Halving our seats in Parliament: "The underlying presumption in such a cold, clinical, approach must be that all people are equal and are evenly scattered around an electorate within one climate zone," writes Bob Beadman (pictured).
"We have consistently had the worst performing economy in the nation and Territorians are sick of it. We don’t deserve to be last, we deserve to be first, but we have a Government with no drive, no vision and no capability to deliver," writes Opposition Leader Lia Finocchiaro.
The NT Government has lied through its teeth by claiming it was upholding the recommendations of the fracking inquiry ... breaking this promise by failing to apply the criteria for no go zones fairly and faithfully across the NT ... this assessment process is death by a thousand cuts," writes Lauren Mellor (pictured) from the Protect Country Alliance.
Arid Lands Environment Centre has its say: As the Territory and Federal elections are getting closer we're compiling a wish list from lobbies and representative bodies in The Centre. We're adding to it as they are providing us details.
The controversial water allocation to the family property of CLP candidate for Lingiari, Tina MacFarlane, has been made in a "rigorous process" and "due process has been followed". This is the opinion of John Childs (pictured), before his retirement in 2008, spent a decade as the delegate of the Territory government's Controller of Water Resources in the southern half of the NT. He has a doctorate in civil engineering. The doctorate work was on the modelling of water resources. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
The Remote Jobs and Communities Program was announced by the Federal Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development, Julie Collins (pictured left) in Alice Springs. It makes no mention of the initiative by her Northern Territory counterpart, Alison Anderson (pictured right), aiming to subject regional development to "integration and coordination across business, industry, the community and all levels of government". Both initiatives were announced yesterday and have roughly the same objectives in the same region and are trying to help the same people: But it appears that when it comes to spending public money, one hand, once again, cares little about what the other is doing. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Central Australia is getting merely crumbs off the table in "a significant investment in bush roads across the Territory" by the Federal and NT Governments.
Malarndirri McCarthy, NT Minister for Regional Development, and Warren Snowdon, Member for Lingiari, announced today they would be committing $16m and $90m, respectively, to a "new Regional Roads Productivity Package" to "encourage growth and development in a number of communities and local industries".
The slice of that for Central Australia will be for "upgrading the gravel condition of priority sections" – no lengths or costs disclosed – of the Santa Teresa Way whose total length is about 70 kms.