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The Northern Territory news Sat 25 Feb 2012



The Northern Territory news Sat 25 Feb 2012

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www.ntnews.com.au Saturday, February 25, 2012. NT NEWS. 21 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:25-FGE:21 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 LOCATION DATE TIME VENUE Nhulunbuy 21 February 2012 11am 2pm Walkabout Lodge Tennant Creek 5 March 2012 10am 12pm Eldorado Motor Inn Alice Springs 6 March 2012 8:30am 10:30am Alice Springs Convention Centre Yulara 8 March 2012 10am 12pm Ayers Rock Resort Katherine 27 March 2012 8:30am 10:30am Knotts Crossing Resort Darwin 28 March 2012 9:00am 11:00am Darwin Convention Centre Tourism NT is leading the development of a new strategic plan for the Northern Territory tourism industry by 2013. Achieving the Territory's tourism goals will require collaboration across government, the tourism industry and entire Northern Territory community. The tourism industry and interested Territorians are invited to attend public workshops designed to explore what we want the Territorys tourism industry to look like in the future and how best to achieve it. Public workshops are being held in the following locations: To register your attendance online, visit www.tourismnt.com.au phone 8999 3900 or email haveyoursay.tourismnt@nt.gov.au for further information. HAVE YOUR SAY ON THE FUTURE OF TOURISM IN THE NT Prime Minister stand up? Rightly or wrongly, Julia has lost the trust of theAustralian people Itwasnt K-Rudd whomade a pre election commitment on a carbon tax ... (or) whomade a particular commitment to Mr (Andrew) Wilkie on the question of poker machines would become foes. And now theres no love lost, writesPaul Osborne Peoplewould have cast around for an alternative leader K EVIN Rudd is running for the Labor leadership to finish the job he was elected to do in 2007, saying Prime Minister Julia Gillard has lost the publics trust. Ms Gillard, who maintains Mr Rudd has undermined her Government since mid-2010, says trust is an area where he falls down. The former prime minister held little back when announcing in Brisbane yesterday he would contest a caucus ballot in Canberra on Monday morning and criticised key government policy, such as the Malaysia asylum seeker swap deal. Rightly or wrongly, Julia has lost the trust of the Australian people, Mr Rudd said. Starting on Monday, I want to start restoring that trust and thats why I have decided to contest the leadership of the Australian Labor Party. Following a similar pledge by Ms Gillard, Mr Rudd also promised not to mount a second challenge if he lost, which on present figures seems the most likely result. AAP calculations show Mr Rudd is likely to get between 31 and 34 votes out of the 103 member caucus. He needs 52 to win against Ms Gillard who appears to have tallied 69 votes. Ms Gillard said Mr Rudd, who quit his job as foreign minister earlier this week, had a poor record when it came to trust. Kevin Rudd spoke about trust today but did not deny when challenged that he has spent time whilst I have been prime minister and he has been foreign minister behind closed doors, in secret conversations with people, undermining this Government, she told reporters in Melbourne. Theres questions of trust there. She said caucus had to choose who has got the charac ter, the temperament and the strength to deliver on behalf of the Australian people. This isnt Celebrity Big Brother it is about working out who can lead the nation, who has got the ability to get things done, Ms Gillard said. Ms Gillard listed her priorities as schools and skills reform, health reforms, job creation, carbon pricing and the national disability insurance scheme, and said she had a strong reform agenda for 2012. In an apparent reference to her statement this week that the government under Mr Rudd was dysfunctional and paralysed, Ms Gillard said she did more than talk. Getting things done is harder, she said. Mr Rudd outlined a number of policy changes, including ditching the unpopular Malaysia plan which was defeated by the High Court and potentially bringing forward the start of the emissions trading scheme from 2015. The Governments problems were of its own making, not the result of one called K-Rudd. It wasnt K-Rudd who made a pre-election commitment on a carbon tax . . . (or) who made a particular commitment to Mr (Andrew) Wilkie on the question of poker machines, Mr Rudd said. It wasnt K-Rudd who had anything to do with the East Timor solution or the Malaysia solution. Mr Rudd said his decision to quit cabinet while in Washington on Wednesday was made on the basis of the Prime Minister failing to back him against sustained criticism by fellow minister Simon Crean. He also outlined a plan to curtail the power of the Labor factions, saying MPs needed to be people who had a free and independent say, elected to Parliament on the basis of the common principles of the Labor party, but not dictated to in their vote. Mr Rudd also admitted he had been wrong to take the power of determining ministerial positions from caucus and would restore this power. Mr Rudd also claimed that as his former deputy Ms Gillard had convinced him to ditch his Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme, although he took full responsibility for the decision. Ms Gillard responded he couldnt get the carbon plan up. Kevin Rudd, when the going got tough, couldnt get carbon pricing done, she said. Mr Rudd highlighted Ms Gillards poor standing in the polls, saying if he wasnt running, people would have cast around for an alternative leader of the Australian Labor Party because of where wed got to in historically low polling numbers . . . for 12 months. The latest senior Labor MP to come out in favour of Mr Rudd is South Australian Nick Champion, who late yesterday resigned his position as caucus secretary to back the former leader, who he believes has a better chance of winning the 2013 election. Australian Greens MP Adam Bandt, whose vote along with crossbench independent MPs Tony Windsor and Rob Oakeshott keeps the minority government in power, said his party would work with whoever Labor puts forward.