It is a very good thing Cr Banks has done. …

Comment on Anonymous donation doesn’t fix conflict of interest for council by Hal Duell.

It is a very good thing Cr Banks has done. Good for her own image as a Councillor of transpanency, and good for ASTC.
I’m thinking of those councils in trouble over in Queensland, and I wonder how much of that trouble might have been avoided if every council employee, whether elected or hired, had known from their first day that there were NO free lunches.
I think, and I like to think, that our Council is without reproach. Let’s keep it that way.

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Miners are spreading myths, says environmentalist
That was a good reply, Jimmy, and thank you.
I agree with you that the mining industries need to be regulated. There has to be an end to the old practice of extracting the resource, pocketing the profits and leaving the mess for others to deal with.
But whether we like it or not, some extracting needs to take place if we are to do more than sit under a pristine tree while waiting for others to bring us a daily bowl of rice.
So extract where possible under environmentally responsible regulations and ensure any resultant mess is dealt with adequately.
And then we come to the profits. Some of these really must be left behind, and not just to swell the coffers of the regulating agencies, whether they be the NT Government or bodies like the CLC. They must, as much as is possible, be left out on the lands to deal not just with the material poverty, but with the poverty of hope, the dearth of expectations.
Only then can the extraction industries be seen to be a force for the good and be worthy of our support.


Miners are spreading myths, says environmentalist
I have only recently become aware of these claimed diamond deposits. If there really are potential diamond mines in the NT, what is the rationale for not developing them?
I suggest that those such as Ken in this thread reapply.
There has been a change of guard in the CLC, so maybe they will stop just saying no.
And the NT itself is broke and going broker.
I share Jimmy’s worries about fracking.
But diamonds? And I do question his insistence on maintaining our “pristine” environment at the expense of all development.
There’s some pretty pristine poverty going on out there as well.


Air race re-enactment government’s latest financial folly
Let’s spare a thought for CM Gunner.
He is, quite simply, desperate to be seen to be part of any scheme that has a chance of getting off the ground.
In aviation terms I think that is known as flying by the seat of one’s pants. Poor t’ing.


Firm ‘no’ from PM, Scullion to bailing out ‘bankrupt’ Territory
There’s good money to be had in naming rights.
The Huawei Uluru? Now there’s an idea.


Government offered council up to $5m for Anzac Oval
Five million sounds cheap. Can anyone tell me how much it would cost if I wanted to buy the Melanka site as it is?
And an aside to Janet Brown: If Gunner was really serious about using the old high school site, why is the school still standing?
Gunner has been running a scam since day one. I hope the ALP dumps him sooner rather than later.


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