I had conflicting feelings about this story.
On the one hand, it’s wonderful to see that the Government is actually seeing a problem with the Northern Territory, and that problem is the lack of infrastructure or development, rather than the problem that they usually see; the race of the people who live there. It’s quite refreshing to see that the Government is actually suggesting a special Northern Territory Minister based in the Territory, demonstrating that perhaps some local management would be superior to being ignored by Canberra.
However, the title of the article, Graduates Going North Could Have Debts Wiped, is based in a major problem in our new society, one that seems to be getting worse before it gets better: Why are students having to look for ways to clear debt? We see this already in the way that the United States does college loans, and the end result is that less people receive tertiary education, and those that do are saddled with crippling debt. This is not the model we should be shooting for, and while offering encouraging ways for students to get rid of their debt is great, it displays that we have already accepted a system where getting an education and debt are synonymous.