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The Centralian advocate Tue 17 Jul 2012



The Centralian advocate Tue 17 Jul 2012


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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Alice Springs; Tennant Creek (N.T.) -- Newspapers; Alice Springs (N.T.) -- Newspapers.; Australia, Central -- Newspapers

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Nationwide News Pty. Limited

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Alice Springs


v. 66 no. 15

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www.ntnews.com.au Tuesday, July 17, 2012. NT NEWS. 5 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:17-JGE:5 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K 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 MLA driven to brink CLP behind grubby smear campaign By ALYSSA BETTS Independent MLA Gerry Wood has been plagued by leaked details of a sexual harassment claim and threats to resign Picture: ELISE DERWIN KINGMAKER politician Gerry Wood has now blamed the CLP as being behind a grubby campaign that has driven him to the point of despair. The independent MLA has hit back after weeks of speculation surrounding leaked details of a sexual harassment claim made against him in 2009, and reports revealing alleged threats designed to force his resignation. The real issue here is that its come out just before an election, he said. And its my belief that its an orchestrated campaign by a number of CLP members and certain business people. The CLP denies all involvement. Leader Terry Mills called on Mr Wood to stump up and identify who within the CLP was behind the so-called campaign. If he can provide no supporting evidence, he must retract the claims and apologise. His credibility is on the line. Mr Wood said the unfolding saga sparked before Christmas, when a man he knew but wont identify barged in to his electorate office. He said the man threatened to make public details of the claim which was settled through mediation and supposedly bound all parties to confidentiality unless Mr Wood resigned. He intimated, Id wanted to take you out in the carpark and bash you. It was frightening. Months later, a second person came to his office in a repeat of the threats to reveal the claim. Later, Mr Wood said, whispers began circulating in Parliament that rumours about him were soon to be made public. It followed with journalists ringing with details about the confidential settlement. Mr Wood said the experience nearly drove him to quit but for the support hed got from family, staff and constituents. He said he felt trapped by the rules of the settlement while others continued a smear campaign. He said, looking back, he might have got wrong advice at the time, and should instead have gone to court rather than gone down the mediation road. The reality is . . . I was never accused of anything physical, he said. And Im not saying by any stretch of the imagination that I havent been stupid or naive or been a fool. But Ive paid for that. He said some in the CLP had not forgiven him for backing Labor in 2009 when it lost its majority in Parliament. And he said hed upset powerful businessmen, backers of the CLP, who wanted to gain from development in the rural area. Drag race crash death suspected POLICE believe a second car may have been involved in a car crash that claimed the life of a 42-yearold man last weekend. Detective Sergeant Martin Dole would not rule out whether the crash victim had been involved in a drag race before his death. We havent determined exactly what the involvement of the other vehicle is, he said. The man was killed when he crashed his blue Ford Falcon into a fence on Temple Tce, near Es sington Ave, in Gray, Palmerston, about 6.30pm on Saturday. Paramedics said the man was in cardiac arrest when they arrived and attempts to resuscitate him on the way to Royal Darwin Hospital failed. He was declared dead upon arrival. Sgt Dole said police believed speed was a factor in the crash and are now looking for a second vehicle that may have been involved. The vehicle were looking for is described as a late model Holden Commodore station wagon, dark in colour, possible purple, he said. We definitely think there are members of the public that were travelling on Temple Tce at the time of the crash, and were particularly keen to hear from anybody that can give us any information in relation to those vehicles. The death brought the road toll to 23 fatalities, compared with 14 for the same time last year. Bouncer loses licence over injury A SIXTEEN-year-old boy received a 4cm gash to the head when he was thrown into a table at a Darwin nightspot, the licensing commission has heard. Bouncer Mark Scott had his crowd control licence terminated over the October 27 incident at the Monsoons nightclub, in Mitchell St. Mr Scott said he acted in selfdefence after Louis Fawcett elbowed him in the ribs while being escorted from the premises. In his decision, presiding member Philip Timney said the force used on the patron to evict him was gratuitous, unnecessary and unprovoked. Mr Scott seized a false identification card from Louis about 1am and refused him entry. The teenager managed to enter a short time later by jumping a side fence into a smoking area. He and a companion who was also underage then moved into the main area of the bar, where they occupied a table. Upon walking inside, Mr Scott recognised the teen before asking him to leave. CCTV footage shows Mr Scott escorting the underaged patron from the premises, before throwing him into the table. Mr Timney said as a result of Scotts actions, Mr Fawcett suffered physical injury. He said Scott had breached a Code of Practice for crowd controllers aimed at limiting force used on patrons. Racing and Betting Act Tribunal Chairman Alice Springs member 08 8999 1326 malcolm.richardson@nt.gov.au Friday 27 July 2012 NOMINATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP Racing Appeals Tribunal

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