Two-minute read: The biggest stories that made news

by | Nov 29, 2020 | News | 0 comments

In case you missed it, here’s a two-minute rundown of this week’s top stories in the Territory: From NT Police’s leaked internal memo instructing officers to lie to the public about staffing shortages; to authorities mum on the bloody Casuarina Square stabbing incident; to Territorians being billed for Chief Minister Michael Gunner’s Sydney flight re-booking penalty fees and limo costs; to Zachary Rolfe’s legal team appealing to move his murder trial to Darwin; and to the NT’s COVID-19 contact tracing Quick Response (QR) check-in made mandatory on Monday.

 

‘Just explain it’s a busy shift’: Officers in Darwin division told to mislead the public over staffing shortage

An internal police memo instructing officers in the Darwin division to mislead the public when they are the only van on duty and offer only the “minimum response” has further exposed a police force “near breaking point”, the NT Police Association has said.

The email to officers, which was sent by a superintendent and viewed by the NT Independent, states that the officers in charge are “cognisant of the stressors placed on people when staffing falls below the desired two to three vans”, but that if they find themselves as the only van on call they should not reveal the truth about the staffing shortage to the public.

Read the full story here.

Police quiet on double stabbing in Casuarina car park

NT Police have refused to disclose details of a troubling incident involving two people being stabbed in a car park near the Casuarina Square Shopping Centre, before they were chased into a nearby bottleshop where the offender allegedly attempted to stab them again.

A source provided information about the stabbings to the NT Independent, saying the pair were initially stabbed with a broken bottle in the car park at the back of Woolworths closer to the Casuarina All Sports Club, on Tuesday night, before the victims were chased across the car park into the club bottleshop.

Read the full story here.

New details of Gunner’s secret night in Sydney reveal flight change fees, limo costs billed to taxpayers

Newly released internal documents show Chief Minister Michael Gunner’s taxpayer-funded trip to Hawaii in 2017 – that included an overnight stay in Sydney to meet a high-priced tailor for his wedding suit – was extended just two weeks before the official trip occurred with re-booking penalty fees covered by Territorians.

The Office of the Chief Minister released the more complete travel records on Monday, 10 days after the NT Independent first reported on the mysterious trip, and three months after a Freedom of Information application for all documents related to the official travel was first filed.

Read the full story here.

Zachary Rolfe’s lawyer seeks to move murder trial to Darwin

An application to have Constable Zachary Rolfe’s murder trial moved to Darwin will be heard next month, with details of the reasons for the application suppressed for now.

Rolfe is facing one count of murder for the shooting death of 19-year-old teenager Kumanjayi Walker in the remote Central Australian community of Yuendumu in November last year.

The trial will begin on July 19 and is set to run for five weeks before Acting Justice Mildren.

Read the full story here.

All you need to know about Territory QR check-in codes

The NT’s COVID-19 contact tracing Quick Response (QR) app will be launched on Monday and will require Territorians to provide their basic information in venues they attend.

The Territory Check In app is the same platform used by the ACT, which has been in use since early September and is also used by NSW and other countries, including New Zealand and South Korea.

Read the full story here.

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