The Northern Territory news Wed 15 May 2019
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40 OPINION WEDNESDAY MAY 15 2019 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Lord Mayor Kon Vatskalis, neither the Chief Minister nor other MLAs were able to spare some time to celebrate with COTA and the NT Seniors. F. Kratschmer, Darwin Church ignorance I DIDNT think I could be gobsmacked more than Ive already been gobsmacked by the continuing ruthless and insensitive responses by the Catholic Church to child sex abuse within their ranks. But here comes another smack in the gob as the Pope has decreed that all child sex abuse by clergy must be reported to the church! These are CRIMINAL offences to be dealt with under the law, the same as every other citizen. Why does this churchs leadership constantly think they are holier than thou? Pat Dry, Anula Celebrate cultures MOLTO congratulations to all involved in presenting the Italian festival at the Civic Square on Saturday, May 11. I was well entertained for almost all of the 12 hours, mixing with the huge, orderly crowd in attendance, savouring the food and music of a culture other than Anglophile. Renowned to be a multicultural Darwin, decision makers might grab this moment to plan to replicate this format of the festival to have at least 12 of the major cultures present themselves in monthly rotation; at the same site, developed for this purpose. A Multicultural Festival Centre could become a much sought after event on international calendars. The benefits could be much more than trade and tourism; the resultant education, tolerance and social benefits may be immeasurable. Let us all get proactive with this proposal. R.P. Darwin 1 YEAR AGO: THE Northern Territory is set to launch into the national space industry as the Australian Space Agency was officially announced. Federal Innovation Minister Michaelia Cash announced the agency would receive $41 million over the next four years. 5 YEARS AGO: TERRITORY taxi drivers are illegally fitting switches to their vehicles to manipulate their meters to run higher fares, it has been alleged. It has also been claimed several taxi drivers are obtaining taxi plates through an underground subleasing system. 10 YEARS AGO: AN EXPLORATION company asked Chinese investors to help it develop a massive gas field in the Territory. The project could lead to a century-long mining operation and the building of a $1 billion gas-to-fuel plant near Alice Springs. ...and another thing SICK children do it tough every day and it is charities like Starlight that make their lives brighter. Since 2008, the Darwin Star Ball has raised more than $2.3 million for Starlight NT. The biggest event on the charitys calendar, its an opportunity for Territorians to dig deep and show kindness to kids when they need it most. Proceeds from the 2019 Darwin Star Ball will go towards supporting Captain Starlight across the NT, the Starlight Express Room at Royal Darwin Hospital and more of the charitys programs. Letters to the editor should be kept to 300 words or less. Send your letters to GPO Box 1300, Darwin, 0801, or email email@example.com 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 Umpire favourites IF Phil Carman, the ex-Collingwood champion had elbowed any player like Ablett (two occasions) and Fyfe he would have got four weeks for each offence. But Brownlow medallists can do no wrong. If Carman hadnt injured his ankle in the State game and missed eight games during the 1975 season he would have won the Brownlow he lost by only three votes. He would never have been persecuted by the umpires or the tribunal and Collingwood would have won the 1977 grand final. Bart Maverick Pollies missing THE Council on the Ageing (COTA) was celebrating the 50th anniversary at a simple ceremony in Parliament House on Monday, May 13 2019. All the young ladies under Sue Shearers command have done a great job and COTA remains the focal agency representing NT Seniors. Retirees continue to play an important role in the Northern Territory, they are part of the daily life. Of course, political support is required to avoid NT Seniors leaving. Regrettably, apart from the Trust us, the Territorys decision makers - and about 50,000 others - read your letters to the editor every day. Make your opinion count. Need for grog ban review ITS been more than a decade since the Howard Governments much-criticised NT National Emergency Response policy otherwise known as the Intervention was rolled out in 2007. Much of the flak the policy has copped in that time comes from a lack of consultation with communities and indigenous leaders on the ground before many of its more paternalistic aspects were imposed. The legacy of one such measure, the kneejerk ban on alcohol in certain parts of the NT continues to frustrate community leaders who wish to manage their own affairs. The disadvantage faced by many Aboriginal Territorians is widely known and governments are right to make tackling it a priority. But arbitrarily wrestling autonomy from the hands of local leaders needs to be revisited. As Ironbark Aboriginal Corporations Trevor Hutchinson says a fair days work is a fair days play and indigenous Australians are just as entitled to a cold beer at the end of a hard days work as the rest of us. If individual communities decide theyre better off without grog then they should be empowered to enforce that ban but its time we stopped treating Aboriginal people like children and let them make their own decisions. If community leaders believe banning the booze is only going to make things worse, they should be free to make that decision also. Whether the intervention was justified 12 years ago will always be a contentious issue but the time has now come for this measure to at least be reviewed. EDITORIAL Email: firstname.lastname@example.org I Text: 0428 NTNEWS I Fax: (08) 8981 6045 I Letters: PO Box 1300, Darwin, NT, 0801 THE PEOPLES VOICE IN THE TERRITORY