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(generated from captions) Tonight on Tonight on 7:30 NT - Darwin's gay community out and

rights. I proud and fighting for marriage

rights. I can't see rights. I can't see any

shouldn't be allowed to reasonable argument why I

of marriage. The Territory's participate in the institution

real life Crocodile Dundee.

Peter was the last of Peter was the last of the

buffalo hide hunter and then he

became just for quiet a crocodile Lunter. became just for something a bit

quiet a crocodile Lunter. - hunter. This Program is Captioned

Live. Welcome to 7:30 NT. Louisa Rebgetz. Federal and Welcome to 7:30 NT. I'm

Northern Territory politicians

are unite ed in their view that

the best way to reduce

dysfunction and disadvantage in

remote indigenous communities

is to get people off the dole

and back to work. The they're

divided on how to do it. Labor

favours restricting the use of

indigenous businesses. The welfare while support ing

turn the welfare tap off. Jane Bardon reports from Wadeye. The Territory's biggest indigenous community is in the middle of a building middle of a building boom. Wadeye is one of 20 growth

towns - remote communities pin-pointed by the Territory Government to become economic and service and service delivery centres

for the regions. At Wadeye, new

suburbs are, a boarding school and new business under construction. It's and new business senters are

fireling up and it knows it fireling up and it knows it is. And it's very proud of what it's achieved in such a short

time. Much of the development Territory and Federal Governments. But this community

is also growing its own economy, with indigenous-owned businesses that are making

money and offering jobs to locals. The post office for example is viable business, it's example is very successful

self-sustainable. So the mechanic al work shop is the

same. The accommodation, the fuel supplies, and fuel supplies, and employment and training services, an construction, they're all and training services, housing

profitable businesses. Clifford

Gilbert is one local excited to have a job with the

corporation set up by the 25

business is converting a and provide job,. It its newest

government housing workers camp into a hotel. I like to go

work Nair, building work Nair, building production

or carpenter, or mowing some lawn. But four other young

people who started work with

Clifford Gilbert have already

dropped out. They just like

staying home, you know. Not doing anything. The

corporation has had to bring in

workers. It's been unable attract enough locals from the

community of 3,000 residents to fill all of the jobs. 75% of our work force is local people

and it's a total of around 90 in numbers. Yes, very worry

about the young people they got

no job, they don't do anything but they are Thamarrurr development worption but they are boring. The

isn't the only organisation

having trouble finding enough local workers. companies which have won local workers. Outside

contracts like building the

local boarding school also find

it difficult to keep locals. I haven't employment happening since I've been there. Which been there. Which is

disapointing. The Federal and Territory Governments have said mining and gas developments

will provide more indigenous employment, a major operation

processing gas profr the black black field has been establish adds few kilometres from

Wadeye, but no locals work at the plant. Wadeye the plant. Wadeye waenltds

prepared to skill - wasn't

prepared to skill set to work

in gas plants. He now says it did train 37 local people, worked on construct ing did train 37 local people, some

plant and some now work if other local businesses. John

Berto says ENI employs the

rangers to monitor the offshore

plant line but the jobs don't

suit local people. It will be 10-hour working days which is

just too hard six days a week.

They weren't flexible on that at all. The Thamarrurr Development Corporation is

trialing for flexible working

arrangements to encourage employment. Rangers and locals arrangements to encourage more

already

already collect bush food including honey to sell. including honey to sell. The

corporation is building a new wildlife products plant. They're going to make native food into medicines or any other type

employee s will be paid for piece work. So we're looking at

people being paid for work they

do rather than being on a salary. So people will be paid do rather than being on a flat

to produce per bar of soap or

for the eggs they collector

fruit they collect. In an effort to create more jobs, Wadeye's traditional owners

have also established the

community store. They hope

working here will help young

people regain a sense of pride,

which will enable them to establish businesses. Like today I seen

one young - one in serving the till and I said, wow, this is a

starting point. Theodora

Nandu says if her grandchildren are to build Wadeye's economy, they will need more training: We need that strength and that support coming in from

