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The Centralian Advocate Fri 28 May 2021



The Centralian Advocate Fri 28 May 2021


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30 OPINION FRIDAY MAY 28 2021 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 RED TAPE WILL LOSE INVESTORS Looking at the farcical NTEPA decision for the TNG refinery site near Darwin I can assure readers that many Australian investors will never again touch an NT-based project. Everyone can understand the need to protect the harbour and the water supply and this was done. But the ridiculous red tape over a bit of scrub marked for industrial use by the same NT government is beyond absurd. This is an complete failure of the NT governments making. They ought to introduce specific legislation to get this major project through immediately or call an election. Failing this, could the last one out of the NT please turn out the lights. Mike Gee, NSW GOALPOST CHANGE RIDICULOUS Todays market release from company TNG regarding the NTEPA completely changing the goalposts with regard to reviewing their Environmental Impact Study for their processing plant is absolutely ridiculous. The TNG project is a multibillion dollar project and many millions of dollars and many years of work has been spent on the environmental study and NTEPA has basically said sorry start again and thrown it out. The project has Major project status both federally and in the NT and now TNG may have to take their business elsewhere. It is obviously a complete waste of time dealing with the NTEPA. If companies are looking to bring new projects to the NT then todays announcement has just put shockwaves through many industries. Michael McCloskey, Qld ICAC MUST LOOK AT ITSELF The ICAC Act includes maladministration in its definitions of improper conduct. In the light of the current fiasco, I await the outcomes of deliberations of the ICAC Inspector, including the conduct of the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption and his office and staff. A person or persons must be held accountable for this debacle. The ICAC and staff must be held to at least the standards applied to the people they investigate. Oscar, Fannie Bay DARWIN MARINES POST SHOULD BE YEAR ROUND It appears that both ANZUS allies agree but are far away from making the most suitable and logic decision. The permanent deployment of US military personnel on Australian soil. In recent statements US representatives referred to the forward deployment of US war stocks in Australia and investments in the military infrastructure. Since 2012, the number of US Marines arriving in the Northern Territory for a sixmonth deployment from April to October has increased from 250 to 2500. Are military contingences by both allies only planned for the dry season? Due to the existing trouble spots in Asia and the Pacific clear decisions would be beneficial to Australia and the United States. Franz K, Darwin PAY FREEZE NOT ACCEPTABLE It takes a creative mind to describe a pay freeze for four long years for NT public service workers as maintaining wages. It suggests it could be worse. The Territory has been kept safe from Covid due to the hard work of our public service workers. To offer what will be a pay cut for four years is not just a slap in their face for work well done. It will impact the money they and their families can spend in supporting local businesses and drastically reduce their future retirement savings. Rates and rents and fuel prices are rising, and power costs are set to go up by CPI again this year and wages need to rise to compensate. The Reserve Bank of Oz wants stronger wages growth to keep the economy moving. Keeping public sector wages low just gives private enterprise the excuse it needs to keep all wages down too. It doesnt make the NT an attractive place to come to work. Chief Minister, the buzz around town might mean business is picking up and the tourist dollars are good, but looking after those who live here, so they can afford to keep up with costs and contribute to local business, is the real path to economic recovery for everyone. Kay Densley, CPSU NT Regional Secretary BORDER CLOSURES UNFAIR What a disgrace this Minister and her government are. So a flight that leaves in the late afternoon and gets in before midnight is fine, but people who get on a plane before the border closure but arrive after midnight have to quarantine? What difference does four or five hours make? It is patently unfair and unjust for those who are in transit to be penalised in this way. About as much compassion as Palaszczuk in QLD. Common sense appears to elude this government, the worst in the history on the NT. Keith RE UFOS BEING SPOTTED IN THE DARWIN RURAL AREA If they dont have their vax, or 14 days quarantine, then theyll risk a big fine. Mark I wish theyd come and take me away from all these idiots on earth! These comments you think youre doing something?! People that dont believe in aliens are the same people getting arrested for not wearing a mask Jemma BRING THE DREAMTIME GAME NORTH WHEN Richard Fejostood in front of theCovid-19 reduced ca-pacity crowd at TIO Sta-dium and addressed the nation on national television during his Welcome to Country it was a moment that made the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. Surrounded by dancers dressed on the colours of Richmond and Essendon the speech was rousing, galvanising and uniting. Welcome to the Dreamtime in Darwin, he said. Look after each other and look after yourselves. You have come by way of Larrakia land. You will hear the voices of our ancestors and when you leave you will take the Larrakia message with you." It was the perfect moment for the perfect occasion and was followed by loud cheers from the Top End crowd happy to see the culturally significant match played before their own eyes. And now as Covid-19 throws the AFL season into chaos for a second straight year, the AFL has the opportunity to recreate the same moment next weekend when the Tigers and Bombers are due to play in Sir Doug Nicholls Round. Bring the game north, bring it to the place it should be played every year. Mr Fejo and the Larrakia people proved Darwin is more than capable of making the match a massive occasion on the AFL calendar. Make it happen. ALICE PUT ON NATIONAL STAGE BAKER Boy will be on manythousands of television screensacross the country this weekend as the NRL celebrates its own Indigenous round. Not only is Danzal Baker spreading positivity in the celebrating of Indigenous culture, he is also helping to give the Red Centre plenty of exposure on the national stage. The rapper will feature with State of Origin and Storm star Josh Addo-Carr in Fox Sports coverage of Indigenous round. It also will feature spectacular vision of Parrtjima A Festival in Light. As the fight for the domestic tourism dollar becomes increasingly fierce as the Covid-19 pandemic keeps evolving, the exposure to so many people is another boost in a bid to get people to visit Alice Springs. Hopefully, it will encourage more tourists to check out what we already know is a great place to visit. Health Minister Natasha Fyles gets her second Covid19 vaccination and urges anyone eligible to get vaccinated. Picture: Che Chorley OPINION @ TWITTER @TheNTNews FACEBOOK facebook.com/TheNTNews @ @ @ POST EMAIL MOBILE PO Box 1300, Darwin, NT, 0801 news@ntnews.com.au 0428 NTNEWS NT~ News SUPER SNAPS LETTERS WRITE To Us Make sure to include your name, address and phone number if verification is required. Only your name and suburb will be printed. 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