Is this fiction Russell? Only 14% of Indigenous Territorians are …

Comment on The crucible of alcohol legislation by Rex Neindorf.

Is this fiction Russell? Only 14% of Indigenous Territorians are at risk of long term harm by alcohol? Or is it simply they are dead before the meaning ‘long term’ kicks in?

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Open speed limit starts tomorrow
Dallas @1 posted Feb 3rd is correct, slashing a wide strip on each side of the road will greatly increase safety.
I understand Marks @8 posted Jan 31st point of view. Old vehicles in poor repair will always be a hazard, no matter which speed they are being driven at.
I have been in the Territory since 1997 and lasted a decade here driving on roads with no speed limit until limits were enforced and I survived.
It is a fact that most deaths in the NT are attributed to fatigue, alcohol, lack of wearing seat belts and vehicles which are in poor repair and or overcrowded. Speed was and still is way down the list.
When I was traveling on open speed roads I was mainly doing 160km/h. Very occasionally would I be passed meaning that most people drove at a limit which they determined was safe.
Mark, there is nothing to stop a car doing 200km/h on any road, it’s just illegal but it still wouldn’t stop them.
Fatigue is far more likely to set in whilst doing 110km/h on a long straight stretch of road than doing 160 on the same road as when doing 160 I guarantee you are far more alert whilst driving.
As for driving at night doing these speeds, no way. Open speed is only safe during day time hours.
At dawn, dusk and even night time high speed would be an absolute danger to all concerned. Too many animals roaming and not a lot of fencing! I hit a horse a few years ago now around dusk doing about 90. Came out from behind a tree and did not see it at all until it was right in front of me.
I now have FLIR thermal imaging fitted to my vehicle which works exceptionally well. Coming back from Adelaide last year whilst sitting on about 100 in the middle of the night FLIR picked up three cows on the road well before I could visually see them. Dark cows are very hard to see at night but they give out a bucket load of heat.
It all comes down to driving with common sense and unfortunately it does not matter if there is a speed limit or not common sense is not always there. I would dare say that traveling a few of the speed limited and heavily policed eastern seaboard highways is and always will be far more dangerous than our newly open speed stretch of road.

Editor injured in hit and run
Interesting to note that another person was cleaned up last Friday night near Maccas as reported in yesterday’s local printed paper. This hit and run routine appears to becoming commonplace around town. The one in town however should be easy for the cops to trace via CCTV you would think. Just one of the benefits of having a good security camera system in operation even though the local camera system is not as good as it could be.
Anyway Erwin, best wishes for a fast recovery and maybe you can also chase up and report on the other hit and run.

Mall skater’s $576 fine: is it fair?
Don’t worry Peter, October 15, 7:42am: Eight-year-olds won’t have to carry ID as anyone under 10 cannot be charged for anything in this country. Eleven-year-olds and over however better start packing their birth certificate!

Someone is going to die at this crossing, say councillors
We drove past the Heavitree Gap pedestrian crossing today and yes people were crossing at the southern end of the fence, all except for the one man who was leaning against the fence taking a piss in full view of all the passing traffic. This is by far the flashiest urinal I have seen in a long time!

LETTERS: Bouquets for ‘roo man, brickbats for NT Government after TV show in the UK
Erwin, re your comment to Bob Durnan, Feb 7th. There are always two sides to any story.
This story represents what Brolga has told you and the BBC and nothing else. This is extremely biased reporting in this instance!
You might want to talk to Parks and Wildlife, Wildcare, Tourism Central Australia and Tourism NT to find out the other side of the story!
Tourism NT and Tourism Central Australia have advised on many occasions what Brolga has to do in order to get their assistance and he simply refuses.
My business is very similar and yes Brolga is running a business to make money he is not doing this simply to “save kangaroo’s”.
He is trying to support himself through this venture just like I do with mine and the best of luck to him.
In my instance I pay for my Tourism Central Australia membership, I became an accredited operator so Tourism NT will support me in my endeavours.
Brolga refuses to be a member of Tourism Central Australia and refuses to become an accredited operator yet he is telling all and sundry that no one will help him!
He has been offered all the assistance under the sun by everyone involved.
It is him and him only that refuses to help himself, he expects everyone to just “bow at his feet” because he saves kangaroos?
I run a business and I am a proud member of Wildcare Inc Alice Springs. The Reptile Centre takes in sick and injured reptiles, rehabilitates them (at my cost) and releases them.
We are the drop off centre for injured wildlife in Alice, the vet is as well, and if a roo or bird comes in they are passed onto other dedicated Wildcare members who look after these animals AT THEIR OWN COST and return them to the wild.
Some of these people have looked after HUNDREDS of animals over decades quietly going about it without any fanfare.
There is a much bigger story just there! Brolga is not the only person who cares for our wonderful Australian wildlife however he is the only one choosing to seek the limelight!
Parks and Wildlife (read NT Government) have monetarily supported the PEAK wildlife body in this region which is WILDCARE INC ALICE SPRINGS. Parks and Wildlife does not fund my business and it will not fund any other private business such as the Kangaroo Sanctuary which Brolga operates as a private business just like mine.
There is bad blood between Brolga and myself I will state that up-front, we do not see eye to eye at all.
I do commend him for his dedication to our native wildlife however HIS destiny and that of his establishment relies on HIM and HIM alone towing the line in order to get the support he needs which he is telling everyone world wide he is not getting and can’t understand why?
I hope this helps to clarify things.

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