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The Northern Territory news Wed 5 Sep 2012



The Northern Territory news Wed 5 Sep 2012

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12 NT NEWS. Wednesday, September 5, 2012. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 5 -S E P -2 0 1 2 P A G E : 1 2 C O L O R : C M Y K On this day IN THE TERRITORY 10 YEARSAGO: The Alice Springs to Darwin railway has employed 1300 people sincework began on the track in July last year 800 of the new recruits are Territorians. 20 YEARSAGO: NT tourism figures for the June quarterwere disturbing, TourismMinister Mr Roger Vale said yesterday. Numbers hardly increased despite the bombing commemoration. 25 YEARSAGO: Housing costing more than $11 millionwould be required for themovement of the Armys 2nd Cavalry Regiment to Darwin in 1992. 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 andaddresswill bewithheld on request. TheNTNews reserves the right to edit letters. Responsibility is taken by the Editor, NT News, GPO Box 1300, Darwin, NT, 0801 WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2012 CLPwields a big axe THE sacking of six departmental chief executives by the new CLP Governmentwas a brutal affair. Highly qualifiedmen andwomen most ofwhom had givenmany years of dedicated service to the bureaucracy were given sixmonths pay and told to clear their desks. Chief Minister TerryMills didnt do the dirtywork himself; he left that to senior public servantMike Burgess, who is unlikely to have his own contract renewedwhen it expires in December. It is impossible to believe that all six department headswere in someway incompetent. Five of themwere sacked because of their perceived pro-Labor leanings. Under-Treasurer Jennifer Prince lost her job simply because she told the truth during the ALPs rule that the Territory economywas doingwell. Thats notwhat the CLPwanted to hear. And Richard Galton, a CLPman fromdecades ago, was fired because he found Opposition questions during Estimates Hearings shallow and answered with a note of contempt. Presumably, the new senior bureaucratswill be trusted government supporters. Previous CLP governments heavily politicised the public service; indeed, the bureaucracywas seen as an arm of the party. Labor alsomademany political appointments. MrMills had a chance to break the cycle. He has done the opposite. ... and another thing CHIEF Minister Terry Mills has made Dave Tollner not Business Minister, as expected and wanted by the business community, but Health Minister, the busiest, hardest, most thankless job in Government a job where good news is a rarity. That should keep him quiet. Letters When are parents going to be held accountable for theway they bring up their children SEE LETTER BELOW BRINGBACKOLD FASHIONEDVALUES IM writing in response to an article (Mum alleges son slapped on bus, NT News, September 3, 2012). When are parents going to be held accountable for the way they bring up their children, and for any child to be held accountable for their own behaviour? I am getting really sick and tired of these people crying that they have been hard done by, when they dont have the decency and respect for themselves and their offspring, to teach them, and to use the basic tenements of respect for themselves, others and all property. Its because these recent generations have no respect or basic idea on how to treat people and property, and who hold to the notion of selfgratification above all else, that we have the problems in society, that we have. I think that its time that we had a change for the better and went back to some of those old-fashioned values that previous generations were brought up on, and respected. Nameandaddresswithheld TEACHCHILDRENTO FOLLOWTHERULES RE: Story of boy being smacked on bus. Perhaps we should go back to teaching our children to follow rules and respect authority. Rules are rules, and usually for good reason. MM,TopEnd BANALCOHOLFROM TOP-ENDWATERHOLES I AGREE with Howard Young (NT News letters, September 3, 2012) that yobbo behaviour is a problem at Buley Waterhole, and would extend that to all of the Top Ends waterholes. Ive seen middle-aged mothers being just as poorly behaved at Daly Hot Springs as young adults at Buley. Unfortunately, alcohol seems to be the main contributor. Actively enforced rules to ban alcohol from waterholes are necessary, but without the threat of the Banned Drinker Register, or a paid-entry system on parks that is linked to individuals previous history, how can these rules be actively enforced? The NT is a wonderful place that can be enjoyed without alcohol, and rangers need tools to control its inappropriate consumption by people in environments that could cause harm to themselves or others. Now the BDR is gone, what can the new Government offer to stop drunken behaviour without resorting to the stretched police force that is already the nations biggest per head of population? Mark Scott,Winnellie USEOFSUBTITLES PUZZLINGTHISVIEWER IT appears that the TV media has downgraded their assessment of the intelligence level of Territory viewers. The ABC put subtitles with the exact words, spoken by an Aboriginal man, which were perfectly pronounced and clear. Following their lead, Channel 9 put subtitles with the exact words of an Asian man which were perfectly pronounced and clear. The ABC has the excuse of new arrivals bringing their Southern baggage with them but what reason can Channel 9 use? Inexperience or ignorance? BillyMoir, Nightcliff THANKSFORHELPING STRANDEDMOTORIST CONGRATULATIONS and thank you to the driver who helped a stranded motor-ist at 7pm just before the Lee Pt Rd and Vanderlin Drive roundabout. You were the only one getting out of your car to help push a broken-down vehicle out of a traffic lane. Well done. Marg, Leanyer CUTU.S. FIGHTERORDER TO IMPROVESCHOOLS TODAY Julia Gillard flagged spending $6.5 m extra on improving our schools. And recently extra money was to be spent on better support for disabled. In last few days we lost five dead in Afghanistan. But jet fighters are rarely used there, and drones are used increasingly. The US reportedly has 7000 drones operating, with another 12,000 in waiting, according to Truthout. So where is the money to come from? Putting these things together, the obvious way to find new money is to at least halve the order for new highest tech US fighters still being finalised. This should save the odd $50 billion. We dont need them. Australia is not being at tacked in the foreseeable future. Drones are the future like it or not. We shouldnt be, as we seem to be increasingly, controlled by the militaryindustrial complex. RobWesley-Smith, Howard Springs SPEEDLIMITSARE THEREFORAREASON I, LIKE many other motorists using Howard Springs Rd at the present time (Im sure), find the varying speed limits outside of the Inpex workers camp frustrating. And yet, I manage to observe them because I dont think I could live with myself if I collected someone who is working alongside that road. That being said, to the deranged man driving a white van, with a child seated next to him on Monday, September 3, at approximately 5.20pm: I think you must want to live with that possibility. That and the fact you were quite happy to put myself and my two-year-old child at risk by driving as close as you could behind me, waving both of your hands in the air in an attempt to make me go faster. I urge you, and others who think the speed limits around here are optional, to calm down and try not to kill yourselves or others on your drive to and from home. Good luck. Nameandaddresswithheld The Fixer WHAT: Pothole on Tiger Brennan Drive,Woolner, opposite the Benison Rd turn-off. FIXERRECOMMENDS: Fill it in. WHOSRESPONSIBLE: Construction and Infrastructure Department civil project director, SamSatsangi. CONTACT:89994780. DOYOUknowof something in theTerritory that needs fixing?GiveThe Fixer a call on8944 9750, email thefixer@ntnews.com.auor followonTwitter @NTNTheFixer Email: ntnmail@ntnews.com.au Text: 0428 NTNEWS Fax: 08 8981 6045 Letters: PO Box 1300, Darwin NT 0801 VOTE LAST WEEKS VOTE Your Say Should schools ban handstands? Are you afraid of the build-up? To cast your vote go to www.ntnews.com.au Yes 24% No 76%