Whilst you can’t argue with removing cattle from semi-arid areas …

Comment on Answers on cattle station turning carbon sink by Bob Durnan.

Whilst you can’t argue with removing cattle from semi-arid areas that are subject to major erosion and dust storms even without their presence, this purchase – based on a carbon-sink rationale – does seem a bit counter-intuitive: why would you choose to put a “carbon farm” pilot project in a semi-arid area which can’t support a high vegetation/high carbon load, and is subject to regular buffel-fuelled high intensity fire events wiping out most of whatever vegetation does manage to grow …
However, Tony @2: I think the point of this agricultural (pastoral? horticultural?) experiment was not so much supposed to be the removal of methane generation, but rather the storage of carbon, in in wood and foliage and roots etc.
Robin @1: I don’t see any sense in worrying about this or other carbon-abatement strategies being “a plot to destroy Australia and turn us into a lot of backward drones”. The reality is that we and other existing life forms have evolved in a certain range of atmospheric carbon levels, and many of us are likely to find it extremely difficult to cope with some of the consequences of the (relatively) rapidly changing carbon balance, because of the likely consequences in a whole range of areas, not least the increasingly extreme weather events and temperature cycles. If countries like Australia don’t lead by example (the way Europe, California and parts of China are), with effective policies appropriate to our wealth and consumption levels, it is not likely that many much poorer countries, such as India, Indonesia and Pakistan, and most others in our region, will be persuaded to take much action at all. And if they don’t take action, we will be really in the shit. Australia will be in a much stronger position to pressure them if we establish an effective carbon-offsets trading scheme, and also halt the rate of increased carbon generation, or even reduce our own actual carbon contributions, in Australia.

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Seniors concessions praised, but questions about tiers
Fascinating to hear that seniors who were grandfathered will keep their concessions and receive $500.
Would be even more interesting to know what that means.
Exactly what did the grandfathers do to the seniors? Care to tell us, Sue Shearer?

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Neither Paul McCue nor James Smerk understands the role of the police at the TBLs / POSIs outside the takeaway grog outlets.
They are not there for the purpose of policing the outlets, nor for the purpose of proving security for the benefit of the outlets and their customers, although they do some of that incidentally in the course of their main duties.
The reason that police are there is to prevent the trafficking of alcohol by people who have no legitimate place to drink it, and who are intending to drink it in places where it is illegal to do so, such as Aboriginal lands where communities have asked the Liquor Commission to declare areas dry, or town camp leases which the Federal government has declared dry for the wellbeing of vulnerable residents.
These are the sole reasons that police are stationed outside the off-licence liquor outlets.

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In response to R Henry on Oct 20th, on who gets the extra markup money?
There is very little brand loyalty to the cheap brands of Chardonnay amongst our dedicated alcohol-drinking punters: They are after the cheapest hit of alcohol for their buck, regardless of its host liquid, not for their next taste of the rank Calabrian / Bortoli products.
Since the vast majority of shoppers generally shift their choice to better value for money when confronted with higher prices (and this happened when Clare Martin knocked the cheapest wines and sherries off the shelves in October 2006: there was a massive shift to beer), there is unlikely to be very much windfall profits via extra markup.
To the extent that there are any windfalls, they are unlikely to be anywhere near commensurate with the decrease in profits that are likely to occur because of the overall impacts of a number of the proposed reforms.
To see if I am correct, keep your ears open for the sounds of the interstate alcohol industry cartels – manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers and their paid public relations reps squealing about the alleged injustice, unfairness and unworkability of these visionary evidence-based reforms.
It is going to be an interesting war, and the outcome will decide whether the NT has any future worth speaking about.

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Peter, Posted June 30, 2017 at 2:30 pm: some young girls may resist promised marriage more strongly these days, but I doubt whether some are in a position to do so.
It has been authoritatively reported by youth workers in Alice Springs and Tennant Creek in the last few years that rape of young women is rife in these towns.

I’m not kungka, I’m arelhe
Does anybody know if the hours when the Arrernte words teaching program is held at the Apmere angkentye-kenhe are available somewhere on the net, or anywhere else?
I thought I had seen it advertised for every Wednesday night at 6pm, but this doesn’t appear to be the case?
I have gone there at this time, found it closed, and no notice or info on the door.
Anybody wanna clarify here?

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