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The Northern Territory news Wed 2 Feb 2011



The Northern Territory news Wed 2 Feb 2011

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

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Nationwide News Pty. Limited

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www.ntnews.com.au Wednesday, February 2, 2011. NT NEWS. 9 P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 2 -F E B -2 0 1 1 P A G E : 9 C O L O R : C M Y K cdu.edu.au Get hooked on aquaculture. Be it for business or pleasure, we can create a training program to suit you needs. Certifi cate 2 in Aquaculture Operations is designed for those new to the industry. Topics include: sh transport Certifi cate 3 in Aquaculture Operations builds on the knowledge and skills acquired in Certifi cate 2 in Aquaculture Operations. It is especially suited to those already employed in the Aquaculture/Seafood industry wishing to update or formalise their skills and knowledge. companies. All units of study count towards Nationally Recognised Aquaculture Qualifi cations. For further information, please contact: Shevonne Rose Chadd Mumme T. 8946 7523 T. 8946 7257 E. shevonne.rose@cdu.edu.au E. chadd.mumme@cdu.edu.au AQUACULTURE STUDIES AT CDU m g 3 1 0 3 0 6 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 Fast change of tune By NIGEL ADLAM Police Commissioner John McRoberts has the full support of Chief Minister Paul Henderson Picture: JOYCE VAN DIJK McRoberts has Ministers support HE SAID IT CHIEFMINISTER PAUL HENDERSON Wehave to balance the rights of citizens and the rights of journalists. THE Police Commissioner admitted that a relatively junior officer had authorised the accessing of a journalists phone records, only after the NT News had proof of it anyway. John McRoberts had earlier said approval had been given by someone of considerably higher rank than a superintendent. He made the statement on radio last month and repeated it to the NT News on Friday. Mr McRoberts changed his mind after reporter Justin OBrien asked the Ombudsman on Monday to obtain a copy of the authorisation document for him. The document was handed over within a couple of hours. It shows the first authorisation was signed by Senior Sergeant Andrew Hocking and the second by Senior Sergeant Col Goodsell. Police accessed OBriens mobile phone records after Darwin Lord Mayor Graeme Sawyer complained about a story giving details of the Drug Squad raid on his house in Wagaman. The journalist complained to Ombudsman Carolyn Richards. She found that both phone searches were legal but the second, which covered several weeks before the police raid on Mr Sawyers house, was unreasonable. Mr McRoberts came under sustained attack from NT News readers yesterday. Several sent text messages to the editor calling for the Police Commissioner to resign. But Police Minister Paul Henderson last night gave Mr McRoberts his full support. Mr Paul Henderson, who is also the Chief Minister, said Mr McRoberts had his absolute confidence. He said he supported a journalists right to protect sources. But Mr Henderson said Mr Sawyer had made a legitimate complaint about details of a police interview being published in the NT News. We have to balance the rights of citizens and the rights of journalists, he said. Commissioner touchable CHARLES Darwin University law lecturer Ken Parish said the NT Police Commissioner was touchable, contrary to earlier reports questioning the checks and balance on his power. The former Labor politician said John McRoberts did not belong to the exclusive club known as The Untouchables. Magistrate Sue Oliver found last month that the commissioner was not employed as a public servant or police officer and therefore could not be charged for allegedly abusing his power. Mr Parish said there were other legal restraints on Mr McRoberts, including charges of official corruption, defamation and offences against the administration of justice. He said the police force and the commissioner as its principal officer could be investigated by the Ombudsman. And the Information Act allows an aggrieved citizen to demand correction of inaccurate or outdated personal information held by the police. The extent of Mr McRoberts powers was revealed when former policeman Steven Isles took the commissioner to court for slanderous action taken by senior management. Mr Styles alleged his father, Senior Sergeant Mick Isles, suddenly disappeared and had not been found after years of alleged mistreatment in the police force. Federal agent in key job A FEDERAL agent for the Australian Police is to be the Territorys newest assistant commissioner. Reece Kershaws appointment was announced yesterday. The Serious and Organised Crime commander for the AFP is expected to replace long-time Territory cop Mark McAdie, who retired in July last year, by the end of this month. Mr McAdies calls to be replaced by a long-standing colleague were ignored. Mr Kershaw was based in Canberra while working for the AFP and has links to Western Australia. He stayed in Perth while completing a Masters of Business at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, NSW, in 2006. Head of the Ethical and Professional Standards command Colleen Gwynne has been acting as Assistant Commissioner since Mr McAdie left the force and was known to be keen on keeping her temporary position. But the Police Commissioner and former WA terrorism cop John McRoberts preferred the interstate option. Mr Kershaw joined the AFP in 1988. He was responsible for the new crime program operating model, managing national and international joint task forces to crack down on serious and organised crime, and establishing the organised crime investigation innovation centre.

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