the outside. Because of the education standard of our

people, it will take decades get our kids up to where people, it will take decades to

should be. And via the work force. The Thamarrurr Development Corporation says it's hard to get the trainers

to stay. The corporation tried

to set up a hair salon in Wadeye and failed. To get Wadeye and failed. To get a hairdresser permanently in hairdresser permanently in town to stay for one of two or three

years to train local people in

hairdressing is easier said

than done. Wadeye locals also

own the women's association art

centre. The centre relies on the Federal Government fund CDEP employment program which

allow s people to draw the dole

Government is considering while earning extra money. The

cutting CDEP, that would be a

major blow for the centre. I

real dearly wish there were

other jobs they could go to beyond here. All I beyond here. All I can do is

try and get us build up as much

as possible so that our retail

turnover is turnover is greater. The Federal Federal and Territory Opposition are proposing an

even tougher plan. They want indigenous people to be forced

to take jobs or lose their

welfare payments. There's a

lot of people here that are un

employed. This is just simply

not enough jobs to go around.

You cannot turn off the welfare

tap without their creating a

big problem. Instead of docking

welfare, Labor says

find more government jobs

locals, but the manager of Wadeye's council-run swimming

pool says effort s to employ locals have been lack

lustre. We get rid of 50% of the white people here, and give

those jobs to locals and say if you can't do it then we will

close it down. I bet you close it down. I bet you within

a matter of a couple they would be running. Wadeye's future plans include a

subdivision for education teacher nous houses. The Northern Land Council says

with Government commissioned houses slowing down such venture s will be a challenge. Congratulations to the community there in

constructing those houses. However, from a commercial

perspective and the viability

of business enterprise s are

carrying out in Wadeye is yet

to be seen. 10 years time when this population is doubled,

where are they all going to go?

Where are they going to work? The Thamarrurr Development Corporation says Wadeye is heading in the right direction. But real change But real change will take

time. Maybe 20 or 50-odd years,

it's going to take time. But nevertheless we're heading in

the right directions. Jane

Bardon with that story. New

legislation will give the

Federal indigenous a pair -

affairs Minister to power to sign off on alcohol management plans in the Territory. Venues contributing to significant

harm by the way they serve

alcohol may be required to change their serving practices.

But Territory Australian of the Year Dr John Boffa says the

changes don't go far enough. I

spoke with him earlier today. Welcome to the program. Thank you. What do you. What do you think these thing change also mean for

communities an places like Alice Springs? While we remain disappointed that the most important changes, the introduction of a floor price

is not part of the package, I

think these changes are think these changes are going

to make a contribution and we need to have many different

approaches and many different

strategies to get on top of our

alcohol problems. So I think in

particular that allows now for a greater focus on outlets that are particularly problematic or

rogue out latlets if you like and I don't think it takes too much rocket scientists much rocket scientists to work

out that some outlets are out that some outlets are more harmful than others in the way

they're practising. I think

this new legislation gives some

extra power under which the Minister and both the Commonwealth and the NT can

work together to do an investigation, to do an independent assessment independent assessment and hopefully on the basis of that

to take action to bring to take action to bring these

outlets into line which I

think, which is what has become

a standard across the industry here in Alice Springs. What

evidence do you

outlet s have having a bigger

impact in term of consumption

of clol? Firstly, unfortunately the data that we need on the

sales an how much these outlets

are selling in terms of take away alcohol and on-site sales are not publicly available. But

it's obvious now the only it's obvious now the only two

outlets in Alice Springs tell

selling 2 litre casks, the

river bed is lit ers with those

kasks. It is now obviously

because all the supermarkets have stopped zeling those casks

that the bought and it's often that

cheap alcohol that is cheap alcohol that is often

associated with people getting to get

to get drunk, that cask wine

that is associated with people committing violent crime particularly particularly young people who don't have a lot

it's quite clear you can

associate that cheap alcohol,

that cask wine with violent

crimes an other problems an we

know where it's being sold from now. The Federal Government will now being b in control of approving alcohol management

plans in the Territory. Do you

see this move as a slap in the face for the Territory

government, a sign that not enough is being done this? I think while there's important and another important and another part of

the overall jigsaw, they the overall jigsaw, they in

Thameses are not going to be Thameses are not going to be as important as the population

wide measures we're ad

advocating and advocating and having a day

when there is no alcohol sales.

