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The Northern Territory news Fri 16 Nov 2012



The Northern Territory news Fri 16 Nov 2012

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Sir Johs son backs Palmer in LNP ruckus Clive Palmer BRISBANE: The son of former Queensland premier Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen says the suspension of Clive Palmer from the Liberal National Party (LNP) is a denial of both natural justice and freedom of speech. A long-time LNP member, Mr Palmer was suspended last week after his public criticism of Premier Campbell Newman, Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney and Treasurer Tim Nicholls. The LNP executive will decide on Mr Palmers fate at its next meeting on November 23. John Bjelke-Petersen says Mr Palmers suspension was extraordinary treatment of someone who had sacrificed so much for the party. For those who value democracy and free speech, the muzzling of Mr Palmer by a small number of senior party executives, simply for raising concerns, sets a frightening precedent, he said. Im concerned that the LNP will be brought into disrepute if it does anything to damage the reputation of someone who has fought so hard for, and given so much to, the party. Mr Bjelke-Petersen said Mr Palmer is a national living treasure who had played an important role in shaping Queensland and the National Party. 16 NT NEWS. Friday, November 16, 2012. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 1 6 -N O V -2 0 1 2 P A G E : 1 6 C O L O R : C M Y K Product Safety Recall See www.recalls.gov.au for Australian Product Recall Information IGC Dorel Pty Ltd Child Restraint Vehicle Anchor Kit Batch 022 & 023 IGC Dorel Pty Ltd (A.C.N 124 078 762) are constantly testing its products to ensure safety and performance. An investigation has identified a component fault in the vehicle anchor kit that only affects batch numbers 022 and 023. As a preventative measure IGC Dorel is conducting a public recall of the vehicle anchor kit supplied with Maxi-Cosi, Safety 1st, Mothers Choice, Go Safe, ZuZu and SAAS Car Restraints; including Mothers Choice and Safety 1st vehicle anchor kits sold through Target, Toys R Us, David Jones, Supercheap, Autobarn, Dimmeys and Independent Specialty retailers across Australia. Defect: Batches 022 and 023 of the anchor bracket are faulty. The anchor bracket connects the car restraint tether strap to the car anchorage bolt. Hazard: If the tether anchor bracket fails in the event of a collision, the performance of the car restraint may be impacted increasing the risk of injury to the child. What to do: Customers need to check if their product is affected by identifying the batch number markings on the anchor bracket. If batch number 022 or 023 is stamped, then the item is subject to the recall and customers should immediately discontinue use. IGC Dorel will provide customers with a free vehicle anchor kit. The affected vehicle anchor kit should be returned to IGC Dorel and not the retailer. For further information on locating the batch numbers and returns please visit our website. Contact details: To order the free replacement kit visit: www.igcdorel.com.au/safetynotice Phone: 1300 809 526 IGC Dorel apologises to their customers for any inconvenience caused by this recall. Matt avoids conviction By ALICE COSTER and PAUL TOOHEY Matthew Newton MELBOURNE: Patti Newton says she hopes son Matthews latest escape after bashing a hotel clerk will mark the end of his troubles. Patti said it had been very difficult seeing her 35-yearold son facing legal dramas in Miami, US. Its been a stressful time for everyone, Patti, 67, said yesterday. She hopes the worst is now over following the troubled Underbelly stars assault conviction being dropped after he was arrested in April over allegations he punched a Miami hotel clerk in the face. Hopefully, its the end of this chapter and will be a new beginning for him, Patti said. In a Miami hearing that lasted less than two minutes, Newton walked free from court without conviction, in stead ordered to pay $11,500 in restitution to Ariel Bory Vargas, and to complete 50 hours of community service. It is understood that the Miami prosecutors would agree to Newton doing his community service in Australia, so long as it was with a worthwhile organisation. Newton got into trouble in Miami on two occasions earlier this year: first on April 7, when he attempted to regain entry to Mr Moes, a bar in Coconut Grove, after being evicted; and the second for the pre-dawn assault on Mr Vargas, at the Marriot Courtyard, also in Coconut Grove. Yesterday his Twitterloving Australian lawyer, Chris Murphy, tweeted his praise to New York drug and alcohol rehabilitation clinic Betty Ford, where Newton completed an anger course. Gratifying to see Matthew Newton rise above difficult issues, Murphy tweeted. Grateful to the USA for the magnificent Betty Ford Clinic. A better life. 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 ntnews.com.au A koala injured in the bushfire at Tulka being treated for burns at the Australian Marine Wildlife Research and Rescue Organisations centre Picture: AARON MACHADO Intensive care for bushfire koalas By THOMAS CONLIN ADELAIDE: Stressed from severe burns to its claws and feet, this koala has become a symbol of hope and survival in the wake of South Australias damaging Eyre Peninsula bushfires. Two koalas are receiving round-the-clock treatment for burns suffered in the Tulka bushfire and could soon be joined by more injured animals rescued in the clean-up. They are being cared for at the Australian Marine Wildlife Research and Rescue Organisations rehabilitation centre at Torrens Island at a cost of $130 a day. But cost is not a factor for the carers, who expect to be housing new guests for some time yet. Spokesman Aaron Machado said: There are a lot of bears out there that weve had information are up trees and theyre not coming down. COPSHAIL TASERS SYDNEY: The tasering of a violent man who assaulted police in Sydneys west shows how useful the stun weapons are to prevent officers being punching bags for thugs, police say. The incident in Lakemba came only hours after police copped scathing criticism from the NSW coroner over the multiple tasering and death of a Brazilian student in the citys CBD inMarch. STOPTHETROLLS SYDNEY: First he wanted to stop the boats. Now Opposition Leader Tony Abbott may be about to try and stop the trolls. Social networking websites such as Twitter and Facebook would be subject to a regulatory scheme and be forced to clamp down on so-called trolling under a new policy proposal by the Opposition. The cooperative crackdown has been recommended by the Coalitions Online Safety Working Group. MISSING TOTFINDING SYDNEY: Seven years after she disappeared from her Sydney home, the fate of missing toddler Rahma El-Dennaoui remains a mystery, with a coroner declining to rule out the possibility her family staged her abduction. Deputy State Coroner Sharon Freund yesterday handed down an open finding into the 2005 disappearance of 20month-old Rahma, saying she was unable to determine whether the little girl was dead or not.