Sunday Territorian 25 Jan 2015
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SUNDAY JANUARY 25 2015 NEWS 03 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Overheard in the NT News newsroom: Sub-editor No 1: What soccer game is on tonight? Sub-editor No 2: Who cares. If its not cage-fighting, Im not interested. We Doo get about This Humpty Doo Hotel shirt was seen on the wall of a pub outside Arusha in Tanzania. A friend in need NEW head cheese of police media relations Simon Elderidge certainly likes to pick tough jobs. He is the PR equivalent of St Jude, the patron saint of desperate cases and lost causes. He is a former public relations flack for the Tasmanian forestry industry. He has also done the same job for a company that was interested in mining shale oil near the Great Barrier Reef try making that look good. Now he is Captain My Captain when the police commissioner resigns over a conflict of interest, and other claims. And then a commander is suspended. Then the Acting Commissioner decides that police could handle investigating their own bosses, and then when he somehow realises this is dumb, tries to camouflage the backflip under the shadow of a terror alert press conference try making that look good. Super friends WHILE lovely to see the smiling faces of four ABC hacks at an innocuous Opposition press conference, Bushranger thinks perhaps, as they say in the classics, it is a little overkill. We thinks sweetly back to the time we saw a gaggle of seven of the little cherubs who turned up to see the first load of cattle off on holiday to Indonesia after the lifting of the live export ban. Perhaps we are seeing the results of the dreaded five per cent cuts. But we have a small piece of advice, if you all let go of each others hands and walked in a differ ent direction from each other you might be able to cover different stories. Proud of ya dad WE were told the story of a teenage girl, when asked what her sort-of garbologist dad did for a crust said: My dads a lawyer. Peak beak times WE all know criminal lawyers are not very busy and should be available at all times because there is no crime in the Territory. Magistrate Greg Cavanagh sent heads rolling because a North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency lawyer filling in for her absent colleagues wasnt personally acquainted with the alleged crims whose cases were being adjourned. He claimed the level of confusion on the perps faces was awful because they had never met their lawyer. Tough on crime MR Cavanagh revealed that a man charged with property crime used to be one of his clients before he switched the bar table for the bench. But the man broke into the house next door to Mr Cavanagh. I told him, Not on my street, son, he said. An ideas man LITCHFIELD mayor Allan McKay has his detractors. But his idea that the Local Government Minister should come in and sack the whole council including himself would probably strike many residents of any local government area as a genius idea. Lawn mover-a-cise BUSHRANGER ran into an old mate out the back blocks of Virginia mowing his verge with a push lawnmower. Im the only one who uses a push lawnmower out here, he said, And they wonder why they are fat. Rare dildo fish THE NT News contacted a man recently who was said to have caught a dildo while out fishing in Darwin Harbour. The man refused to talk about it and by doing so, refused a place in the next NT News coffee table book and world fame. Or, at least, infamy. Police scandal deepens THE investigation into alleged corruption by the former commissioner of NT Police has taken another twist with more possible conflicts of interest. On Friday, Chief Minister Adam Giles announced that NT Ombudsman Peter Shoyer would carry out his own investigation into allegations John McRoberts interfered with a criminal investigation. But a statement from the Ombudsmans office has admitted that Mr Shoyer had a working relationship with John McRoberts live-in partner, Lisa Coffey. Unlike Public Interest Disclosures Commissioner Brenda Monaghan, Mr Shoyer will not step down from the investigation. The Ombudsman has discussed this issue with the Solicitor General and neither see this level of working relationship as creating a conflict that would preclude the Ombudsman from dealing with those complaints, the statement said. Ms Coffey and Mr Shoyer served on a number of boards together over a number of years and met on occasion in individual meetings but mostly group meetings, the release stated. Ms Coffey is believed to be the Health and Community Services Complaints Commis sioner. She left the Territory with Mr McRoberts on January 16. Mr Shoyer also stated he had no personal relationship with Mr McRoberts or Richard Bryson, the senior commander who has been suspended for his alleged role in the scandal. He also said he had no memory of having ever met former Crime Stoppers chair Xana Kamitsis. Mr Shoyer will begin his investigation by monitoring the Solicitor for the Northern Territorys investigation, the statement said. He will also work with Caroline Norrington, the Public Interests Disclosure Commissioners middleman on her investigation to avoid unnecessary duplication of investigative effort. Mr McRoberts resigned on January 14 over allegations he interfered with the criminal investigation into Ms Kamitsis who allegedly stole money from a Government-run pensioners travel program. Chief Minister Adam Giles first addressed the growing scandal Friday, telling Territorians to have faith in the three ongoing investigations. But Opposition Labor leader Delia Lawrie called for Mr Giles to resign over his handling of the affair. Ms Lawrie said Labor would move a motion to launch an independent investigation in February. By CHRISTOPHER WALSH and SHAE MCDONALD Rick Trippe found this huge dead groper washed up on the beach at Fannie Bay BIG, bloated and beached. This dead Queensland groper washed up on a Darwin beach and puzzled passers-by as to how it came to its unfortunate end. Darwin diver Rick Trippe spotted the fish at Fannie Bay on Thursday night after a shocking smell drew him and his girlfriend closer. I smelled it and thought something had died. It was a heavy smell so I knew it wasnt a bat or something smaller, he said. Mr Trippe said the groper was about 2m long and weighed about 50-60kg but he couldnt determine how the fish ended up on the beach unmarked. I couldnt see any gash marks or hook marks that would tell how it died, he said. Someone may have hooked it and let it go to die but I didnt see any hook marks. I know some barra and snapper suffer from barotrauma from about 10m so it may be the same thing. Its a shame because they are beautiful creatures. Australian Museum said the species grows to at least 2.7m and over 400kg. It is one of the largest bony fishes and is common in the Darwin area. Groping for answers on beach Parents warned as kids play in drains POLICE are again urging children to stay away from stormwater drains, almost a year to the day since eightyear-old Richard Baird drowned in Palmerston. Children were spotted in the storm culvert on Terry Drive in Palmerston on Friday afternoon. One was reportedly using a boogie board to surf the fast flowing water. It prompted Senior Sergeant Garry Smith to issue a safety warning on the NT Police Forces Facebook page calling on parents to talk to their children about the dangers of playing in flooded drains. Duty superintendent Louise Jorgensen said everyone needed to be aware people had been killed doing the same thing. The councils have done a lot of work to secure them, but sometimes it doesnt keep the more determined children out, she said. We want to reinforce the message. Dont play in those sorts of drains, it can end in disaster. Fridays incident occurred just days after the one-year anniversary of the death of Palmerston boy Richard Baird. On January 20, 2014, the Gray Primary School boy was playing in a stormwater opening in Confalonieri Park when he was swept into a drain. Firefighters and ambulance officers found him about 500m from the drain, where they performed CPR. He was taken to Royal Darwin Hospital but did not regain consciousness. The death prompted a new television public safety message which first aired in the lead-up to this wet season. In December, the NT News revealed Palmerston and Darwin councils had still not checked all drains for safety. 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