Bushranger

Sunday Territorian - - NEWS -

Some­thing fishy

BUSHIE can’t help but think that some on the Ama­teur Fish­ing As­so­ci­a­tion of the NT were not too happy with former ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Tris­tan Sloan for jump­ing ship straight af­ter the Ter­ri­tory elec­tion to work for Fish­eries Min­is­ter Ken Vowles. At their re­cent AGM, when wel­com­ing the new CEO David Ciar­avolo, a com­mit­tee mem­ber said some­thing like this: “I’d like to thank Tris­tan for his ef­forts and wish him well, wher­ever he has gone.” Awk­wardly, both Tris­tan and Ken were stand­ing just me­tres away.

Let’s vote on that

JUST to rub salt into the wound, AFANT pres­i­dent Warren de With told Mr Ciar­avolo he would be ex­pected to stay in the job for at least five years, tak­ing his ap­point­ment past the four-year elec­tion cy­cle.

Some­thing else fishy

A TICKED off Ter­ri­tory fisho alerted Bushranger re­cently to a fla­grant dis­re­gard of boat ramp eti­quette. Seems a hap­less south­erner de­cided the best place to fil­let his catch was in the mid­dle of the Dundee Beach boat ramp, caus­ing havoc as other boat­ies tried to launch around him. His South Aus­tralian num­ber­plates were proudly on full dis­play. The chap’s mud­crabs were sit­ting in a plas­tic tub in full sun for 20 min­utes as he faffed about. En­joy your gas­tro, mis­ter.

Jobs wanted

VIC­TIMS of Crime NT (VocNT) is on the hunt for a new ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer. The job needs some­one who can make a dif­fer­ence to the lives of those who are af­fected by crime? Given the spike in crime this year it could be the busiest gig in town. Bushranger un­der­stands that vig­i­lantes need not apply.

Dirty money

A MAN was put on a good be­hav­iour bond and warned to “wake up” to him­self af­ter he wiped a $100 note on his bum and threw it at his mis­sus in a fight over money. Dar­win Lo­cal Court Judge Greg Ca­vanagh told the man not to come back to court for some­thing “so out­ra­geous”.

Tales from the out­back

THE Ter­ri­tory’s out­back folk­lore has been de­fined by two tragic sto­ries which have cap­tured in­ter­na­tional at­ten­tion. One of which was reignited with the de­liv­ery of an anony­mous let­ter to the NT News of­fices claim­ing new de­tails about the mur­der of Peter Fal­co­nio. The sec­ond story is the dis­ap­pear­ance of Azaria Cham­ber­lain. A Dar­win cou­ple hol­i­day­ing on the Malaysian is­land of Langkawi were sur­prised when a tour guide claimed din­goes were preva­lent in Malaysia. The guide, aware of the Dar­win cou­ple’s pres­ence, then re-told the Azaria story. Tourists from Ger­many, Lon­don, Scan­di­navia and Hong Kong all re­called the story nearly 40 years on.

How not to get bail

A GRUMPY young fella turned up to Dar­win Lo­cal Court this week hop­ing his girl­friend would get bail to come home for a while be­fore check­ing into re­hab. Judge Michael Carey was hav­ing none of it. The young fella then stood up and de­clared “this sys­tem is f***ed”. He then tried to pull open the court­room exit (clearly marked “PUSH”) be­fore kick­ing the door and scream­ing more pro­fan­i­ties. “Any chance she had of get­ting bail to live with him just dis­ap­peared,” Mr Carey told bar­ris­ter Lyma Nguyen.

All the mod cons

IT was a week of ex­pen­sive an­i­mals this week, with mul­ti­ple prop­er­ties up for sale fea­tur­ing a pet. A goat from Herbert gained a new fam­ily as his Daniels Cct home went un­der con­tract, while 16-year-old Jaws the croc is look­ing for a new lov­ing mum or dad in Gir­raween. Just maybe don’t try to kiss him good­night.

Fit to print

PALMER­STON Al­der­man An­drew Byrne wasn’t happy with NT News at last week’s coun­cil meet­ing. Byrne, when speak­ing about a se­ries of leaked emails from coun­cil staff about a con­tro­ver­sial cafe lease deal, ges­tured to scribe Lau­ren Roberts in the press gallery. “I know we have the NT News here, but I am loathe to take them as the gospel of truth,” he said.

“That woman”

NEW-ISH So­lic­i­tor-Gen­eral So­nia Brown­hill is nor­mally af­forded the ti­tle Madame So­lic­i­tor when ap­pear­ing in court. This week, Ms Brown­hill fi­nally got to cross ex­am­ine Dy­lan Voller. The ABC view­ers of Twit­ter erupted, and they were not happy that Ms Brown­hill was, you know, ac­tu­ally ask­ing probing ques­tions of Voller. For­mal­i­ties were not en­tirely dis­pensed with, but the tweet­ers pre­ferred the ti­tle “That woman Brown­hill”. For the record, Bushranger has seen Madame So­lic­i­tor in full flight, and reck­ons she was tak­ing it easy on Voller.

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