The Northern Territory news Mon 11 Sep 2017
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MONDAY SEPTEMBER 11 2017 NEWS 03 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA JUDITH AISTHORPE Tiny Will embodies spirit of a cowboy LEVELS of fraudulent activity in the NT public service remain unknown and most departments still dont have adequate fraud control measures in place, an Auditor Generals report has found. The Northern Territory does not currently have a single accepted definition of fraud or any across-government fraud control guidelines, the report states. Fraud controls lacking Julie Crisps report shows that fewer than 20 allegations of fraud were documented last financial year. It is possible that the Northern Territory may be experiencing more fraud than has been captured and/or reported, she wrote. She added that the low number of reported fraud cases could be due to the ineffective controls, public servants not reporting illegal actions, a perception that it wouldnt be in vestigated by those in power and the possibility that deals are made to recover stolen funds in exchange for not reporting it. And its possible fraud is being ignored as a result of culture and conflicting relationships that arise in a small jurisdiction, she wrote. Ms Crisp also found that the Gunner Governments muchhyped amalgamation of departments led to an increased opportunity for fraud due to reduced controls for a period of time. Other factors identified included the recent economic downturn, increased reliance on information technology systems and new government programs being rolled out. Increased outsourcing to non-government organisations also produced increased risk of fraud. Ms Crisp referenced leadership in the public service as being crucial to reducing instances of deceptive practices. The leadership and culture of an organisation will affect its ability to manage fraud, she wrote. Having an executive that is engaged, informed and seeks to address fraud risks is critical to a strong fraud control strategy. Head bureaucrat Jodie Ryan did not respond to a number of the NT News questions about fraud controls in the public service, including what steps had been taken since a 2010 report estimated only one third of fraud-related activity was being documented. Treasury is continually improving the Territorys wholeof-Government financial framework and recommendations from the Auditor Generals report will be taken into consideration, Ms Ryan said in an email. She did not say if the public service would develop a uniform fraud prevention strategy as recommended. P34: Editorial CHRISTOPHER WALSH Securitys not on a knife edge A MELBOURNE man visiting Darwin says airport security there needs an overhaul, after he accidentally took a large knife in his backpack through screening and on to a plane. Stewart Stevens arrived in the Northern Territory yesterday after flying from Melbourne with Virgin. When he unpacked the backpack he took with him to visit his brother, he found a large filleting knife under his clothes. Mr Stevens said his backpack was carry-on luggage. When his son contacted the airport to let them know their protocols had failed, he was brushed aside, Mr Stevens said. If I had been the wrong sort of person, I could have caused mayhem, he said. I could have killed the whole planeload if I had a mind to it. Mr Stevens said the knife was metal and should have been clearly visible to an attentive security officer. He said the knife would remain in Darwin when he returned to Melbourne. Cars, caravans and trailers destroyed SIX vehicles, two caravans and a number of trailers were destroyed on Saturday night after a fire ripped through a Borroloola property. The blaze is believed to have been deliberately lit. Police are searching for six youths aged between 16 and 18 in relation to the blaze. Police believe the youths were in the vicinity of the fire which occurred at a property on the corner of Robinson Road and Searcy streets. Duty Superintendent Rob Burgoyne said the youths were at a neighbouring block the day before lighting fires. The Borroloola Fire Emergency Response Group and NT Police were called to the scene at 5.15pm. No one was injured from the fire but peoples homes were destroyed. The caravans were being used by people, but both people were away at the time, he said. Supt Burgoyne said police didnt leave the scene until 8pm. Council exec apologises for her bad park DARWIN council executive manager Melissa Reiter takes full and absolute responsibility after the Sunday Territorian revealed yesterday her Range Rover had been caught parked illegally in Cavenagh St. ... it was a busy morning at the Cav and I was in a rush to get to work so quickly jumped into a space, she said in an email to the NT News yesterday. Im not offering an excuse, this was just the circumstance. Because I parked across a yellow line early in that morning (i.e before 8am) to grab my coffee from the Cav, I hadnt received a fine. Its also the reason I did not have a ticket displayed Im normally in and out before 8am and theres no requirement for a ticket out of hours. I admit I took a chance but it wont happen again. That being said, if my employer, the City of Darwin chooses to fine me based on the photographic evidence provided by your source, I would implore them to do so. Ms Reiter said she had not been issued a warning, despite the council saying she had. I am unaware of a warning system being in place with regard to parking infringements, she said. I certainly do not expect special treatment ... I wasnt contacted by any party whatsoever in relation to this story Thursday, Friday or Saturday, I had no missed calls and no emails. I was unfortunately not available when (the NT News) contacted a City of Darwin spokeswoman (on Friday) because I am on bereavement leave following the death of a family member on Thursday morning. MORE than 100 kids like Will Blokland got the chance to be a cowboy at the Adelaide River Junior Rodeo over the weekend. The five-year-old, from Katherine, participated in the poddy calf ride. He managed, just like his idols, to ride the calf for the full eight seconds. He was the only child to do so. At only five years of age, this is the first season hes been allowed to compete in and only his fourth ride. His mother Ristan Blokland said Will had always wanted to be a cowboy. Hes wanted to do it since he was about two years of age and he started with dress-ups and practises on a drum, she said. We thought hed get scared but he doesnt. He plays, does his ride and then goes and plays again. Will said he had the wildest poddy calf on the night and hopes to one day ride bulls in America. He said poddy calf riding was his favourite as you have to hang on tight. His older sister Matilda, 7, also competed in the junior rodeo in the barrels. Northern Cowboys Association president Toni-Marie Butt said the junior rodeo was started five years ago as a way to give kids the opportunity to try out their rodeo skills. She said on the weekend there were 195 events for the kids to have a crack at. Five-year-old Katherine poddy calf rider Will Blokland managed to stay on for the full eight seconds Picture: GLENN CAMPBELL
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