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V1 - NTNE01Z01MA FRIDAY JUNE 22 2018 NEWS 13 P A U L L A W T O N On sale until Tuesday 26th June 2018. Savings based on our Darwin metropolitan sell price. Specials are subject to store availability at NT Woolworths Supermarkets and Metro stores only. Products may not be available at Woolworths Metro, Woolworths online or Caltex Woolworths co-branded fuel outlets. *Only available in stores with an in-store bakery. WP180618NT5A2 $11 50 kg Primo Chorizo From the Deli$1.15 per 100g SAVE $11.50 kg SAVE $11.50 kg $2 pk Woolworths Bread Roll Varieties Pk 6* 33 per ea Was $2.50 16/5/18 2 pk Woolworths Bread Roll Varieties Pk 6* 33 per ea Grab your footy faves THE Federal Government is poised to announce an inquiry into indigenous access to kidney transplants in response to accusations of systemic bias in the health system. Indigenous Health Minster Ken Wyatt will today unveil a comprehensive review into the hurdles, service gaps and practical challenges that prevent indigenous Australians from accessing transplants. The announcement follows national outcry over revelations indigenous people are 85 per cent less likely to receive transplants than their non-indigenous neighbours, first published by the NT News last year. The alarming statistic was initially raised by leading Darwin kidney specialist, Paul Lawton, who welcomed todays announcement as a long overdue but significant step in the right direction. Its pleasing that were actually taking this step after talking about it for years, he said. We need to get patients, transplant experts and com Local kidney transplant patient Lachlan Ross spent four years on dialysis Feds unveil review of kidney process munity members together to actually plan this road map so thats much better than weve done in the past. Mr Wyatt said $250,000 in Commonwealth funding would allow the Transplantation Society of Australia and New Zealand to help inform development of a national framework to address the issue. I have heard many moving stories of the trauma and heartache caused by renal disease, including in my own family, he said. This review aims to increase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander transplant rates, reduce the burden of regular dialysis and give more First Nations people the chance to live fulfilling lives on country and in their communities. Darwin resident Lachlan Ross spent four years on dialysis before receiving a new kidney in 2014. He said better access to transplants would make it easier for Aboriginal people to stay on country. For someone like me having (dialysis) for four years it was like just staying closer to Darwin really, living here and making sure that everythings OK, he said. Out bush youre on your own, no support there. The Government hopes a long-term strategy will be ready for consideration by the Council of Australian Governments next year. JASON WALLS Thats much better than weve done in the past THE Gunner Governments second Budget has passed through NT Parliament, but not without the usual longwinded chest beating and back slapping by our pollies. Treasurer Nicole Manison praised the Opposition for returning to the Estimates table to ensure appropriate scrutiny of her Budget. This Budget is about more jobs, more people, a brighter future, she said. We have some enormous challenges ahead, but there is also enormous opportunity. We are doing what we can to support local businesses and local jobs. Thats what this budget is about. For its part the Opposition finished the final day of Parliament raising concerns around a declining economy, loss of jobs, a huge and mounting debt, a marked increase in crime and lack of community safety as well as an increase in the cost of living. Opposition Leader Gary Higgins urged Government to consider extending payroll tax cuts to all Territory businesses. Why not have a payroll tax cut as the foundation of a small business support initiative, he said. NT Budget gets nod of approval in Parliament Arnhem Nursery Home of Tropical Plants 8988 1351 Arnhem Highway Humpty Doo