The Northern Territory news Tue 27 Mar 2018
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TUESDAY MARCH 27 2018 NEWS 03 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Message taken to ACT THE Tangentgere Womens Family Safety Group has landed in Canberra to meet with politicians and spread their message about tackling family violence. Co-ordinator Shirleen Campbell said it was important there was two-way learning, with Aboriginal voices involved in decision making. The message is to tackle family violence, and its urgent action thats required to be done right now, she said. The groups trip was paid for by a GoFundMe campaign and the sale of artworks. Ms Campbell said the group was here to stay, and called for funding of Aboriginal organisations to be more long-term. Mariagiulia Sarrica, Trixie La Rouge and Natalie de Guzman enjoy a burlesque class in Darwin Picture: KERI MEGELUS PIN-UP is about body positivity, explains Darwin burlesque queen Trixie La Rouge. Its women coming together and supporting women, she said. Its vintage aesthetics into a modern world as women, we often take ourselves very seriously, this is a wonderful way to find that inner confidence. Ms La Rouge runs weekly burlesque and pin-up classes, and is encouraging Darwin ladies to sign up. Burlesque is vintage strip tease, from the 1930s and 1940s, she said. What was deemed vulgar then, isnt the case now. Embrace the jiggle. Darwin mum Mariagiulia Sarrica said the classes renewed her inner confidence. When I started, a year ago, I was just a mum and I didnt feel feminine any more, she said. I didnt feel myself. After two classes, Ms Sarrica said the way she looked and thought about herself changed completely. It makes you feel sexy, she said. It doesnt matter if you have cellulite. Doesnt matter if youre tall or short or fat. Theyre still cheering. Thats what I love. The next round of classes launch after Easter. For more information, or to sign up, visit bootyfuldancedarwin.com. Pin-up classes put positive spin on self-esteem Guilty plea could spell jail for struck-off lawyer STRUCK-OFF lawyer and former political candidate Wayne Connop faces a potential stint behind bars after pleading guilty to perjury. Lesley Taylor, QC, prosecuting, told the NT Supreme Court that Connop would be entering a guilty plea, having been set to contest the charges at trial until yesterday morning. The charge stems from a Supreme Court hearing in April 2016, during which Connop was appealing the Law Societys decision to cancel his practising certificate after a se ries of complaints against him. Justice Graham Hiley re ferred Connops conduct to the DPP after Connop admitted to lying in court. Connop had agreed not to take on work health matters, agreeing he was incompetent in that area of law, but lied and then admitted to lying when questioned why he still advertised work health matters as an area of expertise. (Connop) has demonstrated he is not an individual in whose word a court can repose its confidence, Justice Hiley said in rejecting Connops lastditch effort to continue his troubled career as a lawyer. In addition to the obvious seriousness of a legal practitioner telling a lie in court, this exchange is one of many where the appellant readily provided a self-serving answer which when tested proved to be false or misleading. Ms Taylor said she and barrister Tom Berkley, defending, would negotiate a set of agreed facts in coming days. Connop was a two-time Labor candidate before jumping ship to the CLP in 2012, who preselected him for Karama before disendorsing him. Justice Anthony Graham is due to sentence Connop on Thursday. CRAIG DUNLOP Offshore quake rattles Top End DARWIN has been shaken by tremors from an earthquake 700km north of the city in the Banda Sea. The earthquake hit at 5.44am yesterday at a depth of 177km and was measured as a 6.6 magnitude event. The tremors shook Top End buildings but there was not believed to be any damage. The quake was also felt in Palmerston, Kakadu and Kununurra, and comes just over a week after the region was rocked by Tropical Cyclone Marcus. The quake follows a 5.9 magnitude earthquake in the region on Sunday night, and a 5.9 magnitude earthquake on March 2 that was also felt across the Darwin region. Geoscience Australia senior duty seismologist Dan Jaksa said it was not uncommon for earthquakes to appear in the area. In this general region, there are on average four earthquakes a year from the Banda Sea area, that can be felt from various magnitudes, he said. There have been eight in the past 20 years of this magnitude or higher we had a very large earthquake in 1963 (with a magnitude) of 8.2, but it was still 600 or 700km away. Like many earthquakes, yesterday mornings quake occurred on the boundary of the Sunda and Australian tectonic plates. There are generally earthquakes going off all the time (in the area), Mr Jaksa said. It just depends if they are smaller or larger we see magnitude twos and threes all the time, but you cant feel them, but you get one like last night once every two years. Darwins proximity to the plates means it is more susceptible to feeling tremors compared to the other capital cities. Darwin gets this more often than anywhere else in Australia because it sits closest to a tectonic plate boundary, Mr Jaksa said. Of course it depends where you are if youre on top of a building you are more likely to feel it than if youre on the ground floor the design structure means they are able to withstand the shake, as they were designed to deal with winds from cyclones. It is believed one call was made to police, asking if it was safe to go outside. The depth of the earthquake meant it wasnt big enough to rupture the surface of the sea bed, meaning there is no tsunami warning for Australia. WILL ZWAR CDS feedback wanted TERRITORIANS are being invited to comment on the Container Deposit Scheme. The CDS commenced in the Northern Territory in January 2012 and provides a 10-cent refund on approved beverage containers returned through collection depots. More than 90 million containers were collected by de pots last financial year, the most collected in any 12month period since the scheme began. Collection depots paid out more than $9 million during this time. Visit www.denr.nt.gov.au/ cdsreview to complete the short survey before the April 3 closing date. The survey is completely confidential.Shirleen Campbell The CDS began in the Territory in January of 2012
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