Sunday Territorian 20 Feb 2022
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Sunday February 20 2022 NEWS 11 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Silence on NT border overhaul UNVACCINATED people are free to travel into the Territory quarantinefree after a stunning U-turn by Chief Minister Michael Gunner. The embarrassing about-face was made in the form of a press release on Friday evening, with no government minister or health official fronting the media to explain the changes. Mr Gunner and chief health officers have, for months, stood by a chief health officer direction requiring arrivals into the Territory to be double vaccinated. The chief minister recently suggested mandating a third booster dose for arrivals by April. But, in a press release sent out late on Friday, the government confirmed arrivals would no longer be required to even fill out a border declaration form. NT authorities, therefore, have no way to know whether an arrival is double vaccinated or not, meaning that rule has been effectively abolished. It was still not clear whether arrivals would be banned from entering remote communities for 14 days, as had been the case prior to the removal of border entry forms. CLP health spokesman Bill Yan said the government had avoided scrutiny by announcing the changes via a press release. They had the opportunity to come out early in the day and provide an explanation, and be questioned by the media as to why theyre making those decisions, Mr Yan said. But they choose to hide in their offices, they dont want to speak to Territorians. In a statement, Mr Gunner said Omicron was now widespread and the risk from arrivals no longer outweighs the Covid-19 risk in the Territory. There were 835 cases recorded on Saturday in the NT. Of these, 736 were positive rapid antigen tests. There were 450 cases recorded in the Top End region. Hospitalisations again fell, with only 127 people in hospital. There are 18 patients requiring oxygen and two patients in intensive care. There are now 6467 known active cases across the Territory. Thomas Morgan Political reporter Jodi Brown, below, runs a business helping autistic kids such as her children, Sarah, 17 (green), Jacob, 15 (orange), Mitchell, 12 (blue) and Claire, 11 (pink) become independent. Picture: Supplied OUTSTANDING Territorians are being recognised for their small business innovations and efforts that propel Australia forward. Five Territory businesses covering a variety of industries have been announced for 2022 Telstra Best of Business Awards. Progressive NDIS provider Supporting Moo won the Outstanding Growth Award. Based in Darwin and founded by Jodi Brown, Supporting Moo helps young people on the NDIS achieve their goals and work towards their version of independence. Haasts Bluff-based Ikuntji Artists Aboriginal Corporation has been awarded with the Indigenous Excellence and Building Communities Award. Ikuntji Artists was the first art centre established by women in the Western Desert Art Movement in 1992, and serves as a cultural hub of the community, maintaining and reinforcing cultural practices through making art. Digital pioneer Bel Cooks marketing agency, Digitally Buzzed, won the Embracing Innovation Award. Territory Hands took home the Championing Health Award founded by Beth Taylor, Territory Hands occupational therapists and physiotherapists specialise in hand and upper limb injury rehabilitation. FLOSS ADAMS Telstra honours our Best in the Business ADVERTISEMENT We can never trust the Liberals, Labour or Greens Again! Authorised by: Clive Palmer, United Australia Party, Level 17, 240 Queen Street, Brisbane 4000 UAP13489NT Watch Clive Palmers speech live from the Press Club on Sky News, Tuesday, 22 February at 11.00am
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