Sunday Territorian 4 Apr 2010
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4 Sunday Territorian, Sunday, April 4, 2010 www.sundayterritorian.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 4 -A P R -2 0 1 0 P A G E : 4 C O L O R : K SCULPTORS & DESIGNERS PRIZE MONEY OF $74,000 Enter the competition to design: A NATIONAL BOER WAR MEMORIAL To be erected in: ANZAC PARADE, CANBERRA Design Brief and details: www.bwm.org.au/competition COMPETITION BEGINS 7 APRIL 2010 er400703/10 NEWS Boozed-up motorists anger Red Centre cop By DANIEL BOURCHIER TERRITORY police in Alice Springs were inundated with boozed-up motorists early on Good Friday. Ten drivers were nabbed for drinkdriving in the first four hours of the religious holiday. There were also two police chases to round out the wild morning on the roads. The highest recorded drink-driver was almost five times the legal driving limit. The disqualified 36-year-old man blew a blood alcohol reading of .217 per cent on Gap Rd at 11.28am. Southern Traffic Operations Unit Sergeant Conan Robertson said the number of drink-drivers was tragic. On Good Friday in Alice Springs there has been a disappointing 10 people arrested for traffic offences in 4 hours and 13 minutes in the morning from 7.40am, he said. These offences included five high range BAC (blood alcohol content) and three medium range BAC. Effectively several lives have probably been saved as a result of these people being locked up because it was only a matter of time before someone paid the ultimate price as a result of the thoughtless stupidity of these individuals. It is tragic that people are this drunk at this time of the day and I can only wonder what they had for breakfast before they decided to go for a drive around town. We are continuing to strive for a fatality free Easter and we will be continuing to take these people off the road so that others can enjoy themselves without the threat that they pose. A 23-year-old male was pursued when he failed to stop in Walpiri Camp, and fled down a dirt track. He ditched his car when he bogged it and was caught on foot. He was charged with driving with a low range alcohol reading, failing to obey police and was picked up on a warrant. Meanwhile, there was another pursuit at 1.15am. The driver blew a blood alcohol reading of .152 per cent. THAT DRESS: Sonia McMahon, wife of prime minister William McMahon, made a splash when she met US President Richard Nixon at a White House State Dinner in November 1971 Lady McMahon loses cancer battle AS A prime ministers wife she shocked the nation by wearing a daring dress, but yesterday Lady Sonia McMahon was remembered as a tireless charity worker, proud mother and much-loved Sydney socialite. The widow of former Liberal prime minister William McMahon died, aged 77, at St Vincents Private Hospital on Friday, surrounded by children Melinda, Deborah and Hollywood heartthrob actor Julian. Lady McMahon, who had been battling cancer for several months, was admitted to intensive care last month to undergo a procedure to clear her lungs of fluid. She had hoped to be released to attend yesterdays Golden Slipper at Rosehill, but deteriorated. A hospital spokesman said Lady McMahon had been conscious up until just before her death on Friday. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd described her as a distinguished representative of Australia. She was a wife of a prime minister of this country, they lived in the house where we are currently standing this morning, he said. So I believe appropriate respects should be paid to her family, appropriate respect to the contribution that she and her husband made to Australia, and understand at a purely human level, this is a day of great sadness for any family. Despite being married to one of Australias least admired prime ministers, Lady McMahon herself was both loved and respected for her loyalty to her husband and her contribution to the community. Her headline grabbing moment came when, accompanying Sir William on a trip to the US, she wore a daring white dress at a White House dinner with President Richard Nixon in 1971. With splits up to the armpits and held together by rhinestones, photographs of the Lady McMahon in the revealing outfit were published across the globe. She later disclosed it was her husband who had chosen the dress and she had worn a flesh-covered body suit worn beneath it, stating the dress had put her nation on the map. It certainly made an impact. Suddenly the world knew where Australia was, she said. 1000 breath tests in Top End MORE than 1000 Top End drivers were breath tested by police at random RBTs on Good Friday. Watch Commander Senior Sergeant Greg Pusterla said three people were charged with drink-driving and 16 infringement notices were issued. A 38-year-old male was stopped by police on McMillans Rd near Knuckeys Lagoon while driving in the wrong lane of the road. He blew a blood alcohol reading of .163 per cent and was charged for high range drinkdriving and no licence. A 17-year-old male was also nabbed for riding a scooter without a helmet. The youth was caught on Raffles Rd in Gray at 12.25am. He blew a medium range blood alcohol reading of .156 per cent and will face the Youth Justice Court. Not long after, at 2.58am, a 37-year-old woman blew a medium range blood alcohol reading of .084 per cent in Rapid Creek. Sen-Sgt Pusterla said the blitz would continue today and tomorrow . Police will be out all of Easter, he said. WALLOF SHAME ALICE offences onGood Friday. 4.51am 20-year-old female, medium range blood alcohol reading of .107 per cent while a learner driver. 7.40am47-year-oldmale,medium range blood alcohol reading of .147 per cent on Len Kittle Drive. 7.51am46-year-oldmale, high range blood alcohol reading of .175 per cent on South Tce. 8.39am 26-year-oldmale,medium range of .145 per cent on Bath St. 9.15am 34-year-oldmale, high range blood alcohol reading of .200 per cent on Schwartz Cres. 10.06am 17-year-oldmale, drive disqualified onDixon Rd. 10.31am 34-year-old female, high range blood alcohol reading of .175 per cent, in Little Sisters Camp. 10.56am 31-year-old female, medium range blood alcohol reading of .115 per cent onOleander Cres. 11.13am 30-year-old female, high range blood alcohol reading of .166 per cent on Larapinta Drive. 11.28am 36-year-oldmale, high range blood alcohol reading of .217 per cent and disqualified onGapRd. 3.45pm 20-year-oldmale, medium range blood alcohol reading of .089 per cent, provisional drivers licence, unregistered, uninsured car. Railway club to reopen THE Darwin railway club will celebrate its reopening this month. The 35-year-old clubhouse has long been part of the fabric of Darwin. It has been completely refurbished since it was struck by an inferno on April 18, last year. NT Chief Minister Paul Henderson and the member of Fannie Bay MLA Michael Gunner will attend the opening on April 17. The wider community is also asked to join the celebrations. The event at Somerville Gardens Parap will kick off at 2pm. Dress code is neat casual. New team for insulation program THE Rudd Government has transferred its emissions trading scheme team into the strife-prone household insulation program, relegating plans for carbon trading this year to the back burner. The team of 154 bureaucrats, who cost taxpayers an average of $370,000 each to plan for the non-existent emissions trading scheme, will instead be sorting out problems with the $2.45 billion home insulation program that left four dead and has been implicated in 120 house fires up to March 24. With a budget of $57 million this financial year alone, the public servants are working for the Australian Climate Change Regulatory Authority an agency that is little more than a name until the legislation to create an emissions trading scheme passes through federal Parliament. The Sunday Territorian has reviewed dozens of contracts let by the department relating to the fit-out of the yet-to-be-built building in Canberra and publicity campaigns.