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The Northern Territory news Wed 20 Jun 2012



The Northern Territory news Wed 20 Jun 2012

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

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Nationwide News Pty. Limited

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www.ntnews.com.au Wednesday, June 20, 2012. NT NEWS. 17 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:20-JGE:17 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K $2ea Introductory Advertised prices apply at Darwin stores. Advertised prices not available at Coles Express and Coles Central. Price after introductory period $2.99. Introductory period ends 04/07/12 2012 25 WEEK 1 Goldfi sh P e rm it N u m b e r N T L 1 2 / 2 7 Fairfax printing worker Marc Rayner addresses the media at Chullora yesterday after the Federal Government said no to the Greens media plan Freedom of press crucial CANBERRA: The Federal Government has rejected a proposal for laws to preserve the editorial independence of local media companies, after mining magnate Gina Rinehart again increased her investment in Fairfax Media. Ms Rinehart has not publicly detailed her intentions toward the 171-year-old publisher, but reports by Fairfax and its rival News Ltd say she has asked its board for three seats at the table and the right to make editorial decisions. The editorial issue ignited concerns within Labor, with Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Acting Prime Minister Wayne Swan and Communications Minister Stephen Conroy all saying independence was crucial. The minister and Mr Swan stopped short of supporting an Australian Greens proposal to legislate to prevent any media proprietor including Ms Rinehart from interfering in editorial decisions. What we are not going to do is start legislat ing, Senator Conroy told Parliament. The Greens have written to Senator Conroy and Opposition communications spokesman Malcolm Turnbull about their plan and say they could introduce legislation to Parliament by the end of next week. Asked about the Greens proposal, Mr Swan said there were limits to what the Government could do. In Mexico, Ms Gillard said: Its very important there is freedom of expression in our media. l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l NATION Cocos wildlife smells a rat CANBERRA: The Federal Opposition says rats aboard asylum-seeker boats are further endangering wildlife on the Cocos (Keeling) Islands. Coalition border protection spokesman Michael Keenan asked acting Prime Minister Wayne Swan to confirm that a boat carrying asylum-seekers had arrived on the island, bringing with it a breed of rat that would eat the eggs and kill the chicks of the worlds last remaining population of Cocos Buff-banded Rail birds. The birds are listed as an endangered species, with official government information saying they are found only on North Keeling Island. Mr Swan said he could not confirm the rats presence.