The Centralian Advocate Tue 29 Mar 2022
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12 OPINION Tuesday March 29 2022 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Welcome back Singapore AS life returns slowly to nor-mal on the back of a solid vaccination program, its nice to get a surprise that isnt normal and catches us on the hop. That came on Monday when Singapore Airlines announced it was resuming flights into Darwin for the first time since March 1999. Silk Air part of the Singapore Airlines group flew into Darwin in the 2010s but these were suspended for good when the pandemic killed international travel. In a post-pandemic business restructure, Silk Air was merged into the Singapore Airlines brand and consequently, well have the distinctive Singapore Airlines livery flying back into Darwin from Tuesday. Regularly rated the best or among the best airlines in the world, Singapores return to Darwin is a terrific vote of confidence in the Territory as an interesting, engaging destination. Conversely, the four-and-a-halfhour flight out of Darwin to Singapore was always popular with Territorians looking to cash in on the proximity to South-East Asia compared to the southern capitals. The airline says its here for the long haul and will gradually phase up services based on demand. A spokesman told the NT News a review of service demand will take place next month and this will determine whether Singapore-Darwin flights crank up to three a week. Either way, its great to have Singapore Airlines back. Eyes watching budget closely TERRITORIANS will be watching closely when Tuesdays federal budget is handed down. With an election on the line, the Coalition and Labor have already laid out a number of major promises if enough Australians decide to vote for them. And its no secret that the seat of Lingiari, which encompasses most of the Territory outside of Darwin, could make or break an election victory for either party. Already, federal politicians have promised significant funding for our unsealed roads and struggling health system, with several other major infrastructure projects hanging in the balance. But many believe the best of the budget promises are yet to come, with the petrol excise tax expected to be slashed. Territorians will have their wishlists ready, with the hope the next government will make their lives easier and take action on the important issues facing our nation. But while the budget is important, the biggest question everyone should be asking themselves when they go to the polls is which government do they want to lead the country for the next three years. Support for Dr Heggie IT saddens me to read the repeated recent comments about Dr Heggie. Dr Heggie has worked tirelessly over the last 2 years to keep Territorians safe, and he has achieved this. The NT has not suffered the harm seen around the country and the world from Covid-19. Without him, the NT health system would be in a much worse state than it already is, and many hospitality businesses simply would not have survived. People should not forget this. Dr Hugh Heggie is our hero. Sam Taylor hospital heroes RE: the comment from Patient (Friday, 25 March, NT News), criticising RDH and by association its Emergency Department. I wish to take issue with the thrust of the comments made. I have been a patient of ED on a number of occasions over the years, though not in recent times happily. At times the wait to be looked at can be slightly lengthy, the efficiency and dedication of the medical doctors and nurses is first rate. They have to put up with so much crap from unruly and rude patients on a regular basis, to the extent a number of security people are required, more than regularly. Overall, the service of the medical people from RDH, and in particular ED, we in the Top End get we should be very proud of. Marrakai Bill protect our rivers OUR rivers and flood plains deserve more. Our amazing rivers are too often viewed by big industries like cotton as a channel in need of more irrigation, just waiting for more pumps, more dams and more bulldozing. I dont want to see Gunner government roll out the red carpet for cotton by allowing more water to be taken from rivers and flood plains that could put fishing, culture and healthy rivers at risk. Instead, we need the Gunner government to change its thinking for the good. To start listening to communities right across the Territory, to understand why they care so much about our water and do what it takes to look after our river systems for tomorrow. With regions like the Daly under more ecological strain than ever, its vital that the NTG doesnt take us down a Murray Darling path, leaving all of us to pick up the pieces. We get one shot at this more of the same aint going to cut it. Max, Moil covid insanity IT beggars belief. I have just read that a person with Covid in the NT can now board a plane to fly interstate. And, the federal government is dropping the requirement for international travellers to test negative before travelling into Australia. At the same time a healthy person in the NT, who has not been vaccinated, is not able to work. This is absolute stupidity on steroids. Further to this, the NT government is now introducing legislation to give the CHO broadreaching, almost dictatorial powers until the next election. This is on the premise that we are in an emergency, meaning the NT is still in a situation (Im assuming its Covid) which poses an immediate risk and which requires urgent attention. I am triple vaxxed, but believe in commonsense and the rights of an individual. Surely Im missing something here that the government is not telling us. David Wilson, Rapid Creek farewell Jim SATURDAY arvo I arrived early at the memorial for a former employer Jim Cooper, OAM. He was such a nice and friendly boss. Jim said I could have a look at his toyshop for the car that would drive me around Darwin on the afternoon of my wedding day January 1, 2000. Jim said he wouldnt be the driver but he would make arrangements for me for my special day. He said sorry but I will be at the Opera in Salzberg, Austria on this day. Well all went to plan, Sparrow turned up in the 1951 Custom Ford I wanted. Family and friends asked where the hell did you get that from? I said Jim Cooper former boss, hes only got about another 39 Fords in his toyshop. RIP Jim. Caitlyn Antella, Marrara impaired vision on gas TERRY McCrann, like Mr Magoo, ploughs on writing in the paper without seeing the dangers of whats ahead. He knows that the warming globe has consequences that we are now feeling at a level never before experienced, fuelled by the burning of fossil fuels. Never mind that, we need the gas now, and well roll over the consequences. Truth is that electrification of pretty much everything is the future, and even those gas fired power-stations he sees looming that would only ever get about 2% usage will become redundant. Vision is not one of Mr Magoos, or Mr McCranns strengths, and one day he might find himself wondering how he ever talked himself into all this gas stuff, when staring him in the face is a future that thrives without it. Carolyn Ingvarson More Darwinites are using e-scooters as a result of increasing fuel prices, including Nicola Wickramaratne, left, and Mei Li Chang. Picture: Glenn Campbell