Two minute read: The biggest stories that made news

by | Jul 12, 2020 | News | 0 comments

In case you haven’t heard, there’s a fresh case of NT COVID-19; Victorians won’t be forced into supervised quarantine until July 17; a constitutional expert proves Government border claim wrong, and the Government claims Tropical Light exhibition gets more visitors than the V8 Supercars. That and more in just two minutes of reading.

New case of coronavirus confirmed in the Northern Territory

The Northern Territory has recorded another case of coronavirus – this time in a US marine, Health Minister Natasha Fyles has said.

The 21-year-old man on deployment to Darwin had been in quarantine since arriving here on Wednesday at Robertson Barracks.

Ms Fyles said the man arrived on a charter flight at the Darwin airport and was not on a commercial flight.

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Victorians not forced into supervised quarantine until July 17

An undisclosed number of potentially infected coronavirus carriers from Victoria have come into the NT for weeks, with supervised quarantine not being enforced until next Friday, Chief Minister Michael Gunner has confirmed.

Mr Gunner announced on Wednesday morning that anyone coming from Victoria as of July 17 will be put into forced supervised quarantine – but that means people coming in until that date who may have had contact with the massive Melbourne COVID-19 outbreak are being permitted to designate their own place of quarantine.

In the last week alone, 19 people have been fined for breaching self-quarantine orders in the NT.

One new COVID-19 case in Darwin was detected last week in a man who had spent time in Melbourne and is now being treated at Royal Darwin Hospital.

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Gunner Government misleading Territorians on closing borders to Victoria

The Gunner Government’s claim that they have no legal jurisdiction to turn Victoria residents away from the NT’s borders is not true, one of the country’s leading constitutional law experts has told the NT Independent.

Faced with growing criticism over why potential coronavirus carriers from COVID-19 ravaged Victoria were permitted to enter the NT for weeks under self-quarantine orders, the government told another media outlet they could not legally turn Victorians away due to the constitutional restraints of being a territory.

But George Williams, a leading constitutional expert and the dean of law at UNSW, said the NT Self Government Act permits the Northern Territory to act as a state, especially in situations regarding public health.

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Fracking not the solution: Energy financial experts dispute Liveris’ claims

The onshore gas industry will not fix the Northern Territory’s failing economy and continuing to subsidise it will hinder the post-pandemic economic rebuild, energy industry financial experts warn.

The comments come in direct response to remarks by former Dow Chemical CEO and head of the NT Economic Reconstruction Commission, Andrew Liveris, who said the NT’s future was dependent on fracking to lift it from rags to riches.

“It’s frustratingly short-sighted and not the answer,” said Tim Buckley, the director of Energy Finance Studies with the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis.

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CLP pledge new NT manufacturing industry led by gas development despite global down turn

The CLP has pledged to fast-track the development of a Middle Arm “industrial complex” to facilitate a new NT manufacturing industry, which it says will be created after ramping up fracking operations in the Northern Territory, despite a massive global downturn in gas development.

CLP leader Lia Finocchiaro announced the industrial complex proposal on Tuesday, a day after re-committing that a CLP government would grow the onshore gas industry through focusing on fracking the Beetaloo Basin.

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Tropical Light attracts more visitors than V8 Supercars: Major Events

Over 46,000 people came to Darwin to see Bruce Munro’s Tropical Light exhibition, the NT Government claims – more than four times the number who came to the V8 Supercars at the event’s peak.

The “conservative” figures were based on a methodology that saw visitors counted by event volunteers, except over Christmas and when it was raining.

“Northern Territory Major Events Company acknowledges this is a conservative figure as volunteers did not record visits when there was adverse weather conditions that prohibited it,” the government company said in a public statement.

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