The Northern Territory news Sat 2 Nov 2019
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SATURDAY NOVEMBER 2 2019 NEWS 07 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA INDIGENOUS people in the Northern Territory have been scared off applying for welfare due to horror Centrelink experiences, a Senate inquiry has been told. An indigenous advocacy group said many people arent on benefits theyre entitled to but the figures hadnt been re Centrelinks indigenous fail EAMONN TIERNAN AAP searched because the government didnt want to know. Those not receiving government support rely on family members which contributes to the 45 per cent of indigenous households in the Northern Territory experiencing poverty, a committee investigating the Newstart allowance has heard. Dr John Boffa, of the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress Aboriginal Corpor ation, gave one example which he said represented the plight of many. He spoke of a woman on the single parent pension who then moved in with her partner who was not receiving any financial benefits. The couple went to Centrelink in a bid to increase their household income but the woman was accused of fraud and ordered to repay her pen sion. The problem was eventually resolved but Dr Boffa said its these experiences which make people give up. This is the system. Thats just one story. There are many stories, particularly of men not accessing payments, Dr Boffa said in Alice Springs yesterday. There are lot of men not on any benefits theyre entitled to because of difficulties of how you access the system and how difficult it is, people give up. There are 10,000 Aborigi nal people in our client base and 70 per cent are on health care cards. How many of them are getting appropriate Centrelink payments? The system doesnt really want to know, otherwise the research would be done. In spite of 28 years of sustained economic growth, weve now got an inquiry on whether people who are unemployed should live above the poverty line. The Northern Territory Council of Social Service said half of the indigenous people in the NT are not in the labour force, which includes carers, elderly and disabled people. Newstart has been stagnant for 25 years and submissions made to the inquiry urged the $278 per week to be increased by $75. Tobin shines light on Top End delights WILL ZWAR firstname.lastname@example.org SNAPPING up the best of the Territorys wet season, Weekend Sunrise weatherman James Tobin is in town to showcase one of the more unique Top End attractions at Crocosaurus Cove. During his weather crosses on this mornings show, Tobin will try a breakfast laksa and ice cream laksa and showcase Bruce Munros Tropical Light, featuring a big croc show, light performance and entertainment by local business The Burning Circus. I think the beauty of being the Weekend Sunrise weather presenter is the chance to go right around Australia, he said. Theres plenty of areas of Australia that some people have on their list, places they want to visit but havent been there yet. And whenever they want to go somewhere like Darwin you always get so much feedback from people saying its on my bucket list, I want to go and see a croc. So for us to get up there and give them a taste and something to get excited about is pretty special. The broadcast will also showcase an indigenous dance and song by a group of local performers from The Youth Mill. Tourism NT executive general manager marketing Tony Quarmby said it was fantastic to have the Tropical Light program broadcast to Australia. The Weekend Sunrise weather crosses offer fantastic exposure to interstate travellers wanting to book a holiday to the NT and experience the Top Ends tropical summer, he said. Tobins Darwin broadcast on Weekend Sunrise takes place from 7am to 10am on Channel 7 this morning Weekend Sunrise weatherman James Tobin meets the locals at Crocosaurus Cove Picture: GLENN CAMPBELL Fewer jobs, more applicants, reveals report THE job hunt is getting harder in Australia, with the average position attracting 29 per cent more applicants now than a year ago. Exclusive data from job site Adzuna revealed competition for work increased in every mainland state and territory, with Queensland experiencing the largest jump, up 34 per cent. Nationally, the average job listing on Adzuna received 7.3 applications this October, compared with 5.6 last October. South Australians were up against the most competition, averaging 13.7 applicants per role, while the ACT and New South Wales averaged just 2.5 and 5.7 jobseekers per vacancy, respectively. Adzuna chief executive Raife Watson said it was definitely a case of there being fewer jobs available, rather than more people looking for work. Jobs have been on the decline for the last year, he said. Our politicians are saying nothing to see here, we are going to have a budget surplus but the RBA says we cant do any more, we can lower the rate but its going to have no effect and they are begging the Government to create some form of stimulus. We need to step up and do more to fix this because we have seen worldwide that if you leave it to later, there is going to be a bigger problem. Cracks prompt Qantas to ground three 737s QANTAS has pulled three Boeing 737s from service after finding hairline cracks on the wing structure but says it isnt obliged to check other planes that have had fewer than 22,600 flights. The engineers union wants the airline to ground the entire fleet until all 75 Qantas 737s are checked, but isnt demanding the same of rival company Virgin Australia. The three Qantas planes have been grounded until hairline cracks in the pickle fork structure between the wing and fuselage are repaired. Qantas found the first case of cracking in an aircraft with just under 27,000 cycles of landings and takeoffs last Friday and, this week, identified two more instances during an audit of all 33 of its 737s to have had at least 22,600 flights. The US Federal Aviation Administration earlier this month ordered airlines to check within a week any 737s that had completed more than 30,000 cycles. Planes with more than 22,600 cycles have to be checked within seven months. Qantas said the affected planes would return to service by the end of the year. The airline will work to minimise passenger disruption. Adult Short Courses Formerly CSC Adult Night Classes CLASSES STARTING NOW! LEARN? 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