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The Northern Territory news Sat 6 Nov 2010



The Northern Territory news Sat 6 Nov 2010

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www.ntnews.com.au Saturday, November 6, 2010. NT NEWS. 5 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:6-NGE:5 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K Board Chair and Members A rare opportunity has arisen to be part of a newly-formed high profile National Authority. The Council of Australian Governments has agreed to develop a national licensing system for specified occupations that will remove licensing inconsistencies across state and territory borders and allow for a more mobile workforce. The system will commence on 1 July 2012 for plumbing and gasfitting, electrical, refrigeration and air conditioning, and property licensing, with more occupations, including building and construction, to follow. The newly established National Occupational Licensing Authority (NOLA) will manage the scheme and be overseen by a Board comprising an independent Chair and up to nine board members appointed from a diverse range of Australian sectors. As either the Chair of the Board, or a Member of the Board, you will play a pivotal role in the establishment, direction and leadership of this new statutory authority that will oversee the policy direction and jurisdictional administration of the national licensing system and provide advice to the responsible Ministerial Council. Applications are sought from individuals who have extensive knowledge in the above industry sectors and in particular, have appropriate skills or experience through involvement in unions, employer representation, consumer advocacy or training. An expression of interest and a current CV should be emailed to ProNed by 12 noon AEST Monday 22 Nov 2010 at sam@proned.com.au Please note, applicants must be Australian citizens. Further information about the positions can be obtained by contacting Philip Higginson at ProNed on (02) 9969 1911. Further information about the national occupational licensing system can be obtained from http://www.nola.gov.au Ch rtu l o spe erri on nin uct es he ni th e e ov sy on sec ent sio AE e, rm so mat w ha nit f A cif tor 1 g, on tab sch ne e C sta ers ste s a cto in on ST ap at on tio .n adcorp35378 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 Big brother stalks Police access phone records It seems that some in the police hierarchy are upset that the reporters got their story the old fashionedway by talking to policemen and women. In thismodernworld, reporters are expected to limit their curiosity about what is happening in the world of law n order to the parameters laid downby civilian flacks at police public relations. By MATT CUNNINGHAM It is a rare and brave person who iswilling to blow the whistle on something that is goingwrong. And the source is in turn given a guarantee that their identitywill never be revealed. POLICE RESPOND Read NT Police Commissioner John McRoberts letter to the editor OPINION PAGE33 POLICE are accessing Northern Territory residents private phone records without their knowledge. Northern Territory police have refused to say how many Territorians have been spied on as part of investigations. NT police this week diverted resources to covertly investigate NT News phone records over leaks about a raid on Lord Mayor Graeme Sawyers house. Detectives secretly obtained call lists to find out who senior reporter Justin OBrien had spoken to. Several officers were hauled in before police internal affairs this week. The NT News has steadfastly refused to reveal its sources despite requests to do so by police internal affairs. The big brother investigation was designed to punish the source of the story possibly with criminal charges. But the move has sparked outrage among rank and file police and the legal fraternity. While I dont want to sink the boot into fellow cops, whats going on here is wrong, one senior officer said yesterday. Theyre doing this over such a minor thing. Ive never heard of them accessing journalist phone records before. Police do not need the approval of a magistrate or judge to check the records, unlike a phone tap, which requires a warrant signed off by a magistrate or justice of the peace. NT Police have the legislative authority to obtain telephone subscriber details when investigating certain categories of offence pursuant to the Telecommunications (Intercept and Access) Act (Cth), police spokeswoman Katie Fowden said. Where subscriber details and/or call charge records may assist in the investigation of an offence, police use this as an investigative strategy. Access to subscriber details and call charge records does not require a warrant. Police in Victoria recently changed their policy to ensure phone record checks could only be issued by the assistant commissioner or above. This followed the revelation that police had searched the phone records of senior journalists Geoff Wilkinson and Mark Buttler. But in the NT, officers of the rank of Superintendent and above can order the access of phone records. Dont miss Sunday Forum, only in tomorrowsSunday Territorian QANTASDIVERSION A QANTAS plane flying from the Philippines to Sydney had to be diverted to Darwin early yesterday when a passenger suffered a heart attack. St John Ambulance officers resuscitated the 40-yearold man at the airport and he is now recovering in Royal Darwin Hospital. The incident happened at 3.30am. RATTLINGTIN THE Drovers volunteers have kicked the tin again to buy a life-saving biphasic defibrillator worth more than $14,000 for the Alice Springs Hospital Emergency Department. The latest donation from the dedicated volunteer group was presented to staff members this week. PERMANENTDRAIN RESIDENTS at an Alice Springs caravan park have been given a weeks extension to leave the park. The Sienna Caravan Park is closing next year but will evict tenants from next week unless they sign a relocation agreement, the ABC reported. The agreement will provide tenants with $5000 to help move their vans, but stipulates residents must not pursue legal proceedings. Japanese in love with The Rock Ren Kelly ULURU is the No. 1 destination of Japanese tourists, a survey released by Trip Advisor Japan shows. The ranking is based on members ratings and reviews of more than 1000 overseas destinations since January 2009, in answer to which overseas destinations satisfied Japanese travellers best? Tourism Central Australia chairman Ren Kelly said the global financial crisis and a deflated Japanese economy have meant fewer tourists and in particular fewer Japanese tourists have been coming to Central Australia. He said: Uluru is their No. 1 dream destination. If they could af ford it, if they had the time, theyd come. We have to turn that from desire into actuality. Mr Kelly said now is the time to reinvigor ate any marketing opportunities that Tourism Central Australia members may face. You learn a lot from history and Ive found that if you work closely with wholesalers in Japan and local contacts in Australia, you can develop a marketing strategy that appeals to that market. But you do it by jolly hard work. He added German visitors had also increased. Concerns over land clearing THE Northern Territory Environment Centre says it is concerned about a resources company clearing land for roads inside the proposed Limmen National Park. But Western Desert Resources says it is not breaching any laws by clearing the land at the proposed park as it explores for iron ore. Managing director Norm Gardiner told the ABC the site would be rehabilitated if needed. We have got a $300,000 bond which is held for the rehabilitation, he said. He says the company is acting within its limits and has the full support of traditional owners.

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