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Comment on National Account figures: Territory last by Not really an opposition.

“These figures illustrate the urgent need for the Territory government to abolish its hybrid mining tax…”, such a tax will increase revenue.
Your arguments about the economic issues with the NT are completely hollow considering you are anti one key policy that will increase revenue from the mining industry.
Your party is irrelevant and hardly deserving of the title of Opposition.

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Classroom cops back – but only in one Alice school
How about acting on the rest of the recommendations and closing Don Dale, lifting the age of criminal responsibility and holding the criminal guards responsible?
Another concerning move towards an ever growing police state.

New energy for anti fracking campaign
It may just be time to start considering a genuine green voice in Parliament for the NT.

Gas lobby silent on some fracking recommendations
The report has in no way debunked public concerns or “myths” as the industry would have us believe. On the contrary, it has comprehensively outlined a huge range of risks of significant consequence and probability.
This includes climate change risks, groundwater contamination and ecosystems.
The fact that the industry is already pushing back confirms again what the report acknowledged, which is that there is no confidence in the current regulatory system.
If there is money to be made, shortcuts will be sought, at the expense of the environment and people.

New abattoir for Alice? Some cattle men pushing for it.
The pastoral estate will need to prove it can become truly sustainable or it will not transition into an industry that caters to the modern demands of the consumer.
There is growing awareness of the ecological impact of beef production that is already influencing consumer choices.
Obviously it would be best for all involved if the industry committed to reducing its significant carbon emissions and ecological footprint.
Meat and Livestock Australia is aspiring to move to carbon neutrality by 2030. So it is possible to aim higher.
The land clearing application mentioned above on the Maryfield station has hardly moved through a rigorous assessment process.
It is the largest land clearing application in the history of the NT but it was not actually formally assessed through an environmental impact statement and the Pastoral Land board ignored the recommendations of the EPA.
The Pastoral Land Board should diversify their representation so that they can make decisions that maintain the ecological integrity of pastoral lands rather than striving to push productivity that degrades country.

Mining in the NT has turned the corner
Fracking was not the only elephant in the room at AGES. There was complete silence on the issue of climate change and environmental responsibilities. Any mineral or petroleum operator in the 21st century is required to undertake their operations that are environmentally and socially responsible. This is often however not the case in the NT.
Mining in the NT has a fraught history of boom and serious bust. The country is littered with legacy projects that continue to pose a financial burden on the taxpayer for ongoing rehabilitation efforts. The environmental catastrophe that is the McArthur River Mine (no royalties paid in 2016) and toxic legacy of Redbank Mine were not mentioned. There are still significant flaws in the regulation of mining in the NT which pose significant risk to human and environmental health.
An obvious absurdity with petroleum exploration is the need to keep the vast majority of our known fossil fuel reserves in the ground to keep warming below two degrees. Why are companies and the Government working together to discover more resources when it is highly likely they will become a stranded asset?
Petroleum exploration is financially and environmentally irresponsible.
Company directors have a duty of care to foresee financial risk; climate change has now been legally acknowledged to be a foreseeable risk that must be taken into account or directors may be personally liable.
Mineral development should only occur if there are robust rehabilitation plans in place and a company demonstrates they can operate responsibly while equally distributing the economic benefits of their projects.

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