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Alcohol has been the number one scourge confronting Indigenous Territorians and other itinerants for the past 50 years.

Wet communities, dry communities, beer only strategies, outlawing flagons then reduction in wine cask sizes, limiting trading hours, police on bottle shops and banned drinkers registers; nothing has worked because strategies can always be circumvented. Now the suggestion that a controlled, monitored drinking area for itinerants be located in Darwin is being floated. If established, it will quickly join the long list of other failed initiatives. Chronic dependence on alcohol is dehumanising far, far too many Territorians. There is no solution to the problem.

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We have enjoyed an excellent wet season. The Darwin River Dam is at over 90% of its storage capacity. Rural area aquifers have been replenished.

Now is not the time to consign planning of water futures to the backburner. Rather it is high time to plan in a way that will not see us embarrassed about water shortages in the future. Remember that before the 2020/22 wet season, our dam was well down and many aquifers were almost bone dry.

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If the NT News ever publishes an edition that does NOT report on youth crime, trashed businesses, homes violated by intruders and stolen cars, buy a copy and file it carefully.

Such an edition, if ever published, will be a rare collector’s item.

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Why is there an incessant stream of ambulance movements between RDH and the Palmerston District Hospital, mostly for the sake of procedural patient transfer?

Why are patients not moved by the top end patient transfer buses in order to reduce costs and preserve ambulances for emergency purposes?

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The way in which royalties money is splurged by so many recipients (NT News 8/4) is about eye watering waste. Royalties management by the Groote Eylandt Aboriginal Trust is a model that should be emulated by other groups.

There have been a few periodic glitches but royalties money is placed in a trust that has bought into significant business ventures benefiting the NT and profiting those in whose family/clan names the trust is held. The only persons disappointed by this arrangement would be second hand car dealers and hoteliers.

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Entering Casuarina Shopping Square via the travellator at the Woolworths end of the centre, poses a clear and distinct danger for the unwary. Close to the Casuarina bus terminal, this area is continually overwhelmed by people whose intent and actions toward each other is intensely antisocial. No matter when you go into Casuarina, expect to see security staff and indeed police, trying to quell the conduct of gathered masses. The reputation that behaviour in and around the centre is gaining, will result in customers turning away – permanently.

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The number of head injury asessments (HIA’s) and concussions happening because of head-banging collisions in contact sports is alarming. It may by time for football codes to consider mandating impact absorbing headgear for footballers.

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We are less than 12 months into a four year term of government. Already there seems to be a lack of enthusiasm and vibrancy about government leadership. Its laissre faire attitude to carefully crafted opposition suggestions on crime management and point blank refusal to consider a bipartisan approach to fixing the issue was short sighted. Government must grapple with major social issues rather than avoiding responsibility.

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IT’S A FACT (3)

There were 347 full page ads in the NT News* in March. That did not count:

. Government announcements.

. Covid information.

. Racing information.

. Any folded lift out.

. Any magazine inclusions.

The least number of pages (2) appeared on March 30.

The greatest number of advertising pages happened on March 20 (26).

Those year (January/February) there have been 1119 full page advertisements in the paper.

* Includes both the ‘NT News’ and ‘Sunday Territorian’.

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Your story “Flawed Price” (NT News 25/3) confirms how ineffective cost increases are when it comes to drinking motivation. Hardened drinkers will, (as hospital admission statistics and data on domestic violence confirm) obtain alcohol no matter what price is charged. The notion of drinking in moderation is not understood by those for whom alcohol is an absolute necessity.

Figuratively, our community is soaking in grog.

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Entering Casuarina Shopping Square via the travellator at the Woolworths end of the centre, poses a clear and distinct danger for the unwary. Close to the Casuarina bus terminal, this area is continually overwhelmed by people whose intent and actions toward each other is intensely antisocial. No matter when you go into Casuarina, expect to see security staff and indeed police, trying to quell the conduct of gathered masses. The reputation that behaviour in and around the centre is gaining, will result in customers turning away – permanently.

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The devastating behaviour of what seems to be a significant number of young people wreaking havoc at Maningrida,shows how far young people have departed from having respect for their elders. The issue of uncontrollable youth is a blight in an increasing number of communities and indeed across our Territory as a whole.

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THE LAST FIVE WEEKS

The last five weeks of Federal Parliament lead me to make the following

RULE CHANGES ARE NEEDED

* All Federal politicans should be women.

* All Federal parliamentary staffers should be women.

* No politican or staffer should be under 35 years of age.

* All male politicans in the lower house should be disallowed from continuing beyond this present parliamentary term.

* Preselection for all lower house seats should be available to women only.

* All male senators should be required to stand down prior to the next election. This shoulod include male senators on half senate and six year stints.

* In addition:

PROCEDURAL CHANGES ARE NEEDED

* All social functions for politicans and staffers should be single sex affairs with men and women debarred from social interaction.

* NO ALCOHOL should be permitted at any social function.

* No social function should continue past 11.45 pm.

* All social functions under these terms should be away from the precinct of Parliament House

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Went into a major shoe store in Casuarina. Shoes I wanted had to be ordered. The assistant told me to order them from the store online to expedite delivery. We (the store) could order but delivery would take weeks I was told. So much for sales enthusiasm.

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Several years ago I was told by a policeman that I would be surprised and concerned if I knew how many sex offenders were living within the Darwin community. That news worried me at the time and still does. Such revelations are discomforting and alarming.

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Tasmania on March 23, passed euthanasia laws into existence, becoming the third state to approve right to die legislation. Other states are moving in this direction. Now is not the time for the NT to turn its back on the issue, recently revitalised by the NT News. We have to keep pushing on this issue until the Federal Government relinquishes its unnatural control on the rights of our territory to make its own laws on key issues.

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The issue of youth justice and punishment for crime is one that should be treated as a bipartisan issue by Government and the opposition in the NT Assembly this week.

Both major parties are united in their belief that SOMETHING has to be done to address the issue. Harmony rather than discord on the subject would confirm the commitment of our politicans to dealing with this escalating problem. We need a fix and we need it now, for our Territory is at the mercy of youthful offenders.

It seems as if too many (young ?)male staffers in Federal Parliament are prioritising lewd and vile behavioural displays as a part of their function.

They should all be booted! Maybe employment of staffers supporting federal politicans should not be available to anyone under 30 or 35 years. This might mean that staff employed have grown up!!