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The Northern Territory news Fri 12 Jul 2013



The Northern Territory news Fri 12 Jul 2013

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www.ntnews.com.au Friday, July 12, 2013. NT NEWS. 15 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:12-JGE:15 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K APOLOGY In the Woolworths catalogue, on sale Wednesday 10th July 2013, the Five:am Yoghurt 170g on page 16 has been advertised incorrectly at 6 for $6. The correct sell price is 3 for $6. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. 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 Crossin defends trip By XAVIER LA CANNA Our front page yesterday DEPARTING NT Senator Trish Crossin says she had every right to take a taxpayerfunded trip to France and England just months out from the end of her term and she is glad she went. Ms Crossin was accused of going on a 12-day taxpayerfunded study tour of France and the UK with her husband Mark, even though the Senate will not sit again before she retires from Parliament. But she told the NT News her trip, which she returned from yesterday, was hard work, not a junket, and she paid accommodation costs for her husband and two daughters to accompany her. We flew economy. I paid for my family, she said. She said taxpayers were only out of pocket for the price of her economy airfare and travel insurance. I am glad I have gone. I can pass on this information to other people as well now, Ms Crossin said. She said because her two daughters wanted to go, she paid for all the accommodat ion: I paid for them. I want to really emphasise that. During the trip she inspected a nuclear waste storage facility in France and talked to executives from mining giant Rio Tinto in London about their alumina operation in Gove. Ms Crossin, who was dumped as the Labor Partys top Senate candidate when former prime minister Julia Gillard endorsed Nova Peris for the job, also justified the timing of the trip. She said she originally applied for the trip before Christmas last year, well before Ms Gillard named Ms Peris as her captains pick to oust her. In the months after she lost the support of the ALP National Executive she never cancelled the trip because she held on to the hope that Kevin Rudd would return to become PM and she may regain Senate endorsement. I was disappointed, I was certainly disappointed, Ms Crossin said. She said without a rank-and-file vote a candidate would lack authenticity and validation. I had always hoped that Kevin would be back as the prime minister and he knew that I would be pushing for a rank-and-file ballot, she said. I had always hoped that we might have been in a different situation. Mr Rudd chose not to hold the ballot for several reasons, Ms Crossin said, one of which was that any vote would take weeks to complete and an election cannot be far away. Overseas study trips for MPs were recently abolished and will not be available after the next election. London calling trumps Estimates Gary Higgins By NICOLE MILLS Political Reporter TAXPAYERS funded a Territory MLAs trip to London, accompanied by his wife, to attend a conference on the Westminster governance system while the Estimates Committee sat in Darwin. Daly MLA and Deputy Speaker Gary Higgins said the trip to the Commonwealth Parliamentarians Association (CPA) conference had been arranged before the Government changed the dates of Estimates following Adam Giles leadership spill. He said he had not compiled all the receipts yet so did not know the full cost of the trip, but his wife was entitled to use up to $7500 of his $15,000 annual travel allowance to accompany him on official events. Rhondas with me all the time. Shes a second set of eyes and ears, he said. What happened in the past was if you took your spouse they just got paid for but what happens now is they can use up to 50 per cent of that (annual travel allowance). Mr Higgins used his own money to fund a one-week holiday to see some Belgian backpackers who used to work on his mango farm and to visit war memorials. He then returned to London to catch his taxpayerfunded flight home. All accommodation and other expenses while at the conference were paid for by the CPA. Mr Higgins said the conference was attended by politicians from across the Commonwealth. Its about Westminster policy and procedure, he said. I think for new members it was really good. Even just to talk to people from other states of Australia was good. Mr Higgins will now tally up his expenses in a report to be tabled in the next sittings of Parliament. Chief Minister Adam Giles inspects Sherwin Irons ore stockpile at East Arm Wharf yesterday with traditional owner David Daniels Picture: HELEN ORR Oresome start to mining venture hits the docks THE FIRST iron ore sample from Sherwin Iron was poured on a stockpile at Port of Darwin yesterday, ready for shipment to China. Company executives inspected the piles of deep red ore from the Roper River mine, 475km southeast of Darwin, with Chief Minister Adam Giles and traditional owner David Daniels from Ngukurr. Mr Daniels said he wanted development for his community. White people and black people in the olden days were against each other, he said. Now we want to work together. That song is in my heart and in my peoples mind today. The mine will create 300 operational jobs and 200 jobs in construction for up to 20 years, with production to begin by March next year. Sherwin Iron executive director Rodney Illingworth said the company had signed an agreement with traditional owners that guarantees a minimum of 30 per cent of jobs for local indigenous people. The mine will also need flyin, fly-out workers. The mine will produce up to six million tonnes of ore each year at a 58 per cent grade, worth about $804 million per year at recent prices. It is not known how much of that will come back to Territory government coffers in royalties paid from the mine. Snappy net marked with class THE high-speed NBN broadband network is ready for the official switch on in Darwin today. Top End croc hunter and owner of Croc Stock and Barra Aaron Rodwell will bring some snappy friends to celebrate the switch on with Girl Guides, Scouts and community leaders. They will host a virtual class on crocodiles to be shared with students in Launceston, Tasmania, to demonstrate the power of the superfast network. Five internet service providers Commander, iiNet, iPrimus, Telstra and Westnet provide NBN packages to Darwin. It is now available to 2000 premises in Darwin, with more homes and businesses expected to come online before the end of the year. Labor candidate Luke Gos ling said people could connect to the optic fibre network for free for the benefits of superfast web access. The final cost of the NBN rollout is expected to exceed $90 billion, according to a Coalition analysis. The NBN switch on takes place at the Darwin Council office function room at 10am.