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The Northern Territory news Wed 22 Feb 2012



The Northern Territory news Wed 22 Feb 2012

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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin; Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin

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4 NT NEWS. Wednesday, February 22, 2012. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 2 2 -F E B -2 0 1 2 P A G E : 4 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 CLP bite the hand that may feed after election COUNTRY Liberals pollies let loose their collective bile yesterday at the man who holds the balance of power a move that may come back to bite them in six months. Independent Gerry Wood was labelled around the bend, a failure, and likened to the delusional fictional character Don Quixote. They then launched an unorthodox attack by trying, and failing, to pin him with a surprise question during Parliamentary Question Time which is reserved for interrogating Ministers. But while the CLP appears more confident a win in the upcoming August elections is possible, it is not imposs ible that Mr Wood will once again find himself with the balance of power. The first rumblings came early in the day during debate on Caravan Park laws. Port Darwin MLA John Elferink resurrected bitter memories of the agreement Labor made with Mr Wood to stay in power, claiming little had been achieved. It became a red-faced torrent of invective once the CLPs Dave Tollner took over. The fairy tale of Don Quixot-o (sic) is quite apt in this particular case because we have the Member for Nelson ... figuratively sitting on his white charger, in his shining armour ... taking bat tle to a bunch of windmills, he said. Mr Tollner said Mr Wood concentrated on problems that didnt exist, while bigger troubles were left ignored. Hes delivered absolutely nought, zero, zilch for his electorate, Mr Tollner said. Mr Wood last night defended the 2009 agreement with Labor. He said of the 43 items, 23 had been completed, 14 were still active and six were ongoing. He said his Council of Territory Co-operation, set up under the Labor agreement, had helped uncover NT Government failings in Aboriginal housing programs and the Mataranka animal deaths. Forced to be racist By ALYSSA BETTS NEW laws may force pubs to knock back Aborigines simply because theyre black, according to the liquor industry. Canberras planned new intervention laws could leave licensees no choice but to racially discriminate, Australian Hotels Association NTs Amy Williamson told ABC News Radio. What the (Stronger Futures) Bill does infer is somehow licensees are able to make judgments of whether or not to sell alcohol, and whether or not alcohol is causing someone harm, based on their race, she said. It is a completely impossible judgment call. Under the proposed laws, the Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister can ask to have NT liquor outlets investigated if theyre suspected of causing grog-related harm to indigenous people. The laws, within three years of beginning, would also allow the Commonwealth to run a review, with the NT Government, into NT grog laws. NT Alcohol Policy Minister Delia Lawrie says the AHA is wrong because she doesnt believe the laws are discriminatory even though they target Aboriginal people. She wants the AHA and Commonwealth to sit down to talk about the intent of the laws and how theyd be implemented. She wouldnt criticise the AHA for suggesting pubs, some of which have made a fortune out of the indigenous dollar, would start refusing to serve Aborigines as a result of Stronger Futures. Ms Lawrie, like the AHA, says the NT has some of the countrys toughest grog laws. She was asked, if that were the case, why Commonwealth involvement was needed. She said the Commonwealth was a significant contributor to indigenous services and had been working with the NT Government on grog laws for years. The CLP says the Government has allowed Canberra to take over grog powers. Council alderman hopeful Tim Cross wants to reclaim the parks Picture: DANIEL HARTLEY-ALLEN Vow to reclaim parks By CONOR BYRNE A BUSINESSMAN standing for election to Darwin Council has pledged to clean up the citys parks. Tim Cross, 47, from Moil, has nominated for Chan ward. I want to reclaim the parks, he said. Theyre for everyone not just itinerants. Mr Cross praised the council but said he could do more. He said he would also campaign for improved tourist facilities, similar to Townsville and Cairns. Mr Cross, who runs stores in Aboriginal communities, is vice-president of the CLP. But he denied he was getting any funding from the party. He said he may get some party volunteer assistance in the election.. You can only throw your hat in the ring and have a go, he said. Theres always time for renewals and new ideas. Mr Cross is a prolific contributor to the NT News letters pages. He will stand against Bob Elix and Robin Knox. Kerry Moir is still undecided if she will contest. Kate Worden is also set to be in the running. The election is scheduled for March 24. PUT IN THEBOOT INDEPENDENT Gerry Wood copped a bucketing courtesy of the CLP yesterday particularly Dave Tollner but he was taking it pretty well. There was a kind word behind it Im sure. (But) Im still looking for it. Although it didnt stop him labelling Tollner the Member for Interruption in Question Time. WHATWOODHEDO? THE big question is: what would Wood do should he end up with the balance of power again in August? Well, you heard it here first. Id get on my bike and Id ride all the way to Adelaide River and hide, he quipped last night. No I wouldnt I wouldnt know, Id just take it as it comes. WANNABET MINISTER Rob Knight he of the impeccable pecs bet Tollner $1000 that Wood will keep his seat at the next election. Stay tuned to see if Tolly takes the bet on. GUNNERSTEPSUP CHANNEL 9 reporter Amy Davis sometimes uses a makeshift platform to boost her height during pieces to camera. Fannie Bay MLA Michael Gunner may adopt her style. Last week, standing next to a towering Chief Hendo in front of cameras, Gunner looked up at Hendos shoulder. I need one of Amys platforms, he said.

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