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The Northern Territory news Wed 22 Feb 2012



The Northern Territory news Wed 22 Feb 2012

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10 NT NEWS. Wednesday, February 22, 2012. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 2 2 -F E B -2 0 1 2 P A G E : 1 0 C O L O R : C M Y K On this day IN THE TERRITORY 10 YEARSAGO:More than 1000 extra airline seats aweekwill be available to Darwin by June, Qantas said yesterday. 20 YEARSAGO: A pilotmade an emergency crash landing on amudflat near Port Keats after his single-engine Cessna lost power. Therewere two passengers aboard. 25 YEARSAGO: Fifty-three officerswill be added to theNT police force over the next three years in an attempt to combat growing lawlessness. 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 WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2012 Recycling is in the can ORDINARY Territorians those people who have no interest except the wellbeing of the community in which they live have spoken: they like the cashfor-containers scheme. In otherwords, all the naysayers whether they be politicians or big self-interested drinks companies are out of stepwith public opinion. People are queuing up at the collection depots to drop off their cans and bottles. NT Recycling Solutions, which ismanaging the scheme, receivedmore than 95,000 containers at three collection centres over the lastweekend alone. And the systemhas only been running for a fewweeks. There is a fantastic opportunity here for community, service and youth groups tomake good money by collecting containers. Theywill be helping not just themselves but also the environment. Many of the cans and bottles handed in at collection depotswould no doubt end up on our streets and beaches. There are still problemswith the system. For instance, it takes about 10minutes to process each delivery that can be speeded up by people separating their cans, glass and plastic, and taking off the caps before bringing in the containers. But surely Territorians many ofwhomhave survivedmonumental adversity, such as Cyclone Tracy can put upwith a few teething problems for the greater good of cleaning up the environment. ... and another thing ANOTHER thing naysayers need to rethink is their opposition to the National Broadband Network. A survey shows that an overwhelming majority of Australians and nearly all IT experts support the system. Yes, its expensive, but it must be remembered that the costwill be spread overmany years. Letters Ill have to get to Darwin one day to get a real understanding ofwhat happened SEE LETTER BELOW CALLMAYNOT HAVEBEENHEARD GRAEME, the GG and the PM may not have heard Ray announce a moments silence, as the speakers point away from the dais (Sounds of Silence, NT News, 21/2/2012). Anyone who was there could not be but impressed by the level of support and depth of understanding displayed by those three dedicated Australians. The vehemence of our comments say lots about ourselves and we should probably be apologising to Graeme rather than the other way around. BillyMoir, Nightcliff PAPER ISABREATHOF FRESHAIR FORNT HI to NT News its been a long day and I havent a clue how to click on your survey! I love the paper just as it is. I buy it at every opportunity. Its like a breath of fresh air and so much livelier than The West Australian. Sure, there are a lot of croc stories, but there are a lot of crocs at least the stories make people more croc aware! Please dont change. Jocelyn Layton, Wyndham,WA CASHFORCONTAINERS GIVESPOORRETURN RECENTLY, Karl Hampton stated that $200,000 had gone into the pocket of Territory families due to the Cash for Containers legislation. While this is true, he omitted to say that to get this $200,000 back, Territory families have had to outlay $500,000 extra, as prices have risen by 25c per container average. When I went to school 500,000 less 200,000 leaves 300,000. This means Territory families are $300,000 out of pocket since the container legislation began. Does he dispute this? Where did he go to school? I just received an $8 per week rise in my pension. But because of the Cash for Containers rort it now costs me $12 a week extra $12 minus $8 is $4 less per week after my pension increase. Cash for Containers, grog ID, plastic bag ban and more. What next? I am 70 years of age, Aust ralian born and bred. I have served in the RAAF and have paid my share of taxes, but I have never voted in my life. But I am finally signing up just to help out this arrogant Henderson-led government. Im afraid I wont be alive long enough to see average Territory families get rich from Inpex. And if my vote can help to get rid of Sawyer and Gillard along the way, so be it. Amen! Nameandaddresswithheld CONFUSEDBYATTACKS ONTHEABC I WAS confused upon opening the NT News on Monday. Andrew Bolt, as usual, was attacking Julia Gillard and the Labor Government. Nothing confusing about that; what was confusing was his primary source, 4 Corners, which airs on the ABC. The same ABC Andrew claims is run by commu nists, Greenies, left-wing radicals and is nothing but a propaganda wing of the ALP. So why is he even watching it, and, more importantly, why is, as Andrew claims, the partisan ABC airing a program that attacks its alleged masters? Could it be that all Andrews lambasting of the ABC is nothing but hot air or did Gina Rinehart secretly buy the ABC last week? I hope Andrew can clear this up in his next column. RohanWightman, Parap INMEMORYOFMY DAD, GUNNERTHOMAS MY DAD, gunner Thomas John Wren (since deceased), was a bombadier on an Anti Aircraft Battery in Darwin during the Japanese attacks in WWII and I thought I would send you some recollections of his from that time. His job was a radar operator and he said that he would feed information to the AA battery beside him as the planes flew into Darwin. He could tell when they were exactly above him. He subsequently suffered from deafness as a result of the explosive charges used to fire AA shells. No earmuffs in those days! He also told me that the air force would go out to intercept the Japanese bombers on their way into Darwin, AA batteries would engage the enemy over Darwin and the airforce would harass them on their way back. On one occasion interservice rivalry led to chaos over the use of the fighter planes going after the Japanese as they returned to Ambon. Planes ran out of fuel and he could hear the pilots on his radio sending mayday messages as they ditched into the ocean. His best mate was also a low-ranking artilleryman, but this guy had been a lawyer before the war and had worked along side High Court judges in NSW. He could have been an officer but chose not to be one. Often late for early morning daily parade, Gunner Magney (the law firm Magney and Magney still exists in Sydney) would be admonished by his sergeant for being unkempt and for not having his uniform spick and span. Magney would inform those in control that under the War Service Act of 1914, the army had to provide him with boot polish, etc. Needless to say, both mates were made to do extra duties in full kit in the heat at other times when a watertight excuse could be found by their superior officers. My dad was unfortunate enough to have been in a Darwin truck crash that killed everyone but him, and as a consequence he spent the rest of his life spending large amounts of time in hospital. Ill have to get to Darwin one day to get a real understanding of what happened. I paid keen interest to the memorial service on the weekend. Best of luck to you all. TomWren Jr, Wollongong,NSW 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 The Fixer become Mayor? Do you want a nuclear waste dump in the NT? To cast your vote go to www.ntnews.com.au Yes 35% No 65% The Fixer WHAT: Pothole on the corner of Coronation Drv and Charles St. 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