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The Northern Territory news Sat 25 Feb 2012



The Northern Territory news Sat 25 Feb 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 Saturday, February 25, 2012. NT NEWS. 19 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:25-FGE:19 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 SATURDAY EXTRA star of the sea He couldnt conceive all of this. The food is much, much better and as far as I know there is no dysentery or scurvy both of which affected Flinders on his journey sailed on the same course as the Investigator, writes NICOLE MILLS without Flinders handdrawn charts guided the ship through treacherous waters with ease. It passed through Torres Strait in a few hours, whereas Flinders took three days. Mr Brunton said rounding the tip of Cape York into Torres Strait was a highlight for most Australian passengers. It had been very humid all day but all of a sudden a storm came and it was a cool evening, he said. There were people lined up on the deck to watch the ship round the northernmost tip of Australia. The sun was setting. It was magical. The historical significance of this circumnavigation has made it popular with Australian tourists. Commodore Christopher Rynd said the QM2 was normally filled with British, American and European travellers, but this voyage had a distinct Australian flavour. This is the first time weve had the biggest contingent of Australians on board, he said. I am a great admirer of Flinders. As a modern-day navigator, I look back on him with awe. Mr Rynd said the QM2 was a very manoeuvrable ocean liner that could tackle the tightest situations. He said the Great Barrier Reef was the most difficult part of the Australian journey but a local expert was brought on board to guide them through. Inside, the ships decor is a monument to the great era of cruise ships. High tea was served by white-gloved waiters every afternoon in the Queens Room. An entire lounge room named after former British prime minister Winston Churchill is dedicated to smoking cigars no regular cigarettes were allowed. A string quartet performed for diners at night and pianos adorned many of the 10 restaurants. The ship also boasts the largest ballroom at sea and a theatre the size of the Darwin Entertainment Centre. Luxury French fashion house Chanel has their own boutique on board. Five pools, a 24-room day spa, golf simulator, art gallery and eight whirlpools complete the package. Cunard Cruise Line spokesman David Jones said the stereotype of elderly passengers was becoming less and less true. There are older people on board (but) there is quite a spread of ages. Weve got people on board who have done the roundAustralia trip as grey nomads and now theyre doing it as blue nomads, he said. About 500,000 Australians went on a cruise in 2011 and the figure was growing by more than 10 per cent each year. Mr Jones said the base rate for a QM2 voyage was about $6500 but the suites went up to the price of if you need to ask the figure then you cant afford it. The QM2 is the largest ship ever to visit Australia and was on her maiden voyage to Darwin. A total of 51 cruise ships will dock in Darwin this year, making it the third most popular port for cruise ships in Australia. PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON CHEMICALS OF SECURITY CONCERN The Attorney-Generals Department (AGD) invites the community and businesses to provide comment on four options that serve to reduce the national security risks posed by chemicals of security concern. Public consultation is an important part of the Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) process, which serves to analyse the costs and bene ts of policy options being considered by government. Feedback is required on the likely effectiveness of the four options, including speci c comment on the estimated costs and uptake of each option. The options discussed in the RIS cover the following chemicals: Hydrogen peroxide Ammonium perchlorate Sodium chlorate Sodium nitrate Nitric acid Potassium nitrate Potassium chlorate Nitromethane Sodium perchlorate Sodium azide Potassium perchlorate Businesses that import, distribute, transport, manufacture, handle or use these chemicals or products containing these chemicals are encouraged to provide feedback. The public consultation is open from Friday 3 February to Friday 30 March 2012. The RIS and information on how to take part in the public consultation is available at www.chemicalsecurity.gov.au/RIS For further information you can also contact AGD on (02)61412925 or (02) 6141 3012. AG56940

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