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The Northern Territory news Wed 14 Mar 2012



The Northern Territory news Wed 14 Mar 2012

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2 NT NEWS. Wednesday, March 14, 2012. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 1 4 -M A R -2 0 1 2 P A G E : 2 C O L O R : C M Y K NEWS l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l ntnews.com.au In si d e GENERAL INQUIRIES: 8944 9900 l CLASSIFIEDS: 8944 9999 l CIRCULATION: 8944 9901 l ADVERTISING: 8944 9801 ONLINE: www.ntnews.com.au l EDITORIAL EMAIL: ntnmail@ntn.newsltd.com.au l OTHER INQUIRIES: online@ntn.newsltd.com.au NATIONAL: 14 AN online job ad stated no Irish should apply for a bricklaying gig sparking anger. WORLD: 18 AMALE prisoner in a US jail has snuck into another wing for sex with a female inmate. ENTERTAINMENT: 34 THE Australian leg of Lady Gagas Born ThisWay tour has expanded after overwhelming demand. BUSINESS: 21 TRADE unions yesterday denied the Territory was a workers paradise. Wicking ..........................12 Your say .........................12 National .........................14 World ..............................18 Entertainment .............34 Movies ............................34 Business ........................21 Comics ............................35 Television ......................35 Classifieds .....................39 Puzzles ...........................36 Weather .........................55 Racing liftout ...............27 Sport ...............................56 Speedcameras NorthernTerritoryPolice speed camerasmaybe in the followingareas today: DARWIN: Bagot Rd; Daly St; Mitchell St; Tiger Brennan Drive. NORTHERN SUBURBS: Lakeside Drive; McMillans Rd; Trower Rd; Vanderlin Drive. PALMERSTON: University Ave; Elrundie Ave; Stuart Highway; Temple Tece. RURAL: Cox Peninsular Rd; Stuart Hwy, Coolalinga; Stuart Hwy, Noonamah; Virginia Rd. Are youon the spot? Do you have a news photo or a story tip? If so, wewant to hear from you! Newshotline: 8944 9724 Send your news photos to: newsbreakers@ntn. newsltd.com.au Include your contact details and a brief description. All emails should be notmore than fivemegabytes. Super7s Tuesday13-3-2012 DrawNo.943 23 26 3 42 32 33 29 13 36SUPPS Total prizepool: $4.4m TheNTNewshas taken all possible care but cannot accept responsibility for any errors, whether due to equipment fault, staff handling or any other cause. Caught! A FISHERMAN has described how a rare whale shark surfaced near his boat in the Southern Ocean. MOREFISHING: P55 Wakeuptous Call8944 9901 MYSTERYNUMBERCONDITIONS: If youwin, keep thispaper forverification. Call costs55c (IncGST).Higher from mobile/payphones -DialectSolutions Group.Recommendation:Usea land-line andtouch tonephone.Somemobiles, portableandpayphonesmayexperience technical faultsdue to reception complications. Territory could lose grip on grog laws By ALYSSA BETTS CANBERRA is set to filch the Territorys power to control grog consumption and sales, the independent NT Licensing Commission says. Chairman Richard OSullivan warns that the Commonwealths replacement Intervention laws would allow the Indigenous Affairs Minister to pull the strings. Many of the powers to regulate and control alcohol consumption, legislatively established in the Northern Territory as a responsibility of the . . . commission, are overtaken by the Federal Ministers powers, he said. Mr OSullivan in a submission to the Senate inquiry into the Stronger Futures laws said the commission itself was bound to consult with the community and publish its decisions in a transparent manner. But the new laws could al low the federal minister to dump all of those processes, Mr OSullivan said. He said the new laws: DIDNT require the Minis ter to talk to the Commission when approving or varying an alcohol-management plan. ALLOWED the minister to overturn the commissions decisions to issue permits, and did not require the minister to consult or issue any reason for decisions taken. WERE ambiguous in places and could lead to a continual see-sawing of licensing variations because both the minister and commission had powers over varying liquor licence conditions and permits. PLACED unnecessary burden on the commission to provide any information the minister wanted. Mr OSullivans submission echoes arguments by the Country Liberals last month that the NT Government has effectively handed over its powers on grog laws to Canberra. Alcohol Policy Minister Delia Lawrie had strongly denied that this was the case at the time. She said that the Commonwealth was a significant contributor to indigenous services and had been working in tandem with the NT Government on grog laws for a number of years. Child driver drug bust By SARAH CRAWFORD A26-year-old woman,whowas in charge of the boy at the time,was a passenger in the car and two other children under 10 years of agewere also in the vehicle A NINE-YEAR-old boy driving a car has led Territory police to a drug bust in a remote community. A woman was in the passenger seat while the boy drove the Ford XR6 with two other children aged under 10 also in the vehicle. Police pulled the pintsized driver over on Groote Eylandt in East Arnhem Land. Officer in Charge, Senior Sergeant Tony Deutrom was stunned. A 26-year-old woman, who was in charge of the boy at the time, was a passenger in the car and two other children under 10 years of age were also in the vehicle, Sgt Deutrom said. The woman was charged with permitting an unlicensed person to drive. But the boy cant be charged, Snr Sgt Deutrom said. Under 10 years of age in the Northern Territory children have no criminal responsibility so no further action can be taken, he said. When police searched the 26-year-old woman they allegedly found seven bags of cannabis in her shorts. The woman told police she had bought the cannabis from a 23-year-old man. The mans home in the community of Angurugu was raided. The man and his wife, 25, were charged with possessing and supplying a dangerous drug to a community. The 26-year-old woman was also charged with drug offences. All three people were bailed to appear in Alyangula Court today. Former NT journalist Gavin King is standing for the LNP in the Queensland election Candidate in sync with leader A FORMER Northern Territory journalist turned political candidate, who once called for an intervention in Far North Queensland, says his views on indigenous affairs match those of his leader Campbell Newman. In 2008, Gavin King, who was then a columnist with The Cairns Post, called for the Federal Governments Northern Territory intervention, which included bans on alcohol, to be extended to Cape York. Bleeding hearts and bureaucrats will scream in protest at this assertion by pointing out that welfare reforms and grog restrictions are being rolled out across the Cape, Mr King, who previously worked for the Centralian Advocate, said in the article. Despite the continued lack of progress, they just wont accept that these measures merely tweak at the edges. Mr Newman last week said it was time for Queensland to move on from alcohol bans in indigenous communities, which he said were a temporary bandaid solution. Mr King said the two positions were not out of sync. The outcome of the NT intervention I wrote about is absolutely the same as the outcome Campbell Newman was talking about economic independence, not welfare dependency, he said in a statement to AAP.