The Northern Territory news Mon 16 Mar 2020
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04 NEWS MONDAY MARCH 16 2020 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Aussies offer NZ condolences FEDERAL parliamentarians from both sides of the political divide have marked the first anniversary of the Christchurch massacre in New Zealand with messages of hope to stamp out such hate attacks. A total of 51 men, women and children were slain at two mosques a year ago. An Australian man is before the courts charged with these murders. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Australia stands in unity and solidarity with New Zealand on the anniversary of the horrific terrorist attacks. Spare thought for Syria crisis AS the worlds focus remains on coronavirus, childrens advocate group Save the Children has asked people not to overlook the war in Syria which has now been fought for nine years. It says the humanitarian situation remains on a knifes edge following attacks in recent months that have forced 970,000 people to flee their homes, including half a million children. Save the Children Australia CEO Paul Ronalds said the world cannot overlook the suffering in Syria. THE NT Government has confirmed hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of heavy lifting civil construction equipment remains submerged under floodwater at the Finniss River causing disruption to the $26 million Litchfield Park Road project. A Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics spokesman said equipment parked by the bank of the Finniss was claimed by the flood. The recent significant rainfalls in the Batchelor and Litchfield areas have flooded the Litchfield Park Road upgrade project and the construction site of the Lower Finniss River Bridge, he said. A number of pieces of machinery were close to the rivers edge when it flooded. The DIPL could not confirm the inventory of equipment that was lost, although the NT News understands a Machines swamped LUKE HAYES roller, several cranes and gen erators fell victim to the event. Construction started on the final 12km of Litchfield Park Road and the bridge over the Lower Finniss River last year. Local company Ostojic Group was awarded the $26 million contract in May 2019. The department spokesman said work had restarted where conditions allowed but did not respond to how the incident might affect the timeline for the delivery of the project. The floodwaters have been slowly receding since the river peaked on February 27, he said. The water levels have fallen sufficiently for works to continue north of the river as planned. South of the river is a low-lying area that can remain flooded for extended periods. The equipment is still sitting in water. The spokesman said contractors were waiting for the level to fall further before attempting to retrieve the machines. Pool latest target of vandals PALMERSTONS crime spree continued into the suburbs over the weekend, with the pool in Moulden broken into. Palmerston Mayor Athina Pascoe-Bell said the Palmerston Swimming and Fitness centre was the latest facility to be vandalised, with equipment and seating thrown into the pool Last night Councils Palmerston Swimming and Fitness Centre was broken into and vandalised, she said. We do not tolerate this behaviour in our community and will be working with NT Police to assist their efforts where possible. Lifeguards and staff spent yesterday morning scouring the pool for objects, before it was opened to the public yesterday afternoon. Palmerstons pool had to be shut down to allow for a clean-up following the break-in The Australian Government is offering a Superannuation Guarantee Amnesty to employers to apply for and pay any past unpaid super by 7 September 2020. The SG Amnesty Is a one-off amnesty providing reduced penalties and fees to encourage employers to disclose historical non-compliance with their superannuation guarantee (SG) obligations and pay any SG charge imposed in relation to this disclosure; and Allows employers to claim deductions for payments of SG charge and contributions made to offset the SG charge made in the amnesty period. What is the amnesty period? The amnesty period commences on 6 March 2020 and ends 7 September 2020. How do employers qualify under the amnesty? the employer discloses for the first time to the Commissioner information that relates to the SG shortfall; the Commissioner has not, at any time before the disclosure, informed the employer that the Commissioner is examining, or intends to examine, the employers compliance with an obligation to pay SG charge for the quarter; and the employer has not been disqualified from the concessional treatment under the amnesty. Disclosure of the SG shortfall Disclosure of the SG shortfall to the Commissioner must be in the approved SG Amnesty form. This is expected to include an SG statement. Employers who want to apply: visit www.ato.gov.au/sgamnesty NOTICE to Employers Superannuation Guarantee Amnesty is now available On 24 February 2020 the Treasury Laws Amendment (Recovering Unpaid Superannuation) Bill 2019 was passed by the Parliament. This bill allows employers to come forward without penalty and pay these outstanding amounts to the ATO. Authorised by the Australian Government, Canberra.
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