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Sunday Territorian 5 May 2019



Sunday Territorian 5 May 2019


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06 NEWS SUNDAY MAY 5 2019 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 M I C H A E L G U N N E R , C H I E F M I N I S T E R CORPORAL Quintus Rama, the beloved emblem of the 5th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment, has been honoured at a military ceremony in Darwin following his passing on Thursday. Cpl Quintus Rama, whose stoic example inspired the bat Fallen Corporal Quintus Rama, a beloved member of the 5th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, has been honoured Picture: 5th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment Rama hailed in moving military memorial talion since his enlisting into the Australian Army in 2012, lived to the age of 17. In the outpouring of grief since he passed away quietly in his Crocodylus Park enclosure, calls have resounded to posthumously elevate Cpl Ramas command post to Major. As battalion mascot, Cpl Quintus Rama was a prideful public face who participated in numerous ceremonial events and Anzac Day parades. Fallen Cpl Quintus Rama was given his final salute by the Regimental Sergeant Major, Commanding Officer and a dozen members of the battalion. Rest in Peace CPL Rama, your duty is done, read a message from the 5th Battalion on Facebook. Fans of the Corporal flooded Facebook with messages celebrating his quiet dignity and services rendered. Lest we forget such a beautiful animal who served with honour. So sad, said Robyn Parmenter. Such a wonderful strong tiger, an unbelievable mascot to have I hope his passing was peaceful. I send my condolences to Regiment. RIP Corporal Quintus Rama, said Paul Winds, the South Australian Ambassador to the Australian War Animal Memorial Organisation. Road safety grant call GRANTS geared towards dropping the Territorys road toll towards zero will be offered to community organisations driven to promote road safety. The Towards Zero Road Safety Community Grants Program coincides with National Road Safety Week kicking off tomorrow and running to May 12. Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics chief executive Andrew Kirkman said National Road Safety Week was an important reminder to drive safely on Territory roads. Its a time for us to reflect and remember those weve lost. This year, weve already had 11 Territorians die on our roads, Mr Kirkman said. To apply for a Towards Zero Road Safety Community Grant to promote road safety in your organisation, visit nt.gov.au/driving/safety/roadsafety-grants-program Assange dad wants action JULIAN Assanges father is calling for the Australian government to bring the WikiLeaks founder home. John Shipton, Assanges biological father, addressed a small group of protesters in driving rain at Sydneys Martin Place, two days after his son was sentenced to almost a year in prison for skipping bail in London. Mr Shipton said his son was being punished for exposing the grand narrative of every heinous crime of the late 20th century. The consequence of WikiLeaks revealing these crimes, the destruction of Iraq, the destruction of Afghanistan, the destruction of Syria, the destruction of Libya, millions killed, they want their vindictive revenge, Mr Shipton said. Assange was sentenced to 50 weeks prison for breaching bail seven years ago Adani works on approval ADANI says it is working to meet a list of requests from the Queensland government after its plans to protect an endangered bird at the site of its proposed coal mine were rejected. Officials from the state Labor governments environment department have told Adani its plan for managing the black-throated finch fails to meet environmental requirements. The Indian mining company has been told it can submit a new or revised plan in a blow Adani has blasted as an overreach. It is planning to submit plans that meet the departments requests, including that it work with individuals with post-doctoral qualifications. The Morrison Government has accused state and federal Labor of frustrating the project to appeal to environmentallyminded voters in urban seats. THE Gunner Government will put $1.5 million towards helping businesses deal with red tape in an effort to speed up significant projects and lift the Territory out of its economic slump. The funding for significant project champions will be announced in Tuesdays Territory budget and will be split over two years. We are open for business and we want to make it as easy as possible for people to invest in the Territory, Chief Minister Michael Gunner said. The program is aimed at projects worth less than $100 vestments, he said. The significant project champions will be tasked with helping businesses with legislation, authorisations, licences and permits. Mr Gunner said the department will not be given extra NT Budget to target private sector boom million, the point at which major project status typically kicks in, but where the businesses are too large to get help from the Business Departments small business champions program. The program will aim to attract private sector investment in the Territorys economy and create jobs. We need to ensure the process for investors is streamlined, efficient and presents the Territory in a consistent and professional manner, Mr Gunner said. There are incredible proposals on the horizon and our significant project champions will be key to securing these in numbers in its staffing cap. He said the significant pro ject champions program is consistent with recommendations of the recently released budget repair plan, whose author, John Langoulant, said in his report: The Territory urgently needs a concerted effort to attract private investment to expedite major projects and stimulate economic growth more broadly. Mr Langoulant found business confidence in the Territory was low, new projects were not imminent and the volatile Territory economy was vulnerable to the boomand-bust cycle of major projects, such as Inpex. Attracting private investment and streamlining major project facilitation is the key to kickstarting an economic recovery in the Territory, Mr Langoulants report said. Mr Langoulant recommended a refresh to major project approvals processes and found privately-backed major projects had been the key driver of the Territorys economy over the past 20 years. The Gunner government has committed to establishing an officer for investment attraction in early July this year and to improving the efficiency of major project approvals. CRAIG DUNLOP We want to make it easy to invest in the Territory STEVE VIVIAN

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