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The Northern Territory news Tue 30 Jul 2013



The Northern Territory news Tue 30 Jul 2013

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10 NT NEWS. Tuesday, July 30, 2013. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 3 0 -J U L -2 0 1 3 P A G E : 1 0 C O L O R : C M Y K NATION 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 Bizarre behaviour ADELAIDE: A bad batch of ecstasy has been linked to a series of bizarre incidents in Adelaide, including one person licking the dance floor at a nightclub and another acting like a chicken in a taxi. Police said another person believed to have taken the drug stripped naked and went swimming in the River Torrens while a number of others took their clothes off and rubbed their bodies on the road surface, apparently to relieve severe itching. Superintendent Anthony Fioravanti said 21 people were admitted to the Royal Adelaide Hospital with drugrelated symptoms over the weekend and one remained in a critical condition. He said the ecstasy use had also been linked to an increase in fights in the city and reports of people suffering hallucinations. Drugs, guns seized MELBOURNE: Drugs and firearms have been seized and a man has been arrested in Melbournes east after a raid by the Victorian police bikie gang taskforce. Police investigating outlaw motorcycle gangs yesterday executed a warrant in Bayswater in relation to a March shooting. A 46-year-old man from nearby Boronia was arrested and cannabis and two guns were seized. Charges had not been laid last night. It is believed the warrant was issued over the March shooting of Bandidos sergeant-at-arms Toby Mitchell, who suffered arm injuries when more than 30 shots were fired at a clubhouse in Melton. The shooting was the second attempt on Mitchells life. He was shot five times at a carpark in 2011. Plane smoke drama CANBERRA: A Qantas flight carrying 50 passengers had to land at Canberra Airport yesterday after the pilots detected smoke in the cockpit. All the passengers were safely evacuated after the aircraft landed at 12.15pm (NT time). The pilot and co-pilot were taken to hospital for assessment before being released. The aircraft, a Dash-8 Q300, was travelling from Sydney to Wagga Wagga when it was diverted to Canberra after the cockpit problem was detected. We are currently investigating the cause, a Qantas spokeswoman said in a statement. All passengers were transferred to another flight and have since landed in Wagga Wagga. The spokeswoman said the passengers didnt require medical attention. Choules charts course for idle PNG mission By IAN McPHEDRAN CAIRNS: The navys newest amphibious landing ship, HMAS Choules, left Cairns yesterday bound for Manus Island where she will become a floating hotel at a cost of $201,000 a day. The ships crew was looking forward to heading home to Sydney following several weeks in northern waters in support of Exercise Talisman Saber with US forces. Now they will spend at least six weeks anchored in Manus harbour in support of the Rudd Governments PNG solution. The $8 million-plus taxpayer-funded deployment may be extended depending on how long it takes to establish the new facilities. The cost of Choules will be added to the $270 million-ayear that it costs taxpayers for Defence to support boat people operations under Operation Resolute. According to military analyst James Brown from the Lowy Institute, who has un dertaken a detailed analysis of the cost, the $270 million figure is conservative and takes account of all navy, air force and army assets engaged in Operation Resolute. Meanwhile, Opposition Immigration spokesman Scott Morrison failed to explain how the Coalition would lease up to six private passenger ferries for $40 million when the government had been quoted $20 million for six months for a single rollon, roll-off ferry. Mr Morrisons office did not respond to questions from News Limited requesting costings on the size and type of vessels proposed under the Coalitions threestar solution. It is understood that the government has received quotes from civilian ferry operators to charter vessels such as the Panamanianflagged MV Red Star 1 and the Portuguese vessel MV Atlantida for about $20 million for six months. The ships can carry more than 700 people and dozens of vehicles. HMAS Choules is a 17,000 tonne Bay Class landing ship purchased from the Royal Navy in March 2011 for a bargain price of $100 million. She had a difficult start in RAN service when her propulsion system failed, taking her offline for six months. The ship can accommodate up to 700 passengers and can carry dozens of vehicles that can be moved ashore on landing craft from her well dock. The ship also offers substantial maintenance and medical facilities. Court ruling brings pier picketing to a temporary halt MELBOURNE: A judge has granted a temporary injunction to stop picketing, which has been stopping goods being offloaded between Victoria and Tasmania, at Melbournes Station Pier. Supreme Court Justice Gregory Garde ruled yesterday the work of stevedoring company Qube Ports & Bulk was being disrupted by recent picketing of the site. Dock workers and supporters have blocked access to goods going on and off the Spirit of Tasmania since Friday, in protest to sackings of four staff. Frank Parry SC, for Qube, said the picketing had substantially prohibited fresh produce from being loaded on and off the ship. Qube accuses the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) of organising the picket. But Eugene White, for the MUA, told the court union staff simply represented workers and denied they were involved in unlawful activity. Justice Garde said he was satisfied the picket was restricting freight and causing a financial impact. The injunction is to remain in place until Thursday, when the parties will return to court. Gloomy picture SYDNEY: The iconic PixiFoto family portrait business is closing its doors after its parent company was put into administration with more than 300 people to lose their jobs. Photo Corporation Australia (PCA) was last week placed into administration after falling sales limited the companys ability to operate, John Morgan of administrators BCR Advisory said. BCR will manage the sale of PCAs profitable school photography business and has closed its PixiFoto business which specialised in child and family portraits. Mr Morgan said more than 300 staff across the two businesses will, by next month, be unemployed. Its technology thats gone past it. People just dont want to go and get their photos taken because they can . . . produce a reasonable photo themselves, he said. Firefighters in Sydney had trouble gaining access to a burning home in Marrickville yesterday due to clutter. The house and yard were filled with so much rubbish and belongings that firefighters were seen climbing over the rubbish to get to the fire Picture: BILL HEARNE Tent city Coalition solution HOUSING thousands of people in tents and leaving refugees in Naurus slum district on small welfare payments indefinitely are the centrepieces of the Coalitions offshore asylum policy. After touring the Governments riot-ravaged camp, Opposition immigration spokesman Scott Morrison said he would erect a 2000-person tent city under a Coalition government. He said almost 5000 asylum seekers could be housed on the tiny Pacific Island under a five-year plan that would be struck if the Coalition wins power. The plan would see Naurus Location, a slum housing more than 1000 people, refurbished to accommodate people with successful refugee claims. They would move out of processing camps and live alongside residents on meagre welfare benefits in line with living costs in Nauru, where average workers are paid $75 a week. Mr Morrison said Naurus intelligence capabilities would need to be boosted after he saw evidence the rioters who caused $60 million damage to the Governments camp had pre-planned the violence.