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The Northern Territory news Wed 5 Sep 2012



The Northern Territory news Wed 5 Sep 2012

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www.ntnews.com.au Wednesday, September 5, 2012. NT NEWS. 3 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:5-SEGE:3 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K The Office of the Fair Work Ombudsman Investigated allegations that Watch Works Australia Pty Ltd and Cobbler Plus Services Pty Ltd contravened the Fair Work Act 2009 by underpaying some of its current and former employees engaged at its Australia wide businesses trading as Cobbler Plus and Watch Works between 1 July 2010 and 14 May 2012. Watch Works Australia Pty Ltd and Cobbler Plus Services Pty Ltd have formally admitted to underpaying its employees, which involved an incorrect pay rate classification during this period. Watch Works Australia Pty Ltd and Cobbler Plus Services Pty Ltd is rectifying the underpayments, with amounts being paid in instalments over the next five months. Those contraventions occurred because Watch Works Australia Pty Ltd and Cobbler Plus Services Pty Ltd had incorrectly classified the employees rates of pay following the introduction of the General Retail Industry Award 2010. Watch Works Australia Pty Ltd and Cobbler Plus Services Pty Ltd and their director express their sincere regret and apologise to all past and present employees for failing to comply with its lawful obligations. Watch Works Australia Pty Ltd and Cobbler Plus Services Pty Ltd gives its commitment that this conduct will not occur again and that it will comply with all workplace relations laws, including the Fair Work Act 2009. If you worked at any of the Watch Works Australia Pty Ltd and Cobbler Plus Services Pty Ltd sites between 1 July 2010 and 14 May 2012, please contact the company at 08 9257 1155 to find out if any monies are owed to you. If you are in contact with any former Watch Works Australia Pty Ltd and Cobbler Plus Services Pty Ltd employees employed at any businesses trading as Cobbler Plus or Watch Works between 1 July 2010 and 14 May 2012, we encourage you to forward them the information in this notice. 1 0 9 3 8 0 0 ntnews.com.aul l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l 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 Quickweather DARWIN Earlymorning fog patches clearing to a sunnyday ALICESPRINGS Mostly sunny MAX 32 MAX 31 FULLWEATHERREPORT:PAGE55 Bums and boobs ONE of Darwins most prominent glamour photographers is on the prowl for lady bits in Darwin. Picture and Peoplemagazine freelance snapperMark Hamilton posted on Facebook that hewants: Nothing too outthere just boobs and bum stuff CONFIDENTIAL: PAGE 21 Six bosses out, nine in By NIGEL ADLAM CHIEF Minister Terry Mills yesterday appointed nine new department bosses after sacking six. And he boosted the number of government agencies from 23 to 33. But Mr Mills said the break-up of the megadepartments would make the public service more efficient. The nine new jobs were not advertised and the appointments were locked in before the election. Two of the new bosses were brought out of retirement. The appointments are: KEN Davies Local Government boss heads Lands, Planning and Environment. ROD Applegate Chief Ministers Department deputy chief executive to Land Resource Management. KEN Simpson returns from retirement to become Public Employment Commissioner again. ALAN Tregilgas the former utilities commissioner is the new Under-Treasurer. ALISTER Trier the Minerals and Energy Depart ment head was lucky to keep his job over the Montara oil spill, but has been made chief executive of Primary Industries and Fisheries. PETER Carew Group Training NT head will take over Business. JOHN Baskerville the former Chief Ministers Department southern director returns to the public service after retiring five years ago to head Housing and Local Government. ANDREW Bridges Bushfires NT director moves into Parks and Wildlife. ROB Kendrick the Local Government Department deputy chief takes over Regional Development and Indigenous Advancement. Mr Mills ordered the sacking of the six department heads on Monday. The half-dozen to be given six months pay and told to clear their desks by Monday were under-treasurer Jennifer Prince, public employment commissioner Graham Symons, business head Mark Sweet, Resources Department chief executive Richard Galton, Environment chief Jim Grant and Lands Department boss David Ritchie. Five are seen by the CLP as pro-Labor. And Mr Galton, whose wife Helen is a former CLP election candidate, angered the party when he answered questions from CLP politicians contemptuously during Estimates hearings earlier this year. Mr Mills denied the sackings were politically motivated or vengeful. Im not aware of anybodys political allegiances, he said. I dont make decisions based on politics. The Chief Minister said breaking up large departments would make decisionmaking more focused. Labor leader Delia Lawrie said Mr Mills had gone back on his word not to sack public servants. She said the firing of department heads showed the CLP would rule by fear and loathing. Ms Lawrie said the Chief Minister would now recruit CLP mates. Editorial, page 12 The new cabinet was officially sworn in yesterday with one noticeable absentee Kezia Purick Picture: KATRINA BRIDGEFORD Millsys new cabinet sworn in without Kezia THERE was a noticeable absentee when Terry Mills and his Cabinet were sworn in at Government House yesterday Kezia Purick. The dumped CLP deputy who won her Darwin rural seat of Goyder with nearly 67 per cent of the vote was the only NT Government MLA not at the ceremony. She is known to be furious at not being included in the ninestrong Cabinet after being tipped to be made Resources Minister. But Ms Purick wont quit the Government and sit as an Independent she has accepted the Speakers job, which means she must ensure politicians behave themselves in the Legislative Assembly. She will be armed only with a wooden gavel. Two other CLP heavyweights are disappointed at the Cabinet make-up. Dave Tollner expected to be made Business Minister but was given the socalled poison chalice of Health instead. And Adam Giles was overlooked as Indigenous Advancement Minister in favour of Labor-turned-CLP politician Alison Anderson he got the grinding job of reforming local government. The pecking order was made clear when Ministers were invited to take the oath of office before Administrator Sally Thomas in order of precedence. Robyn Lambley, as Deputy Chief Minister, Treasurer and Education Minister, is No 2, then AttorneyGeneral John Elferink, Mr Tollner and Mr Giles. Lands staff share pain of chiefs sacking PUBLIC servants are often left distraught when their bosses are sacked. The dumping of Lands Department chief executive David Ritchie has caused particular distress. He is considered nonpolitical but his wife, Mickey Dewar, used to work for the Labor Party. Mr Ritchie took over from Richard Hancock two years ago. The Department was chaos when David took over, one Lands staffer told the NT News. People were frightened of making a decision. Nobody wanted to work here. The staffer said the atmosphere at the department had since been transformed. He took control and rebuilt the place, the staff member said. People are proud to work here now. Hes got no interest in party politics and its a disgrace that hes been sacked because his wife votes Labor. Mr Ritchie was a departmental chief executive for 18 years. Richard Galton, who was dismissed as Resources Department head, had worked for the public service for 45 years. COLOURBLIND DEPUTY Chief Minister and Treasurer Robyn Lambley got off to an unfortunate start in Government yesterday. Asked about the Budget, she said: Well try and bring this black hole back into the red. CHIEF SAFE CHIEF Minister Terry Mills denies he wants to sack Police Commissioner JohnMcRoberts. He denied the Territorys top cop would follow the six other department chiefs who have been told to clear their desks byMonday. Mr McRoberts angered the CLP with his support for the Banned Drinkers Register, which he said was a useful tool in the fight against alcoholfuelled crime and antisocial behaviour. Mr McRoberts contract expires at the end of 2014. BUDGET CALL THE Territory Opposition has called on the Mills Government to release a mini Budget by the end of the year. Opposition Leader Delia Lawrie said Terry Mills needed to be accountable and show Territorians how he intended to return the Budget to surplus.