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The Northern Territory news Sat 29 Jul 2017



The Northern Territory news Sat 29 Jul 2017

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SATURDAY JULY 29 2017 NEWS 09 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA BANNED Darwin cabbie Abdul Qadir, whose criminal history includes drink driving and making a death threat against a transport department staffer, has relaunched his legal bid to be allowed back behind the wheel. Qadir, of Karama, was stripped of his taxi license in 2013 following scores of complaints from passengers, and Horror cabbie fights ban after he allegedly made a phone call in which he threatened to rape a different transport department staff member. The woman, who did not press criminal charges over the call, later testified at a civil hearing. He said he was going to f*** me or get someone to f*** me and he was going to fix me up, she told the hearing. Then he said: I know where you live. Do you have a boy friend because I am going to come around and f*** you?. Court records also show Qadir, a cabbie since 2004, has been fined at least nine times for overcharging, which Local Court Judge Greg Smith said pointed to a pattern of conduct demonstrative of dishonesty. Mr Smith said allowing Qadir to remain behind the wheel could risk the safety of the travelling public and the reputation of the wider taxi industry. Qadir, whose son has also been banned from driving taxis, has also been convicted of drink driving while driving a cab, but claimed to police it was impossible for him to have alcohol in his system because he was a Muslim and didnt drink. References from a psychologist previously tendered in court show he had a history of unwise alcohol use. Qadir unsuccessfully challenged the decision to strip him of his cab licence in 2014, but later won an appeal in the Supreme Court, where Justice Judith Kelly ordered Mr Smith revisit his 2014 decision. Mr Smith last year again found Qadir was not a fit and proper person to hold a cab licence. Court records released to the NT News show Qadir will return to the Supreme Court in October to appeal Mr Smiths fresh decision. Documents filed in the Supreme Court show Qadirs legal team has flagged three grounds of appeal. They claim that Judge Smith erred in taking Qadirs death threat and drink driving convictions into account. Qadirs fresh appeal is listed for hearing before Justice Peter Barr on October 2. CRAIG DUNLOP Sophie Lyons, 4, pictured with The Very Cranky Bear, is loving reading The Great Australian Storybook Collection Picture: MICHAEL FRANCHI Youll be cranky if you miss it Big spend for arts projects FIFTEEN art projects have been given $400,000 under a new Territory Government program. Culture Minister Lauren Moss said the Strategic Arts Program was a new initiative prioritising funding for artists with disabilities, independent producers or curators and arts industry development. Art creates jobs and helps build vibrant and strong communities, Ms Moss said. The Strategic Arts Program funds initiatives that grow a sustainable arts sector, market and promote NT arts and increase opportunities for access and participation. Mozart meets the Outback ALICE Springs opera fans will be treated to a production of Mozarts The Marriage of Figaro next month. Araluen Cultural Precinct director Mark Crees said the wonderful accessible opera from Australias flagship performing arts company, Opera Australia, would help those new to opera fall in love with the art form. The Marriage of Figaro retains the original music and storyline created by Mozart, but it is performed in English with a chamber orchestra. The show will be live onstage on Saturday August 5 at 7.30pm. TOMORROW might be unbearable if you forget to pick up your token for your next kids classic, as part of The Great Australian Storybook Collection. Nick Blands The Very Cranky Bear is just $2.30 with tomorrows Sunday Territorian. Todays token (below) is for Pig the Pug. SATURDAY EXTRA + ALL THE BEST IN LOCAL SPORT GREAT READING INSIDE AUSTRALIANS would vote on becoming a republic within the first term of a future Labor government, Bill Shorten will reveal today. The Federal Opposition leader will outline the plan at the State Labor Conference in Townsville this morning. If he wins the next election, a Shorten government would appoint a minister with direct responsibility for advancing the republic debate. The question that would be put to the Australian public has already been decided: Do you support an Australian Republic with an Australian Head of State? A compulsory plebiscite would be held by the end of a Shorten governments first term asking people if they wanted Australia to become a Republic. If that was successful, a full referendum would be held, including asking Australians to vote on the model of Republic. The last referendum on whether to amend the Constitution to sever ties with the monarchy was held in October 1999. It resulted in a 55 per cent no vote nationally and no states voting in favour. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who co-founded the Australian Republican Movement 25 years ago, has said he did not believe Australians would support a republic during Queen Elizabeth IIs reign. Shortens republic vow Books 2-15 are available from 23/7/17 to 5/8/17 for $2.30 each when you buy the NT News or Sunday Territorian. Total collection $57.80 max. Available at participating outlets while stocks last. One Book per original token from hardcopy (not digital) newspaper only. Scholastic 2017 *Book + Paper $4.50 ntnews.com.au/AussieStories token Present this token at participating newsagents and supermarkets only Just $2.30* only with todays paper Dr. Emma Nolan now offering ultrasound guided sclerotherapy in Darwin. Visiting 15th and 16th August 2017 Call Kerryn on 0403 965 548 for details or visit odysseyveinclinic.com.au VARICOSE VEINS?VARICOSE VEINS? treat without surgery

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