The Week That Was - 11 June 2021

Katie Woolf's The Week That Was panel included Minister for Health Natasha Fyles and Opposition Leader Lia Finocchiaro.


Topics covered this morning:

  • Covid Vaccine opens to everyone over 16  
  • Covid testing at Howard springs - There still seems to be a lot of concern about the changes which are being implemented at Howard Springs. Cath Hatcher, the Branch Secretary of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation, was calling for the use of the PCR Saliva tests happening daily to be halted and the recommencement of  the Rapid Antigen Test nasal swab at Howard Springs. 
  • Water testing - NT Health has commenced a Covid-19 wastewater testing system across 10 Top End locations, as “a further surveillance system” to complement existing pathology-based Covid-19 testing for individuals.
  • NT Borders - NT Police have been sent to the Queensland/Territory border with two Covid cases being
  • Crime spree spanning Darwin suburbs - Northern Territory Police have arrested and charged one youth and three men in relation to a crime series that took place earlier this week around Darwin.  Detectives from Strike Force Trident and Serious Crime arrested the 17, 18 and 19-year-old males yesterday, and another 18 year-old-male was arrested today.
  • Royal Darwin Hospital Issues - Clinicians have revealed major breaches of Covid-19 protocols at Royal Darwin Hospital that have put the public at risk of a coronavirus outbreak. 
  • Mental health bed shortage - Royal Darwin Hospital is in crisis with a lack of beds placing extraordinary pressure on the emergency department and forcing doctors to use distressing ­practices.
  • Mick Dodson - Treaty Commissioner Mick Dodson has extended his leave as the NT government tries to negotiate his resignation.
  • Lia’s lunch - Opposition Leader Lia Finocchiaro flew to Sydney for a $1000-a-head Liberal Party fundraiser on Wednesday, the NT News can reveal.

 Listen to the full chat here: