Home' Tennant and District Times : 2014-0627 TDT Contents I’M starting to believe I must have Gyp-
sy blood in my ancestry because as I
predicted in my first letter on the topic
the propaganda and rhetoric just keeps
In fact it’s coming so thickly that is seems
even Lenny can’t keep up with who’s saying
I’ve never seen anyone miss so widely, a
simple point made than that of Len’s letter last
week. Considering this whole letter-writing
campaign started because of Mr Holbrook, I
really did expect more.
Mr Holbrook, I provided no misinformation,
simple facts only.
Q Energy does supply its customers cheaper
power, and it does so using the government’s
In fact while I was in Darwin last week,
I was fortunate enough to spend an hour
with the Treasurer Dave Tolner and confirm
I never said that the company offered its
services to the domestic market, my point was
that it doesn’t but it should.
With the current monopoly and legislation
we can’t have other domestic suppliers, I
would love to see this change and I’d like to
see five different retailers offering domestic
customers cheaper prices, but without priva-
tisation it can’t happen.
Hell I’d love to buy my power from a smaller
operator based here in Tennant Creek, then
we might get some employed here in Tennant
Creek to read the meters rather than the sub-
contractor PowerWater Corporation currently
pays to come up and do the job once a month.
Len also asked who benefits from Q Energy?
Well in reality the answer is, even its current
limited scope, all of us.
Now I know that those on the left tend to
think of government funds as being their own,
which should be used for first class flights,
wining and dining and the hiring of as many
middle management public servant mates as
But the reality is that all government funds
are our money, its our tax dollars.
So when the Northern Territory Government
decided to save a few hundred grand on pay-
ing power bills and then choose to spend that
money on fixing Battery Hill for example
we all win.
My argument is that the system should be
opened up so we can take advantage too.
Mr Merry and Lenny are so behind the curve
and the rest of the country on this argument
that it defies belief.
The day before my last letter the NSW Gov-
ernment announced it would privatise 49 per
cent of its network.
This has the potential to raise $20 Billion,
which is four times the NT Government’s
The Daily Telegraph ran the following story
“The Daily Telegraph can today reveal that
the average household would save $256 a year
under more efficient private ownership. The
biggest winners would be Essential Energy’s
rural customers who would save $299 a year.”
While the international firm Ernst and Young
found “The average annual household elec-
tricity bill in Victoria — where the poles and
wires are privatised — is $1495 compared to
$1925 in NSW”, according to an Ernst and
Young report prepared for the government.
Ernst and Young research prepared for Trea-
sury found that since 1996 network prices
have gone up 122 per cent in NSW and 140 per
cent in Queensland. Both have government-
owned electricity networks.”
That’s right, Victorians who had their system
privatised in 1996 pay $430 less per year on
average thanks to privatisation.
In the NT not only do we get to pay more,
we also get to use our tax dollars to prop up
the supplier while sending interest payments
Short-sighted Mr Merry and Lenny seem
to be pretty happy with that, I personally
would prefer to keep that money in pockets
Considering Len’s bemoaning of short pock-
ets I’d have thought he would too.
– Jason Newman, Tennant Creek.
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Propaganda and rhetoric
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IN the NT it is my understanding that pubs
and clubs, like anywhere else in Australia are
legally obligated to practice the Responsible
Service of Alcohol.
This practice is unfortunately not always evident
in Tennant Creek.
As a previous long-term resident and now a fre-
quent visitor, over the last 10 years I have witnessed
staff letting people into licensed venues who are
clearly drunk and/or continue to serve them until
they can barely walk out of there.
Bar staff across Australia, including the NT, are
required to complete Responsible Service of Alco-
hol training to equip them to assess and refuse the
service of alcohol to intoxicated persons.
This is standard practice across Australia based
on the fact that when someone is drunk they are
unable to make the decision of when enough is
enough themselves. Pubs and clubs not adhering to
the Responsible Service of Alcohol policies clearly
indicates to me a serious lack of respect they have
for their patrons and the broader community.
In addition, the lack of enforcement of these poli-
cies by the police is contradictory; the seemingly
limitless levels of alcohol consumption within a
licensed establishment makes a mockery of the ev-
eryday presence of the police out the front of bottle
shops enforcing takeaway alcohol restrictions.
This is a clear mixed message and I can’t help but
question the commitment of the NT Govt in sup-
porting the health and well-being of communities.
On one hand the Responsible Service of Alcohol
policies and the Liquor Act do not seem to be prop-
erly enforced in pubs and clubs but on the other,
the NT Govt is implementing the Alcohol Manda-
tory Treatment Act incriminating people for their
irresponsible use of alcohol. So when you look at
the policies the NT Govt are choosing to enforce,
I think what they are trying to say is that unlike
everywhere else in Australia (and the world for
that matter), Territorians have some special ability
when intoxicated to know when enough is enough.
No other state or territory holds their citizens so
wholly accountable in these circumstances. Cities
and towns across Australia are taking a whole-of-
community approach to excessive alcohol con-
sumption with a large focus on ensuring pubs and
clubs take some responsibility.
Where is the same duty of care in our community?
– Name withheld by request.
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