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The Northern Territory news Thu 27 Oct 2011



The Northern Territory news Thu 27 Oct 2011

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www.ntnews.com.au Thursday, October 27, 2011. NT NEWS. 9 P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 2 7 -O C T -2 0 1 1 P A G E : 9 C O L O 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 l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l NEWS SOURSWEETENER MUCH ado about a CLP scandal after Treasurer Delia Lawrie tabled a letter detailing Terry Millss offer of sweeteners to secure support from Labor defector Alison Anderson. But the NT News reported two years ago both Anderson and fellow Independent Gerry Wood were offered Cabinet positions in a future CLP Government in exchange for their support. The letter itself was revealed by author Russell Skelton in his book about Anderson more than 12 months ago. In unrelated news, some 20 minutes later, the Government tabled a report damning its handling of the Mataranka cattle death scandal. MALLYMACATTACK SPIRITED exchanges between Minister Malarndirri McCarthy and CLP opponent Willem Westra van Holthe. Hes been hounding her about supposed secret meetings over breaking up one or more of the shires. He claimed yesterday she supported plans to break up the Victoria Daly Shire. Mally-Mac got shirty. At no point in that conversation did I say I favoured the break-up of the Victoria Daly Shire, she roared. Uni pressed into Mataranka action By ALYSSA BETTS Political Reporter CHARLES Darwin University was motivated by bad press rather than dying animals when it finally moved to fix deplorable conditions at Mataranka Station, an independent report has found. It was just one of the adverse findings in the Council of Territory Co-operations report, which looked at the NT Governments animal welfare legislation in the wake of the starvations. When CDU did move to fix the problems, its motivation appeared to be the bad publicity rather than the animal neglect, the report said. It flagged concerns over the Governments ability to enforce and investigate as a regulator under its own laws. It said agency staff, department bosses and even Local Government Minister Malarndirri McCarthy didnt know an investigation had been required by law or even how to conduct it. It is estimated that there are about 100 similar regulatory roles across government that are separate to police, the report said. It said, to save costs, a central service could be set up to advise those in regulatory roles on investigations. The report found many holes in the Animal Welfare Act saying it failed to promote animal welfare. It has been operating since 2000, but there had only been about 10 prosecutions under the Act in that time. The report identified a number of factors created the bungled response to a mess for which no one has been prosecuted. FAILURE by former Minister responsible, Rob Knight, to implement results of a 2007 review into the Act. LOCAL Government Department was totally unprepared to deal with a prosecution, leading to poor advice to the Minister. FAILURE by Ms McCarthy to order an investigation. GOVERNMENT inspectors not properly trained for their regulatory functions. RESOURCING of animal welfare function in the Local Government Department was totally inadequate. ALL levels of CDU management failed in their responsibilities to care for livestock. The report made 21 recommendations for the legislative framework, implementation and enforcement. Power poles have been built in the middle of the roads in Alice Springs town camps Larapinta Valley, Trucking Yards and Hidden Valley Picture: ADAM GILES Pole position has local drivers puzzled IN OTHER places power poles are built alongside roads but not so in three Alice Springs town camps. They were built as part of the Alice Springs Transformation Plan to improve living standards in the fringes of the town. Bemused CLP politician Adam Giles took these snaps. Its one of those only in the Territory sort of things, he said. Youd think before you put power poles in the mid dle of the roads, youd realign the roads. Central Australia Minister Karl Hampton said there were seven power poles in these positions two each in Larapinta and the Trucking Yards and three in Hid den Valley. He said all three camps were undergoing important, significant infrastructure works. There have been some situations where existing roads and planned future power pole locations have crossed over, he said. In all of these situations there are control measures in place to divert traffic or close the area altogether. Mr Giles said they had to drive around the power poles along a dry water course. Frisk will be no-no THE Government no longer plans to give proposed public housing safety officers the power to arrest or frisk. The move part of a Bill introduced in Parliament yesterday has mollified the police union but they still call it pretend policing for poor people. Public Housing Minister Chris Burns said the PHSOs still had a swathe of powers to manage the few tenants and visitors who made life hell for others. Some of their powers will include banning people from public housing for up to 12 months, tipping out alcohol, seizing dangerous items and will have the capacity to act as witnesses in court, he said. NT Police Association acting president Tim Lloyd said they opposed secondtier-style policing. Were somewhat appeased by government removing the powers of arrest and search (but) again its our contention its pretend police for poor people, he said. Dr Burns said the housing officers would be trained by police in areas such as resolving conflict, risk analysis and identifying mental health problems. How to deal with traumas PUBLIC servants stressing about whether or not they can go home during a cyclone can relax. The Territory Government yesterday unveiled a new one-stop website giving comprehensive information on natural disasters and other emergencies. Chief Minister Paul Henderson said Secure NT would be a valuable tool during emergencies such as cyclones, floods and bushfires. It will provide up-todate information during an event and help people prepare and recover from a range of disasters, including cyclones, floods, bushfires and severe storms. It also features links to a live Twitter feed and a link to a Facebook page with the latest information. CLP plans are put in motion THE CLP kidnapped Parliament last night, successfully passing two motions. The first called for Senator Joe Ludwig to be sacked as Federal Agriculture Minister over his incompetent handling of the cattle ban. The second called for Darwins Bagot Community to become a real suburb. The CLPs Dave Tollner said Bagot residents had the right to expect their rubbish collected and be protected from drunk bush blow-ins. The CLP plan involves: GIFTING houses to longterm residents, provided they bring their homes up to an acceptable community standard. The CLP would help people access mortgages to pay for the work. HOUSING upgrades for those who dont wish to take up the offer, but the houses given to Territory Housing to boost its stock. FURTHER subdivision to build more houses. EXPANDING community infrastructure, including the health clinic and school. Independent Gerry Wood supported both motions.