get a photo up on Facebook! Thanks very much. Merry Christmas, happy holidays and happy fishing! SueB, Stuart Park The Fixer WHAT:More potholes have formed on the notorious Tulagi Rd, this time further down the road on the corner of Yarrawonga Rd. WHOSRESPONSIBLE: Litchfield Council mayor, AllanMcKay. CONTACT:0409940 108 DOYOUknowof something in theTerritory that needs fixing?GiveThe Fixer a call on8944 9750, email thefixer@ntnews.com.auor followonTwitter @NTNTheFixer Thanks a lot, mate SITTINGUNDER THEMISTLE TOW MY car stopped and refused to start at the lights of a busy intersection, storm overhead, six months pregnant and cars beeping me, despite having my hazard lights on. I had been there for a while, on hold with my roadside assistance, when Martin from City Taxis pulled in and gave me a tow. You were a lifesaver Martin. Thank you. GemmaChadbourne, Tiwi DONTMISSTHE BUNNINGSPARTY JUST wanted to say a big thank you to all at Bunnings Darwin for their annual kids Christmas party. This is the second year weve gone and if you didnt go, you missed out. We will definitely be going next year. TheHansens,Wulagi AMAZINGSERVICE ATHOSPITAL MY husband and I need to express our gratitude to some amazing staff from the Emergency Ward at Royal Darwin Hospital. I really want to thank Leo (short for Leanne), Tilly and Doctor Ian. The service they delivered was nothing short of amazing. I only hope that if there is any future need to attend we see them again. Nyssa, Nightcliff

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