The Northern Territory news Thu 13 May 2010
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14 Northern Territory News, Thursday, May 13, 2010 www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 1 3 -M A Y -2 0 1 0 P A G E : 1 4 C O L O R : C M Y K 14th MAY - 16th MAY ENTERTAINMENT: FRIDAY Karaoke Competition and Dirty Dan (Band) SATURDAY Sunny Cowgirls and Dr Elephant SUNDAY Life Size Dinosaurs, Talent Quest and Lost Dogs (Band) WOOD CHOP Saturday and Sunday FREE STYLE TRIAL BIKES All weekend Fred's Pass Rural Show thanks Our Generous Sponsors FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR SATURDAY Saturday 8.30pm er460406/10 NATION ART INTERVENES: Artist Sun Yuan and Peng Yus photographs Hong Kong Intervention is displayed during a media preview of the 17th Biennale of Sydney at The Museum of Contemporary Art. The Biennale of Sydney is Australias largest andmost important contemporary art event, this year featuring works from 166 artists exhibiting at seven locations across the city Case a homicide PERTH: Blood found at the luxury home of missing Perth millionaire Craig Puddy has been identified as his, with police now treating the case as a homicide. Mr Puddys wallet has been found, reportedly near a hotel in Perths southwest, part-owned by the missing man. Man up in arms SYDNEY: A man has been charged with unauthorised firearm trading after allegedly being found in Sydney with a pump-action shotgun, scope-fitted rifle and ammunition. Gang squad police arrested the 37-year-old during a raid on a residential unit at Eastlakes yesterday. Nurses reign CANBERRA: Australias first nurse-run health centre has been officially opened in Canberra in an attempt to ease pressure on emergency departments and GPs. The walk-in centre will offer free treatment for patients with minor ailments. Search fruitless SYDNEY: The search for an American swimmer who disappeared on the NSW far north coast has been suspended, while the hunt continues for a woman swept into the sea while fishing on the central coast. Emergency services workers have been looking for a 32-year-old US national since he was reported missing by friends after a swim near Byron Bay on Tuesday. Tough tug found BRISBANE: Authorities have found a tug boat strong enough to tow a stricken coal carrier back to China, as the salvage bill climbs beyond $4 million. But the Shen Neng 1 is not going anywhere fast. Budget spruiker Swan on song Treasurer dodges fears of more rate rises ByCOLINBRINSDEN in Canberra TREASURER Wayne Swan believes the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) will be comforted by the Governments path to a budget surplus and earlier repayment of debt. During the Treasurers spruiking of his third budget yesterday, he rejected suggestions his plan to return the budget to surplus three years early was based on a tax windfall and the best trade terms in 60 years. The fiscal consolidation in this budget will be welcomed by the reserve bank ... this is the largest fiscal consolidation since the early 1960s, he said during his traditional postbudget address to the National Press Club at Parliament House. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd offered similar sentiments. Weve really got to make sure we stick to budget discipline here, and Ive said: bringing this budget back to surplus helps keep pressure off rates, Mr Rudd told Fairfax Radio. But neither Mr Rudd nor Mr Swan were prepared to say that interest rates wont go up again. There have been six increases since October last year. Im not going to stand here and say what (former prime minister) John Howard said some years ago so inaccurately and much to his discredit, Mr Swan told the Press Club. At the end of the day, the reserve bank takes its decisions independently of government. Labors last budget before an election this year forecast a small surplus in 2012-13, three years earlier than predicted. For 2010-11 the deficit has been cut to $40.8 billion from $46.6b, while a hefty $57.1b defi cit remains for the current year, down a fraction from previous forecasts. Revenues are coming back ... but they are not coming back to the extent they were there prior to the global financial crisis, Mr Swan told ABC Radio. Opposition Leader Tony Abbott said that a return to surplus was welcome, but not at any cost. Opposition treasury spokesman Joe Hockey said the budget made no provision for any financial instability from the debt crisis in Europe. Its a budget based on quicksand, he said. Detainees 9-year wait continues CANBERRA: The case of Australias longest-serving detainee shows no signs of being resolved, the immigration ombudsman has found. The woman, referred to in public documents as Ms X, has been in detention for more than nine years. In October 2009, the United Nations Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) found her extended period of detention, without any substantive judicial review, was arbitrary. On that basis, it concluded Australia had breached the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The UNHRC also warned that if Ms X was deported without China promising not to harm her Australia risked another breach of its international obligations. Best job now on the box BRISBANE: The adventures of Queenslands island caretaker from sky diving to eating witchetty grubs will be broadcast internationally in a new TV series plugging the Sunshine State. Ben Southall (pictured) was picked as the Hamilton Island caretaker last year a $150,000 job that saw him explore the islands of the Great Barrier Reef and beyond. The Brit was followed by cameras during his six-month stint and a six-part Nat Geo Adventure series will soon air in Europe, Asia, Latin America and Australia. Drink spike serial rapist jailed MELBOURNE: A man police dubbed the hot chocolate rapist has been jailed for 13 years for drugging and raping women. Harry Barkas, 48, of the Melbourne suburb of South Yarra, drugged three women and then raped them between 1991 and 2005. He pleaded guilty in the Victorian County Court to three charges of rape. In sentencing, Judge Paul Lacava said Barkas actions were pre-meditated and despicable. I cannot say you are remorseful ... or will not re-offend, he said. Barkas was also a friend of serial rapist John Xydias, who also drugged and raped victims and was jailed last year on 11 counts of drugrelated rape. The court heard Barkas spiked two of his victims drinks with Rohypnol, or a similar drug. Given time served already in custody, Barkas could be released in a little over six years.
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