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The Northern Territory news Mon 14 Dec 2009



The Northern Territory news Mon 14 Dec 2009

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

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2 Northern Territory News, Monday, December 14, 2009 www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 1 4 -D E C -2 0 0 9 P A G E : 2 C O L O R : C M Y K 13 16 39 28 28 12 13 15 37 14 27 15 33 35 MOTHER Mary MacKillop could become our first saint soon, after Prime Minister Kevin Rudd made a surprise trip to her chapel. IM STILL alive, thats important to note. Lou Diamond Phillips is in a cheeky mood, but there is an underlying tone of frustration when asked if he wants to address some of the wild inaccuracies about him floating around in cyber space. MISS Gibraltar Kaiane Aldorino has been crowned Miss World 2009, outshining 111 other hopefuls at a glittering ceremony in South Africa yesterday. CROCODILES are dangerous hunters that capture their prey through a combination of stealth and strength. OUR SOUR SAAYY...... ...at a glance...at a glance GET YOURS DELIVERED! Call 8944 9901 NORTHERN Territory Police speed cameras will be in the following areas today: Wake up to the Territorys favourite newspapers GET YOUR AND HOME DELIVERED 12 LATEST figures show that the Territory has the lowest unemployment rate in the country. EDITORIAL: P28 DARWIN: Bagot Rd; Mitchell St; Stuart Highway; Tiger Brennan Drive. NORTHERN SUBURBS: Lee Point Rd; Rothdale Rd; Trower Rd; Vanderlin Drive. PALMERSTON: Lambrick Ave; Temple Tce; University Ave; Wishart Rd. RURAL: Arnhem Highway; Girraween Rd; Stuart Highway, Coolalinga; Virginia Rd. Counter-terror expert new commissioner of NT Police Hes enormouslyrespected around the country and has experience in all of the fields necessary for the Territory From Page 1 assistant commissioner of the Western Australia Police, is also experienced in indigenous policing and is an authority on road safety. His appointment is expected to be announced today. Mr McRoberts was chosen from a short list of eight by an independent committee headed by former Queensland commissioner Jim OSullivan, who wrote the report that led to the massive expansion of the Territory police force. The favourite was thought to have been Bruce Wernham, who has served as assistant commissioner for the past seven years. But the Northern Territory News understands that rank and file officers made it known they opposed his promotion to commissioner. Mr McRoberts, who holds the Australian Police Medal, is the head of WAs counter-terrorism and state security division. He has also run the state traffic division. The lifelong policeman has served as the officer in charge at Kununurra and as head of the CIB in East Kimberley. A source told the NT News; this bloke is a great get for the Territory. Hes enormously respected around the country and has experience in all of the fields necessary for the Territory, including road safety and policing in aboriginal communities. The police commissioners job became vacant when Paul White returned to Adelaide in October. Xmas hoons wild ride threatens bub ByNICKCALACOURAS A RECKLESS hoon yesterday jumped the gutter and came within two metres of side-swiping a young family. R e s t a u r a n t - o w n e r S e a n Harragon had been visiting relatives in Parap with his partner Emma and 20-month-old son Charlie when the incident occurred. Mr Harragon said he saw the driver leave from a local business up the street at 11am. We saw him leave the premises. He was already spinning the wheels crazily inside the premises. His wheels were spinning the whole time, he said. Coming down here, he lost it, came up over the (gutter), swiped all of this, spun the car around, stopped to look at us, then drove off and kept on going. The skid marks on the lawn show the car slid sideways over the lawn and flattened a tree. The rear skid marks are just over a metre away from the parked car that Mr Harragon and his family were entering. We were standing here, getting back in the car, he said. Its a pretty wide (lawn). If there was a fence, it would have taken out the fence. Mr Harragon described the driver as out of control. He was still out of control when he was driving away. Two blocks away, we could still hear him going crazy around corners. The car was later discovered at Kuringal flats. Police are believed to be still searching for the driver. Mr Harragon said he walked into the business premises to ask about the driver and discovered an office Christmas party. When I asked who was in charge, they looked at me dumbfounded. When the NT News first approached Mr Harragon, he was blocking the exit of the building until police arrived. Theyve since come out, one of them tried to leave, but I said, no youre staying. When the NT News contacted the business, an employee said the manager was not available. The police have come down and we gave our side of the story, he said. MINE:A survey says two in three NTmotorists have had their space stolen while waiting in a car park. Picture: STUART WALMSLEY Nothing jolly about holiday parking IT MIGHT be the season to be jolly, but Territorians are getting a bit hot under the collar when trying to find a park to do their Christmas shopping. New research shows more than 60 per cent of NT drivers say they have had someone steal their spot while waiting to park. AAMI spokeswoman Anne Battams said the fight for a good spot often led to prangs. The problem doesnt end there, as once parked, many risk finding their car damaged upon return, she said. The competition for space often means drivers try to squeeze into tight spots. People trying to get out of their car often knock their door into other vehicles, with many cars now baring the trademark nick on the side. Worse still, manoeuvring in and out of a narrow space can result in a costly bingle. The research showed 73 per cent of drivers had returned to their car from shopping to find it damaged. But only 4 per cent said they had found a note with the offending drivers details when they returned to their dinted car. Clearly, some of the Christmas shopping stress is spilling over into the car park, Ms Battams said. It would appear Australians will not be in a giving mood until the clock actually strikes midnight on the 24th of December. MATT CUNNINGHAM

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