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The Northern Territory news Fri 30 Aug 2013



The Northern Territory news Fri 30 Aug 2013

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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin; Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin

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www.ntnews.com.au Friday, August 30, 2013. NT NEWS. 5 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:30-AGE:5 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K 9 Now Available in Darwin - FREE 9 Architectural design to suit your block 9 Engineering s-ODERN$ESIGNSs3TANDARDMETRECEILINGS s#YCLONE4ERMITERESISTANT s&ASTCONSTRUCTION HALFNORMALTIME s9EARSEXPERIENCE MORE INFORMATION CALL 1300 367 231 EMAIL: info@force10global.com.au WEB: www.force10global.com.au Now open for dinner Wednesdays through Saturdays Now taking bookings for XMAS functions MUSEUM CAFE www.cornucopiacafe.com.au Monday to Friday from 9am Weekends and Public holidays from 8am Ph: 08 8941 9009 Catering and Functions: 0438 411 748 ntnews.com.au l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l NEWS This is no laughing matter Nurses express disgust at Giles reaction By NICOLE MILLS NURSES have expressed their outrage and frustration after seeing the Chief Minister laugh at a petition they signed about dangerous working conditions in the Royal Darwin Hospital emergency department. One nurse, who asked to remain anonymous for fear of being sacked, wrote to the NT News challenging Chief Minister Adam Giles to work beside her for one day. (I) encourage the same laugh when it is his family member we are trying to provide safe specialist care for amongst the appalling conditions that exist, she said. Our job is hard enough and when we ask for help . . . we are laughed at and devalued. The nurse, whose letter got more than 500 likes on the NT News Facebook page in less than two hours, said Mr Giles should not have scoffed at the 75 signatures. You wonder why we can only get 75 of our nurses to sign? she said. The rest have already resigned or burnt out or are quickly scoffing an (unpaid) meal break that is six hours overdue. Come walk run a day in my shoes Mr Giles. In another letter to Opposition health spokesman Kon Vatskalis, a nurse said she burst into tears after seeing Mr Giles laughing on the TV. Have just finished crying, she said. I just resigned because of my working conditions, however my signature was on that list. He laughed at me. Mr Giles was given an opportunity to apologise in Question Time yesterday but instead tried to clarify his re action. He said he was laughing at Opposition Leader Delia Lawrie, not the nurses who had called for an immediate end to the dangerous practice of double-bunking. We were laughing at the Leader of the Opposition because we know the situation of the pressures in Royal Darwin Hospital . . . and to think that the Leader of the Opposition has only got the ability to go out there and identify 73 people, he said. If I was allowed to continue my answer without the interjection I would have pointed out that the humour was on the Leader of the Opposition, on her leading with her chin to come forward and say solve the problem that (she) created. Nurses and supporters including teachers holding their own protest against education funding cuts rallied outside Parliament House in Darwin yesterday. Online shopping, sometimes you just dont get it A new study has shown that one in five packages are not delivered to customers of online shopping, but Darwins Normajean Bidder said everything shes ordered has turned up though sometimes was not of the quality she was expecting Picture: DANIEL HARTLEY-ALLEN By AMY SPEAR and JACKSON GOTHE-SNAPE ONE in five Australians have bought something online that has never shown up. And online shopper anxiety is putting a premium on local customer service, with something as simple as an Australian contact phone number making a big difference to consumer piece of mind. In a survey of 1016 Australians, 221 respondents or almost 22 per cent have purchased something online that has never arrived. Darwin hairdresser Normajean Bidder, 27, said she loved online shopping and the items she ordered had turned up, though the quality was sometimes not what she was expecting. I dont like the clothes here, so I shop online and get clothes from home, said Ms Bidder, from Ireland. She said some of her friends had experienced situations where items purchased online had arrived very late, or had to be followed up with the company. Negative online shopping experiences are driving Australians to stores that they trust. If a consumer has a bad experience online, they are unlikely to come back to the same store, Adrian Christie, spokesperson for eBay Inc, said. What were finding with merchant partners in Australia is that they put a lot of emphasis around trust and how to earn trust, said Mr Christie. The recent drop in the Australian dollar is also helping local online vendors, allowing them to be more competitive with overseas stores on price. Last week, the ABS published data which calculated that Australias online shopping in 2011-12 was up to $4.554 billion at domestic outlets and around $6.226 billion at international stores. The survey was commissioned by online security company Trend Micro and carried out by Research Now. Refugee advocates speak out THE Refugee Action Coalition is calling for a stop to the Immigration Department policy of separating pregnant women from their husbands and sending them from Christmas Island to Darwin until they give birth. This policy has been in place since April 19.

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