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The Northern Territory news Fri 22 May 2015



The Northern Territory news Fri 22 May 2015

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02 NEWS FRIDAY MAY 22 2015 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Total prize pool $11.16m The NT News has taken all possible care but cannot accept responsibility for any errors, whether due to equipment fault, staff handling or any other cause POWERBALL Powerball Thursday 21-05-15 Draw No. 992 13 35 6 40 31 14 16 NATIONAL: 13 Qantas has snatched back the title of Australias most punctual airline ENTERTAINMENT: 43 Vance Joys single Riptide hits double platinum in the United States WORLD: 14 Teen stopped from buying homeless man a meal at Manchester McDonalds RACING: 17 Stay up to speed with all the latest trackside tips from our expert punters Wicking ..........................44 Your Say ....................... 44 National ..........................12 World ..............................14 Entertainment ..............43 Sudoku ...........................47 Horoscopes ...................47 Comics ...........................46 Television ......................46 Classifieds .....................48 Crossword .....................47 Weather ........................ 55 Fishing ............................55 Racing .............................17 GENERAL INQUIRIES: 8944 9900 l CLASSIFIEDS: 8944 9999 l CIRCULATION: 8944 9901 l ADVERTISING: 8944 9801 ONLINE: www.ntnews.com.au l EDITORIAL EMAIL: news@ntnews.com.au l OTHER INQUIRIES: online@ntnews.com.au www.nt.gov.au/becrocwise www.nt.gov.au/becrocwise www.nt.gov.au/becrocwise 2015 CROC CAPTURES www.nt.gov.au/becrocwise 1 3 0 Darwin ULP Average 135.6 Lowest 132.3 Multiple locations Darwin Diesel Average 136.9 Lowest 135.7 Multiple locations Alice Springs ULP 138.9 Diesel 139.9 Katherine ULP 137.5 Diesel 136.6 Tennant Creek ULP 160 Diesel 157.4 Have you spotted a cheaper price today? Send us a message on Facebook or email us at news@ntnews. com.au FUEL WATCH Doctors taken for ride VISITING medical specialists to Alice Springs do not get private access to fleet cars and must instead do their shopping and explore the town on supplied bicycles. The NT News can reveal senior Health Department figures in Darwin, who are trying to attract quality specialists to the Centre, are baffled at the revelations and will seek an explanation from the Central Australia Health Service. While the doctors are given cars for work, including for overtime and on-call shifts, they are offered bikes for their days off and after-work hours. It means they have to walk or ride to do the shopping or visit the regions tourist attractions, many of which are hours apart. When quizzed by the NT News, CAHS chief operating officer Sue Korner said the department encouraged healthy pursuits and bikes and helmets were available for doctors. Visiting medical officers and registrars are only issued with vehicles if it forms part of their employment contract, she said. Subject to the conditions of their employment and their compliance with the protocols and guidelines, cars are available from Department of Healths small vehicle fleet for legitimate work purposes. Ms Korner would not explain why CAHS did not provide every visiting doctor with a vehicle, nor would she say how many had a car as part of their contracts. Specialists and registrars are often brought into Alice Springs from interstate and use it as a hub between community visits, but attracting them has long been a challenge for remote health services. AMA NT president Dr Robert Parker said other jurisdictions normally provided cars for visiting doctors private use. I would think if they (doctors) are looking at their emails and see in Queensland they are given a car and in the Territory they get a bike, I know where Id be going, unless youre an exercise fanatic, he said. The AMA is very happy the department is encouraging healthy transport options for visiting medical staff, but it doesnt appear consistent with conditions in other states, (where) it seems to be a standard that when they stay there they get a car for their downtime. There are more than 3500 vehicles in the Territory Governments fleet. Three days of art and music to showcase traditional culture Siobhan Thorne and mum Natalie Leysley, with Rumsley Waianga, Chris Thomas and Dominic Waianga, of the Upai Purri dance troupe THE Garrmalang Festival is expected to attract more than 4000 people looking to soak up traditional Australian indigenous culture over the next three days. A welcome and smoking ceremony and entertainment show will kick off the Garrmalang Festival at the Darwin Entertainment Centre tonight. Creative producer Ben Graetz said the festival would showcase the regions rich indigenous culture. The Garrmalang Festival is an indigenous multi-arts festival, which basically means there is a wide range of arts from dance, to music, to cabaret, he said. The Djuki Mala Chookie Dancers, Black Comedy star Steven Oliver and musician Leah Flanagan are among the performers and dancers who will grace the stage. Mr Graetz said the festival was the only indigenous multiarts festival in Darwin and was an important cultural hub for people to share their stories. He said the festival was significant as it filled a gap in the sharing of indigenous culture. This (festival) was about filling the gap where there wasnt an indigenous festival in Darwin, he said. For more, go to garrmalang. yourcentre.com.au Parties call for clarity after donation rule breaches THE CLP and NT Labor have both denied rampant incompetence led to their numerous violations of the NT Electoral Act. An audit performed by BDO at the request of the NT Electoral Commission found unnamed parties failed to report annual returns on time, improperly recorded some donations and did not properly report all donors and in-kind gifts. But the parties say the NT Electoral Act needs to be amended to make the requirements easier to follow. All the ambiguity in the Act needs to be removed, said CLP president Jason Newman, adding that gaps in legislation made it a difficult system to work within. He said the er rors were honest ones resulting from complicated systems. Mr Newman also suggested upping the donation rules for disclosure to $10,000 from the current $1500. NT ALP treasurer Kent Rowe admitted his party had made some administrative errors in the past and had corrected them after consultations with BDO and the NTEC. We want to make sure everyone knows were as clean as we are, he said. JUDITH AISTHORPE