The Northern Territory is part of a country that does not assassinate its leaders, has a democratic system of electing leadership, and appears to other countries in the Asia Pacific region as a stable place. For Chinese, Japanese, Malaysian, Vietnamese, and Indonesians, amongst others, to safely bank private fortunes away from their own turbulent economies is just what they need, writes KELVIN McCANN (pictured). He deplores that the NT Government is turning a deaf ear to suggestions of capitalising on these opportunities. At right: Singapore is making it happen.
A representative from Deloittes Sydney (Lizzie Simpson) will be in Alice Springs on Tuesday, December 17 to explain her recommendations about residential builders insurance. The meeting will be at 4.30pm at a venue to be decided. The recommendations are due to go before Cabinet next year, writes Jamie de Brenni (pictured).
The government has replaced a home buyers’ insurance with no home buyers’ insurance. This is the main beef of more than 50 small builders and “subbies” in Alice Springs who are still at loggerheads with their representative body, the Master Builders NT, over the new fidelity scheme, set up to protect consumers.
PHOTO: Painter Kodie Bennett working on the extensions to the Old Timers Village yesterday.
Amidst the crusty truckies at the National Road Transport Hall of Fame reunion in Alice Springs last week was one quite unlike the rest: she is a petite blonde driving the rig of the year, a 50 tonne Drake low loader pulled by a 550 horsepower Western Star – total value more than half a million dollars.
Perhaps the only hint there may be a woman driver behind the wheel is the prime mover's colour: pink.
Julie Gavin transports earthmoving and mining equipment all around Australia.
Does she know what the future will hold for the industry she loves? "Good question. What's next week's lotto numbers, Erwin?" ERWIN CHLANDA reports.