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The Northern Territory news Tue 16 Mar 2021



The Northern Territory news Tue 16 Mar 2021

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

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TUESDAY MARCH 16 2021 NEWS 05 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA THE top boss of the nations central bank believes investment in technology and data will be crucial to Australias economic revival from the coronavirus pandemic. Reserve Bank of Australia governor Philip Lowe said investment in digital infrastructure was vital for the nation to take full advantage of the upswing out of COVID-19, which has accelerated the shift to online business. Dr Lowe referred to the value of data as the new oil of the 21st century, with funding in IT and data science one of the key measures to ensure Australias economy remains robust. He said digital technology was a key area the central bank believed would help the nations recovery, with techbased jobs set to lower the unemployment level that stand at 6.4 per cent. Investing in data and our digital capability are critical to our future prosperity, Dr Lowe said in Melbourne. These investments allow better decision making and a faster response to the changes in our economy and society. The RBA also revealed it was looking into the possibility of a digital Australian currency for the future. The RBA is conducting research on the technologies and policy implications of a potential wholesale central bank digital currency, Dr Lowe said. Data investment key to recovery: Lowe GERARD COCKBURN PORTER SUES ABC CHRISTIAN Porter has launched a defamation case against the ABC and Four Corners journalist Louise Milligan, confirming he will go under oath to deny a historical rape allegation they aired. The broadcaster published the claim that a Morrison government minister raped a 16-year-old in 1988, when he was 17, an allegation he vigorously denied. Milligan broke the news of an anonymous letter outlining the claims, had been sent to the Prime Minister, Labors Penny Wong and Greens Sarah-Hanson-Young. Christian Porter Angry Karama mum Rayleen Bain speaks out yesterday after it was revealed a three-year-old boy had been allegedly raped in his front yard. Last month, police failed to respond to questions asking how many people had paid their COVID-19 infringements, how many fines were overdue and whether debt collection actions would be taken. Police media were given three days to respond to the query from the NT News. They have never responded. A 61-year-old male police officer was dismissed in June 2020 from the Northern Territory Police Force after being suspended from duty without pay in April for serious breaches. Police failed to mention it was the cop who had produced offensive t-shirts or what the serious breaches of discipline pursuant to the Police Administration Act 1978 were. NT Police defended its decision not to publicise the fact one of its officers had been charged with rape, instead releasing a statement on October 1, 2020 saying a police officer had been charged with a number of offences. An NT Police officer was charged with two counts of aggravated assault with police notifying the public on January 11. The 35-year-old man received police bail and was suspended with pay. The release did not say when he was arrested or when the alleged assault took place. A KARAMA parent has slammed NT Police for taking four days to release details of an alleged serious sexual assault on a three-year-old child in the suburb. The boy was allegedly seriously sexually assaulted in Karama while playing in his front yard on Thursday. NT Police did not report the incident publicly until four days later. Karama mum Rayleen Bain said she was appalled that police didnt have the decency to inform the community about the alleged assault earlier. Its every parents worst nightmare for this to happen in your own backyard, Ms Bain said. Its very scary that this child was secure in his own front yard. Im appalled police neglected to tell us earlier about what was happening in our own community. There were whispers on social media on the weekend but nothing concrete from the police. We didnt know if there was someone still out there or not. Another Karama mum, who did not wish to be named, said she believed the horrific incident could have been avoided if authorities had done more to clean up the neighbourhood. Our system is failing, and our babies are falling victim, she said. Karama resident Tara Althouse described the alleged assault as simply terrifying and said she was afraid for the safety of her nieces, who also often played outside in the yard at home. Its not like kids can go to the park anymore. Its also always full of drunks, she said. After 30 years of living in this community, Ive never seen crime levels so bad. I have to drive around with a baseball bat in my car. Karama parents slam cop response NATASHA EMECK OF RAPE CLAIM dent resulting in him posing no further risk to other members of the community. Charges were laid on Friday, and the man was remanded in custody. The focus needs to be on allowing the investigation to be carried out, with the primary thought being the care and wellbeing of the child and his family. Police Minister Nicole Manison said she found the in cident extremely upsetting and defended the polices delay in making the alleged crime public. She said her thoughts were with the boy and his family. Our police do a fantastic job in some very difficult circumstance and their focus was on quickly catching the offender, supporting the victim and carrying out a thorough investigation, she said. Karama MLA Ngaree Ah Kit was also contacted for comment but was unable to make deadline for print. Opposition Leader Lia Finocchiaro flagged she was open to the idea of establishing a more permanent police presence in troubled suburbs such as Karama. I condemn, in the strongest terms, this abhorrent and sickening alleged attack, she said. Crime is so out of control across the Territory, if we increased the police presence in every suburb or community experiencing a major crime issue, wed have a police force of tens of thousands. Whether youre in Kintore or Karama, you want more police. But the reality is we dont even have the resources to staff the police stations we have. P28: EDITORIAL -your rightto -know #righttoknow