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The Centralian advocate Tue 11 Dec 2018



The Centralian advocate Tue 11 Dec 2018


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TUESDAY DECEMBER 11 2018 NEWS 03 V1 - CAVE01Z01MA FORMER CLP strong man John Elferink has leapt to the defence of Chief Minister Michael Gunners mother Jane, while slamming former parliamentary colleague, Independent Araluen MLA Robyn Lambley. This comes after Ms Lambley accused Mr Gunner of running a protection racket for Speaker Kezia Purick in cahoots with his mother who works for her, saying the incestuous situation was unconstitutional nepotism. The Chief publicly supported Speaker Purick after one of her staff members had contacted a Queensland businessman inquiring about the registra tion of the North Australia Party in the NT. Ms Lambley and fellow Independent Terry Mills had been looking to establish the party in the NT. Mr Elferink described Mrs Gunner as a fine woman who has been attacked without any reasonable justification or cause. I have known Mrs Gunner for many years and she has been the very model of integrity, Mr Elferink told the Centralian Advocate. It is my opinion that the Oxford Dictionary should simply place a photograph of Mrs Gunner beside the word prob ity in an effort to more clearly define it. I cannot abide a political environment in which family is needlessly dragged into the debate. There is no doubt that the Chief Minister wants to leap to his mothers defence but he cannot. If he does it serves to provide ammunition to Ms Lambleys mistaken argument. Mr Elferink said Ms Lambley has form with this type of behaviour and pointed to a strongly worded text seen by this newspaper, which Ms Lambley reportedly sent to members of the parliamentary wing in 2014, highly critical of a mooted public service appointment. Ms Lambley has done this before, Mr Elferink said. For someone who walked out on the CLP because of purported bullying she has demonstrated a surprising incapacity for self-reflection. (In 2014), I said to her (Ms Lambley) that she was attempting to breach the Anti-Discrimination Act in more ways than it contemplated being breached. Ms Lambleys continued intrusion into the public sector in this fashion is sub-par and it is clear that she has not learned from her prior mistakes. Ms Lambley hit back at Mr Elferink, saying he has a tendency to rewrite history. John called out Mrs Gunners conflict of interest many years ago. Now criticising me for doing it is a bit rich, Ms Lambley said. The fact is, Mrs Gunner has a very clear conflict of interest. The NT Public Sector rules apply to all public servants, even if you are the Chief Ministers mother. The Legislative Assembly is our employer. Mrs Gunner works for the Clerk and the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly and has access to the Elferink slams Lambley most sensitive, personal information about all Members of Parliament. It beggars belief that Mrs Gunner has never declared this blatant conflict of interest. Ms Lambley said the situation is not fair on any Parliamentary Member. A few weeks ago a scandal erupted in the Legislative Assembly involving a major breach of conduct and confidentiality in the Speakers office, she said. Despite a backlash from within his own Labor caucus the Chief Minister stepped in and saved the Speaker and the offending assistant from losing their jobs. It is no coincidence that the Chief Ministers mother also works for the Speaker. Ex-CLP strong man defends Chief Ministers mumDavid Lornie A HEROIC police dog was attacked while he was trying to chase down a 20-year-old man who had allegedly assaulted a woman in a remote community last week. Police dog Loki, the wily German Shepherd who is known for tracking crooks through the harshest of Central Australian terrains, was struck in the face a number of times by the alleged offender. On Thursday police attempted to locate the dogs attacker, Patrick Frank, in a community near Alice Springs, in order to arrest him for offences committed in the past couple of months, including assaulting a female. Frank tried to flee from police, and when he ignored officers directions for him to stop, Loki was sent out to apprehend him. Despite being struck, Loki was able to regain control and successfully resolve the situation without further escalation. The dog suffered minor swelling to the face, but was otherwise uninjured. Frank was taken into custody and faced the Alice Springs Local Court on Friday, charged with a range of offences. Capability development division superintendent Sachin Sharma said the incident highlighted the tough and dangerous nature of police work. Some of the hardest working members of any police force are the canine members, he said. Having the capability to deploy police dogs greatly increases the NT police forces capacity to protect and serve the NT community any assault on a police dog is an assault on an officer. Heroic cop dog attacked by crook Jack Price Farewell Roger the Kangaroo, world-famous Centralian Roger in his prime, showing off his muscles. Picture: The Kangaroo Sanctuary NEWS that the worlds most famous kangaroo, Alice Springs Roger passed away over the weekend left many around the globe, including a bevy of British people, devastated. Rogers best mate Chris Brolga Barns from the Kangaroo Sanctuary announced the muscled marsupials tragic demise on Facebook. Farewell our darling Roger, wrote a heartbroken Brolga. Sadly, Roger has passed away of old age. He lived a lovely long life and was loved by millions around the world. We will always love you and miss you Roger. Roger, famous for his ripped physique and uncanny strength, was loved around the world, particularly by the British who dont generally get to see too many kangaroos on account of the cold weather. Oh no, poor Roger. Really sad for you all. What an amazing character he was! Much love from UK, posted Anni Laundon on Facebook. Roger had attracted worldwide attention after shooting to fame through the BBC series Kangaroo Dundee. At one stage it was suggested that a life-size statue of Roger would be a great way of rejuvenating the Todd Mall. Roger has recently been recognised as one of the 10 most famous animals in the world, Brolga told the Centralian Advocate at the time. Photos and videos of Roger go viral all the time because hes world-renowned as being really muscular, with a great physique. Rogers the star of Kangaroo Dundee and I think it would be great to recognise him by putting a statue of him in the Todd Mall. Roger retired last year with his first child, Monty, taking his place as alpha male. Roger started to lose condition in his fur and had arthritis. Do you think a statue of the heroic Roger be erected in Todd Mall? Let us know. Email us at news@aliceadvocate.com.au

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