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More government handouts for alcohol traders
What is it about the alcohol industry that has such a hold over NT Governments past and present?
How is it that an industry that has cost the NT over a billion dollars in harm and clean up costs can be awarded the benefits outlined above? No other businesses or residents get police standing outside their front doors nor the direct capital improvement subsidies.
Do the large donations made by this industry in the past to both political parties have something to do with this anomaly?
Wake up Territorians. Start joining the dots. Start looking for a political party that cannot be bought and give them your number 1 vote.
Such a party exists and it is called 1 Territory. Look at their donations policy at It is the only NT registered political party formed by Territorians for Territorians.
Folks, it is time to change the political underwear in the NT!
Sue Fraser-Adams
1 Territory

It’s the economy, stupid (NT style)
Hi Evelyne,
I can understand your scepticism – we are all thoroughly sick of political promises made to lure votes from us.
1 Territory takes a completely different view. We do not believe we are the fount of all wisdom and think the solutions are evident from the experiences of those at the front line.
We may not make any promises at all. It is hard to do so when you don’t know the real state of the NT’s financial affairs.
Cheers, Sue.

It’s the economy, stupid (NT style)
Hi Michael,
Following on from my comment to Katherine:
Traditionally incoming governments have a number of ways of dealing with the debt left by the previous governments and most of it is pretty lazy and unimaginative.
Selling the silver is a tried and true method but I am not in favour of selling our public assets for all sorts of reasons.
Secondly, they slash and burn the public service. But the Territory needs every public servant and front line worker it has so I do not see that as a solution either.
1 Territory will be approaching this very important issue in a totally new way based on years of experience of managing finances and human resources in a way not seen before in government.
The Territory will lead the world and be a most exciting place to live, work and play!
Watch this space.
Cheers, Sue.

It’s the economy, stupid (NT style)
There is no doubt that just reading the NT Budget papers does not give any incoming Government the information that it needs to know as to the real state of ” the books”.
Like many Territorians I suspect there are quite a few hollow logs with money tucked up in them.
But then also I strongly suspect the cupboard may be bare in other areas too.
So yes, Katherine, a full audit of every cost and revenue centre would need to be done.
That is why 1 Territory will not be making rash promises as to spending and savings.
On the other hand knowing how wasteful governments have become over the past few years, I would be most surprised if a great deal of money cannot be diverted to front line services which often get starved while the fat cats get fatter.

Fracking: The nays have it
Hi Erwin,
I was very interested to read your report on the fracking inquiry.
One risk that appears to have been missed in the long list is the risk to the health of human and beast of the gas flares that will accompany every well drilled.
There is something known in the gas industry as the “sacrifice zone”, where everyone, both human and animal, is expendable.
1 Territory (of which I am the Vice-President) sent out a press release earlier this week drawing attention to the fact the sacrifice zone will exist around the thousands of fracking wells the Labor Party has planned for the Territory. Most importantly, Darwin City, Palmerston, the northern suburbs, the rural areas and the Cox Peninsular are already in the sacrifice zone.
The Conoco Phillips gas plant has been using a gas flare since it began production in 2008. You can’t see the flare very well but they burn off an unknown quantity of toxins from the plant on a regular basis. What is most concerning is in the near future we will have one of the world’s largest gas plants operating a massive gas flare in very close proximity to a capital city and its main residential area.
We are all in the sacrifice zone.
Google the Inpex Environmental Impact Statement. Any reference to the gas flare is largely only to do with shielding the flame so it cannot be seen. There is some minor reference to monitoring however there is no detail.
Territorians need answers immediately from Labor and the CLP. Did the Martin, Henderson, Mills, Giles and Gunner Governments know about the sacrifice zone when they negotiated these deals?
What is currently in place to independently monitor the emissions from these gas flares?
The EPA is not independent nor resourced properly to evaluate, regulate, monitor or ensure compliance to world standards.

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