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Sunday Territorian 12 Jun 2016



Sunday Territorian 12 Jun 2016


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SUNDAY JUNE 12 2016 NEWS 11 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Wisdom bar is having a 90s party for the Queen's birthday. Laura Sykes and { Chloe Honey remember the decade fondly . Picture: KATRINA BRIDGEFORD 90 reasons to revisit the 90s PHILLIPPA BUTT IT WAS an age of crimped hair, fashion faux-pas and British pop music. The 1990s brought us iconic TV shows like Friends, and Bananas in Pyjamas, while the Spice Girls topped the charts and the Venga Boys taught us that we liked to party. Australia had three Prime Ministers in Bob Hawke, Paul Keating and John Howard ... less in a decade than weve had in the past three terms of Government. Wisdom Bar and Caf is trying to take us back to that decade with a 90s party on Sunday night. Its the Queens Birthday long weekend and shes 90 so we figured, why not take it back, marketing manager Eddie Prunty said. I was very young but I remember a lot of inflatable furniture and making mixed tapes. Laura Sykes, a 90s baby, said she was looking forward to having a dance. Ill definitely be dancing along, Ms Sykes said. Wannabe was my favourite song and I loved Saved By The Bell on TV. There will be lots of '90s tunes and there are three $100 bar tabs for the best dressed on the night. The bar will also be giving away glow sticks and other 90s memorabilia. The old-school tunes will start at 8pm on Sunday, and there is no cover charge. PRIVATE health insurers will be forced to offer patients a single bill listing all out-ofpocket charges to avoid bill shock under government reforms to rank cover as gold, silver and bronze. Health Minister Sussan Ley will announce the changes today also confirming that plans to charge smokers and the overweight more for health insurance have been shelved. The announcement follows consultation with the public over how to fix junk health Cover plans up in smoke cover after families complained of feeling ripped off and confused by private health insurance. But plans to impose more expensive cover for smokers was dumped after community consultation. After first flagging plans to rank private cover under the categories of gold, silver and bronze to make it easier to choose between products, Ms Ley will today announce the ranking system will be implemented if the Turnbull Gov ernment is elected. The changes are also designed to force health insurers to develop standard definitions for medical procedures to ensure families dont get caught out when they have an operation. In some cases, patients have discovered they are not covered for every part of a heart operation. Patients have also complained of getting huge bills from anaesthists that dump them with big out-of-pocket costs after they believed they have settled bills for operations. Health insurers will also be put on notice over junk health cover by ensuring consumers have access to a product with a mandated minimum. The ranking of all health cover under the categories of bronze, silver and gold is also designed to make it easier for customers to shop around for a better deal. We will do this by ensuring Australians can access standard levels of cover that is explained in plain English and protects patients against junk policies and fine print, Ms Ley said. Around 12 million Australians have private health insurance thats half the population. Unlike Labor and the Greens, the Coalition understands that private health insurance is a fundamental element of our health system that offers consumers greater choice over their care. A majority said they considered making changes to their private health insurance policy in the last 12 months, but gave up because it was too difficult. Labor leader Bill Shorten announced on Friday that if elected private health cover would no longer cover natural therapy. The threshold freeze for private cover rebates will also be extended until 2026 with Ms Ley warning this measure would hit families earning under $100,000. Health insurers forced to list out-of-pocket chargesSAMANTHA MAIDEN FREE HOME SECURITY IMPROVEMENTS FREE HOME SECURITY IMPROVEMENTS Free residential security audits, conducted by a qualif ed assessor. Homes assessed as being high risk, will be eligible for up to $1000 to complete security upgrades to their homes. CALL 1800 672 242 TO BOOK THE FREE ASSESSMENT Victims of Crime NT acknowledges the support of the NT Government GPO Box 1258, Darwin NT 0801 Lvl 2, 71 Smith Street NAB Building, Darwin NT 0800