May the new year bring blessing and happiness to all Territorians. May we be a community that masters challenges, transforming them into celebrations. May we be a polite community, noted for the empathy and care we have for each other. May we put others before ourselves.

It is a great pity that the Perron Government’s take on climate change 30 years ago (NT News 1/1) was never acknowledged by Federal action at the time. The present fire holocaust is in part an outcome of our country ignoring the ‘stitch in time saves nine’ principle. Change on policy including vegetation management MUST follow this season’s Australia-wide torching.

As a Northern Territorian, I don’t agree with the thought about race being connected with arrest for language offences. Come to Darwin and spend some time in our city mall, in our shopping centres, on buses, at transit centres and just around our streets and you will see what I mean.

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