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The Northern Territory news Mon 21 Feb 2011



The Northern Territory news Mon 21 Feb 2011

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

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www.ntnews.com.au Monday, February 21, 2011. NT NEWS. 9 P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 2 1 -F E B -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 In it for the long haul By GEOFF EASDOWN Tiger Airlines has undergone significant expansion BUDGET operator Tiger Airways hopes to overcome Australian air navigation laws and operate long-haul flights to holiday destinations in Asia. Company chief Tony Davis hopes to establish a whollyowned Australian business that would be allowed to operate commercial flights beyond our coastline. BusinessDaily has been told that Mr Davis discussed the proposal with interested parties during a two-week visit to Melbourne this month. Yesterday company officials neither confirmed nor denied whether Tiger hoped to launch an Australianbased long-haul operation within the next 12 months. Two years ago Mr Davis raised the possibility of expanding his then infant Australian operation with flights from Perth and Darwin using Australian crews and Australian registered aircraft. But the plan was rebuffed in Canberra where officials reminded him there is a law that prevents overseasowned airlines that operate Australian registered air craft from operating commercial services out of the country and it has been in place since the 1920s. However, since then Tiger Airlines has undergone significant expansion and is now believed to have a number of influential Australians on its share register, who Mr Davis hopes to recruit for a new and totally Australianowned business. Tiger Airways, which is listed on the Singapore stock exchange, is regarded under Australian air transport rules as a foreign-owned company, which can operate a domestic air service but not venture beyond local airspace. However, its separate Singapore-based airline services a growing number of high-profile holiday destinations across Asia. The plan proposed by Mr Davis would allow Australian passengers to link with these services in Singapore and also fly to Manila from Darwin. Mr Davis is known to be keen to challenge rival Malaysian-based cut-price operator Air Asia X, which operates daily services from Melbourne and the Gold Coast that link with the airlines new European service, which charges Australians less than $1500 for a return airfare. Tiger also faces new competition from Queenslandbased carrier Strategic Airlines, which launches its first long-haul service from Melbourne to Thailand this week. But the snag for Mr Davis and Tiger is that its Melbourne-based business cannot use Australian registered aircraft and Australian crews to operate out of the country. Tigers only option to overcome a statute thats stood on the books since the 1920s is to fly a jet from Singapore if it wants to take Australian passengers overseas. 95km marathon swim a bovine record Veronica Nutley with Redgum Danette. Danette the miracle cow floated 95km from Patrick Estate to Pinkenba in the recent floods Picture: MARK CRANITCH By ROBERT CRADDOCK IAN THORPE is lucky he is returning to the pool for sprint events only because Australian distance swimming has a bright new star . . . Danette the wonder cow. Danette is the Murray Grey cow who swam an extraordinary 95km to safety during the January floods, displaying levels of true grit that make the recently released movie of that name seem like a Wiggles pantomime by comparison. After being swept away by the torrent that raged through the small property owned by her breeder Veronica Nutley, at Patrick Estate, near Lowood in Brisbane Valley on Tuesday, January 11, Danette was found three days later bobbing at the mouth of the Brisbane River near Luggage Point. It was bovine bravado of an extreme level, even outstripping the remarkable 87km journey of a Brahman bull named Barney who pingponged his way down the Tweed River and somehow survived in floods three years ago. A small group of volunteers from the Cabbage Tree Creek rescue group found Danette, threw a rope around her, and towed her to shore after her marathon journey in which she somehow dodged the threats of raging currents, sunken obstacles and sharks to whom she would have resembled a 600kg all beef patty. Brisbane Council workers used the tag inside Danettes ear tag to identify her but were still in a state of confusion over how she got there when they rang her jubilant owner. The man phoned and said they had one of my cows and was she stolen?, Veronica said. He said we picked her up at the entrance of the river . . . how did she get there? and I said mate . . . she swam. Danette is a show cow who last year won a third prize at the Brisbane Exhibition and locals are already quipping that she is so tough that this year she may enter the wood chop. One too many for beer taster A MAN who was employed by Tasmanian beer brewer Cascade to test beer samples has been sacked for urinating against the wall of the brewery. After clocking up 31 years of service for Cascade, Ricky Oxley had worked his way to a position that most men and some women would consider a dream job. His duties included collecting and testing beer samples and performing seal checks on bottles of beer. That ended in September 2009 when Mr Oxley broke the seal on the external wall of the brewery in South Hobart. He was called into a meeting with the brewerys engineering manager and a colleague who claimed to have witnessed the incident. He was sacked the following day. Mr Oxley appealed the decision to Fair Work Australia, claiming unfair dismissal. But the appeal was rejected on February 9 at FWAs Canberra tribunal. The sacking capped a lengthy rap sheet that Mr Oxley accrued during his three decades working for Cascade. In 2005, Mr Oxley was formally warned by Cascade management for various reasons including aggressive behaviour, verbal abuse and intimidating other employees, the tribunal heard. In 2006 he was given a final written warning for sabotaging the work site after it was alleged that he tossed a gas cylinder tag into the crown hopper, the tribunal heard. In 2009 he was given another final warning after a run-in with a colleague. Mr Oxley denied urinating against the wall. But Commissioner Barbara Deegan said she was satisfied that he had and rejected his appeal.

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