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v. 17 issue 23
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A Todd Mall trader says the Town Councils revised approach to street sellers to date mostly Aboriginal artists selling paintings will see an annual permit fee of $200, a massive reduction of the current fee of $205 per day. The trader was among 12 others, operating businesses on Todd Mall and Todd Street, who wrote to the Town Council following recent enforcement of the current fees, commending them and the rangers on their efforts in moving the street sellers on and keeping the Mall and lawn areas clean. However, councils current policy has also attracted a lot of criticism, some of which has been aired in this newspaper. Critics have argued that the permit fees are prohibitive, that the artists bring vibrancy to the Mall and that they offer tourists an opportunity for a genuine encounter with Aboriginal people. The trader, who declined to be named fearing hostile reactions to his views, says he has had discussions with an alderman on the issue. He understands that the revised permits would allow street sellers an area of two metres by two metres from which to trade. He is not at all happy with these proposed changes, wanting to see an area off the Mall allocated to the artists. The News asked the council for confirmation of the proosed changes, and whether the new permit regulations will apply to anyone, or are they specific to Aboriginal artists. A report for aldermen on the permit policy has been prepared by council officers and will be debated at the committee meeting on Monday. Council CEO Rex Mooney declined to comment until then. Major mining in The Centre not affected by Gillard deal. By ERWIN CHLANDA. Both sides of NT politics are welcoming changes to the mining tax proposals by new Prime Minister Julia Gillard which will exempt the major mining ventures in The Centre gold and uranium. In its present form the new tax will kick in at 12% profit instead of 6% and the headline tax will be reduced from 40% to $30%. As the proposed tax now only applies to coal, iron ore, oil and gas, only a handful of activities will be covered in the NT, says Willem Westra van Holthe, NT Shadow Minister for Resources. Allowing the recognition of the value in long term investment going forward means we can close the door on this sorry saga, he says. The Country Liberals led the way with a profits based resource tax, which at the initial 18% rate is surprisingly close to the final outcome of the Minerals Resource Rent Tax. That doesnt mean the current round of proposals is a good long term result. An extra impost by the Commonwealth will weigh upon investment and development decisions in the Territory in the long term, particularly on the fledgling Iron Ore industry with one current operating mine, and several advanced prospects in the Roper region. Chief Minister Paul Henderson welcomed Ms Gillards announcement. This issue in the Territory is not as great as in the rest of Australia because weve already got a profits-based royalty regime here, he says. Ours has been in place since 1982 and certainly the only mining companies that pay a tax in the Northern Territory at all are the ones that are actually making a profit. The mining industry has continually said they want a profit based tax and I am glad that both parties have reached agreement as opposed to shouting at each other through the media. However, the exclusion of the exploration rebate that was a feature of the original Resources Super Profits Tax is of particular concern to the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy which represents 10,000 professionals working in the minerals industry, says its president Greg Chalmers. We realise this is a pragmatic decision by the government in its bid to preserve the net revenue expected to flow from the new Minerals Resource Rent Tax, but it once again breaks a clear 2007 election promise by the Labor Party to encourage increased exploration in Australia. The opportunity to replace our depleting mineral inventory through increased exploration activity is the only way to address the Prime Ministers major concern ... that mineral resources can only be extracted once, says Mr Chalmers. Member for Lingiari Warren Snowdon (ALP) says among the key reforms [flowing from the proposed tax] to strengthen and secure our local economy are: An increase in super from 9 to 12 percent for 8.4 million workers.
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