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The Centralian Advocate Fri 26 Mar 2021



The Centralian Advocate Fri 26 Mar 2021


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FRIDAY MARCH 26 2021 NEWS 07 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA THE NT Motor Accidents Commission (MAC) is suing the organisers of Alice Springs Red Centre NATS in the Supreme Court after several spectators were burnt at the event in 2017. In a writ filed with the court, the MAC claims Car Festivals Pty Ltd and the governmentowned NT Major Events Company were aware of the risk of a fire that ultimately injured 14 people on September 3. The defendants owed duty of care to the spectators to minimise the risk of harm to them from fire during the burnout competition, the document reads. The defendants breached their duty of care to the spectators by permitting the spectators to view the burnout competition in close proximity to the burnout pad in the absence of a fence or barrier to contain any fire caused by motor vehicle to the burnout pad and/or prevent such a fire from entering the designated area,. The MAC pays compensation to Territorians injured in motor vehicle accidents and is seeking reimbursement for the injured spectators medical bills, which already stretch into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. In 2019, NT WorkSafe accepted enforceable undertakings from both defendants to make safety improvements to the tune of $1.2m following the fire. A formal defence from either of the organisers is yet to be filed with the court. Centralian car event organisers being sued JASON WALLS THE Territory government is yet to decide whether to issue refunds to thousands of Darwin and Palmerston drivers who were potentially unlawfully fined for speeding. Local Court judge Tanya Fong Lim this week threw out two speeding charges after ruling the police speed cameras used to detect the alleged offences hadnt been properly tested. Yesterday, Attorney-General Selena Uibo said the government was yet to seek advice on what action if any it would take as a result of the ruling. The Northern Territory government needs to seek advice on the implications of this court decision and what actions if any may be required, Ms Uibo said. Speaking outside court after the case against Tania Laurencont was dismissed on Wednesday, her lawyer, Ray Murphy, said any other outstanding fines would now be contestable on the same basis as Ms Laurenconts. In relation to fines that have already been paid, Im not too sure (but) there may very well be an action available, for unjust enrichment, against the government, he said. During question time, Police Minister Nicole Manison also said the government was considering the implications of Ms Fong Lims decision and what actions may need to be taken if required. It is something that we are having a look at to see the implications of what has occurred there in the courts and it will be something certainly that well be coming back to this parliament and to the public with, with more advice in relation to it, she said. Questions have certainly been raised but this is a matter that has popped up, that is still being looked into, which occurs from time to time within government. We have all sorts of measures that go before the courts that have implications for governments and then they have to be taken back and seriously considered. NT Police Commander Travis Wurst said police were reviewing the potential impact of the decision. As soon as we were aware of the issue we took steps to ensure the accuracy of future tests, he said. Jury out if fines will be binned JASON WALLS Moses Wigness Jr was saved by the transport incubator. Picture: Katrina Bridgeford WHEN Darwin baby Moses Wigness Jr was born, his parents joy quickly turned to fear when he was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect. But once he was flown to Melbourne in a transport incubator, donated to Royal Darwin Hospital by supporters of the Humpty Dumpty Foundation, he was able to undergo heart surgery that has successfully cured his condition. On Wednesday, the almost two-year-old joined 22 other NT children who have benefited from the transport incubator, and their families, at a morning tea to celebrate the machines life-changing impact. Moses Jrs mother Charmaine Ryan said she was deeply grateful for how the machine had helped her son. It really is something else to see my son running around, as mischievous as he is. Im so blessed hes able to do that, she said. The Great Humpty Ball is on tomorrow night. ALICIA PERERA GENEROSITY SAVED MOSES Donate now to the NSW Floods Appeal at participating Post Offices Your donation will help Australian Red Cross support communities in NSW impacted by the floods. When you make a donation to Australian Red Cross Society at participating Australia Post outlets (Australia Post (ABN 28 864 970 579) 111 Bourke Street Melbourne VIC 3000 auspost.com.au), 100% of your donation is received by Australian Red Cross Society for the NSW Floods Appeal (ABN 50 169 561 394) 23-47 Villiers Street, North Melbourne VIC 3051. Redcross.org.au. Australia Posts campaign commences on 24 March 2021 and concludes 11 April 2021 unless the Appeal closes earlier. + Australian Red Cross

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