So a delegation of 250 lead by our Chief Minister is off to Canberra for two days to enlighten politicans and federal agencies with an awareness of the NT, our potential and our needs. Some might pay their own way but the NT Government will be up for hundreds of thousands of dollars for this soirée. Will this huge expense be justifiable?

It’s true to say that many police, teachers and other service providers do not relish the idea of living and working in remote areas. Staffing challenges may be overcome only if training includes a requirement of remote area service upon graduation.

Channel 9’s continuing commitment is encouraging. However it would be great if the six o’clock news each week night included more than 4 or 5 minutes focussing on the NT. No local weekend news on 9 is also a keenly felt loss.

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