The Northern Territory news Sat 23 Apr 2011
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34 NT NEWS. Saturday, April 23, 2011. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 2 3 -A P R -2 0 1 1 P A G E : 3 4 C O L O R : C M Y K On this day IN THE TERRITORY 10 YEARSAGO: At least 20 carparks are likely to bemaintained onMitchell Stwhen a planned $600,000 revamp of the popular dining and entertainment precinct goes ahead. 20 YEARSAGO: About 1220 public service jobswill be lost and seven primary schools closed after recommendations by the Governments Estimates Review Committee. 25 YEARSAGO: The Leanyer dumpwill bemoved 2km to the RAAF bombing range. Themove will solve Darwins waste problems for the next 20 years. SATURDAY, APRIL 23, 2011 The land of hardworkers AUSTRALIA is often called The Land of the Long Weekend. Aswe enjoy a five-day break, its time to ask a tough question: Is this nickname fair? Territorians get eight public holidays a year about the same as people in otherwestern countries. This upsets employers a lot; they argue that eight days costs them a lot ofmoney in lost productivity andwages. But its sneaking an extra day taking off a Friday orMonday that upsets them a great dealmore. Many bosses now insist on a doctors certificate to prove or, at least, legitimise a day at home either side of theweekendwas formore than a hangover. Of course, its contradictory thatmostworkers mustworkMonday to Friday, while banks andmany other quite useful places are not open atweekends. But thats another story. The idea of The Land of the LongWeekend is so entrenched in the Australian psyche that a film has beenmade about it. A bloke evenwrote a book of the same name; he alsowrote The Great Australian Stupor. Statistics show that Australians areworking longer hours than ever. Somaybewe should ditch the longweekend tag and become The Land of theHardWorker. Then again, a study showed that Australia and ourmates in NewZealand is themost contented place on earth. We all know that. Sowhy not TheHappy Country? Or does that sound a bit smug? 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 Letters Residents have a right to be consulted about changes to their living environment . . . just asmuch as the Nemarluk children have a right to a modern school SEE LETTER BELOW WAITING FORDARWIN SUNSHINE TORETURN THIS IS just a little story from across the ditch that might get a giggle from your readers. My wife has been going through a few health problems over the last six months or so and at times feeling a bit down. She spotted the Darwin weather forecast one night and said now thats the place to be with all the sunshine. Unfortunately it was not soon after that your wet season arrived. Since then almost every night it has become for some reason a family tradition to check the Darwin weather for the sunshine. We gave a huge cheer the other night when we saw the sun symbol, we turned and looked at each other and burst out laughing. Keep smiling Darwin, from your fans. Bruce Snell,Whangaparaoa NewZealand NEVERTOOLATETO SEEK JUSTICE RE: Cow probe buried (NT News April 5). Please keep this alive in the news. It saddens me that obviously there is no honour or decency left. No one responsible will put up their hand and say they did it. Words fail me as far as the Government is concerned. Malarndirri McCarthy saying it is too late? No, it is never too late. CarolynMarriott, Darwin NEW INITIATIVESWILL INCONVENIENCEMANY ID cards to buy alcohol. Limits for all on gambling on slot machines. One Territory initiative, one Federal but both typically ALP. Inconvenience all to catch the very, very few. Stay out of my life ALP. Find another way to corral those you think are in need of your help. Graham,Moulden AWIN/WINSOLUTION TONEMARLUKSCHOOL IN reference to Nemarluk School (NT News 19.4.2011) . Marilyn Hawthorne, the Nemarluk to Alawa Group, and the local member, are to be congratulated for working together for a win/win solution. Residents have a right to be consulted about changes to their living environment, particularly when it involves green open space, just as much as the Nemarluk children have a right to a modern school. This is a democratic society, this is public land, we are not peasants, and the Education Department should have consulted much earlier on plans to build at Alawa. MACLINCH Plan: thePlanningAction Network, Inc SAVECRITICISMFOR THEENDRESULT RE: Editorial, April 5. A study into Darwin Entertainment Centres future direction and funding has been done by a consultant and is now being considered. I think Territorians would be disappointed by your editorial before the report has been acted upon. It would have been preferable to have left your criticism until then. Cecil Black, Darwin Entertainment Centre 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 SHOULD the Territory Government fight for the return of the NTs euthanasia laws? SHOULD women be allowed to serve on the frontline? To cast your vote go to www.ntnews.com.au Yes 48% No 52% ... and another thing THE head of the Greek Orthodox Church in the Territory has pleaded with Greek-Australians to celebrate Easter with only small bangers. Little chance of that. As the communitys president, John Nicolakis, says: When Jesus rose therewas a big bang, so . . . The Fixer WHAT:A newbus stop is blocking the driveway of a private property on Bonson Tce, Moulden. WHOS RESPONSIBLE:NT Transport Department. CONTACT: Public Transport director Stuart Shearer on 8924 7847. DOYOUknowof something in theTerritory that needs fixing?GiveTheFixer a call on8944 9724or email email@example.com
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