#1#When government requires land to provide basic services then resume …

Comment on Snowdon ‘pork-barreling with other people’s money’ by Paul Parker.

#1#When government requires land to provide basic services then resume the land with “just compensation” or obtain at market rates reasonable leases so government money reasonably spent to provide these services.
IF land or leases not provided, the responsibility rests with these corporate land-owners to use their own monies to provide these basic services.
#2# On alcohol management plans personally support a three strikes policy – three breaches of alcohol licensing requirements at any licensed venue and their license is canceled.
Three times in one years cancel needs be mandatory, can leave it to the courts for three times in two or three three years.
A canceled license may be publicly auction for highest price, if government agrees.
Such will focus ALL licensed premises on value of their license and their responsible service of alcohol requirements.
#3# Yes, the NAPLAN results confirm what most already know that results for most students at most schools in remote and very remote areas remain a disgrace.
Questions remain (a) why, then (b) how will this be fixed ?

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Snowdon ‘pork-barreling with other people’s money’
The Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA) was established by Commonwealth legislation to receive and distribute royalty equivalent monies generated from mining on NT Aboriginal land to be used to the benefit of Aboriginal people.
Housing is a basic necessity.
The relevant corporate Land Trusts through their Land Councils were not prepared to provide housing with valid leases for tenants, nor enter agreements with previous NT governments.
Land Trust refusals to invest and develop their communities, refusals to provide valid leases to their tenants remains their major contribution to failed lives, developments and employment.
As Land Trusts ignored their responsibilities, it is then appropriate for government to use such money to provide sufficient housing in these communities to be managed by NT Housing.
Government should ensure all prospective tenants provided two options, ownership of the leases with agreed values and repayment plans, or standard public housing tenancy lease.
Worthwhile IMHO for government to offer tenants that after a number of years of good tenancy or repayments to be offered a generous rebate discount purchase price so as to encourage tenants to receive transfer ownership their leases and their home as soon as possible.
The sooner people who wish can own their own homes the better.
Is up to the Land Trusts and Land Councils to make a better offer!


Snowdon ‘pork-barreling with other people’s money’
I do NOT support the ALP announced $90 million to come from the ABA for government employee housing, as public services should be met from government budgets.
Prefer announcement of $90 million from the ABA to build houses on land owned by these ALR(NT) corporate Land Trust estates where individual resident tenants received long term standard leases in their names.
Why are long term standard leases not given to purported intended beneficiaries of these programs?


Recent Comments by Paul Parker

‘Cop will be labelled for the rest of his life as a blackfeller killer’
I am puzzled by comments from the Central Land Council (CLC) CEO Joe Martin-Jard and CLC deputy chair Barbara Shaw.
Are they each claiming NT Coroner hearings are not independent, fully transparent and thorough?


‘Cop will be labelled for the rest of his life as a blackfeller killer’
Re: Chris Slater, posted November 10, 2019 at 8:23pm:
“The stark reality is the risk is always there and officers are forced to make a split-second decision about how to respond, to protect themselves and others.”
I agree.
In life we all may at times be forced to make such split-second decisions.
If accurate the deceased resisted arrest, using a knife, the entire NT community needs address why so many fail to understand how making such decisions increases danger to themselves and others.
Now the investigations, particularly the inquest, which is a court hearing, need time to collect all available, at times conflicting evidence, time to consider then determine relevant facts, which will be released in the Coroner’s findings.
Coroner hearings and their findings are open to the public.


Rock climb closure: total government control of media
As Winston realised, the government is narrowing the range of “acceptable” thinking.


Government electricity firm in trouble as solar booms
I would be interesting to know the number of houses and buildings with solar power systems which
(a) did NOT keep their electricity on,
(b) kept their electricity on.
Does any know the numbers?


Labor, CLP discuss preference swaps: Scott McConnell
Are Australian political parties ignoring their members, even worse their electorates?
Recent Commonwealth election result reflects over-concentration on left or right issues whilst ignoring middle voters.
NT elections show wider variations, perhaps with less attention to middle of the road voters.
Politicians failing to demonstrate real recognition and attention to middle voter concerns are ignoring most voters.


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