I am now halfway into my 14-day internment in the Howard Springs Quarantine Facility, located in the Top End, a mere 25km from Darwin. The complex, complete with pool, theatre, tavern, and tennis courts, was built by a Japanese energy company in 2012. After it completed the $55 billion gas plant on Darwin Harbour in 2018, it simply shut the gates, handed the keys to the NT government, and disappeared back to Japan with not so much as a sayonara.
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Dr Bella d’Abrera is the Director, Foundation of Western Civilisation Program at the Institute of Public Affairs.
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