The new appointment for Alf Leonardi, the most influential person on the 2017 120 NT most powerful list is fully understandable. His appointment to a newly created executive position is a windfall for the Department of Education. Fast tracking him into this new position will enrich the executive group of this key department.

How about our university valuing and appreciating local students, people within the territory as well as appealing to International Students. Why are international students regarded as “cash cows” and saviours of the Northern Territory economy. They should be thought of as “people” rather than “moneybags”.

All the very best for the upcoming school year to our urban teachers and support staff who resume duty on Friday. (Rural staff have a few extra days to go). I hope the year goes well and that challenges become celebrations after they are met.

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