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The Northern Territory news Wed 20 Jun 2012



The Northern Territory news Wed 20 Jun 2012

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www.ntnews.com.au Wednesday, June 20, 2012. NT NEWS. 9 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:20-JGE:9 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K ELECTRICAL SAFETY RECALL Available for sale: between the 1st of March and the 14th of June 2012. WHAT TO DO: Customers are advised to stop using the product immediately by ensuring that Australia Call Centre on 1300 369 777, selecting option 1, between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday. for any inconvenience caused. See www.recalls.gov.au for Australian Product Recall Information. ONLY products that have end plugs as shown CAT 100C/6 & CAT 101C ONLY ONLY products with date code 2/12, 3/12& 4/12 Example 2/12 shown V3_1462012 HAZARD: Risk of Electric Shock transposed (swapped) wires within Date code 2/12, 3/12 and 4/12 as shown below. 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 More serious crashes Arthur Hall, 70, broke his hip after hitting a twig and coming off his bicycle Picture: DANIEL HARTLEY-ALLEN By ELLIE TURNER CYCLIST Arthur Hall broke his hip and was left paralysed after a twig took out his front wheel. But hes not alone a new study reveals Territorians ranked 35 per cent higher than the national average for serious road injuries. The rate of serious injury crashes in the NT rose steadily over nine years to 213 per 100,000 people in 2008-09. Life-threatening injuries for the same period were 78 down from 86 the previous year. Passengers in the NT were the nations worst off per capita. But Mr Hall , 70 who fell off his bicycle at 35 kmh said it was a surprise. I would say inattention is probably (a contributing factor) thats what I blame myself for, he said. The sales manager shattered his hip when he hit a twig at an acute angle at the intersection of the Stuart Hwy and Woolner Rd on May 12. Mr Hall, of The Gardens, said he was on the way home from a training ride and now has a titanium pin bolted and screwed in place. Cycling is an inherently dangerous sport, he said. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report states 87 Territory cyclists were injured with a high threat to life between 2001 and 2009. National Injury Surveillance boss Professor James Harrison said it was hard to say if there was a rising trend in serious injury road crashes in the NT. The figures are too small for us to statistically say there was a significant increase, he said. But in my eyes it looks like there was a rise. The NT is clearly higher per person than the rest of the country. On average, 51 people were killed and 504 injured each year between 2001 and 2010, Government statistics show. 70.5 per cent were occupants of vehicles; 20 per cent were pedestrians; 7 per cent rode motorbikes. 75 per cent of crashes were in rural areas NT Transport Reform boss Nick Papandonakis said the Territory faced unique challenges. Foreign ownership register on cards THE Federal Government will establish a group to develop a foreign ownership register. National Farmers Federation president Jock Laurie said it showed the government was listening to farmers concerns on foreign ownership. While we have long maintained for eign investment has traditionally been very positive for the Australian agricultural sector, our members have remained concerned about any changes to the motivations behind investment, particularly motivations that are about ensuring other countries have sufficient food, he said. Fire threat to 15 homes TWO fires that threatened up to 15 houses and burnt through 21 blocks were brought under control yesterday. Bushfires NT senior regional fire controller Lee Humphris said residents who were home at the time helped firefighters by patrolling their blocks with mobile pumps. She said firies battled the fire with the aid of helicopters, a plane, a grader and a loader to clear vegetation in the path of the fire. The containment lines held yesterday. The other fire, at Acacia Hills, threatened 46 properties before the wind changed direction, fanning the fire towards wet country. Ms Humphris said the blaze was brought under control with firefighters fanning the flames back in on itself, on to already burnt bushland. Dumb, drunk, racist Joe Hildebrand A SYDNEY journalist has taken a group of Indians on an odyssey in an effort to dispel stereotypes that Aussies are stupid, drunken racists. News Limited columnist Joe Hildebrand heads up provocative ABC2 program Dumb, Drunk and Racist, which starts at 9.30pm today. Hildebrand said the idea came from an article in a US magazine about how workers in Indian call centres were told that Australians were dumb, drunk racists. The Indians seem to have the worst view of us overseas, he said. And theres a lot of them so we had a bigger chance of getting some. Determined to prove the accusations wrong he travelled to India, picked up four locals and returned to Australia embarking on a journey to examine our worst stereotypes. Hildebrand took the Indians to Cronulla, the site of the 2005 race riots; to Melbourne, where Indian students and cabbies have been brutally attacked; and to the Territory to examine blackwhite relations. We wanted to show that there are issues, but we also showed lots of good stuff, he said. We showed heaps of good stuff in the Territory with some wonderful work thats being done in schools and in the communities. Hildebrand said what he hadnt taken into account was the few idiots who hurled abuse at the group during the filming of the show. So Im trying to tell these guys were not really racist and youve got some guy in the background yelling out: Go back to where you came from, he said. Episode four of Dumb, Drunk and Ra cist, featuring the programs much publi cised and eventful trip to the NT, airs on Wednesday July 11.