AOINTS TO PONDER

The fact that Territorians are going to be asked what they would like for future parks development (NT News 27/4) is a step in the right direction. Key decisions are made far to often without the opportunity for locals to have any input into shaping our future. May consultation not apply only for this one project.

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There is too much pussyfooting around the issue of ‘age of criminal responsibility’. Young people by the age of 10 know the difference between right and wrong. And if they don’t, then parental neglect and irresponsibility in their upbringing is the main culprit. It is high time that parents were held accountable in law for the actions of their under age children. Instead, government excuses them of all responsibility (for neglecting their children) during their formative years.

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The more Australians (and those with residential visas) who are repatriated, the more there are clamouring to come home. How is it that the more that come back, lead to waiting lists growing longer rather than shorter. It seems as if this is a mathematical problem that would test the logic of a university professor.

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