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10 NEWS FRIDAY NOVEMBER 28 2014 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Giles lets fly with both barrels in fiery session CHIEF Minister Adam Giles left his political opposition scrambling and slack-jawed yesterday after the last Parliamentary Question Time of the year ended in pleading, sore feelings and general acrimony. The Opposition Labor Party attempted to attack Mr Giles on everything from the sale of TIO to Port privatisation to political donations, but nothing stuck after the Chief Minister started on the offensive. Labor MP Ken Vowles asked Mr Giles if he would rule out reinstating ousted former treasurer Dave Tollner to Cabinet in an upcoming Cabinet shuffle. I congratulate the member for Johnston for such a pathetic question on the last day of sittings, Mr Giles said. Mr Giles then handed him his unsolicited assessment of the Opposition, suggesting Mr Vowles did not have enough background experience in politics. He also suggested Natasha Fyles was a poor former adviser in the Education Department, that Nicole Manison was a poor former adviser to the former housing minister, that Michael Gunner was a poor adviser to the former chief minister and oversaw massive debt, that Gerry McCarthy (who had earlier been called Johnny Cash for his attire) gave away Territory assets like Stella Maris and that Leader Delia Lawrie had contributed to the Territorys debt in the former government. What I will rule out is that no one from that side of the Chamber will come to our side of the benches and will never form part of government, Mr Giles said to applause from his party. But Mr Giles did not stop with Labor. He also took aim at absent PUP MP Alison Anderson and laid out for Parliament her long history as an Independent member, Labor member and CLP member. She is now a member of the PUP, which can very proudly hold up Jacqui Lambie down in Tasmania, or could until the other day, Mr Giles said. This member could not be bothered to turn up to Parliament today to stand up and advocate for the rights of Aboriginal people. As Question Time wrapped up for the year, Labor MLA Lynne Walker who Mr Giles had said contributed nothing to discussions gave a final plea to ask the Chief Minister another question. In the spirit of Christmas, one last question for the year? she asked. Her wish was not granted. By CHRISTOPHER WALSH This member could not be bothered to turn up to Parliament today to stand up and advocate for the rights of Aboriginal people Artist Ming Lai with some of her work at Central Craft and (below) Caroline Green shows off her wares look for both at the market Picture: JUSTIN BRIERTY Crafty crowd ready to help you stuff any stocking THE realisation that Christmas is now under four weeks away may have many in a tizz. Creative types from around Alice Springs are getting involved in this festive frenzy tomorrow, at the annual Central Craft Wrapt in Christmas Market. The market will be providing an abundance of handmade gift ideas as well as food and entertainment. Central Crafts Caroline Green has been busy decorating for the event. Its all handmade things which is great, she said. Its local people that dont usually sell at the (Todd Mall) markets. The market will be held at the Araluen Precinct inside and spilling outside of Central Craft from 9am-2pm. With over 30 stalls, this years event promises to be one of the biggest yet. Central Craft coordinator Eva Straulino explained the importance of the event. Its the second-biggest event at Central Craft. We have the Beanie Festival and then Wrapt in Christmas, its a big fundraiser for us, she said. Remember to fill your wallets as the markets are a cashonly affair. Rare unity on medical marijuana Fat-based stigma a daily trial School to gain classy expansion FEDERAL senators from across the political divide have endorsed a Bill to set up a regulator to oversee the farming and production of marijuana for medical use. Legislation was introduced to the Senate yesterday to establish a regulator for medical cannabis and create a tightly controlled farming regime for marijuana a system not dissimilar to poppy cultivation in Tasmania for medical opiates. The Bill has broad support and was co-sponsored by Liberal Ian Macdonald, Labors Anne Urquhart, the Greens Richard di Natale and Liberal Democrat David Leyonhjelm. The regulator would determine the conditions under which marijuana products could be prescribed but a doctors discretion would play a part. OBESE Australians are being stared at, portrayed as lazy and overindulgent or receiving negative comments on a daily basis, a study has found. University of NSW researchers gave 46 obese adults a digital device on which to record details of each weightbias experience over a twoweek period. On average, the participants experienced 11 episodes of weight stigma in the fortnight almost one a day. Stigma was most often expressed by strangers. Given that 63 per cent of adults are overweight or obese, fat-based stigma could potentially affect millions of Australians. It could lead to lower self-esteem, depression and increased body dissatisfaction, psychologist and study author Dr Lenny Vartanian said. A TRANSPORTABLE classroom will provide relief for a local schools expanding enrolment numbers. The building is for Henbury School, which is for students with disabilities. Infrastructure Minister Peter Styles said the tender for the new classroom was now open online. The building would have two general learning areas with access ramps, verandas, teachers prep areas and hygiene rooms, all constructed off site and then delivered to Henbury School. The works will comprise landscaping, fencing and a driveway and are due to begin in January and finish in April. Education Minister Peter Chandler said the classroom would support Henburys growing enrolments which are now nearing 100 students.