The Northern Territory news Mon 22 Jun 2015
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MONDAY JUNE 22 2015 NEWS 03 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA NT firies definitely hottest ITS been eight years since the Northern Territory Fire and Emergency Services put out its last calendar but a group of firies are back to prove they are the hottest in the business. Darwin firefighter Adam Hughes said about 25 firies, including men and women, were doubling as models for the 2016 calendar, to be released later this year. He said the project was nearing completion and would feature fun and different scenarios. A Halloween themed photo shoot, featuring Mr October David Lines, was the latest to be shot for the 18-month calendar at Berrimah Fire Station yesterday. Station officer Joe Livesley said there was no doubt the NT firefighters were the best. There is a diversity of things we have to deal with (compared with interstate firies), Mr Livesley said. We deal with everything from bombs to road crashes, to school education to your com mon grass fires, to your urban search and rescue. All of our firies are multiskilled and cross trained and can respond to just about any incident because backup is always a long way away. He said Territory firefighters were hotter than their southern counterparts too. We are definitely hotter, he said. Proceeds from the sales of the $20 calendars will be donated to the Leaukaemia Foundation and Beyond Blue. Indigenous feel pain of NT jail rates THE latest Australian Bureau of Statistics prison data confirms the Northern Territory has the nations highest average daily incarceration rate. The national daily average imprisonment rate is 194 prisoners per 100,000 adults, but in the Territory the average is 904 per 100,000. In the last 12 months, the NT recorded the largest increase in the country. Aboriginal prisoners represent 86 per cent of the adult prisoner population in the NT, compared with 28 per cent nationwide. North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency chief executive Priscilla Collins called for the implementation of justice targets to address the national emergency of Aboriginal incarceration. These figures prove the NTs lock em up justice policies such as mandatory sentencing are failing, Ms Collins said. While prison numbers skyrocket, the community is not any safer. 04 NEWS MONDAY JUNE 22 2015 NTNE01Z01MA - V0 Ditching speed limits a mistake REINTRODUCING open speed limits on Territory roads will lead to an increase of fatalities and serious injuries, a senior Darwin trauma surgeon has warned. The previous NT Government scrapped unlimited speed limits on Territory roads in 2007, but they were reintroduced on a trial basis on one section of the Stuart Highway last year. National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre director of trauma David Read, who is based at the Royal Darwin Hospital, hit out at the NT Government saying road safety should remain a public health priority and not a political issue. His road safety article has been published nationally today in the Medical Journal of Australia. Campaigns to combat drink driving and poor rates of seatbelt use are most appropriate, but road safety is a package, and a vital element of the package is missing, Dr Read wrote. Every crash is multifactorial, and alcohol and seatbelt use should remain a focus of a strong road safety package. However, allowing unlimited speed on major highways sends the wrong message to the NT population. The literature suggests that the piecemeal reintroduction of open speeds on the highways of the NT will eventually result in an increased number of fatalities and serious injuries. The NT Government should strengthen its road safety package and tailor it to the unique needs of its population, not abandon components due to popular demand. NT Transport Minister Peter Chandler said open speed limits werent a licence to speed but are about putting responsibility back on drivers to drive to conditions. The Northern Territory Government used an evidence-based approach to determine the location of the two trial zones, which are currently the subject of a review, he said. Dr Read said Territorians were already three times more likely to die on the roads than people in the rest of the nation. MARIA BILLIAS Mr October, David Lines flanked by zombies Chloe Wallent and Saveeta Roberts for a Halloween shot Picture: PATRINA MALONE