We don't need to bo d'oh that

community by community but at a

population level across the

territory and then the plans can if you like be Sice icing

on the cake. Country Liberals MLS Dave Tollner says the

changes allow southern do-gooders and hand wringers do-gooders and hand wringers to

take over the running store that is seen to be harmful to Aboriginal people. Is this just another top-down

intervention? I think at times

some of the best public health

measures that the world has

seen have been top-down

measures imposed by governments. Look at seatbelt legislation. It was a fantastic

achievement when it was

introduced everyone saw it as

the nanny state. But look at how many lives have how many lives have been intaifd getting everyone to wear a seatbelt. It's this idea

that imposing measures is not helpful and at times it is

responsibility to promote the public health and that

sometimes means put ing in place legislation that may not

be popular and people see how

well measures work that become

popular. Thank you for talking

with us. Thank you. with us. Thank you. It's been a week of glitz been a week of glitz and

glamour in Darwin with the

Pride Festival sell braeing gay

and lesbian culture. But

there's a serious side to the

event. Next week Federal Labor members

members of the Government will

vote on whether gay marriage

should back part of ALP policy

at the annual conference.

It's Pride Week in Darwin and the city's drag queens are queens are celebrating.Er

(Sings) # I'll on the edge (Sings) # I'll on the edge of glory - # Their interstate

counterpart s have culminated

have joined them in Darwin.

This week aims to recognise

diversity and be proud of it.

It's all about coming

together and celebrating together and celebrating who

you are and definitely I guess

showing who you are to the broader broader community. Pride Week en compasses 15 event across

nine days with the focus on

celebrate ing the gay and

lesbian community. Behind the sparkle lies some sparkle lies some serious issues We would have been married a long time ago if we were allowed to be. We've got five acres here and it would be

a fantastic shin dig. Amber sayers and kirlty Hunt have

been together for more than a decade. They would love to get

married but the law doesn't

allow for it and fought a tough battle to have a

child: We had to go through child: We had to go through IVF

in Perth because we couldn't do it near in Darwin. We're

residents an taxpayers of the

Northern Territory and we work

here and invest here and so it

is disappointing that we can't access full range of services. Their daughter,

Saige, is six weeks old and the

two women won the battle to

have both their names on her birth certificate. But the next

battle, winning the right to get married, could take a

little longer. People will say

that there's a sactity of

marriage, that it's going to

upset the sactity. But what is

- sauctity to marriage? marry last week and be divorced

next week. But not everyone in the gay community agrees. I

think gay unions, if they're celebrated correctly are fine.

But gay marriage and marriage is something ordained by a church or religion but putting couples together to make make children. Outspoken

restaurant owner John Spellman

opposes gay marriage and he

doesn't believe gay couples should be allowed to raise children. The child is going

to have problem at school with two daddies or two mummies.

Kids can be pretty cruel in

this respect. Attitudes

and there won't be so much

problem in the future. But I

still don't think it's quite

natural to bring up a child in

a gay a gay relationship. I am going

to get a lot of flak about that. I know. The issue is resonate ing across the

country. At next week's ALP

conference, Federal members

will cast a conscience vote on

whether they support gay marriage. I do not support marriage. I do not support a change to the Marriage Act. But I I also understand that there are deeply held and differing views so it is appropriate on a question like this that

the Labor Party gives its

members a conscience vote. I

would hope that they take would hope that they take a reasonable position and decide

to legislate on equality rather than than discrimination. Darwin born artist Matty Van Roden has

