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The Northern Territory news Tue 21 Aug 2012



The Northern Territory news Tue 21 Aug 2012

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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin; Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin

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www.ntnews.com.au Tuesday, August 21, 2012. NT NEWS. 3 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:21-AGE:3 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K Foreign labour bid fans flames By ALISON BEVEGE A LABOUR firm at the centre of a secret plan to import 2062 guest workers has said it needs the recruits for future projectsincluding Inpex. The move threatens to inflame industrial relations divisions after a similar deal in June for Gina Rineharts Roy Hill project unleashed union anger. Cape Australia Holdings has applied for the workers to the Immigration Department outside the Enterprise Migration Agreements. A leaked letter from the company to the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) says the company plans to target countries including Ireland, the Philippines and Indonesia for workers. The NT Government, which has been negotiating a regional migration agreement to bring in foreign workers, denied knowledge of the application. Unions were careful not to criticise Territory Labor ahead of the election. While CFMEU national secretary of construction Dave Noonan told the Daily Telegraph News the Cape deal was a slap in the face for Australian workers, he told the NT News that under an RMA jobs should go to Australians first. Australian Council of Trade Unions president Ged Kearney said the top election issue was the potential axing of public service jobs under the CLP. In February Business Minister Delia Lawrie said she wanted to expand the regional migration agreement she was negotiating with the Federal Government for the Top End with further deals to cover Central Australia and the Katherine region. Man flown to RDH A MAN badly injured in the car crash that killed his wife on a rural NT highway has been flown to Darwin. The couple, believed to be from the Top End, were driving on Sunday with two young children when their 4WD rolled over on the Victoria Highway, 95km west of Katherine. Police said the woman, 38, lost control of the Toyota LandCruiser when she went to overtake a road train. The man, 34, a seven-year old girl and a one-year-old boy were taken to Katherine Hospital. He was flown to Royal Darwin Hospital on Sunday night with head injuries, possible back damage and a broken shoulder. Careflight director Ian Badham said: Its just to make sure there are no underlying injuries. The Territory road toll this year to date stands at 33. The womans death was the third over the weekend. Accuseds mockery of court By MEAGAN DILLON A MAN who allegedly starved up to 15 horses on a Territory property has been making a mockery of the justice system for more than three years, a court has heard. Tennant Creek man Martin Graham has been fighting the animal cruelty charges since June 2009. But prosecutor Ian McMinn told the Alice Springs Magistrates Court that Mr Grahams claims he was mentally unfit were a ruse. He said one day before Mr Graham was set to give evidence in his hearing, he was the victim of an alleged robbery. As to the reason he would be under stress, we say thats unsupported no one is going to attack him in Tennant Creek, he said. His sore finger in June is insupportable. Hes making a mockery of the system. Magistrate Greg Borchers agreed, saying: Mr Graham has been stringing this court along. Defence lawyer Carly Ingles asked the court to consider withdrawing all the charges given Grahams mental state. But Mr McMinn said the prosecution would not withdraw the charges, claiming that Graham had plucked (a mental condition) out of the air. Earlier this month, Mr McMinn said the horses were in varying conditions some with malnutrition so severe their ribs were very obvious. But Ms Ingles made a no case submission and the prosecution had to prove that Mr Graham owned the horses. The case was adjourned until later this month. Proposal as couple click over NT News Paul Marryatt popped the question to Erin Cummings via a video posted on the NT News website By CAINE EDWARDS It was the first thing we actually had in common A KIWI man is on cloud nine after his girlfriend accepted his marriage proposal made on the NT News website. Sydney-based IT Test Leads Paul Marryatt proposed to his partner Erin Cummings at the picturesque Opera Bar in Sydney last week by showing her a video posted on ntnews.com.au. Mr Marryatt, 29, said it was NT News online which strengthened the bond between the two as they shared laughs, news and viewed updates during their sixmonth courtship. It was the first thing we actually had in common, he said. And still to this day we check it out frequently. Before the big day Mr Mar ryatt sent the NT News the video he intended to use as the proposal which we at tached to a mock article. Ms Cummings had to click on the link to see the video. It was a countdown from 12 to one representing the year featuring friends and family of the couple and finished with sentence: Erin, will you marry me. Mr Marryatt then presented his love with an extravagant diamond ring, which he designed himself. The ring included 16 diamonds on each side of the band in four lines of eight and when paired with the video, represented the date; 16/8/12. It was basically so I wouldnt forget an anniversary if we ever had one, he said. So I built it into the ring. 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