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46 NT NEWS. Friday, June 14, 2013. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 1 4 -J U N -2 0 1 3 P A G E : 4 6 C O L O R : C M Y K On this day IN THE TERRITORY 10 YEARSAGO: The Queens grandson, Prince Harry, may live on an Aboriginal community in the Territory during a break in his studies. 20 YEARSAGO: The giant $2 billion liquefied natural gas plant proposed for Darwinmoved a step closer yesterday after news of Smitomos interest in threemore gas permits. 25 YEARSAGO: ChiefMinister SteveHatton has called on Prime Minister BobHawke to clarify the meaning of the proposed treaty with Aborigines. Letters to the editor should be kept to 175 words or less. Send your letters toGPOBox 1300, Darwin, 0801, or email firstname.lastname@example.org You must include your name, home address or PO Box number. Name and address will be withheld on request. The Northern Territory News reserves the right to edit letters. Responsibility is taken by the Editor, NTNews, GPOBox 1300, Darwin, NT, 0801 FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2013 Land councils time is over WITH the Liberals set to win Septembers federal election, the CLP is readying its victorywishlist. High on the agenda are the NTs land councils in particular, the Northern Land Council and the Central Land Council. These bureaucraticmonolithswield much power underpinned by the collective nature of the Land Rights Act. Its argued they use that power to block economic development and home ownership on Aboriginal land. Long-serving CLP Senator Nigel Scullion has been on the case for years. But in recentweeks theman who could be the federal indigenous affairsminister has been flexing hismuscles. (They) think their power to say no is limitless and its not, he says. This has been echoed by local CLP colleague, NT Regional DevelopmentMinister Alison Anderson. She says land councils have served their purpose and its time to give power back to individuals. We dont want our land just to die on, wewant some sort of economic opportunity, she says. Critics say rich and powerful peoplewill just take advantage of indigenous communities for profit. Its a risk that needs to be considered and some protectionsmust be included in any new laws. But its easy to argue the big land councils do just that if only tomaintain their power and influence. All Australians should have the opportunity to benefit from their land. And lawsmade in Canberra should not stop Territorianswhowant to create jobs and opportunity in their communities from doing so. ... and another thing ITS that time of year again, when the V8 Supercars roar into Darwins Hidden Valley. While the NT Government is continuing to look for ways to cut spending, it would be most unwise to upset this apple cart. Its one of themost popular events on the NTs annual calendar and longmay that continue. Letters Last time I checkedwe live in a capitalist democracy, not a totalitarian regime run by the state security forces SEE BELOW MISOGYNISTRANT DEMEANSALLMEN WITH the latest misogynist rant by Gillard added to the previous misogynist tirade I have nothing but total and utter contempt for her. In her attempt to vilify the Opposition, she has demeaned and poured scorn on all men. She has totally lost me, and I think a vast number of Australian men (voters) will feel the same way. I think the sooner she is gone the better. P DPedersen, Tiwi DRIVENTOASK,WHY BOOZE,NOTSMOKES? WITH the supercars coming to town, along come the promo hats, flags, stubbie coolers, etc. Advertising the cars are the sponsors such as Jim Beam, Coopers and many other booze traders that we all love. Hey, I love a drink as much as the next man and Im kind of loving my new Jim Beam cap. The thing that puzzles me and that dont take much is why can these cars emblazon their products with booze emblems and not cigarette advertising? They both kill you (yep, I love a smoke too). And there has been so much written in the news of late about the booze killing certain folk and the damage its doing to society. My personal opinion about booze is that I love it but it does tend to make me smoke heavier. Is it cause all the rich drink heaps but most tend to shun the fags? Who knows? Just spilling my thoughts on the paper. Anyways, are there any racing cars out there sponsored by tawny port? Might put a dollar or two on it. B B,Nightcliff UNDEMOCRATIC TO BANFIREWORKSGUY WHO the hell does the NT Police Commissioner think he is by banning Mr Featherby from conducting a lawful business here in the NT? Last time I checked we live in a capitalist democracy, not a totalitarian regime run by the state security forces. If Mr Featherby is to be believed, he has no criminal history, is not knowingly associated with the criminal element in our society, and is conducting his business within the laws as they currently stand. Unless there is some aspect to this situation that the public has not been made aware of, the Police Commissioner should keep his nose out of lawful private enterprise. Fight the good fight Mr Featherby the people are on your side. Pete,HumptyDoo E-CARSCIENCE JUST DOESNTADDUP THE News picture of Dr Glover charging an electric car (e-Car) at CDUs $140,000 recharge station made me wonder. The e-Car costs $40,000, a Mazda3 diesel about $28,000. Refuelling downtime over 100,000km is about 250 days for the e-Car (eight-hour charge for every 120km) versus eight hours for a conventional car. Running cost differential is around $6300/100,000km in favour of the e-Car. Ignoring service costs, you are $5000 better off buying conventional. E-Car batteries are inefficient compared to fuel and pose environmental challenges that proponents ignore. CDUs adherence to anthropogenic global warming drives its e-Car policy. Even if the CO 2 disaster was fact, the e-Car is overrated environmentally. A Norwegian study concluded that for a 100,000km lifetime, environmental impacts were indistinguishable from those of a diesel vehicle because the manufacture of an e-Car emits about double the CO 2 of that of a diesel or gasoline car, primarily to make the batteries. Cult science results in poor policy. JohnAlcock, Leanyer SILLYASSESTOCOPY YANKEXPRESSIONS RE: Dirty soap cleans up (NT News, Monday, June 10). Where did the word ass come from? Appears it is OK to use pussy wash and cock wash but bum wash, anus wash (and plenty more that could used) are not PC. Ass, to the best of my knowledge, is a four-legged type of horse and bears no relation to any part of the human body. The only time I have heard ass used is in American (so-called) comedy shows. Its time we stopped following the Yanks. Aussie speaker,Wulagi FEDUPWITHBOLTS CONSERVATIVEBIAS WHY does the NT News continually print Andrew Bolts column? His conservative political prejudices and bias are obvious to everyone and always on display in every article he writes. I, for one, am fed with up Bolts puerile, simplistic, ideological propaganda, which is expressed always without any semblance of empirical data or evidence. It seems News Limited and Bolt are only interested in conservative political opinions and analysis, policy and legislation that supports conservative economic theories, and News Limited also. Is this News Limited policy dictated by senior management and the richest and most powerful in this country? Is Bolt a member of the Liberal Party? He has an opinion about everything (and considers his opinion correct), yet he has no expertise, professional or scientific qualifications. I suggest you employ someone with a brain and not some intellectual cretin like Andrew Bolt. I would love the opportunity to tell him personally using the great Australian vernacular that he writes crap and shit every day . A CKearney, Nhulunbuy The Fixer WHAT: Skaters at the Palmerston Skate Park are going thirsty thanks to a waterlesswater bubbler. WHOSRESPONSIBLE: YMCA chief executive Alexia Hohipa. CONTACT:0417 285 021 DOYOUknowof something in theTerritory that needs fixing?GiveThe Fixer a call on8944 9750, email email@example.com followonTwitter @NTNTheFixer Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Text: 0428 NTNEWS Fax: 08 8981 6045 Letters: PO Box 1300, Darwin NT 0801 VOTE LAST WEEKS VOTE Your Say Are you happy more US Marines are heading to Darwin? Do you think there are too many feral cats in the NT? To cast your vote go to www.ntnews.com.au Yes 87% No 13%