moved back to the city after

spending almost a decade living in the United Kingdom. In

London, he met his Brazilian

partner and the pair were

granted civil partnership which

is a legally recognised

union. Here, not even our civil

partnership is recognise. I

can't see any reasonable argument why I shouldn't be

allowed to participate in the

institution of the same way as everybody else. As an emerging artist, Matty Van Roden Matty Van Roden is channeling his views through his views through the Pride Festival's art exhibition. I think

think the time is right for things to change. I think this

is a good community and if it

doesn't happen at the national conference then there is the

risk this will be put on the back burner for a longer period

of time. Sound design er kur

kur kur is also taking - San

kur kur is also taking - San os

is also taking part in the

Pride Festival. EI relish the fact

fact that I have the

opportunity to show opportunity to show my works. His video installation was inspired by his experience with infectious

someone who had hepatitis and

went through a disinfection

program and I actually got rid

of the virus. And I of the virus. And I found myself one day working in the

HIV sector and dealing with a

whole lot of people who are HIV

positive and I was the positive and I was the only HIV

negative person in the room and I felt guilty about that. Pride Week

colourful highlights. A man in drag abseiling down one of the city's highest buildings certainly draws attention. It's

a big achievement under challenging

Organisers hope this week will also leave lasting impressions.

One of the unique things

about the Territory is that the

community is so entirely

diverse and I think that's what

makes it so embracing and so accepting of so many different

lifestyles and choices that we make. And Pride Week ends

with a family day at Civic Park

this weekend. There are family with a history, they have survived horrific crocodile attack and made a career out of buffalo hunting and croc shooting. Now

the life of Peter and Lina Pan

Quee has been documented in a book about adventurous Australians. In the Australians. In the 1960s, business in the Northern

Territory. And the Top End was

the home of tough advent ers

are. I reckon we were good

because those days I was young, I reckon it was good fun.

Shooting him. But I don't think

it is now. He was always away,

either shooting croc and coming back smelling like a back smelling like a crocodile, or home and smelling like a

buffalo! Peter Pan Quee is a real-life Northern Territory Crocodile Dundee. Crocodile Dundee. He was

shooting buffalo at the age of

8 on foot. Now if you think

about it, an 8-year-old doing something like that with a wild

animal that's very animal that's very intent on secure skewering you, that secure skewering you, that is an incredible thing to do. He

wasn't a careless person. He

would always be aware of danger and you know that and you know that crocodile

shooting was a dangerous shooting was a dangerous job.

Even with the buffaloes, you know, buffaloies can come know, buffaloies can come out

of the bush anywhere if they've been wounded: Over been wounded: Over the years, Peter Pan Quee developed Peter Pan Quee developed the skills needed to stay out of

harm's way. That included a few helpful tips for diverting unwanted buffalo attention. Buffalo standing

there and shoot it with the

buffalo and he shook his head and walked away. Peter Pan

Quee's skills an knowledge as a

hunter made him a valuable resource to scientists. And

it's here in the Kakadu

wetlands where he made his mark. Despite having no formal qualifications, he was appointed by CSIRO to help set

up the Kapalga research station

in the 1970s. He knew a lot about not only buffalo but about birds and animals about birds and animals in the wet-dry tropics. And he had

only had three years of

education. And he rose to become manager of which was on the South

Alligator River south. So that was

was an incredible thing, his

ability to know the country and

to be able to take the scientists out and show them

what they needed to know. I

didn't think I was qualified for it. But anyway working for

CSIRO for 17 years. He was

award an Order of Australia for

which he had to put on a shirt and tie for the first time. A casual guy in the Territory. Peter Pan Quee met his wife

Lina in Darwin at the Retta

Dixon home. Their memories have

been taken away from family been taken away from family are

still very clear. At times did

think it was a stolen and I was taken a way but opportunity because it gave me a chance to go to school. The

event of Saturday night will

- The couple's - The couple's son Peter Pan

Quee Jr had his own close encounter with a crock crow

dime. It happened so quick.

