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14 NT NEWS. Monday, July 25, 2011. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 2 5 -J U L -2 0 1 1 P A G E : 1 4 C O L O R : C M Y K On this day IN THE TERRITORY 10 YEARSAGO: Darwin residentswill receive digital television broadcasts in 2003. Digital TVwill start onMarch 3 in Darwin, Tasmania, east, west and regional Victoria and parts of NSW. 20 YEARSAGO: Irresponsible visitors to NT parks and reserveswere putting rangers lives at risk after a spate of fatalities and near-fatalities in some of the Top Endsmost popular parks. 25 YEARSAGO: Plans to develop a private hospital in Darwin have begun. NTHealthMinister Tom Harris has called for final submissions from 13 companies. Letters to the editor should be kept to 175 words or less. Send your letters toGPOBox 1300, Darwin, 0801, or email email@example.com 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, JULY 25, 2011 Building for the boom PROPERTY analyst Michael Matusik may be little more than an iconoclast someone who likes going against the grain, being contrary for its own sake. Or is he on themoneywhen he says the Territory will have toomany houses if it continues to release land and build at the same rate as it is now? There aremore than 1000 properties on themarket in Darwin and Palmerston alone. And the development of four new suburbs in Palmerston and one in Darwin iswell underway. Several major apartment complexes are also being built. It will take a substantial increase in population to soak up all these homes. But that is exactlywhat is likely to happenwhen the $30 billion Inpex gas project gets underway. Over the next few years, Inpexwill create thousands of jobs and is also likely to attract associated industry to the Top End. And the gas boomoff the north Australian coast is already firing a significant supply andmaintenance industry.Within a decade, Darwinwill be an international gas hub, attracting thousands of workers to high-skilled, well-paid jobs. It may be that, far fromhaving toomany properties, therewill be far too few.MrMatusik doesnt seem to understand thatwealth is in themines and gasfields of northern Australia, andwill likely stay there for the next century. As PrimeMinister Julia Gillard saidwhen in Darwin lastmonth, parentswanting the best for their children are now telling them: Go north! ... and another thing THE major problem with housing is not so much whether the Territory has too little or too much, but cost. This is a problem throughout the western world. A way needs to be found to build affordable housing for young families. Letters If we have to have amedia organisation funded by the taxpayer, it should provide a balanced coverage. SEE LETTER BELOW ANEXAMPLEOFHOW TOTREATREFUGEES IN research released in April this year, a UNHCR paper on the cost of detaining asylum seekers found that moving from mandatory detention to community detention could save up to $330 per asylum seeker per day. This figure did not include the ongoing costs of mandatory detention such as people who have been through it requiring ongoing medical treatment in response to the trauma of detention. When Vietnamese boat people arrived at Darwin in the 1970s seeking protection they had no passports, visas or paperwork and they were not locked up. They lived in hostels in the community until they got jobs, bought houses and had kids. This should really serve as an example as to how we should treat people. Carl OConnor, DarwinAsylumSeeker Support andAdvocacy Network OPPOSINGARGUMENTS CANNOTBOTHBETRUE SOMEBODY is not telling the truth. Claims are made that the imposition of a carbon price or tax will contribute substantially to the saving of the planet on the say so of some self-proclaimed scientists. Others of similar ilk claim this is rubbish. Who to believe? They who claim that we must lead the way of the world, show them how, even if it is to our severe cost? Or the others who insist that it is all fruitless, the pain that we are about to suffer will have a negligible effect on global carbon? Both sides stridently assert their claims. Both cannot be true. HowardYoung, Tiwi SYSTEMASANNOYING ASTHEDOGSBARKING RE: BARKING dogs are driving me crackers. I have noticed an incredible increase of barking in my neighbourhood which is driving me insane. I have one responsible neighbour who disciplines their dogs, however every other neighbour I have seems to think that their dogs have a right to bark every minute of the day. I lodged a formal complaint with the City Council only to be asked first if I tried to resolve it with the neighbour and then when I said I didnt know the neighbour, they said they would investigate. Their investigation outcome was the owner of the nuisance barking dog said that it wasnt their dog, but the other next door neighbour. I was then told that I have the choice to take the nuisance barking dog owners to Civil Court. What a joke! Whats the point of having a complaint system if nothing can be done. Nameandaddresswithheld RESPONSIBILITY FOR ATTACKSGETSPASSED DOGS at Large (Casuarina Beach). Some months ago we were fined by the City Council because our dog was off his lead and in the process of protecting his family he grabbed a person and drew blood. We accepted that although the person came in between our family members it was our responsibility. We have not been back to Casuarina Beach since, until last Monday, our dog was restrained but most of the dogs there were not restrained. When we were walking back to the carpark a dog attacked our dog. The response from the owner was you are not allowed to have a dog on a leash on this beach. After contacting the police (who were very helpful) we were told to contact the City Council who told us it was the responsibility of Parks and Wild Life. Nameandaddresswithheld ANTI-NUCLEARGROUP HAVEHEADS INSAND SO the Anti-Nuclear NT Collective is holding a concert to promote their cause. I hope many people will join me in taking along a bucket of sand each so that the Collectives members and supporters can all put their heads in one. Oh, and love your work Ed putting the story about ERAs increase in uranium production just below the story. GregMills,Wagaman INQUIRIES INTOMEDIA TWODIFFERENTCASES ROHAN Wightman (NT News Letters 21 July, 2011) makes a comparison between Bob Browns call for an inquiry into the print media and John Howards inquiry into left-wing bias at the ABC. Rohan conveniently forgets that the ABC is funded by the taxpayer, and therefore it is quite legitimate for the Prime Minister of the day to order an inquiry into any perception of bias. Surely, if we have to have a media organisation funded by the taxpayer, it should provide a balanced coverage. Obviously, Howard was unsuccessful in that pursuit, as the ABC remains as leftleaning as ever. However the current push to exercise some control over the free print media is of course a totally different thing. What right does this dangerous Government have to inquire into and possibly control them? DaveWane, WoodleighGardens SENTENCEDOESNOT REFLECTWISHES THE sentence handed down to Michael Simon Martyn, killer of off-duty policeman Brett Meredith, is nothing short of disgraceful. Its easy to present a sob story but not so easy for Sgt Merediths family and friends who are living with the pain of his death day in, day out. Those beautiful kids will never get to really know their father. In contrast the youngest child could meet his killer before she finishes kindergarten. For goodness sake! Give him a sentence that reflects the wishes of the good people in our community. Julie Parsons, NSW 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 Are the Northern Territorys roads more dangerous than those in the rest of the country? DO you support the idea of the carbon tax the Federal Government plans to introduce? To cast your vote go to www.ntnews.com.au Yes 19% No 81% The Fixer WHAT:A pothole has formed on Bradshaw Tce, Casuarina. It is just to the left of the middle, and in perfect position towipe out a cars left wheel. WHOSRESPONSIBLE: Darwin City Council General Manager of Infrastructure, Luccio Cercarelli CONTACT: (08) 8930-0581 DOYOUknowof something in theTerritory that needs fixing?GiveThe Fixer a call on8944 9750
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