So Arid Lands Environment Centre Jimmy Cocking says “there is …

Comment on Federal Budget: Stand on your own two feet, NT! by Mark Wilson.

So Arid Lands Environment Centre Jimmy Cocking says “there is very little for Central Australia” in the Budget. Have we come to expect, and demand, special treatment every year?
Does Cocking realise that every year the NT receives $5.66 in GST receipts for every dollar of GST raised here?
By comparison WA receives under 38c for each dollar of GST revenue. VIC is next worse off receiving 88c for each dollar with NSW just below parity (2014/15).
So the NT and indeed Central Australia could be very much the poorer every year should the Commonwealth Grants Commission reassess the GST carve-up.
So perhaps we and the NTG should just be grateful while it lasts.
Perhaps this year it’s Port Augusta’s turn! Given that SA has led the way with a renewable future and found their power grid in some crisis, I would expect environmentalists to be very happy given that Port Augusta has closed its thermal power station.
You cannot be a winner every year. But then again, we almost certainly are so.

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Moss ties together three Alice projects worth $90m
Hello! Has anyone noticed the kitty is empty? Politicians throw around numbers like $50m, $20m, $90m like we have a pot of overflowing gold.
Can someone also advise me how spending all this (borrowed) money will, as the Minister claims, go toward “creating a safer community”?
Another re-vitalisation of the Mall requires more than simply re-arranging the landscape unless it will all be fenced off with guarded entry. Wouldn’t that be attractive!


Gas deal: They can’t blame Giles for this one!
Given that the gas field, in Australian waters, is 100% owned by a foreign owned company I am curious if we purchase (as Italian foreigners in our own country), the gas at fire-sale prices like much of the gas that we export to Japan and Asia? Surely not. Rather we get the rough end of the pineapple in both deals.
It seems that for the honour of having the resource owned and sold by an Italian company that the NT has to become a compulsory purchaser. Nice one Hendo.
What sort of a deal is that? But it’s pretty typically Third World mentality to sign a contract on any terms and costs really. These companies must take us for the mugs we are.
It’s only the contract details that change. We sell off (99 years) Darwin Harbour and allow our gas to be sold, after processing and transport, in Japan for less that we can buy the same product here. It’s a disgrace. Good one Hendo and Adam.
Our politicians need a good tar and feathering. Can I sell tickets?


Massive downturn of home starts in NT
During the boom years it proved impossible to find a tradie willing to take on pesky home repairs and upgrades.
Four tilers quoted to upgrade my wet areas but not one showed up! I did the job myself with the certifier reporting my job one of the best he had (ever so briefly) seen as he whisked in and out in five minutes flat for his sub $200 fee.
New projects always seemed simpler with better returns and perhaps without homeowners (like me) hovering and checking work and quality standards. So now the tide may have turned and the tradies who remain may be economically forced to undertake jobs like mine. Time will tell.
The effect should also tend to raise home values I imagine. So a double win for current home owners.


Why solar racing is a brain sport
Hans, the NT and SA should be very proud of this event. Yes, it’s a blend of finance, technology, endurance and the inexact science of meteorology and even guesswork.
The more a team understands the performance of their vehicles under different conditions the better decisions they can make.
The occasional rain and especially the wind has added many uncertainties and significant challenges. However the benefits for the future of solar vehicles is inestimable.


Master plan for town, reconciliation plan for Australia Day
Personally I have no objection to seeing the Aboriginal flag provided the flag protocols are preserved. Decisions of 28 years ago need due consideration but this shouldn’t prevent a different decision in 2017/8.

However, if the Aboriginal flag’s presence would automatically mandate for reasons of political correctness, the necessity of the Torres Strait flag, then this, to me, is a bridge too far. We are not Top Enders here.


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