It is interesting that a little bit of feeling has crept into the relationship between some of the City of Darwin Council aldermen and council staff (Sunday Territorian 1/11.)

Within organisations, tenseness can sometimes supplant unanimity. It is important that the protocols of politeness and respect are always necessary observed. This awareness is not good for anyone connected with our city and its governance.


We would do well to reflect on Michael Gunner’s Sunday Territorian column “The comeback capital shines” (1/11). It expresses altruism and ambition and offers a glimpse of purpose and determination. “We will keep tackling the hard generational changes that were shoved aside for too long” writes our CM. I am clipping and keeping his column and will look at it in July 2024, a month prior to the next election. That will confirm whether the proof of the promises have been in the doing.


The way in which Australia’s trade with China is being curtailed by the imposition of restrictions, confirms that DFAT and exporters need to seek alternative markets for agricultural and mineral exports in a hurry. This task needs to be quickly expedited in order to avoid a glut of export product with nowhere to go.

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