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The Northern Territory news Tue 6 Aug 2019



The Northern Territory news Tue 6 Aug 2019

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TUESDAY AUGUST 6 2019 NEWS 15 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA we do that right, its a highly regulated industry, there is different varieties. The pledge comes one day before the start of Parliaments August sittings. Ms Fyles said legislation to establish a hemp industry in the NT was part of the Governments key commitments heading into the next two weeks. This piece of legislation in terms of a primary industrys capacity will allow a hemp industry to be established in the Northern Territory, she said. Opposition Leader Gary Higgins said it was an exciting industry that he raised when he was primary industry minister. It creates an additional industry, which the Northern Territory is needing at this time of economic uncertainty, he said. Were supportive of this job-creating industry. Ms Fyles was also committed to pushing through longawaited grog reforms. The Government has a strong agenda heading into the August parliamentary sittings, she said. Well see the final phase of the alcohol polices and legislation review, with significant changes to shifting us towards a risk-based licensing model for liquor in the NT, she said. THE Territory will have its own hemp industry by 2020, says NT Attorney-General Natasha Fyles. The Northern Territory the climate certainly supports a hemp industry, she said. LAUREN ROBERTS Government ready to take steps to grow hemp industry in NT Hemp is used in a number of products, and we have now put in place the legislative frame work that will allow the industry to grow. But we need to make sure CHIEF Minister Michael Gunner has defended Chinese company Landbridges operation of the Port of Darwin in the face of calls by Federal Labor MP Nick Champion for Landbridges lease to be scrapped. The Federal Labor MP, who is the deputy chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade, said the port should be put back in Australias control. Mr Gunner said a tour of the Port of Darwin would show it was operating well commercially and that Landbridge was investing in upgrades and expansions. He said Landbridge made a decision to lease an Australian asset in good faith and it has operated in good faith since making that decision. This is a long overdue investment in improvements at the port, he said. These upgrades will help Territory and Australian businesses export through Darwin. Achieving these muchneeded improvements to the port was a key reason for the lease decision. Australia has long supported foreign investment, especially in the North where either Australian private capital or the Government has been reluctant to invest. If southern politicians want to lobby for an investment in the North they should get behind the shiplift. It will create a new export industry for Australia good for the Territory, good for the nation. Buying back the lease to the port will simply see hundreds of millions of dollars go overseas for absolutely no outcomes for Territorians. Attorney-General Natasha Fyles echoed the Chief Ministers sentiments. Its great to see southern politicians taking an interest in the Territory and I would call on them to advocate strongly for the shiplift project here in the Territory, something that cannot only provide a significant industry to the Northern Territory but will benefit Australia and South-East Asia, Ms Fyles said. She said since the CLP government leased the Port of Darwin to Landbridge the port has been managed and the contractual arrangements are working well. Defence Minister Linda Reynolds said the Darwin Port lease went through the appropriate decision-making processes at the time. Southern MPs port barb irks Gunner GARY SHIPWAY Australia has long supported foreign investment C H I E F M I N I S T E R M I C H A E L G U N N E R Drunk busted doing 130km/h in 80km/h zone TWO young drink drivers have been busted by police in separate incidents, after their alleged reckless driving behaviour drew the attention of police. NT Police Northern Watch Commander Bruce Payne said the first driver was pulled over and breath tested after he was speeding through traffic in front of police in a busy northern suburbs road. At 6.29pm yesterday after noon an unmarked police car was travelling inbound on McMillans Rd, he said. They were overtaken by a vehicle travelling at approximately 130km/h in an 80km/h zone and it was weaving in and out of the traffic. The vehicle was apprehended, the 23-year-old male driver returned a medium range reading of 0.109 per cent. He has been charged and will appear in court at a later date. Sen-Sgt Payne said a second driver was busted in the early hours of yesterday morning after she was seen driving without her lights on in the Palmerston area. At 1.46am this morning a vehicle was sighted by police driving in the suburb of Zuccoli without its lights on, he said. The vehicle was apprehended and a 21-year-old female driver returned a medium range reading of 0.145 per cent. The female driver was issued a notice to appear in court at a later date. WILL ZWAR Federal Minister for Defence Senator Linda Reynolds speaks during a joint media conference for the Australia-United States ministerial consultations Picture: BIANCA DI MARCHI/AAP No request for missiles in Darwin THE prospect of US missiles being stationed in Northern Australia is again being discussed and no one is prepared to rule out the weapons being based in Darwin. At a ministerial meeting on Sunday, Defence Minister Linda Reynolds quizzed newly appointed US Defence Secretary Mark Esper about reports America wanted to station some missiles in Darwin. I did discuss it yesterday with Secretary Esper and he confirmed that there was no ask of Australia and none was expected, she told ABC Radio National yesterday. You would expect the US Secretary of Defence to canvass all of these issues in light of whats happening in the Indo-Pacific, but I can confirm that he made no request and he wasnt anticipating any request. However, during the meeting Dr Esper said he wanted to install intermediate range conventional warheads in the Asia-Pacific something that was possible now after the end of the Cold War treaty with Russia that banned use of such weapons. We now are free if you will to develop that range of weapons, 500 kilometres to 5500 kilometres that had not been available to us from a groundbased deterrent posture, Dr Esper told the post-talk news conference. I think to the degree that allowing us to design and develop, to test and eventually to deploy systems, whether it is in Europe, whether it is in the Asia-Pacific or elsewhere, gives us and contains the deterrent posture we want to do to deter conflict in any region which we deploy them in consultation with our allies and partners. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo later stressed the missiles wouldnt be deployed in Darwin or elsewhere in Australia without Canberras support.

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