Re the comments by Tellus MD, Duncan van der Merwe, …

Comment on Salt mine: Alice needs to grasp a major opportunity by Careful with that $, Eugene.

Re the comments by Tellus MD, Duncan van der Merwe, posted March 22, 2017 at 4:43 pm: It is a pleasant surprise to see a managing director taking our questions seriously, and going to the trouble of addressing them clearly and in detail in the local public media. Bravo Duncan van der Merwe!
If only other prominent business people and other community leaders were prepared to be equally respectful of the public, we would all be a lot better off in many ways.

Careful with that $, Eugene Also Commented

Salt mine: Alice needs to grasp a major opportunity
Are you trying to have a lend of us again, Steve?
I understand that sealing the road to the mine site would probably cost between $50m and $60m.
Wouldn’t it be more appropriate for the mine operators, who would be the major users and beneficiaries of the seal, to share the construction costs of that road?
There would be huge debt servicing and opportunity costs for the NT Government if it went further into debt to finance this proposal, which would benefit a company in which the NT Government would have no equity and whose activities may not provide NT citizens with much in the way of net revenue benefits.
There are also other projects which would arguably have much greater returns for Territorians.
The company should provide us with an adequate and independent cost-benefit analysis and detailed shared costs proposal if it wants us to take its suggestion seriously.


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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?


Bottle shop cops ‘security guards, paid for by the taxpayer’
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.


Booze report: What the government is likely to do.
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.


Elferink and Gooda clash over underage marriage
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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