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I have only recently become aware of these claimed diamond deposits. If there really are potential diamond mines in the NT, what is the rationale for not developing them?
I suggest that those such as Ken in this thread reapply.
There has been a change of guard in the CLC, so maybe they will stop just saying no.
And the NT itself is broke and going broker.
I share Jimmy’s worries about fracking.
But diamonds? And I do question his insistence on maintaining our “pristine” environment at the expense of all development.
There’s some pretty pristine poverty going on out there as well.

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Miners are spreading myths, says environmentalist
@ Alex: No, I do not understand the function and funding of the CLC.
What I do understand is that after how many years their client base still lives in squalor with little or no hope for a better life.
Why else do so many continue to come to town in despair? Why else do so many residents of remote communities complain of the perceived control and nepotism?
I suspect they (the CLC) are a self licking ice cream cone. Sorry, but there you have it.


Miners are spreading myths, says environmentalist
That was a good reply, Jimmy, and thank you.
I agree with you that the mining industries need to be regulated. There has to be an end to the old practice of extracting the resource, pocketing the profits and leaving the mess for others to deal with.
But whether we like it or not, some extracting needs to take place if we are to do more than sit under a pristine tree while waiting for others to bring us a daily bowl of rice.
So extract where possible under environmentally responsible regulations and ensure any resultant mess is dealt with adequately.
And then we come to the profits. Some of these really must be left behind, and not just to swell the coffers of the regulating agencies, whether they be the NT Government or bodies like the CLC. They must, as much as is possible, be left out on the lands to deal not just with the material poverty, but with the poverty of hope, the dearth of expectations.
Only then can the extraction industries be seen to be a force for the good and be worthy of our support.


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And waiting in the wings is Joel Bowden, currently holding down the NT seat of Johnston for the ALP.


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Hong Kong is now an integral part of the Peoples Republic of China. No more will foreign interference be tolerated.
Japan has cancelled participation in the US’s Aegis Ashore Missile Defense System.
The South China Sea is open for all commercial traffic, but it is controlled by China.
The “containment” of China is simply not happening.
Instead of acknowledging this new geopolitical reality, we persist with doomed and demented projects like Five Eyes and the Angle-Zionist Empire of Chaos.
The US likes Australia. They get to tell us what to do.
And Chansey Paech seems to have a lot of excuses for not knowing anything.


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This is a very slippery slope we are taking. I am not saying we shouldn’t take it as Willshire was by all accounts, including his own, a predatory racist and a murderer.
But, and it’s a big but, once the iconoclasts get some wind in their sails, what comes next. The book burners are already out in force.
Mark Twain’s US classic novel Tom Sawyer is under attack because in it he has one character named Nigger Jim. Admittedly this is unacceptable in today’s world, but a century and a half ago it was fully acceptable.
I wonder if they, the iconoclasts, will turn their attention to the Old Testament.
As for Stuart’s statue, get over it. He was a very important historical figure here in the Centre, and he was not a bad man. If there is a desire to address a perceived color bias in that park, nominate a countryman to accompany him. I am sure Council will fall all over themselves to comply.


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Charlie, Did you see the Donald on tonight’s news? If I’m not mistaken he’s suggesting people inject ultraviolet light (is that possible?) and/or a cleaning fluid.
Clearly the man is as mad as a meat axe, but he does have the world hanging on and repeating his every word.
And you say you are not amused? Chill! At least Putin is (for now?) off the hook.
China did it.
And just to clarify, I did say conspiracy theories are, or can be, amusing. That’s because they are.
I also think the flim flam man is a hoot and good fun. That’s because he is.
I did not say the death of 50,000 is amusing or fun, and it’s a cheap ad hominum misdirection from you to insinuate I did.


Pine Gap and Five Eyes: what did they know about COVID-19?
Fair go, Charlie.
You use terms like “robust form of evidence”, and “very strong indicator” to advance a theory, and then level suggestions of conspiracy theories on any other interpretation.
All I’m saying is an open mind is a good mind to have.
As for conspiracy theories, they’re entertaining. Mostly bullshit, a bit like elections, but good fun. Just watch the Golden Golem of Greatness, the great flim flam man himself. Do you really think he’s not enjoying himself?


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