@ Erwin and Steve: Thanks for the response Erwin. …

Comment on Gas, fracking: potential benefits to Aborigines enormous by Bruce Francais.

@ Erwin and Steve: Thanks for the response Erwin. I am fully aware that journalists must respect the confidentiality of their sources.
I am certainly not suggesting that some people should be denied freedom of speech but I stand by my claim that anonymous sources tend to lack credibility.
I realise that many people are compromised on certain issues and unable to speak freely. This is particularly the case in the NT with our high percentage of public servants.
Origin Energy and the anonymous source appear to me to be suggesting pie in the sky type royalty figures for Indigenous land holders.
The article suggests that Indigenous beneficiaries with their 13% of royalty revenue will earn up to in excess of $13b over two decades. With the Honourable Adam Giles saying that the number of wells may go from 500 to 1000, presumably the royalty reveune figure will also double.
Steve Brown is now in on the act with his wild accusations about people he refers to as loonies.
Has he stopped to consider that he must be talking about the vast percentage of Territorians?

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Gas, fracking: potential benefits to Aborigines enormous
@ Steve: I’m not a Leftie nor a Greenie. I’m a traditional right wing voter. However, I am pleased to say that unlike yourself I am not so damn far to the right that I blindly follow a party that has lost touch with reality and is out of touch with the people.

Gas, fracking: potential benefits to Aborigines enormous
@ Harold: The majority of Territorians are opposed to fracking so the congregations of people you are talking about must be pretty small.
You may be thirsty for knowledge at the moment but future generations of Territorians will be thirsty for water if aquifers are contaminated.
Needless to say there will be some pretty thirsty livestock around.
If you’re still around, you and blokes like Steve Brown will rue the day that you took no notice of what you dismiss as empty propaganda and bullshit from the loony left.

Gas, fracking: potential benefits to Aborigines enormous
@ Erwin. Seems to me that you’ve picked your well informed source from either a petro gas mining company, the CLP or a land council.

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Ted Egan’s comment re fracking being a big issue in the next election: It was a big issue in the last election.
Labor won the seat of Katherine largely due to the anti-fracking sentiment but then ignored the message.

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You had my vote Jacinta but you lost it when you displayed your racism. Yes, I’m an old white man too.

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To answer your questions Dr. Ongo. The NT government’s eight cabinet members made the decision.
One of them actually voted against the lifting of the moratorium but as the matter was decided behind closed doors this information has been kept confidential.
They got to decide because the Chief Minister has insisted that the decision be made this way and we the people have let him get away with it.

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I did not yell at Sandra Nelson. I merely spoke assertively, as I had every reason and right to do.

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Gary made it clear that he was aware that the vast majority of his constituents were opposed to fracking and that although he personally supported fracking he would always support his constituents.
I wrote to Gary asking him to confirmn this in writing but I received no repy.
A month ago Gary put forward a motion in Parliament calling for the immediate lifting of the moratorium.
The motion was defeated when all Labor MLAs voted against it.
Gary is now openly abandoning his constituents.

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