Charlie W: Do you really think that the private sector …

Comment on Tennant Creek gets the pipeline, not Alice Springs by Francis.

Charlie W: Do you really think that the private sector is stumping up nearly $1b for a pipeline that won’t make a lot of cash?
Jenema’s operational profit depends on profit from sales that benefits us.
One fixed priced deal for gas has already been signed and more are on the way so there is no concern that the price of gas will collapse.
Our royalties of 20 million are for each year so 10 years means 200 million on schools, roads etc.
The pipeline is based on existing reserves, so no additional fracking is needed.
Not saying there won’t be more fracking but none is needed for this project.
And Charlie, get over your xenophobia, almost all investment is now open to the world and we are all better off for it.
And Giles didn’t sell out the Territory with this deal, given that the Feds wouldn’t put Northern Development funds into it, he took the only deal on offer and it is a good one.

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Tennant Creek gets the pipeline, not Alice Springs
Hal your relief that the Simpson Desert, a vast unpopulated expanse of endless sand dunes looks safe from being crossed by a pipeline is just a little ridiculous.

Tennant Creek gets the pipeline, not Alice Springs
The pipeline project is a personal and political win for Giles.
He has demonstrated that he is pro development and in turn that will bring higher incomes and better services to Territorians.
This project isn’t going to see gas exported but will drive Australian industry.
Under pressure to kick in TIO sale money he resisted and now we have a massive NT development funded by the private sector.
Royalties from the sale of gas come to Territorians.
When the next election comes next year Giles will be able to show that he is a man of action with the interests of Territorians at heart.
By contrast the other parties will be seen as stuck in the past, lacking the vision and drive to move us beyond our “handout” status.
And it’s just the beginning, Giles has other projects on the way.
I have never voted CLP but well done Giles and his team.

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Conflict of interest: Councillors allow candidates Ryan, Paterson to attack Government
@ Greeny Council is an apprenticeship for those local government representatives who may wish to take the next step for their community?
Sadly you could be right which explains why our Territory MLAs are so bad.
They have learned in their apprenticeships that once you get into a position of influence you can forget whom you are representing and do what serves your own best interests.

Conflict of interest: Councillors allow candidates Ryan, Paterson to attack Government
@ Alex thanks for that. But the fact that this cancer of divided loyalties has a long history doesn’t make it right.
The antics of the Council would not be tolerated in most other local Government jurisdictions.
Time for change and only ratepayers can do it.
I will not vote for any councillor who has put his or her political ambitions ahead of ratepayer interests.

Conflict of interest: Councillors allow candidates Ryan, Paterson to attack Government
I have some sympathy with Gunner for saying he can’t work with the Town Council on major projects.
The council has been politicised with glaring conflicts of interest.
In my honest opinion Mayor Ryan is leading the way and setting the worst example of all.
Pathetic that the moral high grounders such as Cocking say nothing.
Marli Banks deplores the “really distasteful” focus on council by the government and aspiring MLAs.
But can’t she see the connection?
It is precisely because of the aspiring MLAs and their political grandstanding that Gunner has turned on the council.
Do our conflicted aspiring MLAs care if out town loses major project funding?
It seems they do not.
Their concern is their own political careers.

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Just one aimed to miss Hellfire missile from a patrolling Reaper Drone launched from the Space Base will clear the kids from our streets.

Black lives: generations pass; racism, custody deaths continue
@GC. High rates of Aboriginal imprisonment are always explained in terms of poor education, poverty,inadequate housing, police violence etc.
There is rarely a mention of fundamental cultural differences playing a role even though they obviously do.
You say that if the system cannot accommodate those cultural differences, that is a form of violence.
But how you would address cultural differences in laws and their administration?
Until the past couple of decades this issue was dealt with by the absence of remote policing.
Communities had little police presence, eg one 2 man station at Papunya policed a large part of central Australia.
In the absence of policing, Aboriginal Law continued and communities worked their own problems out, not as whitefellas would, but to the satisfaction of most residents.
Few went to jail.
The Intervention saw police stations built in many communities and traditional punishment was nearly policed out of existence.
Not that payback has diminished but now it is administered by knives wielded by drunks and is sometimes lethal.
Imprisonment rates have soared to some of the highest in the world.
But how do you address this?
The concept of different laws has been firmly rejected.
Traditional punishment is not coming back.
Police have no legal authority to make exceptions even where they are dealing with an Aboriginal offender who is following his own moral precepts.
For the Aboriginal offender being arrested for driving to his grandfather’s funeral when his car is defected, unregistered and his driver’s licence suspended seems very unjust.

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