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Debates Day 5 - Wednesday 17 October 2007



Debates Day 5 - Wednesday 17 October 2007

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Parliamentary Record 17


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DEBATES Wednesday 17 October 2007 4890 found a rope tied to a tree in the middle of the creek and they were swimming from it when a freak of nature occurred. One of the young fellows had caught his neck in the rope, the rope had snapped sharp and was choking him. If it were not for the actions of his two brave comrades, we might have had a tragedy. They were awarded the 2007 Pride of Australia Award for Bravery. Their names are Brandon Turner and Stephen Hoffmann. They saved the life of their cousin, Sebastian Young. Sebastian, 13, was strangled when a rope swing became tangled around his neck at Rapid Creek. He was instantly knocked unconscious and his limp body was left dangling on the end of the rope. Stephen and Brandon, both 14, jumped in the water and held Sebastians body up to take the pressure off his neck. They managed to get the rope off his neck and dragged him to the bank. They checked his pulse and raised the attention of a passer-by who took Sebastian to Royal Darwin Hospital. I know their families are extremely proud. I have known them for a long time. It was a great honour for the family, and you can see by the photographs I have from the Northern Territory News, they both dressed up for the occasion wearing their best outfits with ties. That is how highly they considered the Pride of Australia Awards. I take this opportunity to read into the Parliamentary Record the story covered by the Northern Territory News. The headline is: Teen Heroes AFL reward: Just Reward: Stephen Hoffmann, 14 (left) and Brandon Turner, 14 (right) are happy to have their cousin Sebastian Young, 13, back safe and healthy after he almost hung himself while playing at Rapid Creek. The two Territory teenagers who saved their cousin from being strangled by a rope swing have been rewarded for their courage. Stephen Hoffmann and Brandon Turner have been given tickets to the NAB pre-season AFL match between Geelong and Port Adelaide at TIO Stadium in Darwin tomorrow. And their cousin, Sebastian Young, has made it out of hospital just in time to go with them. Its great that we got the tickets, Sebastian said from his Jingili home yesterday. Its my favourite sport. I normally go for Essendon, but they are not playing. Sebastian was rushed to hospital on Sunday after he was almost strangled when he lost his footing and a rope swing became tangled around his neck at Rapid Creek. His limp body was left hanging from the rope over the creek. Stephen and Brandon rushed to his aid, jumping in the water and holding him up to take the pressure of the rope off his neck. He was kept in the intensive care unit overnight before being moved to a general ward and then discharged on Wednesday. The 13year-old, who still bears the rope burn mark around his neck to remind him of the horror incident, said his cousins were his heroes and deserved the AFL tickets. I owe them my life, he said. I wouldnt be here today without them. When I woke up in intensive care, I was shocked at what had happened. Its a bit freaky. Sebastian, Stephen and Brandon are looking forward to the big game tomorrow night and said they would be barracking for Port Adelaide. Millner MLA Matthew Bonson donated the boys the tickets. I was proud to donate tickets to these young men. I know their families, particularly Norman and Tanya, and they are very proud of their sons and their relations. No doubt, they will contribute the remainder of their lives to the benefit of all Territorians. Ms CARNEY (Araluen): Mr Acting Deputy Speaker, I want to talk about Bradshaw Primary School, which I have done before. I have to say that in the present circumstances, it does not give me a great deal of joy to do so again. The circumstances are that the school was broken into twice in the space of one week a couple of weeks ago. Interestingly, sadly, the people who live on or around Adamson Avenue and Van Senden Drive in Gillen have been subjected to smashed residences and vehicles in relatively recent times. Unfortunately, there seems to be a spate of crime in that area based on the reports I am receiving. Sadly, increasing crime is reflected in the recent crime statistics released by government. However, it is Bradshaw