The Northern Territory news Tue 21 Aug 2012
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www.ntnews.com.au Tuesday, August 21, 2012. NT NEWS. 9 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:21-AGE:9 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K Printed and Authorised by P. Allen, 2/229 McMillans Road, Jingili NT 0810 To find out more about the Country Liberals exciting plans for the Territory, go to: www.countryliberals.org.au OUR Treasury is formally required by law to publicly release an assessment of the Northern Territorys current budget position. This document, which was released last Thursday and prepared by highly-skilled and non-political public servants, is scary reading. Treasury warns that the Henderson governments finance schemes for housing are likely to actually cause property prices to rise for those who can least afford it at the lower end of the market. Furthermore, the report warns the Territorys financial position could be put at risk by this policy. Let me give you the exact Treasury quote: The proposed scheme (My New Home) is likely to place upward pressure on property prices at the lower end of the market... and as the Territory will act as second mortgagee there is a risk that the rate of delinquent loans will rise. The risk will be increased if there is a change in market conditions including increases in interest rates from low levels currently being experienced. Of course I hope interest rates stay low for both government and consumer reasons. But we have no guarantee of this. What I do know is that this irresponsible Labor government cares nothing about the future of the Territory, or the massive debts it continues to incur. This wilful wasting of our future even threatens public servants superannuation. Labor has no plan for the future. It is ashamed of its past. It is running away from its brand. Henderson Labor is racking up lies at a record rate. And it wants you to give them another four years of mismanagement! End the lies on August 25. TERRY MILLS Leader of the Opposition Housing promises made of straw ADVERTISEMENT One-man show shoots himself in the foot A TERRITORIAN has lost an appeal to get a gun dealership licence because the one-man show wont have the time to run two businesses. NT Police denied Phillip Hoares application for a licence because he was not a fit and proper person to deal guns. But Mr Hoare, 23, appealed the decision to the Firearms Appeal Tribunal in a bid to prove he was responsible. The tribunal found Mr Hoares honesty and integrity was questionable because his first application was misleading. Mr Hoare, who started the Shooters and Fishers Party, wanted the dealership licence for Arnhem Firearms. But the businessman is also the director of Arnhem Contracting. Magistrate John Lowndes said this was a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it bespeaks of his ability to conduct a firearm dealership, the magistrate said. However, there is a negative countervailing aspect he has been a one-man show, single-handedly running both a construction and retail ammunition business. 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 NEWS Territory on track to close gap RECENT data shows it is possible to close the gap in Aboriginal life expectancy by 2031, the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory has said. AMSANT chief executive officer John Paterson says the recent report from the COAG Indigenous Reform Council shows only the Northern Territory is on track to close this gap by 2031 if the trend from 1998 to 2010 continues. He said during that period there was a 46 per cent decline in the Aboriginal adult mortality rate in the NT. Defending act of discipline Barry Abbott outside court in Alice Springs yesterday Picture: JUSTIN BRIERTY By MEAGAN DILLON A FORMER Senior Territorian of the Year pleaded not guilty yesterday to allegedly assaulting two troubled boys and imprisoning them in a caged car at his rehabilitation camp. Alice Springs Magistrates Court heard prominent Central Australian social worker Barry Abbott, 68, would defend the allegations on the grounds his actions were justified to discipline the boys. Defence lawyer Russell Goldflam said: They were confined or detained as part of the process of these people who were in the role of guardians managing or controlling them. He pleaded not guilty to threatening the boys with a stick and depriving them of their liberty at Ilpurla outstation, south of Alice Springs. The court was also told three members of Mr Abbotts family allegedly failed to take two boys to hospital for up to two days after they burnt themselves while petrol sniffing. Mr Goldflam said seven boys and two young men were sniffing petrol which was outlawed at the outstation and were put in the caged car for a few hours. The court was told one of the boys with burns was also put in the car. Mr Goldflam said they were given first aid but it would be a question of whether the delay in getting the boys to hospital made their injuries worse. He said one boy had full thickness burns but both needed skin grafts when they were taken for treatment. Barry Shane Abbott, 24, was also charged with assaulting a boy with an electrical cord after he ran away from the camp. Mr Goldflam said the youths at the camp were on court orders which required them to stay at the outstation. The court heard all three incidents happened between August and October last year. The five accused will reappear in court today. New focus for highway funds THE Outback Highway Development Council will change its focus to get funding for highway upgrades between Perth and Cairns. Council chair Patrick Hill and general manager Helen Lewis and Alice Springs mayor Damien Ryan met in Canberra last week to identify funding chances. Mr Hill said funding options through Infrastructure Australia or Regional Development Australia were inadequate as they did not have a cross border or strategic component to them.