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The Northern Territory news Wed 22 Aug 2018



The Northern Territory news Wed 22 Aug 2018

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WEDNESDAY AUGUST 22 2018 NEWS 03 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA GET ready to pay more for booze. Today, the Territory is expected to become the first Australian jurisdiction to pass legislation for a floor price on alcohol. From October, the minimum price for alcohol will be $1.30 per standard drink. That money will go straight into the pockets of the vendors. A $1.50 floor price was recommended by Trevor Rileys review of NT alcohol policy. Attorney-General Natasha Fyles said the groundbreaking legislation would help reduce alcohol-related harm. Royal Australasian College of Surgeons NT spokesman Mahiban Thomas said the Territory had the highest rate of broken jaws. And 92 per cent of those jaw fractures were in some way related to alcohol. This is pitched at a level HAYLEY SORENSEN Health Minister Natasha Fyles At the ripe old age of 77, Kevin Coonan converted his brand new Suzuki into a cafe racer, proving its never too late to try something new Picture: PATRINA MALONE Floor price taxing for drinkers that allows the harm to reduce but at the same time allows mums and dads to enjoy a glass of wine with dinner, he said. Member for Araluen Robyn Lambley said alcoholics would find a way to get booze whatever the cost. Grog runners who sold alcohol into dry communities at huge mark-ups were evidence of that, she said. Ms Lambley said the policy was confusing and irrational. I dont believe in social control and this is a great example of a government policy that is intended to control all of us and how we drink and I dont believe for a minute it will succeed. WILL ZWAR KEVIN Coonan is proving old dogs can learn new tricks, as he recently fulfilled a lifelong dream to buy a motorbike and convert it into a cafe racer. Its everything he thought it would be. Its an orgasm on wheels, Mr Coonan said. Thats the only way I can describe it. At 77, Mr Coonan bought his Suzuki TU250X from a Darwin dealership, fulfilling a 45-year dream, before buying a cafe racer kit from overseas to make the transformation complete. The kits from America, the seat, the bars, the exhaust and the wire spokes, he said. They tend to have a smoother shape, just the one seat, and those spokes and handlebars. I always had this dream, one of these days Ill build myself a cafe racer. It is a fad that started decades ago on the other side of the world, but one Mr Coonan is happy to keep alive in Darwin. Cafe racers, back in the late 50s early 60s, it started in England and young blokes used to do this and they altered their bikes and it was almost a cult, not like bikies but just going to cafes on them, he said. Then theyd say: Theres a nice cafe on the other side of London, well see who can get there first. And they became known as cafe racers. Keep an eye out for Mr Coonan on the road, rac ing from cafe to cafe. Orgasm on wheels for love that never dies THE Territory coroner will probe the unexpected death of a man at Royal Darwin Hospital in 2010 after an inquest was called at the prompting of his widow. David Colin Fensom was 67 when he died at the Royal Darwin Hospital in October 2010, 11 days after returning to hospital following elective surgery to treat a hernia. Counsel assisting, Kelvin Widow prompts inquest Doctors confused about unexpected hospital deaths Currie, told the court Mr Fensoms death was not reported to the coroner because death was an expected outcome after he was transferred to intensive care. However, his death was not expected when he was admitted to hospital for the repair of his hernia, the lawyer said. It was not expected when he returned to the ED in pain two weeks later. Mr Currie said the case only came to the attention of coroner Greg Cavanagh after Mr Fensoms wife, Joan, wrote to him last year. In giving evidence yesterday, Mrs Fensom criticised a lack of communication from hospital staff before and after her husbands death. If someone passes away in ICU they dont worry about whos left behind, she said. If you die in hospice or palliative care, they worry about you and make sure youre OK, but nobody cared about me, I was just left. The inquest will examine Mr Fensoms care and communication with his family as well as whether his death should have been reported. Mr Cavanagh said the non reporting of deaths in hospitals was usually not due to a deliberate cover-up but rather that many doctors were confused about the issue. (But) you dont have to be a Philadelphia lawyer to work out what the word unexpected means, he said. If youre in doubt report it. JASON WALLS Joan Fensom Reliability &Honesty Dan Campbell 0477 550 818 dan@rhdarwin.com.au Darwin 8941 8941 rh.com.au/darwin Contact me for all your real estate needs. Dan&Darwin Sales Consultant