Fred: Check your facts Fred. The rail overpass is a …

Comment on In trouble? Time to dust off Statehood. by Ray.

Fred: Check your facts Fred. The rail overpass is a Federal project, funded by the Federal government, not the NT government.

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In trouble? Time to dust off Statehood.
No Bob. What I am saying is that the NT, has a budget from where it draws money for hospitals, educations, police, the public service etc.
Much / most of that money comes from payroll tax and stamp duty, other funding is received from the Federal government from GST disbursements, at a disproportionately higher rate than what states receive.
The NT government also pays for infrastructure from this pool of money. The original comment implied that the $25 million project cost was drawn from this money, meaning it could have been spent on other areas.
This is what is incorrect, in that the funding for that overpass did not come from the NT budget.
Fred: What changed is the Federal government improving road safety by eliminating level crossings on national highways. Other states also rely on Federal government funding, which is from funds raised from the GST.
So the “new mall and new law courts” are funded by the NT government, the overpass was not.
That was the inaccuracy I was highlighting. Was it needed? I don’t think so, and I travel that road 15 to twenty days per month, but then again there is a bigger picture out there, and the reasons for building it may be many and varied.

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Could not agree more, however the courts seem to keep accepting it. Why not minimum 12 months mandatory sentence? Just imagine the bleating from CAALAS and NAAJA if that was talked about.

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If anybody says they believe the current royalty system is benefiting anybody in these communities (apart from new cars), I would quote Darrell Kerrighan and “tell ’em they’re dreamin”.

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The constitution says the Federal Government HAS THE POWER to make laws for good government.
Nothing says they have to exercise that power or whose interpretation of good we are required to abide by.
Their interpretation just has to be different to yours. Ask any government if they believe the laws they are passing lead to good government, or course they do.
We can’t be getting ripped off if the big corporates have broken no tax laws and are acting lawfully.

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@ DY: No, not quite. Nobody is making Aboriginal people adopt white culture.
What is occurring is a call for those who wish to take advantage of all that a modern community has to offer, they need to comply with the rules that community has in place.
Much like various Aboriginal nation communities had their own societal rules, those living in an Australian town also have rules that define expected behaviour.
Break the rules, suffer the consequences.
The answer is really simple, if you do want to live in a town and society, you abide by their rules, if not go and enjoy another area where your behaviours are accepted.
Just trying to provide a courteous response to your incredibly racist and offensive comment.

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