This croc just lunged straight

through the screen. He saved his mother's life during his mother's life during an horrific croc attack while the

family was camp tong banks of

the Daly River 21 years ago. I could hear a noise like you

hear in the trees here, just a rattling noise and and I looked straight into the

crocodile's face. Just as I

said look what's coming I sang

out and Peter got up and I fell across him and knocked him dound and the croc got me across here. Lina Pan Quee

underwent safe living surgery

after suffering broken ribs and

having part of her liver

removed. Lina and her son Peter

Pan Quee Jr received bravery awards. The crocodile attack meant there meant there was saving and her son saifzed

her. Writer Marg Carol has told the story about the Pan Quees about aven rouse Australians

aged over 60. She says a sense of modesty among the baby boomer generation makes many of these remarkable Australians reluctant to tell their stories. They come from an era where stoicism, humility, keeping your business to yourself very private is yourself very private is part of the make-up. So you have of the make-up. So you have to have a strong basis of have a strong basis of trust. Life is quieter now Pan Quees on their property in

Darwin's rural area. Peter Pan

Quee has paid the price of

years of shooting, losing much

of his hearing. His wife

spends her days gartening: But

their story of survival and dry

oomph - triumph is certain to

live on. They have had tough

beginnings but they're really resilient and resourceful. They

are very brave and they throw

themselves into whatever

they're doing with a passion.

And there's not too many stole en generation fam tlais have

Australia and two somebody with an ords of

award: Now to another slice of

Darwin history - the play 'Darwin versus Matilda' usings music and humour audience on a journey through the past. Genevieve Hussey

rehearsals. . 'Darwin versus caught up with a cast during

Matilda' is about the history,

the true history of Darwin. It's very funny, it's characters coming together and

sheltering from a magical

Good morning. You're cyclone.

listening to Territory New radio. We have a live band listening to Territory New time

you've got kind of radio. We have a live band and

you've got kind of whacky performance. As the cyclone comes into the performance you

kind of go to this never world

where all these characters from

Darwin's history kind of crash into each other. 'Darwin

versus Matilda' is a play

within a play. Set in a radio station in the 1930s, station in the 1930s, its music song and dramatic theatre all rolled into one: It's funny and quite moving. There's some

romance in it. Some great music

and a little bit of drama, and a little bit of drama, a

shoot-out as well. No car chases but there is a (Sings) # Give shoot-out.

(Sings) # Give me some strychnine # The stage is transformed into an

old-fashioned radio studio. The

audience is given a glimpse

into a different world as the

actors create a wide range of

sounds. I was awakened by an onslaught of rain. Pushing

against a most insist

entwind. You transform yourself

into that stormy and on stage it. You can see how it it made and it. You can see how it it is

made and how we make the sounds

of cyclones and rain with stuff

that you probably find in your kitchen. I play a guy called

Maxwellwells who is old school

radio studio owner. She about

to put on a radio play called 'Darwin versus Matilda' and

with minutes to go finds out no-one

no-one can make it. So no-one can make it. So he recruits anybody around the radio station. Richard

Margetson plays the role of

nar ate ior. He says his week

day job as a radio announcer

has helped him prepare for the

task. It struck me that I

needed the radioness of it.

Having spent all & lot of years in radio I thought that would

be really good. Wrong season for a cyclone you said. Shut up. The play premiered last year at the Darwin festival.

This time around the production

has been reworked, to give a more theatrical delivery. That

was very static. Everyone behind a microphone playing was very static. Everyone was

their instruments an delivering

into it a dynamic theatrical into a to a microphone. By put ing it

piece. I am trying to find it now. 'Darwin versus Matilda' is

an all local production. And

those involved believe it's a

wonderful showcase for Darwin's

talent. The brilliance we've

got in local music and theatre

scene and the brilliant writers

we have here in Darwin, they

really need to be seen. So we've decide ed to do it in entertainment centre we've decide ed to do it in the entertainment centre where we

can get a capacity of 270

people so that this local work

gets to be seen. Because wonderful. Stay tuned listener and find out if poor Darwin

survives the kiss of Matilda. time for this week. Have a And that's all we have

great weekend. See you next

week.

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