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The Northern Territory news Tue 27 Mar 2018



The Northern Territory news Tue 27 Mar 2018

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10 NEWS TUESDAY MARCH 27 2018 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 IT would be naive to believe that the absence of any investigations showing evidence of instances in which political donations have improperly influenced decisions made by public officers and politicians means that such instances dont exist. In a submission to the NTs political donations inquiry, Public Interest Disclosure Commissioner Brenda Monaghan said there was a need for constant vigilance, clear rules and robust regulation in any A DARWIN woman has lodged a formal complaint with the health regulator after she says her elderly husband was given dangerous antipsychotic medication at Royal Darwin Hospital without her consent. Kerri Williams said her 76year-old husband, Brian, was given the drugs after he was admitted to the hospital as a dementia patient in 2015 and suffered seizures as a result. Mrs Williams said she only found out hed been given the medication when other hospital staff advised her to make a complaint late last year. Mrs Williams said Brians dementia had already deteriorated to the point where he at times no longer recognised her, required full-time care and was not capable of giving his informed consent. Mrs Williams said side effects of the drug in question, Haloperidol, include stroke and premature death and she believes it should never be administered to elderly dementia patients. She said in her opinion, it was likely given to Brian in an attempt to manage his behav Wife hits out at husbands RDH treatment iour. It just should not have happened ever, this medication should never have been given to him because its for chemical imbalance in the brain, she said. Mrs Williams has lodged a complaint with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. She is now concerned others may have been given the drugs without their loved ones knowledge. If he had have died, what would it have been put down to? Age and dementia. So how many other people have got this? she said. Top End Health Service executive director of medical services Charles Pain said the hospital took complaints or concerns from patients and family members seriously and Mr Williams care was safe and appropriate. Top End Health Service is bound by privacy laws and I cant disclose private medical information, he said. But I can assure the patients family and the community that I have reviewed this case and believe the patient was provided with safe and appropriate care for his condition. JASON WALLS allegation of improper conduct by an MLA, she said. Ms Monaghan said she was also unable to investigate allegations of misconduct by many Call for vigilance over NT political donations areas where personal and business interests potentially conflict with the public interest. Ms Monaghan said there were several limitations on her powers including that she doesnt have the ability to investigate matters without first having received a complaint. And the only way the Public Interest Disclosure Commissioner may investigate a sitting MLA, including ministers, is if the matter was referred to her by the Speaker of the House. To date, this office has received no referrals from the Speaker on this or any other ministerial staff whose contractual terms meant they were not classified as public officers. In those circumstances, the only avenue available to the commissioner would be to refer on the allegations of criminal conduct to the police but only with the consent of the complainant, if that persons identity is known. Ms Monaghan said it was vital that a low threshold for the disclosure of gifts, donations and loans be in force in the NT, given the NT is a small jurisdiction populationwise with small electorates. Ms Monaghan also recommended clear rules requiring greater transparency and timeliness in disclosure reporting, including the requirement for audited annual returns by political parties and their associated entities, as well as stronger regulatory powers for the Electoral Commissioner. The Electoral Commissioner should be able to fine parties and bodies for late or incomplete disclosures, she said. The donations inquiry is expected to hand its report to the Government by the middle of the year. HAYLEY SORENSEN This office has received no referrals from the Speaker B R E N D A M O N A G H A N Rockers shatter wrecker AN Alice Springs caryard has fallen victim to rock-throwers, with Territory Wrecking allegedly targeted by children in the middle of the night. Half a dozen cars were pelted with rocks, smashing windows in the caryard on Stuart Highway. Territory Wrecking co-owner Jeff Birch said vehicles being damaged by rocks had been an ongoing problem. Once a week therell be a new mark or smashed window from rocks, he said. Weve probably had five or six cars have their windows smashed over the past few months. Mr Birch said the business had faced an increasing number of rock-throwing incidents this year. Its really only started the last few months last year we didnt really have any issues, he said. Its all happening in the middle of the night so theres not much we can do. Last year Peter Kittle was seriously targeted, with more than 50 cars vandalised in the middle of the night. FNQ cops drenching from Nora HEAVY rain from ex-cyclone Nora has caused flash flooding in far north Queensland, where the mopping up has begun as the foul weather moves south. Low-lying parts of Cairns have flooded, and in the tourist town of Port Douglas water has crept up to the doors of some holiday apartments. A March record of 593mm fell during the 24 hours to 9am at Port Douglas, which has an all-time 24-hour rainfall record of 800.9mm from 1911. Cairns copped more than 260mm in 24 hours and about 150 calls for assistance have been received by the SES, mostly for help sandbagging properties. No one has needed to be rescued but swift water experts were on standby along the coast from Cooktown to Port Douglas. A severe weather warning was issued for areas between Cairns and Townsville, with the Bureau of Meteorology forecasting storms, heavy rain and possible flash floods throughout last night and into today. Three youths arrested POLICE have arrested three youths in relation to two separate alleged assaults in Alice Springs in the early hours of Sunday morning. About 1.15am, two boys aged 12 and 15 allegedly attacked a 22-year-old man who was walking with a 19-year-old woman on Bath St, stealing cash and a mobile phone. Less than an hour later, a 23-year-old woman was walk ing on Undoolya Rd when she was allegedly approached from behind by a group of girls who tried to grab her backpack. A 16-year-old girl has been arrested in relation to the second alleged assault. The girl faced the youth justice court charged with assault and attempted theft yesterday, while the two boys were charged with aggravated robbery and remanded in custody. Be mindful of the dogs DOG owners in the Territory are being urged to take extra care with the placement of chocolate and hot cross buns in the household this Easter long weekend. Chocolate contains both theobromine and caffeine that are toxic to dogs and can become a medical emergency, according to Pooches at Play co-host and dog trainer Lara Shannon. Raisins and sultanas are also another toxic food that should not be given to dogs, so with hot cross buns being a popular Easter treat, care should also be taken to ensure dogs are not given any that contain fruit, likewise with alcohol which can be fatal to dogs, she said. Warning signs to look out for in your dog include vomiting, diarrhoea and restlessness. 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