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The Northern Territory news Tue 6 Aug 2019



The Northern Territory news Tue 6 Aug 2019

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22 OPINION TUESDAY AUGUST 6 2019 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 which they claimed would boost the economy. The other was to bring in legislation to protect religious freedom, for the supposed benefit of a minority who were opposed to same sex marriage. Definitely not a priority for a secular country! And follow-up on the Banking RC recommendations scarcely rates a mention. So here, as well as in most countries round the world, the perception is that the economy, making profits and generally concentrating on financial issues, rates a much higher priority than does the survival of the world. Increasingly people are re alising that loss of biodiversity, the increasing frequency and severity of adverse weather events and the obvious signs of potential catastrophic climate change cannot be ignored, while more and more people are accepting the fact that scientists are right and we must dramatically decrease emissions of greenhouse gases. In the NT we already have reports of low groundwater levels following a poor Wet, and a very dry, dry season. Yet the NT Government has approved commencement of fracking which will draw heavily on water resources and produce more fossil fuel emissions. Scientists are continually providing evidence for the high likelihood that global warming is happening at an accelerating rate and will increase in severity. Our priority should be for generations to come to have a world where life is possible, not to concentrate on acquiring wealth and pampering a select group of voters. Rosemary Jacob Happy cafe days MOVED to the Territory five years ago (yesterday) and while a lot of it is average, at least the cafe scene is better. Jane, CBD 1 YEAR AGO: HEALTH fund premiums are being driven up by as much as $1400 a year by products excluding cover for things such as childbirth, the Senate has been told. While consumers think they are saving money they actually end up paying more. 5 YEARS AGO: TAKE that, Jaws. This large bull shark might have thought it was safe to go back in the water. But he didnt count on Brutus, Adelaide Rivers most famous and fearsome resident, who yesterday showed the shark who was the true king of the waterway. 10 YEARS AGO: A TERRITORY man has been fined for speeding despite being clocked at 1km/h less than the signed speed limit. Mark Hancock was caught on Lee Point Rd in Darwin doing 69km/h. The so-called leadfoot was sent a fine saying he was 9km over the speed limit. ...and another thing IF YOURE waking up this morning with a throbbing headache, a wallet lighter than yesterday and a whole bunch of torn up betting slips, chances are youre not alone. There is likely to be around 20,000 other people in your situation who are going to find today a tough day to get through. But hey, its a once-a-year thing and hangovers are way worse in the wet season. Seek solace in the fact that approximately one in seven people in Darwin will be feeling the same pain you are today. Letters to the editor should be kept to 300 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. Preference will be given to letters that give the writers full name and suburb and are kept to under 300 words. The Northern Territory News reserves the right to edit letters. Responsibility is taken by the Editor, NT News, GPO Box 1300, Darwin, NT, 0801 Got something to say? Letters End the cruelty GORDON Ramsay is the target of justifiable outrage for shooting and then cooking a goat in New Zealand, but lets not forget the eight million animals just as cruelly slaughtered every hour of the day for human consumption. They are also suffering and dying. Cows are shot in the head with metal bolts, pigs are gassed in cages, chickens are hung upside down by their legs which are often broken by the rough treatment to have their necks sliced open. Of course caring people are appalled by Ramsays actions but if you object to innocent animals being brutally killed for profit, then stop buying meat. Going vegan is better for your health and the environment, and will make the world a kinder, more considerate place for all of us. Desmond Bellamy, PETA Australia Vote for survival PROBABLY for most people, their highest priority is survival. When we voted in the last federal election, we had a long list of policies from Labor, not all of which were clearly explained, while the Coalition seemed to have only two. One of these was to provide tax cuts to apply in stages, Trust us, the Territorys decision makers - and about 50,000 others - read your letters to the editor every day. Make your opinion count. Games ran at healthy profit THE Arafura Games were welcomed back amid some controversy. However, on the surface of it, the Games seem to have provided the economic boost for the city that was hoped for. The vibrancy and atmosphere in the central business district during the Games certainly reflected the figures put forward by Arafura Games Minister Natasha Fyles through an independent review. For the nine-day event, the Darwin CBD felt like any regional centre on the east coast, with people teeming through the city looking at shops and milling around. The report found the Government spent $7.2 million, but it returned $13.63 million through visitors to Darwin. Not a bad return given the scepticism the Games budget received after it continued to blow out amid the background of the tough economic times the Territory is experiencing. The hotels in the city were booked out, the hotels near the Marrara sporting venues were also popular and the citys restaurants and cafes were buzzing. The review suggests the Games are a good investment on the Governments part and were a success after a short hiatus. Hopefully this means the next Games will create a greater economic benefit, with word spreading around from the countries who came to visit. With the Games set to continue, the word of mouth may attract more entrants from each country and maybe even countries that didnt enter this time around. EDITORIAL Email: news@ntnews.com.au I Text: 0428 NTNEWS I Fax: (08) 8981 6045 I Letters: PO Box 1300, Darwin, NT, 0801 THE PEOPLES VOICE IN THE TERRITORY

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