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The Northern Territory news Sat 21 Dec 2019



The Northern Territory news Sat 21 Dec 2019

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14 OPINION SATURDAY DECEMBER 21 2019 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Letters Wrong spot for campus MILKWOODS aside, the old tank farm on McMinn St wouldve been a better location for CDUs proposed CBD campus than the Cavenagh St car park site. A walking bridge link to Frog Hollow incorporated, students would no doubt welcome a walk up town, classrooms with a view over Frances Bay, the roundabout word instead of two sets of lights, less emissions. In December 2017 Minister Nicole Manison said (pre-deregistration of the Barneson name) Barneson Blvd will provide an entry to the capital of Northern Australia all Territorians will be proud of. Darwins crowning glory Minister Manison is the end of the Stuart Hwy and Daly St and overlooking the vista of the harbour not the Woolies/BWS wall now transformed with glossy photos of pandanus-adorned lagoons. Nothing will bring the milkwoods back, no community liaison by the Member for Port Darwin, the funerals over, plenty of egg on faces. However another question, was the tree lopper on selected tender and took it upon himself to operate outside the 8am curfew for noisy machinery on weekends as he laughs all the way to the bank? CW, Darwin PM missing in action THIS week the ABC 7.30 report interviewed a volunteer firefighter from America. This man, previously a stranger to us all, had given up Christmas with his family and young son to help Australia with our catastrophic bushfires. Contrast this with our invisible Prime Minister who chose this time of fiery pain and loss to have a lovely holiday with his family. His office says he is entitled to a holiday. No he is not, not now. Unlike all volunteer firefighters, the PM is paid to look after Australia in its time of need, not have a holiday. In my opinion all firefighters, volun teer or paid or the above-mentioned American gentleman, deserve to be voted the next Australian of the Year. Dae Sharrock, Howard Springs You cant deny science A BRILLIANT piece of academic sleuthing by Merv Sullivan of Leanyer? Or is it? One can extract millions of such facts and fictions on the worldwide web, put there by climate-change deniers. They range from half-truths to the outright wacky (see Questioning science, NT News of December 18). Mr Sullivan joyously tells us that climate alarmists place enormous faith on the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) but there is no good reason to do so. Then he gets down to nit picking. He declares that the IPCC AR4 climate reports 18,531 citations were audited and 5587 (30 per cent) were not peer re viewed. These references and quotes from press releases, newspaper and magazine clippings, and articles are deemed grey literature, whatever that may mean. When you get to such fine characterisations, you can also dispute the fact the report contains too many nouns, verbs, adjectives, conjunctions, the definitive article, function words etc. Mr Sullivan forgets to tell us that the reports balance, 70 per cent citations, were in fact peer reviewed. He also doesnt tell us that 180 countries pledged their support for the 2009 Copenhagen Accord he refers to. Were these countries members of some extremist or eccentric group? When you deny science, you deny civilisation as it stands today. So then its back to the Stone Age and beyond, the Silurian Period and the arthropods that crawled on to land. Next, our intellect too must revert back to the era of bugs. Tony Russell, Rosebery On this day IN THE TERRITORY ONE YEAR AGO ZAK Grieve, who was jailed for life with a minimum non-parole period of 20 years for his role in the contract killing of Ray Niceforo, was told he would be eligible for release in 2023. FIVE YEARS AGO FORENSIC investigators were sifting through every single teaspoon of soil in a 6m by 2m Berry Springs grave believed to hold missing Darwin mum Carlie Sinclair. Your say THE PEOPLES VOICE IN THE TERRITORY Beware dangers of heat BRACE yourself it is hot and its going to get hotter. Alice Springs is forecast to hit 43C most days next week. Katherine is facing a similar outlook. Darwin will be cooler, but its still expected to reach uncomfortable temperatures in the coming week. It is going to be so hot the Health Department has taken the unusual step of issuing a warning asking people to be vigilant about the dangers of heat stress. Its a warning that should be heeded. Sadly, we see all too often the tragic consequences of heat stress in the Territory. It can be fatal; and the elderly, young, frail and ill are most at risk. And while it may seem obvious, a parked car in this heat could be a death trap. Dont leave children or pets in the car unattended; even with the windows down or just for a few minutes. Its not worth the risk. Chief Health Officer Dr Hugh Heggie says even brief periods of exposure to extreme heat can lead to heat stress. Luckily, the best ways to avoid heat stress are also some of the best ways to spend a Christmas holiday sitting in the airconditioning or in the swimming pool, preferably with an icy beverage in hand. Of course, not everyone in the Territory has access to airconditioning. So please, keep an eye out for your mates and your neighbours while temperatures soar. Invite them around for a barbie or to watch the cricket in the airconditioning. Look after each other this Christmas. Early poll positioning WE havent even started 2020 and the election campaign is already in full swing. Chief Minister Michael Gunner and Alice Springs mayor and CLP candidate for Araluen Damien Ryan are trading barbs about crime rates. Mr Gunner has accused Mr Ryan of using ratepayer money for political gain, while Mr Ryan says Mr Gunner is just making excuses amid escalating crime. He says his open letter had the full backing of council. Only eight months to go before the election.

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