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The Northern Territory news Sat 25 Feb 2012



The Northern Territory news Sat 25 Feb 2012

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30 NT NEWS. Saturday, February 25, 2012. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 2 5 -F E B -2 0 1 2 P A G E : 3 0 C O L O R : C M Y K On this day IN THE TERRITORY 10 YEARS AGO: A young man was killed and two teenage girls were fighting for their lives after a highway drag race ended in horror in Darwin. 20 YEARS AGO: Brothels will not be legalised in the Territory, following the second reading of the Prostitution Regulation Bill in Parliament. 25 YEARS AGO: By-elections will be held on April 11 to replace two Darwin aldermen forced to resign before they could stand as candidates at Territory elections. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2012 The club of guilty mayors MOST local government councils go about their business what little there is of it quietly and without most people even noticing. Not in the Territory. Our aldermen make a lot of noise. And most of it for all the wrong reasons. The past two Darwin Lord Mayors have been found guilty of criminal offences in a court of law. Admittedly, Graeme Sawyers firearms charges were not in the same bad-boy league as Peter Adamsons tea leafing from ratepayers, but the point remains mayors of the Territorys capital city, the face and voice of a fast-growing international oil and gas hub, continue to have their names mentioned in places where they shouldnt. Surely they must realise that buying knickers for the missus at ratepayers expense and having the drug squad raid your house makes Darwin look like a cowboy town. Now Palmerstons Mayor has joined the club weak pun intended. Robert Macleod has been convicted of whacking his irritating neighbours with a four iron after a few too many sherbets. The Territory being what it is, this will not necessarily preclude him from standing as mayor and winning. Adamson went to jail. It remains to be seen if Macleod follows him. But even if he escapes with community service, you cant blame Territorians for suggesting that a mayoral suite be set up at Darwin prison. 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 Letters BRINGONTHE NEXT ELECTION RUDD 60 per cent preferred as PM on average Gillard 40 per cent preferred to Rudd. Is she that thick that she cannot see what most of Australia sees she is not our preferred leader. In fact Labor is no longer the preferred government. Bring on an election, Julia, so you can validate your socalled mandate. David C. Sanderson, HumptyDoo LABORSEEMSTO WELCOMEABBOTT THE factionalism and infighting in the federal Labor Party is exactly what the party accused the Liberals of years ago, and rose to power exposing the Liberal Partys critical dysfunction. The homogenous nature of the policies of the major political parties is pathetic at best, but thats beside the point. Is the Labor Party intentionally rolling out the red carpet for Tony Abbott to gain the leadership in the next election? Louise Inglis, Ludmilla RECONSIDERTHE CONSTITUTION SOME people see Kevin Rudd as being a psychopath and arrogant. However, he is the one who said sorry. Some people see the Prime Minister as being untouchable. Then theres the Constitution and voting directly by the people to be looked at. Some people see the reconciliation as being necessary. There is a need to reconsider democratically the terra nullius concept and the Constitution. Generally speaking, people see and want results. It is for the politicians and political parties to work out their differences. This is what takes a lot of room in their job description. Marcel Paton, Driver RUBBISHWARRIORS VIDEO ISRUBBISH I HAVE to write with my disgust on the video published on the NT News website on the Rubbish Warriors Rap for mayoral election. The video is humiliating and exploitative of someone clearly with problems. Just because this Trevor is smiling and laughing coherently at the feedback of the videographer to his harmless performance, doesnt make this right. There are hundreds of better ways to give Trevor his tongue-in-cheek opinion and campaign launch, but this video is disgraceful. Shannon Joyce, Nakara MAYORMACLEOD NOT INTHEWRONG I FEEL so sorry for mayor Macleod a man who has devoted his time and given so much to the development of Palmerston over the years. How come these neighbours from hell are allowed to continue to live and disrupt a normal familys right to live in peace. Its no wonder that people reach desperation point trying to deal with these types of neighbours who have obviously breached Palmerstons dog laws for quite some time and have had no regard for any of their neighbours peace of living. The mayor devoted himself to the growth and wellbeing of Palmerston and his dreams have been slashed. Stand again next election, Robert Im sure you will get the support, especially from those Palmerston residents who are fed up with neighbours from hell who think only of themselves. JW, Bayview The Fixer WHAT:A conveyor belt slide in the Tiny Tots playground behind Lyons Community Centre is torn and useless. WHOS RESPONSIBLE: DCC general manager for infrastructure, Luccio Cercarelli. CONTACT: (08) 8930 0581 DOYOUknowof something in theTerritory that needs fixing?GiveTheFixer a call on8944 9750or email thefixer@ntnews.com.au 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 you be allowed to walk around nude in your own home? Should The Fixer become Mayor? To cast your vote go to www.ntnews.com.au Yes 36% No 64% ... and another thing THE first mayor is found guilty of assault, his deputy is the subject of complaints from schoolgirls that he walks around naked and the third choice has been on workers compo for nine months after a row with a federal politician. You couldnt make it up.