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The Centralian advocate Fri 11 Jan 2008



The Centralian advocate Fri 11 Jan 2008


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Nationwide News Pty. Limited

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Alice Springs


v. 61 no. 66

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SPORT Jury change welcomed News LAWYERS have welcomed a series of recommended changes to the jury system including a requirement that legal practitioners serve on juries. The NSW Law Reform Commission has issued a paper on jury reform, recommending a number of currently exempted people, including lawyers, pregnant woman and the elderly, be included in the jury pool. Other professions, such as emergency workers and health professionals should be excused where there was good cause, the paper recommended. NSW attorney-general John Hatzistergos said the government would seek submissions on the Commissions 74 proposals, with the governments ultimate decision to take public sentiment into account. The impact of such a change on these professions will need to be thoroughly examined and the government will seek submissions on these and other matters during the consultation process, Mr Hatzistergos said in a statement. Nevertheless it is important to ensure where possible that jurors are as broadly representative as the community they serve. The NSW Law Society welcomed the papers views on legal practitioners. Under the current system, a lawyer is made ineligible for jury duty the minute he or she is admitted as a solicitor or barrister by the Court, said Society president Hugh Macken, in a statement. This instantly excludes all solicitors from jury duty whether they go on to practise law or not. Juries are crucial to the administration of justice and its important that in order for juries to enjoy the confidence of the public that they be selected from the whole of society without exclusions. Mr Macken acknowledged some lawyers, particularly those working in criminal law, could face some difficulties if called to serve, but said the Society would make submissions to the government to provide for those lawyers who wished to apply for exemption to be able to do so early in the process. The Law Society of NSW will work with the Government and offer our expertise and services so that changes to the jury act will ensure just outcomes. Mr Macken also embraced recommendations extending employment protections to permanent part-time employees and independent contractors, and called for jurors to be paid at current wage rates. Jurors are currently paid between $86.20 and $116.80 a day, depending on the length of the trial. Great season finish for Chippy Miller Darts Max Bennett ALICE Springs darts sensation Chippy Miller has capped off a brilliant 2007 finishing the year as the fourth ranked player in the country. Miller said he was happy with his performances in 2007, highlighted by winning the NT singles championship. Miller had a stand out season finishing in the top two in five of the six events in the Territory. The 53-year-old took home the Ivy Hampton Memorial and the Capricorn Classic as well as runner up perf o r m a n c e s A l i c e Springs Open and the Golden Nugget tournaments. Along with his stand out 2007 in the Territory Miller also claimed the Zone 9 Open in Mount Isa assuring him a top five finish in the national rankings. The Territory champion is limbering up for the Australia Day tournament where he hopes to get over his local rivals. Wish list for Territory team Aussie Rules Football Max Bennett ALICE Springs could be seeing the likes of Andrew McLeod and the Burgoyne brothers strutting their stuff on Traeger Park as early as next year. THE three AFL stars head the wish list of the new Territory franchise set to join the SANFL in 2009. AFLCA chairwoman Bev Ellis said that local players would also benefit from training with elite athletes. The Territory franchise may also stop the exodus of players to interstate competitions, inclusing the SANFL in South Australia. The franchise will be looking to obtain the services of the AFLlisted Territorians playing for Adelaide and Port Adelaide. Big football names such as Port Power trio Daniel Motlop, Marlon Motlop and Tom Logan as well as Adelaide Crow key forward Trent Hentschel have been mentioned as possible recruits for the new Territory team. Baby for Kidman A pregnant Nicole Kidman hides her baby bump on the streets of Sydney. Entertainment Alyssa Braithwaite NICOLE Kidman has ended weeks of speculation and pregnancy rumours, announcing today that she is expecting her first child with husband Keith Urban. The star couple released a s t a t e m e n t t h r o u g h Kidmans publicist Wendy Day announcing their happy news. Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban confirmed today that they are expecting a baby, the statement said. The couple are thrilled. Ms Day said she only learned this morning that the Oscar-winning actress was expecting. I personally didnt know, so Im excited today, very excited, Ms Day told AAP. For years Ive seen speculation and for years its never been right, so I didnt think it was right this time. And then shes just rung this morning. Ms Day said Kidman had announced her pregnancy after withdrawing from her upcoming film, the Stephen Daldry-directed post-World War II drama, The Reader, which was due to begin shooting this month. The New York Post reported Kidman, who has suffered a miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy in the past, quit the film because she was so concerned about the welfare of her unborn child. I understand shes had to withdraw from the film and therefore shes had to give them the reason, and therefore shes now able to confirm that shes pregnant, Ms Day said. I dont know how far pregnant she is, or when the babys due. She just simply rang me and said, Wendy I always told you I would tell you first, and Id confirm it and you could make the appropriate announcement. So I guess that state ment ends all the rumours and ... I guess the poor girl w i l l b e h o u n d e d b y paparazzi and all that. Speculation over whether Kidman is expecting has been rife in recent weeks, with scores of paparazzi photos focused on her baby bump. Kidman and country singer Urban met at a GDay LA event honouring Australians in January 2005, and married in Manly, on Sydneys northern beaches, 18 months later. It was Kidmans second marriage - her first, to fellow Hollywood actor Tom Cruise, broke down in 2001. During their 10-year union, Kidman and Cruise adopted two children, daughter Isabella, now 14, and son Connor, 12. Kidman has said she had an ectopic pregnancy at the beginning of her marriage to Cruise and suffered a miscarriage at the time the couple split. Bulldogs beef up for season Australian Rules Football Max Bennett Bulldogs coach Rodney Eade THE muscled-up Western Bulldogs have hardened their resolve as well as their bodies as they step up preparations for the 2008 AFL season. Determined to avoid another late season fade-out such as the one which saw them finish 13th on the ladder in 2007, the Bulldogs have piled on an average of 3.5-4kg in the off-season and upped their fitness base. Watching the squad complete a 3.2km time-trial today around Princes Park, won by Daniel Cross, coach Rodney Eade said he had been pleased with their work-rate after they resumed training last year two weeks earlier than initially planned following consultation with the players. I think we identified that we need to ramp up our fitness, Eade said. I think if we get a big fitness base its going to help us. He said that while all of the players had stepped up, midfielder Mitch Hahn and forward Robert Murphy, who have both battled back from knee reconstructions in recent years, were leading the charge. While a few players sat out todays session due to illness, only Daniel Giansiracusa and and Wayde Skipper have long-term injuries. Midfielder Giansiracusa saw a surgeon about his knee last week and will be able to walk this week while ruckman Skipper (broken foot) can start jogging on Friday. Even more than their fitness, Eade said he had been impressed by his players improved attitude. I certainly noticed that from day one when we got back, he said. Theres a fairly strong resolve, all of us have taken a fair bit of responsibility and the players have as well. There have been comparisons be tween the Bulldogs and Geelong, with the latter rebounding from a 10th-placed finish in 2006 to claim the flag last year. However Eade was reluctant to put his young side in the same position. People have compared us to Geelong but Geelong, previously to 2006, had made finals three out of five years so they had a fairly strong lineage but weve only been in the finals once in six of seven years, he said. I think its probably more that the competition is that even that three out of the top four teams didnt make the finals the previous year. Teams just need a bit of luck with injuries but certainly if you get your form up and your confidence going you can do well.

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