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The Northern Territory news Wed 4 Nov 2020



The Northern Territory news Wed 4 Nov 2020

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36 OPINION WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 4 2020 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 RENEWABLES COSTLY Rosemary Jacobs comments on tidal power are interesting particularly when she admits solar has problems. But she doesnt admit the outrageous cost. She than asks why we dont use tide power. The answer to that is of course that the cost and output can be accurately calculated for the life of the project and it is a straight out case of go woke go broke and fantasy claims cant be made about it like solar and wind bird destroyers. The pensioner on the same page complains about power prices and says a minister has explained it is down to the cost of diesel and gas. This is just not true. It is down to what the pensioner has to pay for eyeboggling solar power and subsidised installations, (I had an unsolicited message today offering a $3800 grant to install solar). Also we have a contract until 2034 for gas on a take or pay deal so every solar panel you see means you are paying twice for the same power. I think and hope you will find that the diesel is used in remote communities. But wait, Gunner is apparently negotiating with yet another solar farm to push your power bills up. Peter Cavenagh, Howard Springs PROFIT FROM A CRISIS Had a laugh at the flibbertigibbet Nine autocue woman, on Friday morning, who couldnt wait for the Qld election as the first real election after the crisis. The ignorance and arrogance was obvious but the result was the same in all three. Sadly, with only us smart enough to give the loonies a miss. There are many reasons and the main being only rusted-on CLP idiots want to make profit from a crisis. The majority of us give them the flick. The comparison between a sensible calm woman and a noisy aggressive Finocchiaro-style Frecklington was laughingly obvious. The boys got to her and she is gone. Our CLP Yellen will go as soon as they can find a man who can walk and talk at the same time. Billy Moir, Nightcliff PUZZLING COMMENTS The Kid from Covid County is at it again, despite his admission that: This is not because the risk to the Territory has increased. This is about planning ahead and staying ahead. Staying ahead of what Chief Minister? Increased risk? How asinine! Sando, Darwin PRAGMATISM BLIGHTS NT The Northern Territory, before self government in 1978 was, of course, very much a public service place. Much like it is today: dependent on massive federal funding. In other words, funding provided by productive, wealthproducing, taxation-paying Australians. In the days before self government there was enterprise of many kinds, including beef cattle, mining and retail. All kinds of businesses, some having their origins back to the 1800s and the NT gold rush were in existence and doing OK. After self government on July 1, 1978 things changed dramatically. People came to the NT from far and wide. Real people: miners, plumbers, electricians, carpenters, bricklayers, concreters and tourism operators, transport operators, earthmovers, accountants, lawyers, real estate agents, developers and so many more. And why? Because there was a sense of freedom; a sense of a new frontier, free from all of the unnecessary nonsense of the over-regulated southern states. That sense of optimism, of freedom, of anything-is-possible continued throughout the 1980s. Although, towards the end of the 1980s, the disease of Big Government and all the dangerously destructive, hugely expensive and powerful tentacles that go with that horrible sickness had taken root. The Country Liberal Party government had become infiltrated by the southern forces of Big Government. So sadly. The free and easy, enterprising and small government NT was starting to disappear. So much so that in 1987, a new NT Nationals party was established to try to deal with this worrying Big Government trend. Fast forward to 2001 when after 23 years in Opposition, Labor came to power led by wellknown ABC presenter Clare Martin. This was in my view, the beginning of the end for the NT to follow any kind of small government, free-enterprise, minimum regulation and freedom path. The Labor socialists and their army of like-thinking bureaucrats had taken over and set about building and expanding on the already bloated CLP government of Denis Burke. So back to these words from Matt Cunningham: Gunner and Morrisons close relationship has been driven by a shared pragmatism. Morrison has rejected the ideology of the far right of his party. May I respectfully suggest that Australias (and the NTs) time for pragmatism has well and truly passed by. If Australians (and Territorians) want anything like a free and prosperous country going forward, pragmatism by PM Morrison should be avoided. After all: here in the NT it has been the weak pragmatism of some CLP governments and all Labor governments that has taken away our freedoms, destroyed our economy, ruined our finances and created one of the largest and most unaffordable public services in the western world. Dave Wane, Darwin NT TOURISM VOUCHERS A WINNER THE embarrassing public rela-tions disasters that have sur-rounded a number of the NTgovernments economicstimulus incentive schemes have proven one thing. If you give something to Territorians they will give something in return. If you give Territorians the proper incentive to part with their money they will do it. We said it back in March when we started campaigning for tourism incentive vouchers. And once again we have been proven right. In the first round of tourism vouchers 21,000 people clogged the online portal trying to snap up a $200 travel voucher. It was an overwhelming success. The same occurred on Monday night when the second round of 12,000 tourism vouchers became available. Bingo a huge success. When registrations for the voucher opened at 8pm there were 26,700 unique visitors to the website in the first hour. This was almost 10 times the traffic experienced in round 1 and the level of traffic to the website caused extended wait times for thousands of people. Millions upon millions have been poured back into the economy because of these schemes helping struggling Territory businesses. The tourism vouchers should be a regular thing, particularly in the Territorys shoulder tourism season when the industry needs it most. Its been road tested and Territorians have shown that it works. NEW PSYCHIC CROC MUSCLES IN ON GIG THE reign of oracle and CrocodileDundee star Burt the psychiccroc could soon be over if the Territorys newest seer Muscles the Mystic Croc correctly picks the next President of the United States. Muscles chomped down on Democratic candidate Joe Biden, barely taking a whiff of Republican candidate and current president Donald Trump. It seems the psychic powers of Burt, who was unavailable due to Melbourne Cup festivities, has waned in recent years. In August he tipped Opposition Leader Lia Finocchiaro to become the NTs next Chief Minister, not even glancing at Michael Gunner who emerged victorious. Last year Burt chomped down on Labors Bill Shorten to become the next Prime Minister, leaving the country stunned when Liberal leader Scott Morrison reigned supreme. Watch out Burt, theres a new psychic in town. Baby Inca Ford meets grandmother Sharon Parsons and Brodie Parsons at Darwin International Airport. 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