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The Northern Territory news Thu 23 Apr 2020



The Northern Territory news Thu 23 Apr 2020

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10 OPINION THURSDAY APRIL 23 2020 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Your say THE PEOPLES VOICE IN THE TERRITORY NTs right to relax lockdown IT HAS been 2 weeks since the NT recorded a new case of coronavirus. No other jurisdiction in the country has come close. So it is no wonder Australias Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Paul Kelly, says the NT is in an enviable position right now in the fight against COVID-19. Thanks to continued low numbers of new confirmed cases of coronavirus across the country, the Federal Government will soon consider easing strict social distancing measures in three weeks time. However, NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner has been urging Territorians to remain patient. He previously warned people not to get their hopes up about lifting restrictions despite the NT having the lowest rate of coronavirus infections in the country. This is like the grand final. We are only at halftime, Mr Gunner said. We are in front but its far from over and its far too early to start celebrating. But after a very tough few months in lockdown, Territorians are in need of some hope right now. Mr Gunner should listen to Prof Kellys praise for what the NT has already managed to achieve ahead of the rest of the country and take that as a good sign that we can be the first to ease restrictions. The majority of Territorians have demonstrated over the recent weeks that we can be trusted to be sensible and do the right thing, even without certain restrictions. Its time to slowly start restoring Territorians way of life. Hopes hang on trial YET another promising development amid the gloom and doom of the COVID-19 pandemic is the commencement of a nationwide trial of drugs that if they work could stop the virus in its tracks and prevent people dying from it. The incredible doctors and researchers around the country, including those at our own Royal Darwin Hospital, should be commended for their fast action on this trial, which could save lives and dramatically reduce the impact of the virus on Australia and the rest of the world. Letters Give us back waterfront WITH the delays to the luxury hotel on the waterfront, why hasnt the loop road been reopened to once again allow public access to the seawall and parkland. If Landbridge are not going to progress this in the short term the waterfront should be opened again for fishing and recreation. I would suggest the announced delays are just the tip of the iceberg. No developer will be going ahead for a long time in the present economic climate. This is looking like another Chinatown debacle. Steve, Stuart Park Bush soap alternatives HAND hygiene is an essential part of coronavirus control. But some people may not have access to hand sanitiser or soap. For example sanitiser, because of its alcohol content (over 60 per cent), may not be available in shops on Aboriginal settlements. Furthermore, it is unaffordable for residents on a minimum income. Having lived with Bininj relatives I know that access to soap is often limited by the number of people using one bathroom. And it can be impractical for people to carry and use soap when out bush or living in the long grass. But there are common plants that contain saponins, soap-like substances known for their anti-viral properties. Some are black wattle (Acacia auriculiformis), A. holosericea and red ash (Alphitonia excelsa). These plants are well-known to Bininj and others as soap plants under the names of mandulk and man-ngul (for the acacias). Having used such plants often when out bush I now make my own acacia-based hand/body wash and shampoo. But the simplest way of using soap plants is to just break or tear up the leaves or pods or bark and put them in a bucket of water for a week or so. If the water makes bubbles when shaken or feels slippery then saponins are most likely present. Poured into a bottle the liquid can be carried about ready for use when one is not able to access soap or hand sanitiser. Hands must be thoroughly dried after washing. The use of Australian soap plants and how well different species work on viruses is outside of my area of expertise, as Im sure some readers will point out. But then again, what other solutions are there for people with little access to soap or hand sanitiser? Perhaps scientists at CDU, being in tune with the limitations Ive outlined, are already working on the problem. If so, lets hear about it. Dr Denise Good Fellow, Darwin River Biden versus Trump REGARDING the Trump ultimate hypocrite letter from Cynic, Woodroffe (NT News 20/4/20). There is a big difference between Trump appointing his daughter and sonin-law to positions compared to what Biden did for his son. For starters, it has been alleged that Bidens son was able to get high-paying jobs in companies in Ukraine and China because of his fathers influence as vicepresident while having very little experience and qualifications to perform those jobs. He also benefited from his fathers position as VP while working in US finan cial services company MBNA. Biden also boasted that he was able to get a Ukrainian prosecutor fired that was investigating corruption in the company that his son was working for in Ukraine, hence why Trump looked into the matter. Regardless if Bidens son was involved in corruption or not, there was a perceived conflict of interest from his father. You also state that Trumps daughter and son-in-law would not get their positions on merit or without Trumps sponsorship. How do you know that? Do you think there wouldnt be an investigation by both sides of politics if they werent qualified and Trump did a dodgy? From my understanding Trumps daughter and son-in-law have the experience and qualifications to perform the positions they have been appointed in, as opposed to Bidens son who clearly did not. Tom, Virginia Origins of cracker night TWO misnomers raised by recent correspondents on the subject of July 1 celebrations and fireworks need to be corrected. Peter William (txt the editor 18/4) suggests that crackers on July 1 was a transition from Guy Fawkes Night. This is not correct, for with self-government came a decision that Territorians could celebrate our coming of age by purchasing and letting off fireworks. JF Barlow (Cracker night crackpot Letters, 20/4) urges the rescheduling of fireworks for later in the year. This suggestion misses the point. July 1 is our day of celebrating self-government. Moving fireworks to another date would be like celebrating Easter in August, Christmas in September or Anzac Day on June 7. Henry Gray, Leanyer On this day IN THE TERRITORY FIVE YEARS AGO THE NT Government has rejected a proposal to preserve the remnants of the East Arm operational base of one of Australias most respected World War II fighting units, the Z-Special Unit. 10 YEARS AGO A TOP NT footballer has been severely injured after he was mauled and dragged to the ground by a pack of huge pig dogs. NT Thunder forward James McNamee, 24, said he had nightmares after the attack. NT~ News ( ,1 '

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