From the above article: The government doesn’t have to ask …

Comment on Offices? Court house? Either way no say for public. by Hal Duell.

From the above article: The government doesn’t have to ask the public: “There is no right of appeal against a determination by the Minister in relation to the grant or variation of an Exceptional Development Permit.”
And yet scroll down to another article that tells us our Town Councillors plan to have a greater role in town planning. It speaks of a new committee to meet in an open forum “to provide the direction of Council with respect to development applications before the Development Consent Authority”.
So Council gets to exert itself in respect to easements to block frontages for the erection of carports and verandas, but it’s back in your box (or Council Chambers) when the adults in Darwin decide major items?
Nice.
At the same time, why not build it there? Apparently we need another court house, and any overflow would utilise the public space at the intersection of Todd Mall and Todd St North. Who knows, their discomfort might get us a decent shade re-erected at that intersection.
Will visiting QC’s be offered accommodation in a refurbished Residency?

Recent Comments by Hal Duell

The task ahead is rebuilding
I agree that the issue will soon turn to rebuilding.
The question then becomes what will we rebuild as?
All around the world the public sector, and I am thinking primarily of health and education, has been neglected and hollowed out in the name of austerity. Now, when we really need a public health sector, in too many places it’s just not there.
Meanwhile military budgets have blown out to obscene levels, and while we in Oz may have escaped the worst of the cuts to public health, we have not escaped the blowout in military spending.
Which way will we go? Our overlord to whom we are “joined at the hip” is increasing sanctions on Iran and Venezuela at the very time that those two nations are struggling to deal with a global health crisis, maintaining a belligerent attitude to Russia and China in spite of those two nations helping it in its hour of austerity-induced need, and generally acting like a bully on the world stage. Do we really want to continue to go there?
This is fundamental. What sort of a nation do we want to be known as, and who do we want to count as our friends?


Do what I do: a lesson for the government, police
@ John Bell, Posted March 28, 2020 at 8:47pm: Bit of a cheap shot, that “Wuhan Virus”.
It could just as easily be called the Fort Detrick Virus.
Maybe we should all just stick with COVID-19 until we know more.


Do what I do: a lesson for the government, police
That the officer in question did what he did speaks to a degree of selfish irresponsibility that has to call into question his right to bear arms in public, to detain and arrest.
I hope he survives the virus, and I hope those he infected, if any, do also.
And then I hope he is dismissed from the NT Police.


Now it’s five
And has anyone suggested that the New South Wales health minister Brad Hazzard should be charged with criminal negligence for allowing those 2700 passengers to disembark without being tested for the virus?


Record NT debt: Gunner mum on collateral
There’s another serious problem with Gunner’s program for the coming year, and that has to do with the price of oil.
Saudi Arabia and Russia have just started an oil price war, and the perhaps intended consequence of that will be to shut the US shale gas out of international markets.
Lower than a certain price, and fracked gas is simply not economically viable. Bankruptcies are expected.
So probably good news for the anti-fracking lobby – profit and loss economics may make that whole problem go away.
This Gunner dude is looking more and more like someone who simply doesn’t keep up.


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