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Territory Talk, Monday 9 October

Morning host Peter Butler talks with Territory Attorney General and Health Minister Natasha Fyles about the government’s in-principal support to PM Turnbull’s request for States and Territories to share information for the Commonwealth’s online face-matching service that will give police and security agencies in all jurisdictions immediate access to photos from passports and visas plus driver licences.

Also discussed separately, the importance of Mental Health Week and ongoing negotiations with the Feds surrounding the unfolding issues with PFAS contaminated waterways in the Territory.

Territory Talk, Monday 9 October

The Friday Forum with host Peter Butler and the panel – Professor Graeme Webb, Penni Tastula and Roger Steele discuss Tourism in the Top End and a sagging economy.

Part one starts with the Gunner government’s first budget and questions will it succeed in delivering the goods for the Territory’s tourism industry.

Territory Talk, Monday 9 October

The Friday Forum with host Peter Butler and the panel – Professor Graeme Webb, Penni Tastula and Roger Steele discuss Tourism in the Top End and a sagging economy.

Part two “The Department of Tourism and Culture’s primary responsibility is to: market the Territory as a desirable visitor destination and encourage and facilitate the sustainable growth of the tourism industry in the Territory.”

A few questions:  is the department “working as advertised”? How can access to the Top End for both the Australian and international markets be improved? What are the other issues – competition, airfares, choice and availability of accommodation, quality of amenities, ready workforce?

 

 

Picture: ABC

Territory Talk, Monday 9 October

The Friday Forum with host Peter Butler and the panel – Professor Graeme Webb, Penni Tastula and Roger Steele discuss Tourism in the Top End and a sagging economy.

In part three of the forum the panel is asked should government underwrite tourism operations that compete with private enterprise or, would taxpayers’ money be better spent to facilitate non-government investment?

Territory Talk, Monday 9 October

Inpex Darwin’s Sean Kildare catches-up with host Peter Butler to talk about managing the gas giant’s operations in Darwin harbour with the needs of recreational users.

Territory Talk, Wednesday 4 October

Is it time for the government to stop underwriting operations that compete with commercial enterprise and instead refocus taxpayers’ dollars into attracting private sector investment?

Peter Butler talks with tourism operators Graeme and Giovanna Webb, owners of Crocodylus Park, about the decade long fifty percent decline in interstate tourist numbers to the Top End and the challenges of operating a business in a failing Territory economy.

 

Picture: ABC

Territory Talk, Tuesday 3 October

Charles Darwin University Professorial Research Fellow Rolf Gerritsen proposed that Darwin should be partitioned off from the rest of the Northern Territory as part of a solution to achieve better fiscal equity in the NT.

Morning host Peter Butler interview the Alice Springs based academic who said Darwin should be excised from the Territory if the NT is to develop a sustainable future.

Territory Talk, Monday 2 October

The Top end cyclone season is nigh. How committed or complacent are you? How prepared are you? What is in your cyclone kit?

Morning host Peter Butler talks with CDU’s experts in emergency and disaster management, Akhilesh Surjan and Jonatan Lassa about the importance for Darwinite’s to be more proactive than reactive with managing the risk of living in a cyclone prone environment.

Territory Talk, Wednesday 27 September

Territory’s Children’s Commissioner, Colleen Gwynne talks with Peter Butler about the toxic rhetoric by politicians against children that has caused serious damage and had no effect on rehabilitating juvenile offenders.

Gwynne agrees with law Professor Chris Cunneen who said, “raising the age of criminal responsibility to at least 14 would reduce the risk of children embarking on life-long involvement with the criminal justice system”.  The Commissioner said that putting a ten-year-old into Don Dale was a recipe for disaster and calls on the NT Government lead the way and raise the age of criminal responsibility to the age of 12.

Territory Talk, Wednesday 27 September

The Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the NT will present its report late in 2017.  A large amount of evidence was tested and an abhorrent body of facts were established during the Territory’s second RC.

John Lawrence, Territory-based lawyer and critic of the NT youth justice system talks with Peter Butler about concerns that key people within the system and publicly identified in the Commission’s transcripts and media reports have not been held responsible for their actions.