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A (very) bad bet

A DAR­WIN punter wasn’t hav­ing a good day on Mel­bourne Cup day with a string of losses and near misses, in­clud­ing Marmelo run­ning sec­ond in the Cup. Things didn’t get any bet­ter for him in the last race at Flem­ing­ton when he de­cided to play bookie when a mate in­ter­state asked him to put $100 on

Cool Pas­sion at $26. The punter thought his mate’s se­lec­tion couldn’t win so he kept the $100 and didn’t put the bet on. Of course, Cool Pas­sion saluted and the punter now owes his mate $2600. Ouch!

Fake news

AC­CU­RACY and proof­ing work prop­erly is a fo­cus of all in the jour­nal­ism in­dus­try but or­gan­is­ers of the Me­dia Awards were left a lit­tle red-faced when they sent out their in­vite to the yearly awards night for next Satur­day night. In­dus­try stake­hold­ers were told to hurry up and book their NT Meida Awards tick­ets. Oops.

Don’t leave, Chief

A SHUD­DER must run through La­bor cab­i­net min­is­ters ev­ery time Chief Min­is­ter Mi

chael Gun­ner heads over­seas. When po­ten­tial bad news for the gov­ern­ment drops the Chief has been over­seas on of­fi­cial du­ties and away from scru­tiny on a cou­ple of oc­ca­sions, leav­ing his party col­leagues to face the pub­lic’s wrath. Mr Gun­ner was in Hawaii for the Ten­nant Creek child pro­tec­tion cri­sis and ear­lier this week he was in Ja­pan when the Don Dale riot erupted.

Open ex­clu­sive

A FEW raised eye­brows through­out the Top End me­dia in­dus­try again in re­la­tion to the re­port­ing of the Don Dale De­ten­tion Cen

tre ri­ots and Chan­nel 9’s in­dul­gent use of the term “ex­clu­sive” which it splashed all over its footage for both its lo­cal and na­tional bul­letins. It ap­pears hav­ing Sky News (whose re­porter, Matt Cun­ning­ham, held a 24hour vigil at the cen­tre), ex­ten­sive cov­er­age from the ABC and the NT News, both on­line and in print, does not fac­tor in to whether a big story is con­sid­ered “ex­clu­sive” by some these days.

Su­per Sally marches on

DAR­WIN en­tre­pre­neur Sally Illing­worth is ab­so­lutely ev­ery­where on the pro­fes­sional so­cial net­work­ing site, Linkedin. Bushie has writ­ten about Sally be­fore and now she’s gar­nered nearly 35,000 fol­low­ers. The en­ergy she shows with her video con­tent is sec­ond to none and it’s great to have some­one from Dar­win who has fans from all around the world. All Bushie asks Sally is to pro­mote Dar­win and the North­ern Ter­ri­tory a lit­tle bit more. We need the pop­u­la­tion and now she’s a bona fide so­cial me­dia in­flu­encer she could be one of our se­cret weapons, es­pe­cially now with in­cen­tives be­com­ing avail­able for peo­ple who move to the North­ern Ter­ri­tory.

Farewell to the only GM

SHE’S one of the Ter­ri­tory’s best spin doc­tors and an ab­so­lute fash­ion­ista but now CLP me­dia ad­viser Ge­orgina Mur­phy has booked her last flight out of the Ter­ri­tory. The ever-on-the-ball pro­fes­sional, who also cel­e­brated her 30th birth­day this week, will be missed by jour­nal­ists and the CLP alike, as well as the many who have loaned one of her many out­fits and ac­ces­sories for an event. Bushie un­der­stands her re­place­ment, Lore

lei Fong Lim, will have big shoes to fill, and an even big­ger wardrobe. Ge­orgina will re­main the Fron­tier fash­ion colum­nist un­til she out­grows the Ter­ri­tory down in Mel­bourne.

Who you gunna call?

Chief Min­is­ter Michael Gun­ner wrote to Dar­win busi­ness own­ers this week out­lin­ing his plan to tackle anti-so­cial be­hav­iour. The let­ter in­cluded a yel­low and black sticker and a fridge mag­net that im­plores: “If you see it, re­port it” by phon­ing po­lice on their 131444 gen­eral num­ber. So ba­si­cally the key ini­tia­tive to stop­ping anti-so­cial be­hav­iour is ring po­lice? Bushie does not think this is too ground­break­ing plus the other big ques­tion is will po­lice have the re­sources to re­spond if there is an in­crease in re­ports of drunks do­ing the wrong thing?

Min­is­ter’s tough gig

ON Mon­day Fam­i­lies Min­is­ter Dale Wake

field posted on so­cial me­dia that one of the tough­est de­ci­sions she has had to make this year was se­lect­ing the win­ner for her Christ­mas Card com­pe­ti­tion. Bushie thinks sort­ing out her Ter­ri­tory Fam­i­lies port­fo­lio which over­sees the mess which cre­ated the child pro­tec­tion cri­sis in Ten­nant Creek and the cur­rent Don Dale sham­bles would be higher on the list of dif­fi­cult de­ci­sions than a Christ­mas card com­pe­ti­tion but maybe it comes down to pri­or­i­ties?

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