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The Northern Territory news Fri 10 Oct 2014



The Northern Territory news Fri 10 Oct 2014

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FRIDAY OCTOBER 10 2014 NEWS 11 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Mills faces more scrutiny FORMER chief minister Terry Mills was in a directorial role with controversial fundraising outfit Foundation 51 while leading the party, according to emails obtained by the ABC. The emails between Foundation 51 director Graeme Lewis and then-CLP president Braedon Earley from November 2012 describe Mr Mills alleged role with the group. I am the sole director and shareholder, with Terry Mills for obvious reasons, not appearing on the registers, but adopting a directorial role throughout, Mr Lewis reportedly wrote. As you very well know, it was set up for, and supported by numbers of business people and has necessarily had to operate absolutely separately from the Party in order to keep its activities away from public scrutiny. Labor has described the foundation as a CLP slush fund that solicited expensive and secret memberships. In other emails, first revealed by the NT News, Mr Lewis said Foundation 51 had contributed significantly to the CLPs campaign at the Blain by-election. Mr Lewis also wrote he had an election to pay for and that the CLP needed to raise many millions of dollars before the 2016 election. The NT Electoral Commis sion is investigating political donations by Foundation 51, but in August it seemed the inquiry was stalled when commissioner Iain Loganathan told the NT News he was still waiting on documents associated with the party and foundation. (The new emails) show the CLP has misled Territorians on the links between them and Foundation 51, said Labor Leader Delia Lawrie, who renewed calls for the company to be included in the upcoming political donation inquiry. Chief Minister Adam Giles said he would not comment on Mr Mills involvement. Any involvement Terry Mills may have had with this private company is a matter for him and I wont be commenting on his involvement, he said. Mr Mills did not respond to calls last night. By DAMIEN McCARTNEY SOLDIERS from Australia, China and the US were forced to bury any fear they had of heights as they went abseiling from the roof of a Darwin hotel. Yesterdays abseil from the roof of the DoubleTree by Hilton on the Esplanade was a warm-up for survival exercises starting next week. Thirty soldiers 10 from each nation took turns abseiling from the roof of the 11-storey building. Several had never been abseiling before, and were nervous, while others were full of confidence and let out cheers as they went over the edge. The soldiers will next week be helicoptered to a water source 150km south of Darwin, dropped off and left a survival training as part of Exercise Kowari. The three teams will then have to build their own accommodation from scratch, hunt for food, and make ropes from tree bark. Brigadier Peter Clay said the troops would be completely isolated in virgin scrubland. Exercise Kowari is the first land-based exercise involving the three nations.Cpl Jennifer Pengelly on her abseil at DoubleTree Hilton as part of Exercise Kowari, which involved Australian, Chinese and American troops Picture: HELEN ORR Dump emissions audit Aussie Post helps out A TERRITORY mining company has received a notice to carry out an Environmental Audit Program over complaints about smoke and fumes from its waste rock dump. The NT Environment Protection Authority (EPA) issued the notice for McArthur River Mine to carry out an Environmental Audit to monitor and evaluate airborne pollutants from its North East Overburden Facility near Borroloola. The notice to carry out an audit program will be in place during the wet season and again next dry season. AUSTRALIA Post has dished out more than $30,000 to five Northern Territory community organisations as part of its 2014 Our Neighbourhood Community Grants program. The Uniting Church of Australia Property Trust received $5000 to fund a program using food, art and storytelling to promote healing and build social connections. Top End Aboriginal Bush Broadcasting Association received $4825 to buy a new digital video camera. Emails allege senior role in Foundation 51 Army life not plain seiling Christopher Walsh christopher.walsh@news.com.au Dont forget to pick up your copy of the NT News this Saturday to grab a bargain. BIG TERRITORY MARKET The best place to browse, buy or sell Got something to sell? Visit ntnews.com.au/bigmarket and youll pay nothing to advertise in the NT News. *conditions apply

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