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Comment on Anderson joins Country Liberals, will target shires, growth towns, commercial development, ‘separatism’ in education by Paul Parker.

Everyone – not just the business community, needs certainty to invest in the Territory and so create jobs. The growth towns and other communities remain concepts without substance, with foreseeable consequences.
String pulling from Canberra directly disadvantages all those living upon Land Trust corporate lands, so in many communities where “failure to thrive” remains the norm it’s often the direct result Canberra’s policy and legislation.
For far to long numerous NT governments preferred to play this game, rather than address substantive issues – even when raised, they just held out their hands for more money to misallocate.
Most problems directly relate to Commonwealth legislation, which destroy or just refuse to enable otherwise available opportunities.
Alison was correct to state repairs and maintenance for bush homes under SIHIP were absolutely appalling.
The appalling part is why NTG involved at all in repairs and maintenance of privately owned houses. Such is not responsibility of the NTG.
Responsibility for these houses rests with their corporate Land Trust owners, along with their managing Land Councils – except where valid leases were issued transferring these responsiblities to others.
There are few cases of these transferred responsibilities.
Their ongoing refusals to issue their tenants with valid leases means they retain responsibility.
Certainly NTG is responsible for NOT calling these corporate Land Trust owners and managers to account in the appropriate courts for these appalling circumstances within their property.

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Student boarding funding restored – for now
Pleased to see funding will continue to support rural and remote families able keep their children boarding at St Philip’s, and other colleges, and so receive mainstream education.
IMHO restoring level of funding is not sufficient.
It’s clear many rural and remote students grossly fail to achieve their potential.
It’s easy enough to provide schools for pre, infants and primary, however secondary education in many areas lacks population to justify secondary schools.
There exists still a failure to provide equality of opportunity in education for rural and remote families.
Alice Springs and other Schools of the Air demonstrate how improved internet enables lower cost specialist secondary educators to conduct rural and remote classes and discussions using video link with local support, but is this currently and regularly provided and used?
Education can ensure equality of opportunity.
There exists considerable room for improvement from Commonwealth, states and territories, each share responsibility for the social disease of failure to thrive in education.


Police want parents to stop youth crime
Re: Evelyne Roullet Posted September 20, 2018 at 2:25 pm.
Perhaps it is time to re-read George Orwell’s books “Animal Farm” and “1984”.
I am prepared to defend the anonymous writers, many of whom am sure possess self-respect tempered by fear of revenge.
I agree it is essential to feel safe, to be able to express ourselves without fear of being judged, humiliated or discriminated against.
However many in the NT demonstrate totalitarian tendencies, with vindictive tendencies towards those who fail to agree with them.
NT politics, particularly party politics, is more like tail wagging the dog, than the dog wagging the tail.


Snouts who think their rightful place is in the trough
Are they planning any leases of new locations to the Chinese?
Perhaps forgetting the not so long ago Giles’s government diplomatic incident involving a lease which strained links between Darwin, Canberra, Washington and Beijing.


NAPLAN a flawed measurement, review needed: COGSO
Clearly Tabby Fudge does not understand the NAPLAN test.
Perhaps neither does COGSO (NT Council of Government School Organisations).
The NAPLAN test is NOT about passing or failing.
The NAPLAN has “No pass” and “No fail”.
The NAPLAN test measures where each student understands the core education principles. Those seeking grade scores for students or teachers clearly need look elsewhere.
This failing, when not addressed, reduces their capacity to learn more complex things they often are expected to learn later.
NAPLAN tests are essential to reduce student fail-to-thrive rates in NT post-primary education.
Each student needs understanding basic disciplines of literacy, numeracy and learning, their NAPLAN result is their learner education license.
NAPLAN tests confirm each understands core basics, certifies each is able to proceed to find their own way further around Australian education where they can improve themselves with further experience.
Many NT students fail their learner education license, yet are still pushed forward.
Later failure to achieve remains a foreseeable result from their failure to understand basic disciplines of literacy, numeracy and learning in Australian education.
NT’s failure to ensure these core education skills achieved ensures many students crash later due lack of core skills to understand enough to advance themselves further.


Police use drone in finding assault suspects
Even smaller drones a great tool for increased police efficiency.
Every rural NT Police stations need a drone with officers trained to use them.


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