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@ Tourism in a COVID19 World – Not Happening: It’s far too soon to write off international tourism as a driver for our local economy.
No-one is arguing that it will revive the economy in the short term.
But the world-wide effort to find a vaccine is without precedent in terms of dollars and scientific expertise brought to the task.
But even if it fails a treatment that makes Covid-19 a less serious illness is very likely to be found.
That will enable us to develop herd immunity without deaths or even hospitalisation.
It is far from illogical to believe that international tourism has a long-term future in boosting our economy.

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Wakefield ready for fight: affirms intention to acquire oval
Almost certainly the legal advice is suggesting that opposition to the acquisition is unlikely to succeed.
Because the legal profession love to picnic the advice would not completely rule out blocking it.
So why not release the advice and put a stop to the grandstanding by councillors.
For all their posturing, they undermined what could have been a good legal defence, a heritage listing.

Wakefield ready for fight: affirms intention to acquire oval
@ Gavin Carpenter: Of course the gallery won’t bring back the airlines and give a huge boost to our economic rebound in the near term.
But in the long term it has the potential to stimulate the flagging business sector in our town.
International tourists are especially attracted to high end Aboriginal art and they are big spenders.
Papunya Tula Artists in particular will do well and the benefits will flow on to all their remote community artists.
Along with town businesses, Aboriginal artists and remote community families will benefit from the gallery.
This is a rare example of substantial government funding coming to the Alice and not just Darwin down to Katherine.
At the risk of sounding unpatriotic I think the Council should accept the town location the NT Government has chosen.
There are legitimate objections to it but going to court to fight the decision would delay the project, probably be futile and a waste of the Council surplus.

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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.

Curfew a child protection measure: Territory Alliance
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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