POINTS TO PONDER

Senator McMahon’s calling the NT Government (and by inference the whole of Australia) out by labelling renewables energy a “hoax” (NT News 24/10) is incomprehensible. Is she advocating a future that should be ‘back to the past’ with a major reliance on fossil fuels. I wish the Senator would not knock the progress we are making toward developing energy sources that do not have a polluting effect on our world.

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There are boundless job opportunities in regional NT. Enterprises in our towns beyond Darwin/Palmerston and Alice Springs really struggle for staff. Many business owners offer added incentives including free accomodation and other support. Towns like Katherine, Tennant Creek and Nhulunbuy along with smaller centres, offer people the chance to gain valuable work experience. For families, it should be noted that schools are good and that towns are socially welcoming.

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The arraignment of Constable Rolfe and his committal to stand trial in the NT Supreme Court over the death of Mr Walker at Yuendumu is unsurprising. Mr Walker’s death was tragic and events that have followed have been hard on all those connected with what has since transpired. It is to be hoped that fairness and impartiality are part of the ongoing process. That will take some doing because of the significant social responses to Mr Walker’s passing.

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