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The Northern Territory news Sat 31 Jul 2021



The Northern Territory news Sat 31 Jul 2021

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NT news


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

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News Corp Australia

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04 NEWS SATURDAY JULY 31 2021 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 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...........................18 Your say..........................18 World .............................20 Business ........................ 40 Shares.............................42 Horoscopes ................... 43 Crossword......................43 Superquiz ...................... 44 Comics............................45 Television ...................... 45 Buy Search Sell..............46 Weather ......................... 55 Sports update................53 Racing..............................21In 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 Record on electoral roll THOMAS MORGAN THE number of Territorians enrolled to vote has hit a record high of nearly 140,000, the NT Electoral Commission has revealed. There were 139,105 voters enrolled for the upcoming local government elections next month, a whopping 5000 more than before the previous elections in 2017. The result has been hailed as a good sign for democracy by Electoral Commissioner Iain Loganathan, who urged all voters to get out and cast their ballots from August 16. Mr Loganathan said Territorians not enrolled on the roll could still vote on the day, through a savings provision which allowed the casting of a declaration vote. I encourage all unenrolled Territorians who believe they are eligible to vote to attend a voting centre and cast a declaration vote, Mr Loganathan said. Inspector investigates AN Independent Commissioner Against Corruption worker who helped prepare the Darwin Turf Club grandstand report was involved in a bitter dispute with the club in the past, it can be revealed. New ICAC Commissioner Michael Riches has referred information relating to contractor Dr Robyn Smith to ICAC Inspector Bruce McClintock, who is investigating the matter. On Friday, an ICAC spokeswoman confirmed that Dr Smith was involved in supporting the former Commissioner (Ken Fleming) in the preparation of the Darwin Turf Club report. Dr Smith is contracted to provide research services to the office, she said. In light of matters raised in your correspondence, Commissioner (Michael) Riches has spoken to the ICAC Inspector, who has determined to investigate the matter further. The spokeswoman was unable to say if Dr Smith had declared a conflict of interest. Internal turf club documents reveal Dr Smith had a dispute with the club in 2013 involving accusations of deception, fraud and pro fessional misconduct after she was engaged by the club to write about its history. An email from former turf club chief executive Philip Neck to Dr Smith on March 6, 2013 stated: To date for work already completed we have paid the $10,000 and recently your invoice dated 7th January 2013 for $4545. However, your report attached to this invoice states you have researched into the 1930s meaning you have 83 years still to go !!!!! (sic) Mr Neck wrote. Dr Smith eventually replied on March 27, 2013 saying: I didnt respond to your last email because I wont dignify accusations of deception, fraud and professional misconduct with a response. I am, however, happy to meet with your chairman (Brett Dixon) to discuss the matter. Parliament is sitting at present and I am unavailable for the remainder of the business week, she wrote. Dr Smith wrote to the turf club in April 2013 acknowledging the board were disappointed that work she had promised remained incomplete and the chairman (Mr Dixon) made it clear that the committees understanding was that there would be a finished product in the order of $10,000. Both parties ultimately signed a contractual agreement in October 2013 where it was agreed Dr Smith would be paid an agreed fee of $21,640, inclusive of GST and all disbursements. The agreement stated that Dr Smith had to deliver a full manuscript of the work by no later than June 30, 2014, which she did. The NT News confirmed on Friday that Dr Smiths work was never published. Mr McClintock did not respond to a request for comment before Friday nights deadline. Dr Smith is a Conjoint Fellow at the University of Newcastle who has a PhD in political history. She has had work published by various organisations, including Charles Darwin University and the NT Independent website. Dr Smith, who previously worked for the Department of Legislative Assembly, declined to comment. The ICAC report, published last month, found Mr Dixon had engaged in corrupt conduct over the awarding of a $12m grant to the turf club, which was later built by one of the companies he partowns. Mr Dixon has launched Supreme Court action to have the report quashed. MATT CUNNINGHAM THE CHAIRMAN (BRETT DIXON) MADE IT CLEAR THAT THE COMMITTEES UNDERSTANDING WAS THAT THERE WOULD BE A FINISHED PRODUCT IN THE ORDER OF $10,000 EMAIL FROM ROBYN SMITH IN 2013 Asset Management Services (LB280) Building & Construction Supplies (LB298) Corporate Clothing, Workwear & PPE (LB306) Dry Hire Plant & Equipment (LB301) Electrical & Lighting Supplies (LB299) Engineering and Environmental Consultancy Services (BUS262) Event Equipment Hire, Venue Hire and Associated Services LB294 Event Management Services (LB292) Fire & First Aid Supplies, Equipment & Maintenance Services (LB296) Fleet Management Services (LB281) Furniture & Furnishings; Floor, Window & Specialised Coverings; Whitegoods & Appliances (LB302) General Hardware Supplies (LB293) ICT Solutions & Services (BUS274) Legal Services (BUS261) Arrangements open for tender 1st August Library Resources: Goods, Services & Associated Technologies (LB284) Marketing, Media, Print Service & Promotional (LB306) Motor Vehicles (BUS233) Sport and Recreational Facilities & Equipment (LB303) Public Facilities, Parks and Amenities (LB304) Landscape, Gardening and Arboricultural Services (LB305) Recruitment Services - Permanent Staff (LB297) Road, Water, Sewerage & Civil Works (BUS270) Stationery & Janitorial Supplies; Office Furniture; Office Machines, Equipment & Accessories (LB285) Spare Parts & Associated Services (BUS268) Tyres, Tube & Associated Services (BUS276) Tractors, Mowers & General Powered Equipment (LB282) Trailers, Tankers & Truck Bodies (LB286) LGANT in partnership with Local Buy have just undergone a huge transformation to make it easier for businesses to work with local government here in the Northern Territory. Fees have been reduced to benefit businesses of all sizes, and the chance to get on an arrangement has changed from once every 3 years, to once every 3 months! Request for tender notice! For access to tenders, go to our Public Tenders page at www.vendorpanel.com.au/local buy/tenders The gateway to NT council work for local businesses Tenders close 31st August 1:30pm in partnership with For more information Please contact LGANT Business Development 0427 965 900 sheridan.rose@lgant.asn.au