The Northern Territory news Tue 6 Aug 2019
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TUESDAY AUGUST 6 2019 NEWS 03 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA ary redistribution. Changes proposed by the NT Electoral Commissions redistribution committee will see Namatjira turned into a predominantly urban seat and completely surround Alice Springs to include the suburbs of Larapinta and parts of Araluen, Sadadeen and Mount Johns. Mr Paech said he was passionate about representing people in the bush and fears the voices of remote Aboriginal electors in Namatjira will be drowned out by their urban counterparts if the boundary changes go ahead. The redistribution is not yet finalised and I will make a decision regarding my political future when this is completed, he said. But my passion is in the bush, working with people in remote communities and businesses to represent their interests and aspirations. Residents in our major towns and centres already have a strong voice in our political system. The committee has also proposed changing the name of the seat of Nhulunbuy, held by independent Mark Guyula, to Mulka while the seat of Stuart, held by independent Scott McConnell, will become Gwoja. Paech set to switch seats if boundary redistribution bid fails MEMBER for Namatjira Chansey Paech is considering switching seats and running for Stuart in next years NT election if his objections are ignored in the electoral bound NATASHA EMECK Amy Shark is bringing her voice and show to Darwin later this year as part of her regional tour Picture: SUPPLIED COCAINE seizures in the Northern Territory have increased by 200 per cent, according to figures released today in the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commissions illicit drug report. Authorities seized 969g of the drug in the 2017-18 financial year compared to 323g the previous financial year. The Commissions Illicit Drug Data Report 2017-18 revealed 856 people were arrested in the NT for providing or consuming drugs in 2017-18, with another 675 people issued drug infringement notices. The report shows a record 30.6 tonnes of illicit drugs were seized nationally, with methylamphetamine remaining one of the most consumed and seized illicit drugs in Australia. In the NT, amphetaminetype stimulants (ATS) a group of stimulants which includes MDMA and meth remained a key problem. In total, 217 ATS arrests were made in the NT in 2017-18 64 fewer than the previous year. Overall, fewer ATS drug seizures were made in the NT same time period down from 543 to 444. However, the amount of ATS seized increased 34 per Cocaine seizures tripled cent from 5231g in 2016-17 to 7014g in 2017-18. ACIC chief executive Michael Phelan said the estimated street value of the weight of amphetamines, MDMA, cocaine and heroin seized nationally in 2017-18 was nearly $5 billion. Illicit drug use cannot be addressed by law enforcement alone, a multifaceted approach is needed, Mr Phelan said. We know serious and organised crime groups continue to generate significant profits from the sale of illicit substances, with the price paid for illicit drugs in Australia among the highest in the world. In the Territory, 1922 cannabis busts were made in 2017-18, with 163.7kg taken off the streets. In 2017-18, 507 people were arrested in the NT for cannabis-related offences and another 675 people were issued drug infringement notices. No arrests were made in the Territory in 2017-18 for heroinrelated offences although 1g was seized. According to ACICs National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program, the NT has the highest average capital city consumption of MDA and the second highest average capital city consumption of MDMA nationally. LAUREN ROBERTS Health Reporter POP star Amy Shark will bring her music to Darwin later this year as part of her Australian regional tour. Shark has added Darwin to her regional tour, which takes place in October and covers towns that she feels may have been neglected in the past. Ive had song requests from kids and parents wanting me to play in these towns, she said. Its really important to the country and everyone who has really supported me. I think its time to take this show to them and give back. Songs from Sharks whole catalogue will be played with some serious bangers for the whole audience to enjoy. I love telling stories about what the songs are about. Sometimes I get a little lost talking, I just love connecting with the crowd, she said. Shark plays the Darwin Entertainment Centre on Friday, October 25. Amy ready to give back to her Darwin fans NATHANIEL CHAMBERS Be eager in your desires but humbly patient in their accomplishment Mary MacKillop 1867 DIVERSE MIDDLE AND SENIOR Years CURRICULUM HIGH QUALITY VET COURSES STRONG COMMUNITY AND UNIVERSITY CONNECTIONS excellent TEACHERS STATE-OF-THE-ART Facilities A STRUCTURED YEAR 7-12 LEARNING JOURNEY THE COURAGE TO SUCCEED Enrol Now! 8930 5708 mackillopnt.catholic.edu.au /mackillopnt Tourism App Development Team, 2019
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