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The Northern Territory news Tue 5 Jan 2010



The Northern Territory news Tue 5 Jan 2010

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www.ntnews.com.au Northern Territory News, Tuesday, January 5, 2010 13 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 3 C O L O R : K In ageing, one becomes more foolish andmore wise. Francois, Duc de La Rochefoucauld Calls cost 55 cents GST inclusive. Higher from mobiles and payphones. News Connect. VotelineVotelineVoteline THIS WEEKS QUESTION YES 1900 969 562 NO 1900 969 563 PREVIOUS QUESTION SHOULD plastic bags be banned in the NT? Or vote online at www.ntnews.com.au YES: 76% NO: 24% DO YOU agree with the move to make indoor areas of NT pubs and clubs smoke-free from January 2? Address the obesity issue IF THE government is so concerned about Australians health then, yes, they should encourage people to give up smoking. However, now that smokers are in a minority the focus should change to address the nations largest concern obesity. The government should introduce an overweight tax. This could be a simple measure such as having a limit of say 100kg for men, and about 70kg for women as a starting point. If you are more than this, well, you shouldnt be. You would enforce it by this technique every time you go to a doctor, medicare office or private health fund to claim you simply hop on the scales for a weigh in. If you are over, your rebate is reduced, or your medicare surcharge is increased from 5 per cent to 15 per cent. Obviously, if you are a rugby player or a professional athlete you could seek exemptions. I dont think exemptions should apply for professional junk food consumers. This would act as an incentive for the fatties to lose the lard. If they dont, then they compensate the government and the healthy Australian people with extra tax which will help fund the health system to look after these porkers. No one needs to see these obese people in latex bike shorts or sit next to them on a plane for four hours. With up to 50 per cent of people now considered overweight (just go to Casuarina on a Saturday morning if you need proof) this would be a nice little earner for the government, help the nation become healthier by hitting the hip pocket of fatties and would leave us poor smokers alone. Brian Farrel, Leanyer NT posties leave stamp THE posties of the Northern Territory did not throw in the towel as reported in a recent issue of the Northern Territory News. No mail received into Darwin was delayed in the pre-Christmas period, nor since, and this is due to the dedication of the postal sorting and delivery staff, who worked tirelessly to ensure that all mail, especially the Christmas mail, was delivered despite relentless pressure from union delegates. There were some staff that followed union directions and did not come to work, however, these were a definite minority and the majority came to work to ensure that they covered the absences and got the mail delivered. Outside of the EBA agreement, Australia Post has paid all staff wage increases and bonuses, guaranteed there would be no redundancies and that all staff currently employed would retain their work conditions and entitlements. There is no such guarantee for any staff employed in the future, and this is an unfortunate necessity for Australia Post to remain one of the best postal business in the world and it must be accepted that change is inevitable. Is there still a need for posties to start at 6am and finish at 1pm? Why does mail have to be delivered to residents by 1pm where in a lot of cases, no one is home as both partners work? Why cant this mail be delivered later in the day and the posties work from 8am to 4pm? Employment conditions and shift rosters (i.e. penalty payments for early starts, meal allowances etc) are entitlements from more than 40 years ago and are not relevant to the working requirements of today. Many businesses work over weekends and evenings as part of their normal roster and conditions have changed to provide better customer service. To strike and disrupt customers at their busiest time of the year is irresponsible and even more so when you consider that those going on strike are not suffering any loss of employment or conditions. Once again, thank you to NT postal staff for their dedication and commitment to their community during this difficult time and who decided to support their customers and the Christmas spirit over their Union direction. Name and address withheld Road message is speed kills RE: TWO-YEAR-OLD killed during a police chase. We hear ad nauseam from police, and politicians all over the country, about how irresponsible the public are for speeding on our roads, and what a danger we are to ourselves and to other people when we do. Police chasing other vehicles on our roads is just sheer madness, and most of the time ends in the death of the driver/s being chased, or a member of the public, as in the case of the two year old. Its time the public sends the same message to politicians and police, enough is enough no more police chases ... speed kills. Vakuta, Palmerston Letters to the Editor should be kept to 175 words or less. Send your letters to GPO Box 1300, Darwin, 0801, or email ntnmail@ntnews.com.au 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 BRIDGET ROSS VIRGINIA YES.Sometimes there is a place for a little smack ... when they are running around on a busy road and need to learn the rules. KIM HILL DRIVER YES. If talking to them doesnt help, sometimes you just have to give them a flick on the bum not anywhere else. 1895 DISCOVERYof X-ray is announced by German physicist Wilhelm Roentgen 1981 ENGLISH police arrest Peter Sutcliffe, a truck driver later convicted of the Yorkshire Ripper murders of 13women HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARILYN Manson, US rock singer (1969-) IRENE MAILLIS DURACK YES.An occasional smack is alright to let children knowwhere their boundaries are. But not child abuse. KATE BEADMAN DRIVER YES. Every now and again a little smack is OK as a last resort when nothing else is working. Itmakes them learn right fromwrong. JUNE McLAUGHLIN BAKEWELL YES. I raised two boys and they got their occasional smack every now and again they loveme and raise their children the same. DOYOU think it is OK to smack your children? Time to lift your game, gals DRESSING DOWN: NT women should learn to dress more modestly, a reader says I WAS visiting Darwin on a night out with friends andwewere approached by some very lovely women at Monsoons oddly the common theme for most of themduring our conversation, was, that there are no nice men in Darwin. We found this quite unusual, to say the least ... hmmm ... maybe the problem is not themen but thewomen. Its about having standards, ladies. What are standards?Well, it can begin by dressing in amanner that leaves something to the imagination, to say the least. Ladies have been conned into thinking that that just because you have it means you should flaunt it. You have forgotten that wemen already knowwhats underneath your attire if youwant aman to take you seriously then you need to raise the bar, ladies. Showme awoman dressedmodestly, andwatch us guys notice you. Heck, we will even try and get your number. The reasonmen dont have standards is because you gals dont have any standards. Come on ladies dont send usmixed messages thats what you do every time you dresswith less than nothing on. Youwant us to respect you, then you raise the bar, set the standard andwatch us give you the respect you all deserve. Capt John Campbell USMC, AmericanMarine

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