The Northern Territory news Mon 8 Nov 2021
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06 NEWS MONDAY NOVEMBER 8 2021 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 POLICE have thrown the book at self-styled freedom protesters involved in weekend rallies against mandatory workplace vaccinations. Police say nine people were charged with riotous behaviour after the protests in Darwin on Saturday. Police were conducting chief health officer compliance checks at the intersection of Goyder and East Point roads when clashes between the protesters and officers occurred. Seven people were charged at the scene and another two handed themselves in to police. Charges include aggravated assault, assault police, riotous behaviour and failing to abide by CHO directives. Superintendent Daniel Shean said the behaviour of some protesters was disgraceful. Our officers have had chemicals, rocks and punches thrown at them in the course of enforcing the CHO directions, Supt Shean said. These directions are designed to keep the community safe and officers should be able to go about their duties safely. Katherine detectives have also charged a 46-year-old man after he breached biosecurity checkpoints in Darwin and Katherine on Saturday. The man was charged with contravening an emergency declaration, driving a vehicle in a dangerous manner and resisting police. He was remanded to appear in Katherine Local Court on Monday. POLICE LAY CHARGES AGAINST PROTESTERS Remote vax strategy an urgent need ABORIGINAL leaders have called for a renewed Covid-19 vaccination strategy that engages and empowers their community leaders. The calls come amid rising concerns in the Territory after cases of community transmission in the Top End. Larrakia Aboriginal Corporation chief executive Nigel Browne was one of more than 20 Indigenous leaders across Australia to petition the Morrison government for an improved First Nations people vaccination strategy. Mr Browne said the government should have engaged Aboriginal Elders and leaders in community to drive vaccination rates long before now. It is called talking to people, it is not a magical mystical tool when it comes to Aboriginal people. Everyone in these communities wants the same as anyone else, he said. There is great capacity in our communities. What has historically not worked and continues to not work is governments walking in thinking they know best. Despite the governments lack of cultural engagement, Aboriginal Health Services are beginning to see progress in some remote communities. In October Miwatj Health Aboriginal Corporation recorded 60 per cent vaccination coverage for East Arnhem and the NT News understands when Elders promoted vaccination community rates increased. The use of social media to disseminate messages has become the cornerstone of Aboriginal Health Services Facebook and Instagram feeds for the last month, which Mr Browne said is about getting the information out to people in a way they are likely to engage with. This weekend Danila Dilba delivered more than 400 vaccinations at clinics in Palmerston and Darwin, which the organisation hopes to replicate with a mass vaccination day on Wednesday. But Mr Browne said communities had been left to fend for themselves and time had come for the government to support Aboriginal Health Services by providing more resources, and information. People are jumping up and down about segregation and discrimination because of a vaccine mandate, but what about our remote brothers and sisters who will have to deal with something that could cause a lot of grief? The letter sent to the Prime Minister last month called out both state and federal government complacency in delivering vaccinations to communities. The Northern Territory remote community vaccination rates currently sits at 55 per cent double dosed but is as low as 18 per cent in Barkly. AMANDA PARKINSON Morris Whisputt logs in to receive his second vaccine with Danila Dilbas customer service officer Jeremy Tomkins. Picture: Julianne Osborne FIND OUT MORE AT POSITIVEENERGY.GOV.AU Authorised by the Australian Government, Canberra. HAPPY DAYS. AUSTRALIAS DIRECTING 20 BILLION INTO CLEAN TECH. We're developing a new clean hydrogen indu stry - to create jobs and help lower emissions! CLEAN TECH. s Australian Government AUSTRALIA'S MAKING PSITIVE ENERGY