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The Northern Territory news Wed 20 Jun 2012

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Title

The Northern Territory news Wed 20 Jun 2012

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NT news

Collection

The Northern Territory news; NewspaperNT

Date

2012-06-20

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English

Subject

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

Publisher name

Nationwide News Pty. Limited

Place of publication

Darwin

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application/pdf

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Copyright. Made available by the publisher under licence.

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Nationwide News Pty. Limited

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https://www.legislation.gov.au/Series/C1968A00063

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https://hdl.handle.net/10070/241367

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/619661

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www.ntnews.com.au Wednesday, June 20, 2012. NT NEWS. 7 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:20-JGE:7 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K Come down to the family fun day on Saturday 23 June to celebrate the opening of the Palmerston Water Park. The free entry park, located on the corner of University and Roystonea Avenues, features a 14 metre high six-lane racer water slide, a play pad for families and toddlers, a splash pad as well as grassed areas with barbeques and a caf. There will be loads of entertainment for everyone with family fun activities taking place from 10am to 4pm. The water slide and wet play areas remain open till 6pm. For more information visit www.lifestylent.nt.gov.au Palmerston Water Park Free Family Fun Day 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 Experts say were being taken for fuels at pump Donovan Fantasia reckons fuel prices in the Territory are far too high Picture: MICHAEL FRANCHI By ELLIE TURNER RIPPEDOFF FUEL PRICES n Darwin . . . . 157.8 n Melbourne . . 129.6 n Sydney . . . . 140.7 n Perth . . . . . . 137 n Gold Coast . . 145.6 n Canberra . . . . 150.2 TERRITORY motorists are fed up with being ripped off at the petrol bowser. Drivers voiced their complaints yesterday as Darwin petrol price remained at about $1.57 per litre despite falling wholesale fuel prices. Fuel costs down south have plummeted with the Singapore benchmark dropping by $15 a barrel in the past month. The terminal gate unleaded price from East Arm Wharf has fallen 13.4c a litre to 135.7c since the middle of April. But Darwins average retail price was still 157.8 at the start of the week. Dirt-bike rider Donovan Fantasia, of Parap, said: Its just ridiculous makes going for a swim at Berry Springs expensive. No-one looks happy when theyre filling up. A reasonable price for fuel would be 75c, like when I first got my licence. The 33-year-old wharfie said he rode his Yamaha 450 because, at 10km to the litre, it was cheaper to run than a car. Maybe well have to start riding scooters or boycott servos for a week or two, he said. The price drop on the back of global economic concerns saw the average price in Melbourne fall to 129.6c a litre on Monday. Sydney was 140.7, Perth 137, Gold Coast 145.6 and Canberra 150.2, while Alice Springs and Tennant Creek hover in the 170c zone. Consumer expert Professor Frank Zumbo, of the University of New South Wales, said an absence of independent retailers let the big guns scam Territorians. Its a blatant rip-off, he said. We dont know what oil companies are charging NT retailers. But the fact is there should be a drop and were not seeing one. But Frances Hunter, 62, of Canberra, supported high petrol prices. Were going to run out of it soon so we need to start using less, she said in Darwin yesterday. Asylum boat heads here A BOAT carrying suspected asylum seekers was last night being taken to Darwin instead of the Christmas Island detention centre. The boat was carrying 35 passengers and one crewman when it was intercepted by the Australian customs vessel Roebuck Bay east of North Scott Reef last Friday, the federal govern ment announced yesterday. The passengers and crew were to be taken to Christmas Island off Western Australia for health and security checks but Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare said that due to a health issue affecting one passenger and other operational issues the group would instead be transferred to Darwin. Legislation clears way for digital health records PATIENTS will no longer have to repeatedly re-tell their medical histories to doctors after legislation passed parliament to set up a electronic health record system. The federal government says the system will bring the management of health records into the 21st century and provide easy access to life-saving information in emergencies. The legislation passed the Senate yesterday evening with the support of the coalition despite concerns on privacy from some opposition senators. The system aims to reduce the number of hospital admissions because of medication errors which equate to 190,000 a year as well as cutting down on medical errors because of inadequate patient information. Australians health records will be available online and protected by encrypted passwords. The electronic health system will be rolled out over time beginning on July 1. Liberal senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells raised concerns about the rollout of the system and sought a launch date from the government, particularly if a planned launch in Sydney on July 2 was still proceeding. Labor senator Jan McLucas said she had no details on the date but said the system was undergoing final tests.


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