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The Northern Territory news Mon 11 Sep 2017



The Northern Territory news Mon 11 Sep 2017

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MONDAY SEPTEMBER 11 2017 NEWS 07 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA The Hilton in Mitchell St is offering a movie-themed room for the Darwin International Film Festival, with Kirby Bolton (left) and Shannon Masters taking full measure of the deal Picture: GLENN CAMPBELL Tourists a road danger TOURISTS should be educated on Australian roads and conditions before getting behind the wheel of a car in our country, the nations peak automobile body says. The Australian Automobile Association has called on the Federal Government to stop buck passing on road safety and fund strategies to significantly reduce our road toll like the international driver program in New Zealand. Road crashes are costing the economy $30 billion annually, as the target to reduce road trauma 30 per cent by 2020 looks certain to fail. As part of the latest call to reduce road deaths, tourists would undertake an online training course upon arrival or even en-route to the country that would run them through real-life scenarios of our roads and conditions. Road trauma is one of the leading causes of death for international visitors. The New Zealand course, which reaches thousands of tourists each week and came into place in 2015, asks potential drivers to pick the correct response in each scenario. AAA chief executive Michael Bradley said: All the figures are going in the wrong direction in terms of road trauma. He said the education should be federally funded and encouraged but not mandatory. Mr Bradley also said obtaining more data from crash sites particularly on mobile phone use should be another key priority. Tourism and Transport Forum chief executive Margy Osmond said any additional hurdles for tourists would be counter-productive. While road safety is critically important, potentially expensive and time-consuming mandatory driver education courses for international visitors could discourage tourists from exploring many parts of Australia, Ms Osmond said. The NT News can also reveal road crashes are costing our economy $30 billion annually the first update to the figure in close to a decade. And the cost is $3 billion more than in 2006 despite a slight reduction in the road toll. Taxpayers and government are taking a $4 billion direct hit each year from road trauma due to lost taxation, income support and health and emergency service costs. Each road death is costing the economy $4.34 million with serious injuries a $239,000 slug each. P34: Wickings view LANAI SCARR AFTER a long night of watching films as part of the Darwin International Film Festival, movie buffs will be able to sleep the night away in a specially themed room at the Hilton. The Deckchair Cinema and Hilton Darwin have teamed up to give people a staycation package of films and a night at the Hilton during the DIFF program, which runs from September 14 to 25. The hotel has decked out a room in film-inspired extras including popcorn, old movie reels, a red carpet and tickets to DIFF events for the night you stay in the room. Kirby Bolton, 25 and Shannon Masters, 33, said it was a great idea. While they live in town they said if they were travelling to see DIFF films and events they would snap up a nights accommodation in the room. Hilton Darwin marketing and communications manager Danielle Hiscoke said the room also came with two tickets to the Darwin International Film Festival and a gourmet dinner hamper, 24-hour movies and a buffet breakfast the following morning. Red carpet rolls out for movie-themed room JUDITH AISTHORPE MAJOR airlines would have to broadcast an onboard tribute to Defence Force members and let them board first in a proposal by Malcolm Turnbulls Assistant Minister. Queensland Senator James McGrath has set up a petition and written to airline bosses Finder.com.au showed Australians would splash more than $150 million on iPhone preorders following Apples announcement on Wednesday, potentially causing national sellouts, and 1.2 million Aussies would buy new iPhones in their first three months on sale. The forecasts comes despite widespread rumours Apple would raise the price of its iPhone handsets this year, and competition from its biggest rival, Samsung, which could release its flagship Galaxy Note 8 handset in stores on the same day in Australia. Finder.com.au tech expert Alex Kidman said unprecedented hype and expectations Apple would launch three smartphones at this years event including a redesigned, premium iPhone gave the company better odds of breaking records. Airlines should honour heroes urging them to recognise the sacrifices made by current and former personnel. Senator McGrath said the idea came after a meeting with Rick Ralph, the acting chairman of Mates4Mates which helps wounded or sick former and current ADF personnel. Latest Apple iPhones expected to smash sales records BUYERS dont even know what they look like but Apples latest iPhones are tipped to break sales records in Australia this month, with more than 150,000 Aussies expected to buy the smartphones even before they appear in stores. 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