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The Northern Territory news Fri 22 May 2015



The Northern Territory news Fri 22 May 2015

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FRIDAY MAY 22 2015 NEWS 07 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Schools under scrutiny SOME Territory schools are suspected of inflating student numbers to gain extra funding. The NT Department of Education has confirmed it is conducting an audit of school data and confirmed that Cen tralian Middle School, in Alice Springs, was one of the schools being looked at. A student attendance data audit is currently being conducted across a sample of Northern Territory government schools, a department spokeswoman said. This is part of the standard audit process to look at trends and systemic issues with data collection and is on the Departments Internal Audit Program. When asked by the NT News if the Centralian Middle School was suspected of inflating student numbers to gain extra funding, the spokeswoman said the audit was currently under way and has not yet been completed. At this stage, funding adjustments are not being considered in any schools that are subject to the audit, she said. The former principal of Centralian Middle School, An drew Leslie, resigned last year. The spokeswoman said his resignation had nothing to do with the audit. The former principal of Centralian Middle School resigned, following an internal process about an unrelated matter, she said. When asked what the internal process related to she declined to elaborate. This is a private matter between the Department and the employee who has now resigned, she said. When contacted by the NT News, Mr Leslie said he had resigned due to medical reasons. He said he had no knowledge of the audit or a possible fudging of attendance figures. I cant comment on that, he said. Look I havent been at the school for over a year and Im not aware of where those things are at. The new Toyota HiLux will have a rear camera as an added safety feature across all models THE first all-new Toyota HiLux ute in 10 years just got a whole lot tougher even though it is loaded with luxury technology and was designed by the same person who developed one of the worlds smallest cars. The chief engineer for the new HiLux, unveiled globally yesterday afternoon ahead of its showroom arrival in October, also created Toyotas tiny European city car, the iQ, which is about the same size as a Smart. But Toyota says the latest generation of Australias favourite workhorse for more than three decades has retained its ruggedness, even though it has a hi-tech dashboard with an iPad-like display, seven airbags, LED headlights and other technology reserved for luxury cars. As a sign of our changing taste in cars, Toyota has also made the landmark decision to fit a rear-view camera on every model in the new HiLux range, from the cheapest to the dearest, starting from about $21,000 and stretching to an estimated $60,000. The standard rear camera is expected to be welcomed by safety advocates given SUVs and utes are involved in 70 per cent of driveway deaths even though they only account for 30 per cent of cars on the road. The other big news for ute fans is the new HiLux will be able to tow a tonne more than before, with capacity increased to 3500kg to match the Ford Ranger and Holden Colorado pick-ups. Payload has also increased to a maximum of 1240kg on some models. Scammers in ATO claims TERRITORIANS have been warned about a phone scam. Police said yesterday that scammers were calling people claiming they owed the ATO money. Duty Superintendent Del Jones said: They are then advised by the caller if they do not pay the money, a warrant will be issued for their arrest. If you receive a call out of the blue from someone claiming to represent the ATO and that you are entitled to, or owe money, police advise you to end the call immediately. JILL POULSEN jill.poulsen@news.com.au Little touch Little touch of luxury in of luxury in new HiLuxnew HiLux JOSHUA DOWLING The University of Melbourne visits Darwin this month Come along to learn more about studying at Australias No. 1 University. Youll find information about courses, entry scores, prerequisites, scholarships, housing and student services. Indigenous students and their families can speak with staff from the Universitys Institute for Indigenous Development. Thursday 28 May, 6:30pm - 8:00pm Hotel Novotel Darwin Atrium, 100 Esplanade, Darwin Register your interest at www.futurestudents.unimelb.edu.au/darwin2015 Tel: 13 MELB (13 6352) C R IC O S N o: 0 01 16 K 1 13 71 Times Higher Education World University Rankings 201415