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TUESDAY NOVEMBER 28 2017 NEWS 09 Andrea Johnston Nicola to talk up our music THE National Road Transport Hall of Fame is being penalised for being different, according to its chief executive. The museum is being investigated by Licensing NT because of issues with compliance under the Associations Act, but Liz Martin said she had nothing to hide. Last week the Advocate revealed the museum was Martin: Nothing to hide Lack of a committee may be reason for investigation considering relocation because of crime, and NT Government red tape. In a letter to the department, Ms Martin gave answers to a series of requests asking for everything from financial statements and employee expenses, to a register of members and opportunities for additional revenue. We are first to concede we do not operate our museum the traditional way, Ms Martin said in the letter, adding that she acknowledged tardy reporting. Smack us with a fine and we will behave, but dont take away our ability to survive, she said. The Advocate understands some of the issues arise because the museum does not have a local committee. Ms Martin said the museum had up to 2000 members, most based interstate. Our problem is that we are a group of enthusiasts, all of whom contribute significantly financially to a museum we are passionate about, she said. Yes, we would love some local people on our committee but not at the expense of getting rid of our existing illegal interstate committee. Ms Martin said interstate committee members had retrieved and delivered trucks all over Australia at their own expense. Another used his own aircraft to transport committee members between Alice Springs and South Australia. Chief Minister Michael Gunner said he wanted the National Road Transport Hall of Fame to continue providing much needed activity to the community and economy. The Hall of Fame creates tourism and economic activity for the Central Australian community, and I want more of that in Alice Springs, not less, he said. Addressing the crime issue, which Ms Martin said formed 50 per cent of the reason for possible relocation, Mr Gunner said new measures were already in place to curb the expected summer crime wave. Andrea Johnston Budget release too slow, says union THE Education Union has called out the NT Education Department for dragging their feet in the release of a review on global school budgets. The Australian Education Union NT president Jarvis Ryan said it would be difficult for recommendations from the review to be implemented next year if it wasnt released soon. This shuffling of papers is simply not good enough, Mr Ryan said. Our union pushed hard for this review because our members across the Territory report how damaging the (global school budgets) regime has been for their schools. An Education Department spokeswoman said the review was expected to be released before the end of the year. The spokeswoman said preliminary school budgets for 2018 were released to schools in October with schools due to submit their annual budget scenario for 2018 to the department by the end of this month. At the same time, the government will announce accepted recommendations and provide an implementation timeline, she said. The spokeswoman said budgets were not finalised until Term 1 after student numbers had been finalised. Kids can track their Santa letters FATHER Christmas will soon be coming to town and he wants your letters before he starts packing his sleigh for his Christmas Eve dash. And for the first time, children can track the progress of their letters online via the Australia Post interactive Santa Mail tracker. Australia Post Head of Media Michelle Skehan said Santa received over 130,000 letters and wish lists from young Australians last year. We always encourage children to write and send their letters early to ensure they receive a reply from Santa before Christmas Day, Ms Skehan said. Writing a letter to Santa is an easy way to encourage children to practise their letter writing skills. Its a fun approach at home or the class room, but if you get stuck, Australia Post has some helpful letter writing tips and templates on our website. To ensure Santa and his little helpers receive your letters and wish lists, send them to Santa, North Pole, 9999 with a 65c Christmas stamp on the front of the envelope. The Santa Mail tracker can be accessed at auspost.com.au/ santa-mail SOUTH America will soon get a taste of Central Australian music, thanks to a trade mission involving local talent. CAAMA Music record label manager Nicola Pitt was invited to travel to Argentina, Brazil and Chile by Sounds Australia, an organisation which promotes Australian music in world markets. I almost fell off my chair when I got that email, Ms Pitt said. It was an amazing invitation to get. Ms Pitt was spotted for the opportunity after networking at the BIGSOUND conference, a major annual industry event. She will now attend similar conferences in all three South American countries. Her goal is to promote Aboriginal music, with CAAMAs artists predominantly coming from Central Australia. Apakatjah are very much influenced by Spanish guitar, she said of the Alice Springs duo, who recently supported Midnight Oil. I think their music would go down well in South America, and its a region theyve always expressed interest in travelling to. Ms Pitt leaves today and hopes the trip will pave the way for opportunities in South America. She also said she was looking forward to meeting the other Australian delegates. CAAMA Radio's label manager Nicola Pitt is going on a trade mission to South America. Picture: EMMA MURRAY Booze has snore or war effect DOES gin make you angry or whisky maudlin? Booze legends now have scientific backing with new research showing different types of alcoholic drinks are linked to emotions spirits will make you aggressive but with red wine and beer you will be chilled out. A study published today in the British Medical Journal has mapped the feelings 30,000 people associate with types of tipple. Spirits were most commonly linked to aggression, energy and confidence, while red wine and beer were tied to relaxation and sleepiness. Nearly one-third of spirit drinkers said the tipple heightened aggression, compared with about 2.5 per cent of red wine drinkers. Some drinkers said whisky, rum, gin or vodka made them feel sexy. Responses differed by educational attainment, country of origin and age, with young people more likely to feel confident, energetic and sexy when drinking away from home. Women were significantly more likely than men to experience feelings of aggression and heavy drinkers were six times more likely to turn angry. University student and social drinker Monisha Iswaran said she was surprised by the study. I would have said men were more likely to get aggressive than women, but I suppose women can get verbally aggressive, she said. Phillippa Butt
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