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v. 16 issue 22
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and drag this out for as long as it takes to send you broke. Chief Minister and Education Minister Paul Henderson wrote to the father on April 30, 2007, saying he would get back to him once the Ombudsman had made any recommendation(s). The father hasnt heard from Mr Henderson since. The parents were motivated to bring the affair to public attention by last weeks lead story in the Alice Springs News, Alice school sex probe. DET issued the following statement: The Departments main concern is the wellbeing of students and staff and it takes any accusations of assault very seriously. The teacher did not follow Department procedures in reporting the original complaint. The Department has sincerely apologised to the family for this error. Subsequently the matter was reported to police for further investigation and the student immediately suspended. The Ombudsmans investigation was satisfied with the schools response. Vatskalis dropped bundle on swine flu: Giles. By KIERAN FINNANE. Member for Braitling Adam Giles says Health Minister Kon Vatskalis has dropped the bundle on swine flu. With the number of cases ballooning in Alice Springs and Show Weekend coming up, Mr Giles says hes worried about the rates of infection getting out of control. He expressed his concern as it was reported that one in five patients at the Alice Springs Hospital have the disease. From being the last place to get it, all of the sudden were the worst per capita in Australia, and possibly the world. He says the Territory needs to learn lessons from the rapid spread of the disease. How was swine flu allowed to get out bush? he asks . Were the first cases identified effectively quarantined? Are the new cases being effectively quarantined, to limit the further spread? How safe can families in my electorate feel when they go to the Show this weekend? The Alice News offered right of reply to Health Minister Kon Vatskalis. A spokesperson said: The Opposition have refused to take up the offer of a briefing from the medical experts. They are being deliberately misinformed. Since the start of the outbreak the Government has followed the advice of the experts and will continue to do so. The number of cases of swine flu is being updated by the Health Department daily (www.health.nt.gov.au). An indication of the diseases rapid spread is the 35 cases confirmed over the weekend, followed by another 17 in the next 24 hours. The majority of the cases are in the Centre. On Monday there were 17 people with the disease hospitalised in the NT, 15 of them in the Alice Hospital. Crushed glass in not on the footpaths. By KIERAN FINNANE. The Territory Government has granted the Town Council $850,000 to buy a glass crusher. Planning and Infrastructure Minister Delia Lawrie informed the council of the grant though apparently the money will come from the Department of Natural Resources, Environment and Heritage. Crushed glass can be used as a partial substitute for sand (up to 50%) in non-load bearing concrete. Council has plenty of use for the material in its footpath and kerbing programs and is trialling its use in the Gathering Garden on the corner of the Civic Centre. Mayor Damien Ryan says the biggest benefit is that glass will no longer need to go into the landfill. He says 6000 stubbies yield about one ton of sand. Meanwhile, the Australian Government granted $84,000 to the Town Council, a share of an additional $100m for local governments announced at last weeks National General Assembly of Local Government in Australia, held in Canberra. Aldermen will be considering how the unexpected money can be spent. They have also asked officers to put forward some ideas about what kind of competitive strategic project could be applied for from a further $120m for local government projects across Australia.
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