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The reality is money rules and governments need money now more than ever.
China does not understand the west and will sell to anyone with money regardless of the cost.
The idea of saving lives in China with 1.2 billion people is in their mind stupid. This will not happen from the west and China does not even contemplate such ideas.

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Territory Government debt goes up by a further $600m
I lived in the Northern Territory when there was a lot of economic activity and things were good.
I now look and see debt levels that the Northern Territory will never be able to pay back. 245,000 is the NT population, with a projected debt, without radical changes to its structural deficit, the NT will be $35.7 billion in debt by 2029-30 with per capita debt of $150,000 for each person in the NT. (ABC report).
Can you afford a combined household debt of $600,000 for a family of four people? That’s without a mortgage, rent, loans – nothing included. That’s how it works, Canberra will not allow NT Labor to raise more loans just to pay government wages.
This is very serious, you need a conservative government or this maybe the end of the Northern Territory. Canberra can pull the pin on the Northern Territory and divide us into Queensland, Western Australia and South Australia.
The NT can buy time by voting Labor out and for some time hopefully; Labor has some good policies but fiscal responsibility is not one of them.
Maybe the states will protest as they will not want the NT devastating debt?
Mr Gunner seems like a decent bloke, but his four years have left you and your kids with a debt that will see people flee the Territory.
Cast your vote wisely in August with thought for your kids’ future.

High season caravan occupancy rate: Zero.
What is happening to tourism in Central Australia indeed the NT is heartbreaking for those directly affected and those in the broader economy that will now find it harder to keep the doors open.
The fact is Tourism in Australia has changed for the long term, it is already being admitted by the UK Minister for Health that they may never find a successful vaccine for COVID-19.
That means international tourists are a long way off and then the processes of mixing in with Aboriginal People in particular complicated.
Australian tourists can fill the void as we are now less likely to go to places like Bali due to developing countries lack of ability to control COVID-19. Checking, tracing and tracking of tourists will be mandatory and create extra administration for the tourism industry.
If there is anything left of this tourist season then it may be best to promote interstate and hope the border closures in particular in the populous area of the eastern states [end] soon.
Cost has turned off families in particular coming, airlines will need to partner with tourism operators to bring about competitive holiday deals.
Be mindful of cost. Yulara is a major problem as the cost of holidaying there has made Central Australia known as an overly expensive area to holiday.
This needs to change and the sooner the better.

Tourism smaller but better, pollies must talk to the people
Mr Carpenter made a very good point which may well become the case: “The Territory will never get out of debt if the government continues on the trajectory the are now on, no matter what party is in charge. On this trajectory I believe at some point the Federal government will be forced to step in.”
The amount of debt the Northern Territory has accumulated, with a shrinking population and Governments that cannot control Indigenous industry waste of billions of dollars.
It is only a matter of time before the Northern Territory is expropriated by surrounding states. Canberra is discussing this matter and with the current economic conditions and only 245,000 people it would not be politically difficult to achieve.
It is however imperative the NT does not pull Australia’s debt into an irredeemable state.

A lonely ANZAC Day, but no less heartfelt
@ Peter: In the States here, New Zealand banned nuclear powered ships in 1987 by PM David Lange, consequently the US terminated the ANZUS treaty, severing visible intelligence and military ties.
That meant no funding since from the US which has reduced NZ to a token force.
Australia and United States Alliance is concreted.
NZ, well in comparison when Australian PM Morrison came here we gave Australia a state dinner, the highest honour.
Scott Morrison is the second world leader afforded a state visit by Donald Trump, after French President Emmanuel Macron. New Zealand has never been afforded a US State Dinner in 50 years and its not getting one soon.
NZ PM Ardern went to the US and was visibly angry at the United States who had snubbed the Christchurch Call.
US military protocols did not properly salute NZ PM Ardern and was not missed by Australian officials who kept it quiet. A slow drop salute is disrespectful.
Truth be known, the US will be slow coming to any call for help from New Zealand and this is ingrained in all US Armed Services, I can assure you.
In regard to nuclear, 70% of France’s energy is nuclear power stations dotted all over France.
Europe and the UK have huge nuclear power facilities.
Where does his leave New Zealand if China comes around?
NZ is not an ally of the United States or France for that matter.

Workers on visas in trouble as businesses close
@ Best to go home, Future Visas Depends On it: This is the best advice you will have if you are on a Temporary Visa especially for HIGH RISK countries.
In my roles in the US over the years I have seen the collation of international travellers information used to stop Visas being granted.
In other words, most countries both developed and high risk countries share visa violations and other information.
When a Visa is being assessed a red flag appears on the assessor’s screen to stop the visa being granted if there is any question.
Even little misdemeanours are recorded. This Coronavirus will end many Temporary Visas simply because they did not go home in the prescribed time announced by the Government in that country.
Then you must wait a penalty waiting time which according to each country’s policy can be months to years.
This pandemic is going to make it tough for countries like New Zealand who act as a back door to Australia mainly and other countries.
The crackdown from Corona will be felt for years. Good advice, get back to your home country as soon as is possible and avoid the red tape later.

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