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The Northern Territory news Fri 14 Jun 2013



The Northern Territory news Fri 14 Jun 2013

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

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14 NT NEWS. Friday, June 14, 2013. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 1 4 -J U N -2 0 1 3 P A G E : 1 4 C O L O R : C M Y K RENOVATION SALE Cnr Cavanagh St & Knuckey St www.attitudeformen.com.au Until selected stock runs out SELECTED STOCK MUST GO TO MAKE ROOM FOR RENOVATION. UP TO % OFF50 NATION l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l ntnews.com.au Stripper brings back sex abuse memories SYDNEY: It was supposed to be a fun surprise a male stripper for Kimberly Harringtons 30th birthday. But the risque, yet innocent, gesture organised by her friends brought it all flooding back for her. Back to when she was a little girl playing with her toys in the back garden and the next-door neighbour would lift her over the fence and take her into the garage for what he said was their special game. She was so young that she cant remember when the sexual assaults started but she can recall exactly when they stopped: the day her parents moved house when she was just six and a half years old. Now a mother herself, Ms Harrington, 30, wants to tell her story because she wants judges who sentence child sex offenders to realise that just because it happened as a child, it doesnt mean you ever forget. The memories only get worse and the coping even tougher. She is backing The Sunday Telegraph and The Daily Telegraphs campaign for mandatory minimum sentences for child sex offences, to bring sentencing into line with what the public thinks is appropriate. The campaign was sparked by community outrage after it was revealed judges were giving child sex offenders shorter sentences than financial criminals some of them getting off with good behaviour bonds and no conviction recorded against their names. Ms Harrington said the shockingly low sentences deterred victims from reporting sexual assaults. People just see that there is no point in putting themselves through going to court, she said. Ms Harrington said she froze when the stripper arrived at her birthday party. Her former neighbour denied sexually assaulting her. One drop of Robert Morris blood is rarer than a sapphire and more valuable than a bottle of gin. The retired racetrack manager from Sydney is the only donor in Australia with the rare Bombay blood type and one of just five donors in the world. Named after the Indian city where it was discovered by accident more than 50 years ago, the rare genotype is neither A, B, AB nor O. Using the wrong blood type in a transfusion can be deadly. Mr Morris blood has been exported all over the world, helping people such as a small child survive a life-threatening disease in Indonesia and another boy in Metz, Germany, who had thalassaemia and required a bone-marrow transplant to change his blood type or be consigned to a lifetime of bimonthly Bombay blood transfusions. If I went to America Id get paid for it, Id be able to name my price, Mr Morris said. The Australian Red Cross Blood Service is today urging people of all ethnic backgrounds to commemorate the 10th anniversary of World Donor Day Picture: MARK SCOTT HUNTFORMACKAY SYDNEY: Police hold hopes of finding the remains of anti-drugs campaigner Donald Mackay but are realistic in acknowledging that the latest search may turn up nothing. Forensics officers, unsolved homicide detectives and the AFP are digging a 30m by 50m area of farmland outside Hay, in the Riverina region of New SouthWales. WACUTTING JOBS PERTH: The loss of more than 1000 jobs from Western Australias public sector follows a national pattern of Liberal government job cuts, Prime Minister Julia Gillard says. Jobs are set to be lost in West Australian schools, hospitals and police stations, as Premier Colin Barnett announced voluntary and involuntary redundancies could save up $2 billion in the next four years. THREEYEARSGONE MELBOURNE: The release of an asylum seeker family from detention after being deemed a security risk for three years proves that authorities have been getting it wrong, refugee advocates say. The Rahavan family enjoyed their first full day of freedom yesterday after the Government signed off on their release from Sydneys Villawood detention centre. The refugee family of five had fled Sri Lanka but were given a negative security watchdog assessment and held indefinitely with no visa or right to appeal. The ASIO decision was only overturned this week after a Government-ordered independent review examined the familys case. ARNIE LENDSHAND CANBERRA: Prime Minister Julia Gillard has enlisted the Terminator in her battle to convince voters of themerits of Labors carbon price. Ms Gillard met film star and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in Perth yesterday, after the pair penned a joint article on climate change. The meeting came as polling showed the Coalition appeared to be on track to seize at least 35 Labor seats at the September 14 election, with an Abbott governments first priority being the abolition of the carbon tax.

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