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The Northern Territory news Sat 23 Jan 2010



The Northern Territory news Sat 23 Jan 2010

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38 Northern Territory News, Saturday, January 23, 2010 www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 2 3 -J A N -2 0 1 0 P A G E : 3 8 C O L O R : C M Y K No-croc zone given bullet JANUARY 23, 2010 T HEmighty saltwater crocodile has seenoff another threat theNorthern Territory Government. The Labor administration, egged on by the CLP Opposition, last year declared a 50kmno-croc zone aroundDarwin. Any saltie daring to stick its snout over the border would be shot, skinned and turned into hamburgers and handbags. Of course,most politicians still think Crocodylus porosis is a skin complaint. So Territorians suspected from the start that this was nothingmore than sabre rattling following a girl being taken by a crocodile as she swamnear her home. TheGovernment and theOpposition had to be seen to be doing something, even if that somethingwas as redneck as ordering the slaughter of a protected species. It is interesting that neither the Government nor theOppositionwould dare talk about culling brumbies (theyre far too cute for that) but are happy to turn the guns on an animal that walkedwith dinosaurs. But the salties can relax. TheGovernment has increased the Parks andWildlife budget this year by only the cost of inflation. Theres nomoney formore rangers,more guns,more traps. In other words, there will be nomass cull of the creature that lures hundreds of thousands of tourists to the Top End each year. Instead, the Government will have to press on with something far less fun: educating people about the dangers of salties. As Aboriginal people say: If youre going to live by the river, be nice to the crocodiles. ... and another thing THERE is no excuse for underpayingworkers, especially those on lowwages. Theworkplace ombudsman has shown it will be hot on the heels of employers doing thewrong thing. TheNorthern Territory News GPOBox 1300 DarwinNT0801 Editorial facsimile: (08) 8981 6045 email us: ntnmail@ntnews.com.au text us: 0428 NTNEWS give us a call: 08 8944 9900 fax us: 08 8981 6045 write to us: PO Box 1300, Darwin NT 0801 hit the web: LETTERS Force feeding an issue SO THE Australian Vegetarian Society has had a gutful of Sam Kekovichs campaign to eat more lamb and says force-feeding meat down the throats of Aussies is compounding climate change because of the gases produced by sheep (Lamb slammed, NT News, January 20, 2010). Well, Ive noticed another television advertisement lately, just as vehemently exhorting us to Go green, go veg. To me, it sounds just as much like force-feeding as Sams promotionals. Self-righteous vegetarians should be mindful of their personal contribution to the production of greenhouse gases, with all the baked beans, lentils, chick-peas, cabbage, etc they consume. Not to mention the large areas of Amazon rainforest that have been destroyed to grow mung beans to feed to fu-munching Greenies (as John Laws once pointed out). Anyway, why are domesticated livestock suddenly such a threat to the climate when vast herds of ruminants cattle, buffalo, bison, antelope, deer, giraffes,camels, sheep, goats etc roamed the great plains of Africa, Asia, north America and elsewhere for countless thousands of years before humans got around to domesticating some of them. They didnt seem to bring catastrophic climate change back then. R. Brockman, Girraween Try this for housing MUCH has been written on the topic of old couples using big, empty houses. There are valid reasons for both sides of this problem, emotional and otherwise. A constructive, humane, inventive government and its public service could and should resolve this matter for the benefit of all. Unfortunately, the NT does not seem to own such an asset. Would it be too difficult to offer the pensioners a deal that involved refurbishing their house, reconfiguring it to provide the pensioner with a granny flat or similar, to their choice, while the remainder of the property became available as one or two bedroom apartments? Where land size permitted, perhaps an additional house or apartment could be constructed. Problems? Firstly, such an idea would more than likely be beyond the mental grasp of the present government. They could not handle it. The government already owns the land, it has the normal infrastructure already installed. No problem here. There may be some tenants who would object to such an idea, but many would, after consideration, welcome the idea. Over to the Minister and Co-CM Gerry. Give it a go? Might even score some brownie points? Howard Young, Kununurra I remember when .... PENSIONERS to be moved before they were ready, from their home, is to die, before they were ready to die. Their children have all grown up and gone. But the echoes remain. The trees and bushes they planted are now bigger than them, and all is most I remember when ... Chyilpie, Darwin ON THIS DAY >> IN THE TERRITORY 10YEARSAGO: ALICE Springs is having a creepy crawly summerwith about 300 snakes,mostly deadly western browns, discovered in peoples homes. 20YEARSAGO: DARWIN developer GeorgeMilatos is seeking NTPlanning Authority approval to build a $16 million office tower next to his Harbor View building inMcMinn St. 25YEARSAGO YOUNGpeople allowed to roam the streets unsupervised at night had the potential to develop into the criminals of tomorrow, Jingili MLARick Setter said. The singlemost popular newspaper in the office of the PrimeMinister of Australia is theNTNews. Im not exaggerating. There is a daily competition onwhatwill be on the front of theNTNews. PrimeMinister Kevin Rudd reveals his love of the Northern Territory News yesterday vo te IS THESouthern Cross becoming a symbol of racism for some Australians? Last weeks result: Should pensioners be forced tomove from their homes into smaller houses to free up public housing? to cast your vote phone YES - 190 969 562NO - 1900 969 563 Calls cost 55c. Higher frommobiles and payphones. NewsConnect or go towww.ntnews.com.au YES 75% (865 votes) NO 25% (283 votes) DOYOUknowof something in the Territory that needs fixing?Give The Fixer a call on 8944 9724 WHAT:Broadband internet users in Palmerston have beenwithout service since January 10 WHOSRESPONSIBLE: Telstra NT area generalmanagerMark Sweet CONTACT:PH89230031 or EMAIL northern.territory@countrywide.telstra.com WHAT:Much of the new outdoor exercise equipment at Nightcliff foreshore is broken. WHOSRESPONSIBLE:Nick Kleine, Darwin City Council parks co-ordinator PHONE:DCC customer service 89300574; 89300622; 8930 0595 EMAIL: n.kleine@darwin.nt.gov.au