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The Northern Territory news Tue 20 Jul 2010



The Northern Territory news Tue 20 Jul 2010

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

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www.ntnews.com.au Tuesday, July 20, 2010. NT NEWS. 15 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:20-JGE:15 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K Opinions... strong ones. Join our columnists in the Territorys best conversation 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 NATION Late school start suggested SYDNEY:TheNSWgovernmentwillexaminea proposaltoreducecongestiononSydneys roadsby delayinghighschoolstarttimes,PremierKristina Keneallysays.TheSydneyBusinessChamberhas calledforaone-hourdelaytofreeuptrainsandbuses, andcutroadcongestionduringthemorningpeak. We arequitewillingto lookatthisproposal,MsKeneally said. Butthis issomethingwewouldwanttheadvice ofparents,ofteachersandofstudents[on]. Have toad,will travel PERTH:WesternAustraliansareurged tokeepalook-outforroguecanetoads afteroneofthepestswasfoundtohave hitchedarideacrosstheborder,ending upinBroome. ABroomeresidentdiscoveredthecanetoad yesterdaymorning inashedina light industrialareaof theKimberleytownandalertedtheDepartmentof EnvironmentandConservationofficers. Homesplanned for theGabba BRISBANE:Thousandsofresidentswill call theGabba homeinafutureresidentialprecinctplannednearthe world-famoussportsground. PremierAnnaBlighyesterdayannouncedtheprecinct siteatWoolloongabba,wherethegovernments printingbusiness is located. Shesaidsaleofthe landcouldbeginattheendofnext yearandconstructioncouldbeginasearlyas2012on accommodationfor4000to5000people. THATS LIFE FORGETsomething borrowedandsomething blue,thelatestaccessoryfor themodernGoldCoastbride isafearsomebirdofprey.A wedge-tailedeaglehasbeen trainedtoswoopdownthe aisleovertheheadsof astonishedgueststodeliver theweddingrings,theGold CoastBulletin reports. Youwont rememberthe foodthatyouate,butyouwill remember ifaneagleflewin, saidZannaCareyfrom BroadwingsEvents. Ringleaders on parole BRISBANE: Queensland Premier Anna Bligh has defended parole conditions banning the ringleader of the Palm Island riots from speaking to the media or addressing public meetings. But the matter could go to courtafterindigenousleaders expressed outrage. Lex Wotton was sentenced to six years in jail in November 2008 for inciting the burning down of the north Queensland islands police station and an officers home in 2004. The riots were sparked by the death in police custody of Aboriginal man Cameron Doomadgee. Wotton, a former councillor, was released on parole yesterday under the conditionshenotattendpublicmeetings or speak to the media. Court told of sick Twister SYDNEY: Four Sydney family members shared a KFC Twister before they all became ill and one became severely brain damaged, a judge has been told. The familys father, Amanwial Samaan, was replying to a suggestion by KFCs barrister, Ian Barker QC, that there never was a shared Twister. Mr Samaan agreed that authorities investigating the salmonella poisoning wanted to find a food common to himself, his wife, son and daughter, as all four became ill. Mr Barker asked Mr Samaan if he told a health official about a number of other family chicken meals in the lead up to the poisoning, but the witness said he could not remember although it was possible. Through her father, Monika Samaan (pictured) is suing KFC, claiming the source of her salmonella poisoning was a Twister her father said he bought on October 24, 2005, at its Villawood outlet, in Sydneys west. In the NSW Supreme Court hearing, which resumed yesterday, KFC denies it was the source of the salmonella and says there is no proof that Mr Samaan bought a Twister that afternoon. Bligh gets tough BRISBANE: Queensland Premier Anna Bligh says the government is looking at every possible course of action to take against Cougar Energy, after it leaked carcinogenic chemicals into groundwater. Cougar has been ordered to stop its underground coal gasification (UCG) trial near Kingaroy after tests conducted in July found traces of the known carcinogenic benzene and the toxic chemical toluene in bores near the plant. But new tests have found no traces of the chemicals. If there is any action that we can take against [the company] and there are very stiff fines available, we will be taking that action, Ms Bligh told reporters yesterday. Work Choices trips up leader Abbott Federal Opposition leader Tony Abbott does a walk through Knox City Shopping centre By SANDRA OMALLEY in Canberra OPPOSITION Leader Tony Abbott is struggling to throw the Work Choices monkey off his back, admitting he cant provide an absolute guarantee on workplace laws. Prime Minister Julia Gillard had an easier time of it campaigning in Queensland, limiting her public appearances on day three of the campaign to a visit to a family home in Townsville. Her opponent, who spent the day in Melbourne, addressed the Australia Israel Chamber of Commerce and then went on a walk through Knox shopping centre. At both events he was upstaged by former treasurer Peter Costello at the speech and by a man in Speedos on the shopping centre walk but it was the least of his problems. Mr Abbotts attempt to neutralise industrial relations as an election issue has so far failed to pay dividends, with the opposition leader getting tripped up under sustained questioning on Fairfax Network Radio yesterday. And he found himself involved in a glib election stunt signing a mock death certificate in an effort to convince host Neil Mitchell he was being truthful in saying Work Choices was dead and buried. The issue, however, continues to haunt him. Work Choices, its dead, its buried, its cremated, now and forever, but obviously, I cant give an absolute guarantee about every single aspect of workplace relations legislation, Mr Abbott said. Mr Abbott insists the focus on the issue is a sign of desperation from Labor. They are desperate to run the 2010 election as if it were the 2007 election, he told reporters. Labor warns, however, that even if Mr Abbott keeps his word not to introduce new workplace laws there is still a lot of damage the coalition can do to workers by tweaking the regulations. You can remove the obligation on employers to have any protection on unfair dismissal, you can deal with minimum wages ... you can do quite a bit to the Fair Work Act through regulation, ALP campaign spokesman Chris Bowen told Sky News. Workplace relations wasnt the only issue where Mr Abbott found himself in a twist. After toughening his rhetoric on a carbon tax on Sunday, declaring there wouldnt be one under a coalition government, on yesterday he appeared to soften his stance. Charges must stay CANBERRA: Former Guantanamo Bay inmate David Hicks cannot and should never have his name cleared of terrorism charges, the Australia Defence Association says. Association executive director Neil James said Mr Hicks (pictured) trial, conviction and sentence for terrorism offences by a US Military Commission remained controversial in international law circles. But he said Mr Hicks never faced an Australian court because of a loophole in archaic laws. Under updated treachery laws anyone serving with an enemy in conflict with the Australian Defence Force committed a serious offence.