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The Northern Territory news Sat 28 Nov 2020

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Title

The Northern Territory news Sat 28 Nov 2020

Other title

NT news

Collection

The Northern Territory news; NewspaperNT

Date

2020-11-28

Language

English

Subject

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

Publisher name

News Corp Australia

Place of publication

Darwin

File type

application/pdf

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Copyright. Made available by the publisher under licence.

Copyright owner

News Corp Australia

License

https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/C2019C00042

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/819485

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/821051

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06 NEWS SATURDAY NOVEMBER 28 2020 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Holiday pay shock Staff at Shenannigans Holly Smith, Leanne Kristiansen and Emily Hazrati celebrate the public holiday announcement. Picture: Katrina Bridgeford THE NT governments decision to declare Boxing Day a public holiday has taken Territory hospitality venues by surprise, with the move cementing the decision of some to shut over the Christmas period due to staffing costs. Chief Minister Michael Gunner on Friday revealed the government would move to declare this Boxing Day, which falls on a Saturday, a public holiday to bring the NT in line with a majority of jurisdictions. He also announced two new grants programs to help struggling small businesses, particularly not-for-profit tourism outfits. Mr Gunner said the public holiday was about giving workers, who sacrifice their time with family during the holiday season, a fair go and to recognise that its been a tough year for them. This means workers will be paid penalty rates on Boxing Day on top of Christmas Eve evening, Christmas, and Monday, December 28. The union representing retail and hospitality staff, the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association, was quick to applaud the government on the decision. But business groups, including Hospitality NT, were surprised by the sudden announcement. Hospitality NT boss Alex Bruce said increasing costs to open over the Christmas period would result in less hours for staff and less venues open for customers. Its also expected permanent staff on fixed salaries will be the ones to cover Boxing Day shifts in a bid to save costs incurred on penalty rates. Cafes and restaurants are where the public will see the biggest impact, with many now considering staying closed between Christmas Day and Tuesday, 29th December, he said. Chamber of Commerce chief operating officer Nicole Walsh said the decision would impact business for many, and it may be the decider of whether to open or not for some. Alternative methods may be implemented to cover the increase of wages, such as a surcharge or reduced hours or service delivery, she said. The CLP was less restrained in its criticism, slamming the snap decision as a typical kneejerk move from an administration with a track record of undermining business confidence. But marketing manager Carly Balding, from Shenannigans Irish Pub, said the watering hole didnt mind paying staff a little bit extra considering their efforts this year. She said this month had been the busiest November the pub had ever experienced, with more than 150 bookings already secured for Boxing Day. Two new grants programs aimed at struggling small businesses and notfor-profit tourism organisations will open on December 15, offering one-off payments worth between $200 and $20,000 depending on the number of full-time staff employed. Conditions include the ability to demonstrate a minimum of 50 per cent reduction in turnover experienced in October 2020 compared to the same time last year and must be actively trading with an annual turnover of at least $75,000 and less than $10m. MADURA MCCORMACK Business groups lament govts Boxing Day decision Cops seek man over odd theft COPS are renewing a call for information in regards to a bizarre robbery in Parap last month. About 8.30pm on October 27 a man approached a man and woman and claimed to have been chased and needed help. The couple agreed to take him to the police station, however police reported the man then produced an edged weapon while being driven to the cop shop. The driver then stopped the car near shops and the three people jumped out of the car. The man then ran off. The man is described as being caucasian, 30-35 years old, with dark, short hair, medium build and about 180cm tall. He was wearing a black Tshirt with a large white print on the front, black shorts and carrying a small black bag. Anyone with information is urged to contact police on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Please quote reference number 9464139. JUDITH AISTHORPE Police are seeking this man. General inquiries: 8944 9900 Classifieds: 13 11 13 Business advertising: 1300 857 202 Circulation: 1800 639 700 Online: www.ntnews.com.au Editorial email: news@ntnews.com.au Other inquiries: online@ntnews.com.au Wicking ..........................38 Opinion .......................... 38 Superquiz......................40 World..............................42 Shares ............................44 Comics............................43 Television ...................... 43 Horoscopes ....................41 Sudoku............................41 Crossword ...................... 41 Buy Search Sell..............45 Weather.........................63 Sports update.................51 Racing ............................ 29In si de IndexContactsSubscribe today To see our NT News subscription offers, point your phones camera at this QR code or visit ntnews.com.au/ subscribe Commonwealth Bank of Australia ABN 48 123 123 124 AFSL and Australian credit licence 234945. 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