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The Northern Territory news Mon 12 Dec 2011



The Northern Territory news Mon 12 Dec 2011

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28 NT NEWS. Monday, December 12, 2011. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 1 2 -D E C -2 0 1 1 P A G E : 2 8 C O L O R : C M Y K On this day IN THE TERRITORY 10 YEARSAGO: A Top End school has been infestedwith rats. One teacher, who asked not to be named, said yesterday Gray Primary School was worse than a rubbish dump. 20 YEARSAGO: Darwin City Council will start prosecuting residentswho blatantly breachwheelie bin by-laws. 25 YEARSAGO: TheNT police commissioner PeterMcAuley, moved today to heal a rift with schools named over the use of marijuana by students. 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 MONDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2011 Lets be harsh on every spill THE Territory Governmentwas quick to boast about the successful prosecution of Rio Tinto for spilling fuel at the Alcan bauxitemine. It was not so quick to own up to the bungled prosecution of the Darwin Port Corporation for allowing tonnes of copper concentrate to spill into the harbour. The Labor Government is rightwhen it says that it inheritedweak environmental protection laws from the previous CLP administration. But the ALP has been in power for a decade plenty of time to ensure a government agency that spewsminerals into a beautiful waterway can be punished by the courtswithmore than a slap across thewrist. Having said that, Territorians should be pleased the culture finally seems to be changing that pollution is no longer acceptable, no longer dismissed as just a hazard of the job. TheNT Resources Department took on one of the biggestmining conglomerates in theworld. It was the first prosecution of amining company for causing serious environmental harm under the MiningManagement Act. The Government says the prosecution sends a clearmessage to themining industry and community that breaches of the lawwill be taken very seriously. Maybe so. But the Government has yet to prove that the law is applied equally. ... and another thing COCA-Colas decision to put up soft drink prices even before the container deposit legislation comes into force smacks of arrogance. Theres no doubt that Territorians support the deposit scheme because it will reduce litter. Coca-Cola doesnt govern the Territory and should accept thewill of the people. Letters What is needed is a case of selflessness not selfishness, leadership 101 SEE LETTER BELOW SELFISHPOLITICIANS SET SORRYEXAMPLE WE now see the announcement of wage increases for politicians from the Independent Review (more like a case of, Ill review yours, you review mine) into their salaries. If they could have picked a worse timing I dont know when it is. It would not matter if it was $9 or $90,000, the principle (or lack of) is the same, and it should not be done now. As there is no formal education requirement to be a politician, one wonders what they need. Obviously it is leadership. This decision is clearly a case of poor leadership, it is the height of arrogance, and its do as I say not as I do. It is of little relevance in the leadership sense whether the rises are needed or justified, just dont do it. At a time of criticising banks and CEOs, holding the public service and the ADF to 3 per cent PA, they have a wages splurge of their own. Whatever happened to, these decisions are not easy but they are required for the common good, follow my example, we are going to weather these hard times together, etc? What is needed is a case of selflessness not selfishness, leadership 101, something you can get from being a boy scout or girl guide, where they have adult leadership. Peter Still, Bakewell COUNCILATTITUDE LACKING INMANNERS I WANTED to comment on your story Council breaks its words on land sale (NT News, Nov 28). As a Leanyer resident living close to the area under consideration, my concern is that the first we knew of the Darwin City Councils desire to gain expressions of interest in possible development, was via a Colliers International sign that was inviting any responses. The sign was erected on the corner of Leanyer and Vanderlin drives. While appreciating our council might wish to have some options arising from expressions of interest to be lodged with Colliers International by December 15, I would have expected a courtesy letter explaining that expressions of interest were being sought. This might have included an indication that any ideas would then be presented to residents for their consideration and feedback. I believe there is more to worry about the process being followed than what might eventuate, because initial contact with residents was not made. The two blocks are presently designated as public open space and community purpose. The public open space on the corner of the two roads is enjoyed by many because it is open space. In fact, the council recently undertook a tree-planting program on this corner block. The community purpose space used to be a city council work yard and storage area. Nowadays its used by a lot of community organisations, which will need to look for alternative venues if displaced. HenryGray, Leanyer TELSTRAMUDDLE REVIVES EIGHTIES I AM not sure if Rapid Creek and Nightcliff have been left off the Telstra Xmas list this year, but I do know we are still living in the 1980s when it comes to telephone lines and any upgrades. I am at a loss as to why my internet has slowed down this last six months to a stage where after five on weekdays and 10am at weekends it stops altogether. My internet provider tells me Telstra will not be upgrading but will wait for its competition to provide relief next March. I was recently in Bali watching YouTube on their internet and it was like watching television. I have never seen it so fast. I was left scratching my head thinking I was here 30 years ago and most people did not know what a home phone was. We may have come a long way with high-rise buildings and the like, but without Telstra making its contribution we will still be living in the dark ages. RCampbell, Rapid Creek LOGOLUNACY JUST CLOWNINGAROUND COULD you please reprint an enlarged depiction of what your artist thinks the DCCs new logo should be, as shown on page 3, 1/12/11? On the front page it will be great to emphasise the bunch of clowns tag so richly deserved by the current Lord Mayor and Aldermen. To be fair, real clowns would have more sense than to do this. I will remember this unnecessary folly when I vote at the next election. DisgustedRatepayer SAMESEXMARRIAGE DISTORTSMEANING SAME sex marriage has been a hot topic recently. Those who favour this have told religious people to butt out. They claim the views of Muslim, Jewish or Christian people simply have no relevance. I rather think that gay marriage is not basically a religious question anyway. Its about changing the word marriage to make it mean something else. Trying to do this with any well understood word is really mucking about with language. Its an unintelligent proposal. Marriage is marriage. Its not something else. A lemon and an orange may look the same. But they are different. Many same sex relationships may be good and loving and long-lasting and I understand now they enjoy many of the benefits of marriage if not all legal financial social etc. That does not make these relationships marriages. I hope this move will be rejected for the nonsense it is. BarryButler, Ludmilla The Fixer WHAT: This footpath on Whitewood Rd, Howard Springs has lifted. The path is heavily used by cyclists, and children walking home from school. WHOSRESPONSIBLE: Litchfield Council president, Mary Walshe CONTACT: 0408 698 037 DOYOUknowof something in theTerritory that needs fixing?GiveTheFixer a call on8944 9750or email thefixer@ntnews.com.au