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The Northern Territory news Sat 23 Jan 2010



The Northern Territory news Sat 23 Jan 2010

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4 Northern Territory News, Saturday, January 23, 2010 www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 2 3 -J A N -2 0 1 0 P A G E : 4 C O L O R : K e r3 0 0 6 1 8 T: 08 8978 2430 455 Stuart Highway, HAYES CREEK NT 0822 AWESOME BAND Bernie Flynn & Token Blonde 7pm - Late Raffles + Prizes + Lunch Door Prize Heaps of fun for everyone e r3 0 0 5 0 4 NEWS Needles due for 4yos, school starters PARENTS of children turning four this year, or who are starting school, are reminded to get their children immunised against whooping cough. Dr Nigel Gray, GP at Nightcliff Medical Centre, said when children turn four they are due for two vaccinations under the National Immunisation Program Schedule. These vaccinations provide protection against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio, measles, mumps, and rubella. he said. These are potentially serious diseases, which may potentially lead to permanent disability or prove fatal. Parents are encouraged to have their four-year-old vaccinations completed before they start school. PRACTITIONER CERTIFICATE COURSE Shell Essences BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL - CONTACT NYREE BIRD E: missbirdaustralia@yahoo.com.au P: (07) 40922693 www.shellessencesamerica.com 2 DAY WORKSHOP - INVESTMENT $350 (Deposit $200 - Non-Refundable) Become a Certified Shell Essences Practitioner. Create essences for personal and/or professional use. Shell and Coral Essences are vibrational remedies (holistic energy medicine), and release old patterns, in order to rebalance mind, body and spirit. SHELL ESSENCES PRACTITIONER COURSE DATES 2010 Alice Springs NT (20-21 Feb); Adelaide SA (8-9 May); Perth WA (15-16 May); Darwin NT (29-30 May); Singapore (11-12 Sept); Other Places (By Request - Conditions Apply). e r3 0 0 6 1 4 Hospitals stay on hold COMPLEX ISSUE: Prime Minister Kevin Rudd speaks to health professionals at Parliament House in Darwin yesterday. Picture: STUART WALMSLEY ByNICKCALACOURAS We wont rush, says RuddPRIME Minister Kevin Rudd will not rush into taking control of the Territorys hospitals. Mr Rudd wants more time negotiating with states and territories. But, if we cant, then other measures are required, he said. We have taken our time first of all, asking questions and, secondly, spending the last six months consulting. We are trying to get it, in our heads, as right as possible, before concluding our negotiations. This is phenomenally complex ... we make no apology, whatsoever, in taking our time to do it. Mr Rudd yesterday met with a group of 100 Territory health professionals to consult about a proposed federal takeover of hospitals. It was the federal governments 99th such meeting since July. Mr Rudd fielded questions on aged care, indigenous health workers and claims of discrimination in the hospital against homosexual couples. This is important stuff for the countrys future. Getting health right for the long term. You cant just push it away, he said. Mr Rudd said his predecessors avoided getting close to the front lines and preferred to throw money from Canberra and then blame the states. They didnt want to touch health with a barge pole, he said. Mr Rudd said he was stunned to learn Darwin did not have a radiation oncology unit when he first visited as Opposition Leader three years ago. It actually stunned me that a city of this size, and given its significance, that Territorians were expected to hoof it to Adelaide. Mr Rudd yesterday officially opened the long-awaited Alan Walker Cancer Care Centre. Acting Chief Minister Delia Lawrie said the centre was extremely special to Territorians. As a born and raised Territorian, I had a very dear friend in my life choose to not seek treatment down south because she didnt want to be away from her family and loved ones, she said. That choice ultimately led to her passing away. This centre is extremely special to Territorians, it means Territorians can be treated here. Nurtured here by the people they love and get the finest treatment in the world. Calmawants justice investment THE money being spent on jailing indigenous Australians would be better used on preventative programs, a report has recommended. Delivering his sixth and final Social Justice Report in Sydney on Friday, Social Justice Commissioner Tom Calma (pictured) called for justice reinvestment in communities that had large numbers of offenders. Indigenous adults were 13 times more likely to be imprisoned than non-indigenous adults, while indigenous children were 28 times more likely to be placed in juvenile detention, Mr Calma said. Better prevention programs were needed. Copswarn Centre school drivers ALICE Springs police are urging motorists to slow down, use caution, and abide by the road rules at school zones. Sergeant Conan Robertson of Southern Traffic operations said people need to be aware of the changing speed limits in school zones after the break. Motorists have been accustomed to travelling in school zones at the normal speed and there are young new students getting used to the layout of the school areas, he said. Police will be at all crossings when schools resume next week, Sgt Robertson said. Schools resume on Wednesday, with the exception of St Phillips College which resumes on Monday. Fines for drivers exceeding the speed limit in these areas start at $100 and one demerit point and can go up to $500 and six demerit points or result in a court appearance. By LARINESTATHAM Libs miss chance in croc shocker PRIMEMinister Kevin Rudds visit to the Top End has proved to be an exercise in positive public relations, complete with a crocodile reference. Ditching large parts of his pre-prepared Australia Day speech in favour of a talk about the spirit of the nation and theNorthern Territory, Mr Rudd told community leaders hewas disappointed to arrive in Darwin and find the obligatory crocodile story in the local newspaper was buried on page three. The singlemost popular newspaper in the PMs office is theNorthern Territory News, for the crocodile stories Im not exaggerating, he said. Mr Ruddwas able to curry favour with his audience at NT Parliament House by explaining how he could have become the next Harold Holt the former primeminister who disappearedwhile swimming at Cheviot Beach, Victoria, in December 1967. The folk who ran the crocodile farm suggested I go down and harvest some croc eggs ... Im convinced theywere all Liberal voters, every one of them, he said. It was just prior to the last election ... could have been a stickier end than Harold Holt. He said the Australian spirit was alive, well and kicking in the Territory. I like the sense of adventure, I like the sense of a frontier.