8 December 2015 - The NTCOSS report that Territorians are paying an additional $1500 for insurance since 2009 is cause for concern given the average Territory Family is also paying around an extra $2000 since the CLP increased power by 30% and Water by 40%.
“The CLP broke their promise to reduce the cost of living when they increased Power and Water costs and sold TIO, and it’s for these reasons people are leaving the Territory in record levels,” said Nicole Manison.
“In 2014 the Northern Territory lost 3500 more people to interstate migration than we gained which means we lost 3500 taxpayers which skills who were contributing to the future of our Territory.
“In actual fact, the current losses are the worst experienced in two decades.
“Record levels of people leaving the Territory places immense pressure on local business because there are 3500 fewer people who won’t be spending their hard earned cash here at local businesses and shops.
“Local business is the backbone of our Territory economy, and when local business suffers, our economy suffers.
“The fact that 3500 people fewer people have taken their future elsewhere should be a wakeup call for the CLP Government.
“The CLP’s Adam Giles has dismissed the record levels of people leaving the Territory by saying we have always lost population, but that is simply not the case and completely contrary to NT Treasury documents.
“Treasury reports show net interstate migration in the period from 2007 to 2010 was positive - the Territory gained more people from interstate than it lost.
“Territory Labor will introduce a package which induces initiatives to help ease the pain Territorians have suffered through for three and a half years of this CLP Government.”
Media Contact: Gino Luglietti 0401 119 794
8 December 2015 - Today’s announcement by the CLP Government that they will scrap the Richardson Park upgrade is a win for common sense and the community.
“This has been a debacle from day one because the CLP refused to consult and listen to the community,” Ms Manison said.
“I am very concerned that today’s decision by CLP Chief Minister, Adam Giles, was again made without even consulting with the head of Rugby League.
“It’s clear the only reason Adam Giles made this decision has come about is a desperate bid by Adam Giles to gain votes less than nine months out of an election.
“Rugby League must have certainty about their future but the CLP must ensure that this time consultation takes place with all those concerned.
“Territory Labor has been consulting with Rugby League and the community and will continue to do so to ensure Rugby League has a home. Rugby League in the Territory has a long and proud history and they deserve to be supported.
“It is interesting to see that the CLP Party has dumped David Tollner and now we see this project has also been scrapped.”
7 December 2015 - The CLP have once again failed to protect our environment for refusing to prosecute breaches to environmental development guidelines, even though they promised to do so well over a year ago to date.
In April 2014, then CLP Lands and Planning Minister, Peter Chandler, said the Development Consent Authority (DCA) would pursue a legal case against a landowner who was found to have breached their development application and cleared 4ha of native vegetation.
I cannot ask the public to have faith in the government’s planning processes if they’re not enforced when there has been a clear breach. – Then Planning Minister Peter Chandler April 2014
In contradiction to this earlier statement, on December 4 2015, the current CLP Minister for Lands and Planning, David Tollner, has instead claimed there’s no case to be made.
The DCA could not prepare a viable case to prosecute those responsible. – Office of Current Planning Minister David Tollner December 2015
“This proves the CLP can’t be trusted to keep their word and they can’t be trusted to protect our environment,” said Natasha Fyles.
“Territorians deserve to know why the CLP doesn’t think there is a case here when there is a clear breach of the rules in place to protect our environment.
“The impact of this clearing will have detrimental effects to our environment and locals who will now be subject to increased risk of flooding.
“The rules are in place for a reason, but when a Government doesn’t uphold those rules, then we must ask the question what is the point of having those rules?
“David Tollner and the CLP must explain why they believe there is no case – it is not good enough to wave the issue aside.
“We saw a very similar ‘nothing to see here’ attitude when the CLP was caught-out for not implementing a critical environmental impact statement for the port at Melville Island; instead they chose to argue that it was not a port. The CLP can’t be trusted to keep their word or protect our environment.”
Media contact: Gino Luglietti 0401 119 794
6 December 2015 - Territory Labor leader Michael Gunner today announced Paul Kirby as the Labor candidate for Port Darwin in the upcoming Territory election.
Mr Gunner said "I'm proud to announce today that long term Territorian and champion for Territory workers, Paul Kirby, will be Territory Labor’s candidate for Port Darwin in the upcoming Territory election."
