The Northern Territory news Fri 15 Jun 2012
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46 NT NEWS. Friday, June 15, 2012. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 1 5 -J U N -2 0 1 2 P A G E : 4 6 C O L O R : C M Y K On this day IN THE TERRITORY 10 YEARSAGO: The number of crocodiles captured and shot in Top End rivers is to be cut bymore than 50 per cent. Themove comes despite anecdotal evidence from fisherman. 20 YEARSAGO: Tourism looks set to drag the Territory out of the recession. Local and overseas tourist operators have predicted boom times ahead for the NT. 25 YEARSAGO: An estimated 20,000 people turned out to the Operation Pitch Black open day at Darwin Air Base yesterday. 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, JUNE 15, 2012 NTengineers fuel economy ENGINEERS and all those who work with them are becomingworth their weight in gold in Darwin. And that applieswhether theywork on the navys patrol boats, themaintenance of the ConocoPhillips gas plant ormake airconditioners. All are in short supply. The saving of Airducter is good news for the Territorys small engineering industry and the broader economy. The companywas in grave danger of going out of business through no fault of its own. It was doing well but parent groupHastie has gone to thewall. The Territorian couplewho founded the firm have rescued a niche firmwith a reputation for finework. Jobs have been secured, a vital company saved. A couple of engineering companies have gone into liquidation over the past three years, weakening the NTs capacity towin contracts onmajor projects, such as the $34 billion Ichthys venture. Our economy did not need to lose another business. A trademission to Asia this year included a visit by engineering company bosses to some of the tier 1 Ichthys contractors. The contractorswere shocked and delighted to discover not only that Darwin had several engineering companies but that theywere capable ofworld-classwork. As Ichthys gathers pace, it is likely big engineering companieswill move in. It would be heartening if the Territory engineering firms that survived the global financial crisis could continue towin contracts on major projects in the face of such competition. ... and another thing Renewed calls for safari hunting of crocodiles should be heeded. Such a scheme if properly administered will provide jobs and income for Territorians and a boost for tourism. It will also improve safety for our human population as crocs and people both grow in numbers. Letters One can assume thatwhen they are really hungry both animalswill break their normal behaviour patterns SEE LETTER BELOW MORETOMYSTERY THANMEETS EYE MYSTERIES, dont you just love em? We have the famous international variety, like who killed JFK? For that matter, who killed RFK? Then we have the homegrown ones. Wheres Peter? Then remember the early 1960s Bogle/Chandler, supposed murder. Poor old NSW Homicide looking for a third party, only to find after 30 years some numpty walking his greyhounds, covered the nude lovers with cardboard beer cartons, because their nudity upset his religious convictions, should have been gaoled for obstruction of justice. We now know, after canny scientific investigation, they died of noxious gas poisoning. Scratch one mystery. Never mind, we have the biggy, right here in the little old NT, Azaria! The latest magistrate on the block, finally decided The Dingo Did It. Now I know people are aware dingoes are crafty animals, but seriously, cunning enough to remove a babys jumpsuit then 5km away deposit a matinee jacket? Come on! As with the Bogle/Chand ler mystery, the old human intervention again raises its ugly head. I feel for the Chamberlains, they are innocent, but someone isnt. Funny, nothing ever came of that rangers mixed breed dog that was terrorising the locals? Oh well, thats history, as with JFK and RFK, all the main players are long gone. TonyBartlett,Wulagi CUNNINGHUNTERS CANTAKERISKS IN 1977, I was camping in Ireland and on our last night there I volunteered to fry a meal of sausages and liver on the campfire. It looked so inedible my three children refused to eat it. So that night I put the uneaten meal still in the frying pan just inside the tent door, near the flap and inside the tent, and we (the four of us) settled down to sleep. When we got up the next morning the frying pan which was no more than three feet away from us or thereabouts had been licked clean by a fox and the meat and sausages had gone. During the night we heard nothing whatsoever and it was a complete surprise a fox had been inside the tent to snatch the meal he could probably smell from way off. Most of your readers will know that there is no great difference between a fox and a dingo. From this I think one can assume that when they are really hungry both animals will break their normal behaviour patterns and commit acts such as entering a tent in search of food. RobertWilson, England QUERIESONQUEEN WAYOFFBEAM MICHAEL Stephenson may well believe it is time for the Queen to go, (NT News, June 13), but that wont be happening any time soon, if ever. Michael trots out the usual nonsense about class distinction, and that the Queen has more power than our government and that she acts in the interests of British trade. All silly rubbish, of course, though Michaels latter concern may mean that the Queen buys goods made in GB whenever she can. Wow thats a worry. And finally, Michael states that the Queen is the head of a minority church in this nation, the Anglican Church. Well, sorry to disappoint you there Michael but the Anglican Church is far from being a minority church. The 2006 stats show it is the second largest church in Australia, the largest being the Roman Catholic Church whose head resides, I believe, in Italy. The British monarchy is our heritage but we are not afraid of it, we run our own democratic country without interference from any other, so there is no compelling reason to change anything. Thanks anyway. The LoneRanger, Darwin SYSTEMWORKS, SOKEEP IT IN response to Letter of the Day (June 13) from Michael Stephenson, Tiwi. Congratulations to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II still working after 60 years in the same occupation. Our democratic Westminster style of government is the envy of other nationalities, who are told who is in charge by their dictators, and oppressive republics. We have the enormous power of the ballot box to change our government. Youre correct about amendments to our Constitution to become a republic, How many and what are the necessary amendments? You would not take out a loan or a mortgage without checking the fine print first. Youd be a fool if you did. So Australians should be informed before voting what has to be amended to become a republic. The amendments to our Constitution have not been publicly spoken, printed or published. Why? What is being hidden from the Australian people? Our government isnt broken so it doesnt need fixing. Nameandaddresswithheld NOPERMISSIONTO USEMYNAME A LETTER was printed in the letters section of Mondays paper on the subject of prohibition of drugs. Regardless of the letters merit and whether or not I agree with what it says, I did not give my permission for my name to be put at the bottom. The first I knew of it was when a friend pointed it out to me late in the day. StuartHighway POLICEHAVETHEIR EYESONUS GOOD to see Darwin Police have a sense of humour. Monday arvo, I was waiting at lights behind a bright yellow cop car, number plate WATCHNU. Good one. ANON,Marrara The Fixer WHAT: A path was ripped up outside a house in Hermanis St, Wanguri. WHOS RESPONSIBLE: Darwin council general manager for infrastructure, Luccio Cercarelli. CONTACT: (08) 8930 0581 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 the NT Government apologise to Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton and Michael Chamberlain? Should people be fined for feeding crocs in the wild? To cast your vote go to www.ntnews.com.au Yes 71% No 29%
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