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The Northern Territory news Fri 16 Nov 2012



The Northern Territory news Fri 16 Nov 2012

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4 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 : 4 C O L O R : C M Y K Beer, Wine and Spirits now also available. 21 on the Wharf Stokes Hill Wharf - Darwin Open 9am - 10pm Phone: 8981 0990 Dinner Special BBQ Pork Ribs and any Australian light or mid-strength beer $22.00 1 0 5 0 5 5 8 Enjoy Breakfast 7days Beer, Wine and Spirits now also DiDi BB anan ooor mooor m 1 0 5 0 5 5 8 Enjoy your favourite lunches with sea bre ezes at 21 on the Wharf. Proprietors of Caf 2 1 have a new venue at Stok es Hill Wharf. 21 on the Wh arf is now open with a mo uth watering menu inclu ding a variety of hot mea ls, homemade pastries, salads. For the sweet-tooths , delicious cakes and cookies to go with your coffe e. NEWS l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l 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 Perron right to die bid By NIGEL ADLAM The vastmajority of us aremore interested in quality of life than the quantity FORMER Territory chief minister Marshall Perron yesterday reignited his campaign for a national euthanasia law. Millions of Australians want to be more in control of the manner of their death when the time comes, Mr Perron said. The vast majority of us are more interested in quality of life than the quantity, yet medical advances have extended the time it takes to die and for some that means enduring a period of futile, undignified suffering. Mr Perron was the architect of the NTs Rights of the Terminally Ill Act in the mid-1990s. It was the first euthanasia law passed by a parliament in the world. The Act was overturned by the Federal Government after two years. Mr Perron said a new discussion paper by the think tank Australia 21 dispelled many of the myths about voluntary euthanasia and assisted suicide. He said it should be a reference manual for the debate. The paper is at www.australia21.org.au The NT euthanasia law allowed terminally ill patients to commit medically assisted suicide, either with the direct involvement of a doctor or by procurement of the drugs. Under the Act: A PATIENT had to be over 18 and be mentally and physically competent to request his or her own death; THE request had to be supported by three doctors, including a specialist who confirmed that the patient was terminally ill and a psychiatrist who certified that the patient was not suffering from treatable depression; and ONCE the paperwork was completed, a nine-day cooling-off period was required before the death could go ahead. One expensive taxi THE Territorys most expensive taxi joined the gas-fired economic revolution yesterday. Chinese-built Lameroo cost $1.7 million. It will ferry pilots to LNG cargo ships to guide them through Darwin Harbour. And unlike the old boat, itwill do it in purring, air conditioned comfort. Pilot vessels make more than 2000 trips a year and that will increase when LNG is produced at the Blaydin Point plant from 2017. Transport Minister Adam Giles said the Lameroo was named after consulting Larrakia people. It means welcome in Larrakia. Online forum for parents Jenny Macklin SOME online boffins have set up a forum where parents can submit and vote on questions for federal minister Jenny Macklin. The OurSay forum found at www.oursay.org allows parents to raise issues directly with Ms Macklin, according to the organisations media release. Ms Macklin is the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs. Apparently she will be answering at least five questions. The forum aims to help people who want to know about government measures. Each user will have seven votes to promote the questions they most want answered. Parents with the most popular questions will be invited to a familyfriendly morning tea with Ms Macklin, who will respond to the five most popular questions on the OurSay site, OurSays press release said. The forum will last for a month. Crash woman blows 4 times legal limit A DRINK-DRIVER was arrested after nearly crashing into a police car in Darwin city centre. The 23-year-old woman missed the patrol vehicle by inches and then ploughed into a gutter. She returned a blood-alcohol read ing of .190, which is nearly four times the legal limit. Senior Sergeant Debbie Gabolinscy said: It was a very high reading and appalling behaviour. The incident took place in Knuckey St about 9.40pm. Senior program development officer for environmental health Tracy Ward held an interactive food safety demonstration in Darwins Smith Street Mall yesterday Picture: KATRINA BRIDGEFORD Serving up a timely warning By CONOR BYRNE COOK it well and cook it right is the food safety message this Christmas. The Northern Territory Health Department held a cooking demonstration on Darwins Smith St mall yesterday to spread awareness of how to avoid food poisoning. Department environmental health officer Tracy Ward said bacteria was easily transferred from one food to another by re-using unwashed knives, chopping boards or containers. The last thing a host wants is to see their guests or family members winding up in hospital with a severe bout of food poisoning from something as simple as the salad being cut on the same chopping board used to prepare meat for the barbecue, she said. Foods can end up riddled with bugs that can cause dangerous food poisoning without looking, smelling or tasting off. Meat, dairy and seafood need prime position (in fridges) to maintain safe temperatures so it can be a good idea to relegate the beer, wine and soft drinks to the esky. Killer reveals gruesome death details By MEAGAN DILLON A CONVICTED killer yesterday told an NT Supreme Court jury that his victims head wound was disgusting after explaining how he touched the spot where a shifting spanner was used to bludgeon him to death. Darren Jason Halfpenny, serving at least 20 years for the murder of Ray Niceforo, said: It was disgusting rough, torn, it felt nasty. He told the court he touched the back of Mr Niceforos head after he died. The sentenced prisoner yesterday started testifying against his three co-accused Zak Grieve, 20, Christo pher Malyschko, 25 and his 53-year-old mother Bronwyn Buttery. They have pleaded not guilty to the murder in October last year. Halfpenny said he was paid $5000 to help Mr Grieve and Mr Malyschko get rid of Mr Niceforo, 41, and make it look like a missing persons case. We were to go inside and get him while he was asleep, to knock him unconscious and take him away, he said. He said Mr Malyschko used the spanner to hit Mr Niceforo in the head. He stopped struggling I figured he was dead, he said. Defence counsel will crossexamine Halfpenny today.