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The Northern Territory news Sat 7 Aug 2010



The Northern Territory news Sat 7 Aug 2010

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12 NT NEWS. Saturday, August 7, 2010. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 7 -A U G -2 0 1 0 P A G E : 1 2 C O L O R : C M Y K e r0 6 0 6 0 5 PH: (08) 8984 4900 e r4 0 0 6 0 7 w w w . c a r l a f u r n i s h e r s . c o m . a uSALE ON TODAY 9AM 1544 Stuart Highway, Winnellie Pictures are for illustration purposes only NATION l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l ntnews.com.au Swearing at police OK CAIRNS: Telling a police officer to f*** off is not offensive, a leading lawyer says. Australian Council of Civil Liberties president Terry OGorman says the term has become part of everyday language and saying it to a cop should not be an offence. Townsville Magistrate Peter Smid this week found amanwho swore at an officer not guilty of a charge of public nuisance. Man, 85, terrified MELBOURNE: The elderly victim of a terrifying robbery in his Melbourne home has been sent back to hospital for amonth because he is so traumatised. One of the 85-year-oldmans alleged attackers, aged 21, was refused bail yesterday after Magistrate Fiona Stewart ruled hewas a danger to community safety and posed an unacceptable risk if released. Prime Minister Julia Gillard visited the Linfox Distribution Centre in Altona, Melbourne, while Opposition leader Tony Abbott campaigned with Bass candidate Steve Titmus in Launceston, Tasmania Kev rides in to rescue the PM Julia Gillard is so toxic to the Labor Partys political prospects that she has to be assisted by theman who she assassinated By SANDRA OMALLEY in Canberra PRIME Minister Julia Gillard and her predecessor Kevin Rudd will officially bury the hatchet today in a move Labor hopes will lift the partys fortunes, especially in Queensland. Ms Gillard will meet the man she cut down six weeks ago, when Mr Rudd was unceremoniously dumped as Labor leader. It will be the first time they have come face to face since Ms Gillard took over as prime minister. The rollercoaster election campaign was thrown another surprise yesterday in the form of a High Court decision that will give an extra 100,000 mostly young Australians an opportunity to vote. It could have a significant impact in a tight election where a handful of marginal seats will determine the outcome. The decision could also be important for the Australian Greens as they attempt to gain the balance of power in the Senate. For Labor, its Mr Rudd who could turn out to be a saviour after he emerged from his sick bed this week to urge voters not to turf out the government because of their concern over how he was treated. He has agreed to join Labors national campaign and is expected to hit the hustings tomorrow. His presence could make a significant difference in his home state of Queensland, where the party is facing a drubbing. Opposition Leader Tony Abbott, who was visiting the marginal Labor seats of Bass and Braddon in Tasmania, believes the facade of unity only highlights the problems of Ms Gillards campaign. Six weeks ago Kevin Rudd was so toxic to the Labor Party ... that he had to be politically assassinated, he said. Now it seems Julia Gillard is so toxic to the Labor Partys political prospects that she has to be assisted by the man who she assassinated. Ms Gillard will get the first indication this weekend of whether Mr Rudds intervention and her attempts to break free from Labors campaign machine and show the real Julia have paid dividends. Today, Fairfax newspapers will publish a Nielsen poll of voters canvassed between Tuesday and Thursday nights. Ms Gillard will be seeking some good news after she spent much of yesterday defending her economic credentials. Woman acquitted of lovers killing ADELAIDE: Loud applause greeted a court verdict that cleared a South Australian woman of the murder of her lover. Clapping and cheering supporters of Francis Frankie Marshall shouted we love you and the 63-year-old accused dropped her head in relief when Justice Margaret Nyland delivered her not guilty verdict in the Supreme Court yesterday. Ms Marshall (pictured) had been accused of the frenzied killing of Bernadette Liston at the vic tims Victor Harbor home, south of Adelaide, in 2002. The prosecution alleged the 46-year-old was stabbed, had her throat cut and was bashed and shot five times because she was planning to run off with Ms Marshalls brother, Daryl Purcell. Justice Nyland said the crown case was circumstantial and she was satisfied Ms Marshall had a motive to kill Ms Liston. She said there were several suspicious circumstances but also a number of inconsistencies with the evidence. At the end of the day I am left with motive combined with a number of items of evidence implicating the accused which are suspicious, Justice Nyland said in her reasons. But suspicion piled upon suspicion does not equate to proof beyond reasonable doubt. I am therefore obliged to return a verdict of not guilty.