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www.ntnews.com.au Northern Territory News, Saturday, January 23, 2010 9 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:23-JGE:9 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K e r3 0 0 6 2 2Servicing the whole Territory e r3 0 0 6 0 9 30 % TO 70 % OF F SEL EC TED SH OE S 30%TO 50%OFF ALL HANDBAGS Shop 1/31 Knuckey St, Darwin Open Today 10am - 2pm SELECTED SHOES+ HANDBAGSREDUCED TO $20 Summer Sale On Now e r3 0 0 6 0 5 m g 3 0 0 6 0 5 NEWS Emergency relief wake-up ByDAMIENMcCARTNEY THE military should not be involved in administering humanitarian aid because they are trained to be killers, not saviours, a Territory academic says. Charles Darwin University Humanitarian expert and former Medicine Sans Frontiers logistician Dan Baschiera said Australia must plan for its own backyard Haiti and must do so without relying on the military. The military is not trained to save lives but to take them, he said. Mr Baschiera (pictured) said that the ongoing humanitarian disaster in Haiti should serve as a wake-up call for Australia. The primary concern is getting logistical aid into countries after a disaster, he said. Australia is facing an increasing potential f o r d i s a s t e r , a n d Darwin is at the centre for emergency relief in Australia. Mr Baschiera said the Haiti disaster reflected the current era of the complex emergency. We should use an old aircraft carrier, or another old navy vessel, to quickly travel to a country in a major emergency, and quickly begin administering aid, he said. We need to begin administering aid as quickly as possible, and with a large vessel equipped with medical equipment, we will be able to do that. Countries are concerned about other countries military delivering aid, and these days, there is more resistance against military aid. GOHOME KILLERS DAY IN COURT: Brandon Heron, 17 charged with stealing more than $12,000 worth of property from a city office has been bailed to live with his co-accused mother Kate Adams (right) at a Territory pub Bailed teen, mum to live in pub together By EMILYWATKINS A TEENAGER charged with stealing more than $12,000 worth of property from a city office has been bailed to live with his co-accused mother at a Territory pub. Police allege that Brandon Heron, 17, stole the property from the fourth floor of the Minter Ellison office building on Smith St earlier this month. He was given bail from the Darwin Youth Justice Court this week after police alleged they found stolen property worth almost $8000 in his mother Kate Adamss hotel room on Wednesday. His brother Aaron Heron, 19, has also been implicated in the theft after he allegedly sold a pearl necklace stolen in the robbery to a pawn shop for $500, allowing the owner to take a photo of him with the necklace. All three applied for bail, and prosecutor Matt Parsons alleged that Brandon Heron and an unknown offender had robbed the office block. Aaron Herons legal aid lawyer, Matthew Hubber, told the court his client had not known the necklace was stolen, and would contest the charges. He was bailed to live with his father at a caravan park. Mr Hubber also represented Ms Adams, who he said had not known about the stolen property until police searched her room. Brandon Heron has not entered a plea, but Ms Adams appeared as his responsible adult once she was released from the cells, and he was bailed to live with her in her hotel room.