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The Northern Territory news Sat 25 Feb 2012



The Northern Territory news Sat 25 Feb 2012

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12 NT NEWS. Saturday, February 25, 2012. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 2 5 -F E B -2 0 1 2 P A G E : 1 2 C O L O R : C M Y K Want to know what CATHOLICS believe? Send coupon now to: Please send me, without obligation, your free information. Mr/Mrs/Miss Address P/code Catholic Enquiry Centre PO Box 415 Crows Nest NSW 1585 or call 1300 4FAITH (1300 432 484) AVOID TAX ALICE SPRINGS 8/9 MARCH DARWIN 10/11 MARCH & 14/15 APRIL QUIT FREE of weight gain QUIT FREE of nicotine withdrawals QUIT FREE of patches, gum and pills QUIT FREE of those one size fi ts all group sessions FREE follow up session - if relapsed* End your smoking addiction in just ONE individual session, around TWO hours with Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) therapy. Most quit methods only deal with the habit or nicotine part, that is why they are diffi cult and mostly fail. WALK OUT THE DOOR FREE OF SMOKING FOR LIFE! 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The 25-year-oldmanwas riding through Lindfield on Thursday night when a wallaby jumped out on to the road, police said. A car in front of themotorbike hit thewallaby, before the motorcyclist also hit the animal, losing control of the bike and falling to the ground. Hewas taken to Royal North Shore Hospital with critical head injuries. Sex case video claim PERTH: A school hostel wardenwho sexually abused children in his care once invited students to his flat to watch a video of violent bestiality, an inquiry has heard. Retired Supreme Court judge Peter Blaxell is investigatingwhether people in authority failed to act to stop the abuse of children by Dennis McKenna at Katanning, inWA, in the 1980s. McKenna (pictured) is serving a six-year jail term for sexually abusing boys at the hostel. Nurses action to continue MELBOURNE: Victorian nurseswill defy an order from the industrial umpire to stop their industrial action. The Australian Nursing Federation has toldmembers the stop-work actionwill continue indefinitely, despite yesterdays order by Fair Work Australia. The nurses began four-hour work stoppages at the Royal Melbourne, Dandenong andWestern hospitals yesterdaywith the action to spread to Frankston, Geelong and Northern hospitals today. Kevin Rudd has been busy working the phones since yesterday finally confirming he would run against Prime Minister Julia Gillard in Mondays Labor leadership ballot Picture: AFP Rudd begins count Thats never stood in myway before By TOBY MANN BRISBANE: Kevin Rudd says hes had a mixed response as he works the phones before Mondays showdown. Im encouraged by some responses and disappointed by one or two. Thats life in the fast lane, he told reporters as he returned to his Brisbane home last night. Asked how the numbers were looking ahead of the spill, he said: I think were doing OK. Its always tough when youre up against the combined factional forces of all the factions. But thats never stood in my way before. He dismissed questions about what the independents who prop up the minority government might do if hes returned to leadership. You cant get the cart before the horse, he said. He said he had not canvassed the support of the independents or the Greens. Mr Rudd rounded on Prime Minister Julia Gillard again over what he earlier called the midnight coup of June 2010 that ousted him. Weve been told for a long time now that this was a lastminute decision, he said. It seems to now be clear to everybody that it was long and premeditated. This does go to a question of trust. Earlier, Mr Rudd publicly confirmed it was Ms Gillard and Wayne Swan who convinced him to shelve his emissions trading scheme, a decision that critically wounded his prime ministership. The revelation puts Ms Gillards commitment to carbon pricing under a cloud. But Ms Gillard quickly hit back. On carbon pricing, who can put their hand up and say theyve got it done? she asked. I can. Compensation likely asWood freed Gordon Wood By AMY DALE GORDON WOOD could be awarded more than $1 million in compensation after he was sensationally acquitted on appeal yesterday of the murder of girlfriend Caroline Byrne. Six months on from an explosive appeal hearing into his conviction during which Woods legal team argued the 2008 jury verdict was flawed and unsafe, a bench of three appeal judges agreed that Wood should be acquitted. The detailed 252-page judgement was published by the Court of Criminal Appeal in a packed court room that included Woods mother Brenda and sisters Jacqui and Michele. Also in court were Carolines father Tony Byrne and detective Paul Jacob, who led the investigation into her death. The appeal decision also criticised the evidence of the prosecutions key witness, physics professor Rod Cross. And it said suggestions made in the Crown case, including the possible motive that Caroline was killed because she knew too much of insider trading activities between her boyfriend and stockbroker Rene Rivkin, were not supported by evidence. I have reviewed the whole of the evidence and have concluded that I am not satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that Gordon Wood murdered Caroline Byrne as charged, Justice Peter McClellen, chief judge at common law, said yesterday on behalf of himself and Justices Megan Latham and Stephen Rothman. Accordingly, he must be acquitted. Wood was last night preparing to leave Goulburns maximum security prison, where he has spent the past three years. Jail break for racist killer SYDNEY: A man who racially abused and violently killed an elderly stranger while drunk will be eligible to be released from jail next year. James Dean-Willcocks had been out celebrating his 23rd birthday in central Sydney before he encountered Magno Alvarado, 67, in Cronulla in the early hours of October 10, 2009. The NSW Supreme Court heard he racially taunted Mr Alvarado before chasing, punching and body slamming him to the ground, leaving him with serious head, neck and rib injuries. Dean-Willcocks, a carpenter, was sentenced to a four-year prison sentence, backdated to October 2009. Now aged 25, he will be eligible for released from jail on October 9, 2013. When he assaulted Mr Alvarado, he had shouted: f***ing Japanese c***, f*** off back to Japan. Laugh at Labors expense By MATT JOHNSTON LABORS leadership crisis has made Australia the subject of ridicule in the media around the world. The Independent newspaper in the UK had an image of Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd on its Thursday front page with a caption: The worlds most poisonous political feud. Internationally-renowned business magazine The Economist called the spat the Punch and Julia show and refers to the stand-off as a psychodrama. Sometimes politics is not about policy or strategic direction or anything like that, the magazine writes. Its about good oldfashioned personal loathing. One online employment agency NowHiring even put a parody advertisement for a new Australian PM on its website, which is read in South Africa, Asia and the UK. You will report to Her Excellency the GovernorGeneral, the people of Australia, backbenchers, the Leader of the Opposition, faceless men and (radio presenter) Alan Jones, the application says. Opposition Leader Tony Abbott said Australians were being let down. Despite this extraordinary spectacle in Canberra, we are a great country . . . a great country thats being let down by a bad Government, he said.