The Northern Territory news Tue 5 Jan 2010
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12 Northern Territory News, Tuesday, January 5, 2010 www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 5 -J A N -2 0 1 0 P A G E : 1 2 C O L O R : C M Y K 10YEARSAGO CHANGES to the internationalmarine safety code have had an impact on Territory livestock exporters. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority introduced the changes on Saturday in a bid to improve conditions and safety on board livestock export vessels. 20YEARSAGO THE first stage of State Square, Darwins new SupremeCourt building, is on target. FromNovember 1988 it has risen to the sixth and final level, and already the roof framing is being prepared. The budget is running at less than $40million and the landmark building is expected to be completed by the end of the year. The building was the first of its kind in the construction methods, design and materials used. 25YEARSAGO THE appointment of a public servant as principal of the newly namedDarwin Institute of Technologywould downgrade its status, the NT Labor leader Bob Collins said. Mr Collins was referring to the controversial appointment by the ChiefMinister, Ian Tuxworth, of Kevin Davis, ex-acting head of the Housing Commission. ONPOLICEDEATH Now that amember of theNT Police has died after being bashed at a NT nite club, is this what it had 2 take 2wake us up? R the laws n justice system going 2 get tougher?May he rest in peace. Jesta, Gray Sergeantmeredith your words of wisdomwill live on forever in my thoughts. The day you caughtme hooning inmy v8 you said 'If youwant your car to last dont thrash it!'. You gave me the chance to rightmy wrongs and every time you saw me you asked how the car was going. Im now a safer andmore respectful driver thanks to you. Rest in peace Sir! Condolences to your loving family. EXHOON Been said 4 a long time that a bashingwould end in a death. Lets c hendo jump now. ONSMOKING To all non smokingwhingers get over it. us idiots choose to smoke, our problemnot yours. get a life instead of finding something to complain about, bigger probs in thewould apart fromus. what amob of sooks. donna, h springs If were serious about attempting to remove smoking frompublic places, why not loudmusic? Both can be seen as annoying and lead to health problems, how commited are we tomaking this a better place?Skinna Smokers need not worry. Down south pubs ensure smokers enjoy lush new garden surroundings in open air, whilst non smokers can enjoy the indoors. Sowinwin 4 both! Cheryl, Leanyer ONOTHERTHINGS Applause to the social conscience ofmillner for re namingmillner st as dog st. That street is dog crazy! Vanessa,Millner To the duncans. A great way to start the new year bymaking jokes about people with Alzheimers. You cant even spell the word ignorant numpties!Ron, Rapid Ck Wat the heckwhere they thinkin wen they cleared howard springs nature reserve swimming hole??went and had a look the other day. nearly mademe cry, over kill 2 the max! No big shady trees, think about erosion. and not 1 fish in sight not even a bloody single guppy... bee, h doo Beer clarification clarification (Bushranger, 3 jan). Debate surrounds commercial brewing of beer. Ive been brewing beer in darwin since i got here in feb 07!Dave, Nakara Its great that alice springs looks after its people. what a fantastic idea having an ice skating rink. shame that darwin cant do the same even though theres plenty of empty buildings and huge cash around town. JANUARY 5, 2010 Police death rocks us all P OLICE have always been held in particularly high regard by people in the Northern Territory. That fondness and respect has a lot to do with the fact that the public realises officers are doing a tough job in an inhospitable, sometimes violent, part of the world. Therefore, the death of highly respected officer Brett Meredith has rocked what is still a close-knit community. Police officers are often assaulted in the Territory indeed, there is hardly one of them who has not been kicked, punched or spat on by a drunk. Its one of the downsides of what is otherwise a rewarding career. But, mercifully, it is very rare for an officer to be killed in the NT. The death of Sergeant Meredith proves yet again that police are never off duty. They are obliged to take action when witnessing a crime, whether they are in uniform or not. And in a small place such as the Territory it is inevitable that officers will bump into people socially whom they have previously dealt with in a more official capacity. That is particularly true in a small town such as Katherine. By all accounts, Sgt Meredith was a good cop, a good bloke and a good father to his children. It is encouraging that the community has rallied around his friends and family at this terrible time. The death of a police officer is always a terrible shock. It is more than just a tragedy for the victim and his loved ones although it is most certainly that. It is a blow against decency and civilised society and, therefore, is a tragedy for the whole community. Our hearts go out to Sgt Merediths wife and his children. Easy answer to Xmas critics THE decision by some of Woolies staff, from a distorted sense of political correctness, will haunt that organisation for some time. What will happen next Christmas? Wearers of Merry Christmas decorations should, if criticised for this, disarm the critic by giving a beaming smile and loudly wishing them a Merry Christmas. You might have to save this for next year. Howard Young, Kununurra Deadly silence on oncology ANOTHER year rolls by and still no Radiation Oncology Unit in operation. Deadly silence on whether an operational contract has been signed with the operators. Unless Minister Vatskalis tells Territorians when the unit will be operational, he must be cast in with the Member for Solomon as a wish for 2010, along with the Palmerston Super Clinic. Don Delosa, Lyons Smokers, suck it up TO ALL the smokers who are fuming against the inconvenience of not being able to light up and foul the air. Be discomforted you stinking polluters! Shane Osmond, Darwin We are all less for his demise IT IS dreadfully saddening when any person loses their life as a result of any cause. And in the case of Sergeant Brett Merediths tragic death, a well-regarded police officer, our heartfelt condolences go to his wife and family. We are all lessened by his demise, just as we were traumatised by the death of Glen Huitson not long ago. We know the nature of the job and the discipline involved isnt easy, but I dont think we fully appreciate how inherently dangerous the job can be. Every police officers spouse and family is entitled to believe their partner, father, son or daughter will return home safely after every shift. We know by experience that it does not always happen. Police officers put their lives on the line for the safety of the public every day and night, on duty or off duty. For myself and my family we thank the Northern Territory Police for their dedicated service to our safety. We are all indebted to our police and to the service of the late Sergeant Brett Meredith. Vale! Ted Dunstan, Karama No power for lower bills WE LIVE near Batchelor and we are heartily sick of the increasing frequency and duration of power outages in our area. A few years ago our local Power and Water depot was closed, reportedly due to economic rationalism. For us this economic rationalism has meant our lines are poorly maintained, call-out delays of at least 1.5 hours before work can even begin, and Power and Water employees attending do not know the local area often causing further delays. To us economic rationalism means our power bills are lessened slightly because we often dont have any power to use! Julie-Ann Murphy, Batchelor Rum Jungle Action Group
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