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The Centralian advocate Tue 15 Apr 2008



The Centralian advocate Tue 15 Apr 2008


Centralian Advocate; NewspaperNT




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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Alice Springs; Tennant Creek (N.T.) -- Newspapers; Alice Springs (N.T.) -- Newspapers.; Australia, Central -- Newspapers

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Nationwide News Pty. Limited

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Alice Springs


v. 61 no. 93

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Centralian Advocate, Tuesday, April 15, 2008 7 P U B : C A D V D A T E : 1 5 -A P R -2 0 0 8 P A G E : 7 C O L O R : C M Y K 1 5 4 2 0 5 /0 8 NEWS $2m not enough A $2 million reform of the Patient Assistance Travel Scheme is not good enough, according to the Territory Opposition. The accommodation rate has also been increased from $33 to $35 a night, and patients will receive a $40 taxi travel allowance. Opposition health spokesman Matt Conlan said: There are big changes that need to be made to PATS. Weve made that very clear and we wont ease up on it. New detox centre A NEW treatment centre for youths with drug and alcohol problems was officially opened last week. The Bushmob Volatile Substance Abuse and Alcohol and Other Drugs Facility was opened in Alice Springs to help substance abusers. It can deal with 10 at any one time. Family and Community Services Minister Marion Scrymgour opened the centre to which the NT Government contributed almost $700,000. Euthanasia bill A BILL which could see the Territorys euthanasia laws reinstated has been sent to a Senate committee. The Senate referred the Rights of the Terminally Ill (Euthanasia Laws Repeal) Bill to the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs. It was introduced by the Greens Bob Brown and, if passed, would allow the Territory to legalise euthanasia. Telecoms meeting ALICE Springs telecommunication problems will be discussed at a public meeting this Friday. The Regional Telecommunications Independent Review Committee will host the meeting at the Andy McNeill Room at Alice Springs Town Council at 9am. Everyone is welcome to attend. Information collected would be used to put together a report for Federal Communications Minister Stephen Conroy. Recruits boost prison guards Carenda Jenkin New Prison Officer recruits at the Alice Springs jail, from rear, Tyrell Le Rossignol, Shane McAuliffe and Kelly Billingham. Picture: HANNAH MILLERICK KELLY Billingham knows how to work with the worst of the worst of Englands criminals. Ms Billingham worked at the 750-strong maximum security prison at Newcastle for five years. She is one of 13 new recruits who have started at Alice Springs jail. The 30-year-old had been backpacking around the world for the past two years before applying to be a prison officer in the Red Centre. Ms Billingham said: When I was young I used to watch Prisoner: Cell Block H with my grandmother and I told her that I wanted to be either in the army, police or a prison officer. I like Alice Springs its completely different from where I lived in England. The suns always shining here. Deputy superintendent Mike MacFarlane said inmates view mature female prison guards as mother figures. Ms Billingham is now among more than 17 women who are currently working at Alice Springs jail as prison officers. Mr MacFarlane said: Mature women are good at de-escalating an argument. The prisoners view female officers as mature mother figures they see them as a calming influence. Thirteen of the new guards will undergo training over the next few weeks. Mr MacFarlane said this years recruitment drive was aimed at attracting prospective indigenous officers. He said: The management here at the prison are indigenous, including myself and the superintendent Phil Brown. We find indigenous officers have more of a cultural understanding and are a lot more aware about Aboriginal culture. All prison officers take part in a cultural awareness and understanding course because 85 per cent of the prison population is indigenous. The jail has 152 prison officers and 30 non-uniformed staff, who are part of education and health units, for more than 400 inmates.

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