“Paul and his family moved to Darwin in 1997 and settled in the Northern suburbs where his children attended local schools and participated in local sports. Paul also coached a number of sports teams and programs, including cricket and AFL.
“Paul began working as a linesman with Power and Water in 1997. He represented his workmates as their elected workplace representative until he left in 2013 to work for the Electrical Trades Union.
“In these roles, Paul has seen firsthand the damaging effects of the CLP’s dramatic power price rises. He understands the potential for further hurt for Territory families if Power and Water were to be privatized – which the CLP still refuse to rule out.
“Paul has proven experience in listening and consulting with Territorians and working with all levels of government for the best possible outcome for those he represents.
“I’m delighted to welcome Paul to our Territory Labor team as we work to hold to account the worst government in the Territory’s history.
Mr Kirby said “I’m keen to hit the ground running and speak with as many people as I can in the Darwin area to hear about the issues that matter to them.”
“There is a lot of development happening at the moment which residents of Darwin, Larrakeyah and Cullen Bay haven’t necessarily had the opportunity to comment on. I want to make sure everyone gets their voice heard.”
Media contact: Jamie Gallacher – 0419 863 803
3 December 2015 - In line with Territory Labor’s commitment to transparency and honesty, Shadow Minister for Mines and Energy, Ken Vowles, today released information and costings around his upcoming Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) trip to the United Kingdom.
Mr Vowles said he would be attending the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association’s & World Banks Parliament and Extractive Industry Revenues Workshop as the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly representative to gain further insight into the role of parliaments in extractive industries.
“Extractive industries are a big part of the Territory’s economy and Territory Labor will do all we can to make sure those industries are appropriately supported. At the same time, we will make sure we have strong regulatory frameworks to protect the Territory’s unique and pristine environments.
“Proposals to be discussed at the Workshop include how parliaments can strengthen their oversights of extractive industries, to ensure they are developed in a transparent and accountable way which benefits our Territory society,” Mr Vowles said.
“In line with Territory Labor’s policy, I have met with key Territory stakeholders to help prepare ahead of my engagement. Engaging with local stakeholders is paramount to ensuring we have as much local knowledge as possible as part of any fact finding or trade missions.”
Under CPA guidelines, travel and accommodation costs are reimbursed, equivalent to the cheapest economy class return airfare. The CPA also meets the cost of travelling allowance, accommodation and meals for the workshop, which is being held December 7 to 11 in London. There is expected to be no cost to the taxpayer for this trip.
“The Territory Labor team has committed to providing itineraries, costs and an explanation as to how overseas travel will benefit the Northern Territory," Mr Vowles said.
“On my return, I will present a report to Parliament about the visit and how the information learnt can be applied to benefit the Territory.”
Travel and accommodation paid for by the CPA include economy airfare total cost $3479 and meeting accommodation and meal costs at the venue of the Workshop.
Media Contact: Gino Luglietti 0401 119 794
2 December 2015 - Shadow Minister for Education, Nicole Manison, said that the latest Department of Education Annual Report shows some worrying trends in remote education.
According to Departmental annual reports:
“The CLP’s teacher cuts to education are negatively impacting on results education in the bush and are also impacting on indigenous employment.
“The number of assistant indigenous teachers has been reduced by 40, the number of indigenous classroom teachers has been reduced by 9 and 12 Indigenous trainee teacher positions have also gone,” Ms Manison said.
“Reducing teachers and reducing indigenous staff in schools is now showing. The CLP’s lack of a strategy and investment in Early Childhood Development is showing up in the very real decline in children attending Government subsidised pre-school.
“There is no amount of spin that can hide these results by the Education Minister,” Ms Manison said.
NAPLAN RESULTS 2012 – 2015
PERFORMANCE MEASURE - STUDENTS ACHIEVING NATIONAL MINIMUM STANDARD IN NAPLAN
WRITING – INDIGENOUS
NUMERACY - INDIGENOUS
*Note: 2012, 2013, 2014 results sourced from Annual Reports. 2015 – NAPLAN website
2 December 2015 - Territory Labor leader Michael Gunner today announced Sandra Nelson as the Labor candidate for Katherine in the upcoming Territory election.
Mr Gunner said "I'm proud to announce today that Sandra Nelson will be contesting the seat of Katherine on behalf of Territory Labor."
“Sandra and her family settled in Australia after leaving East Timor during the civil war. Sandra served as an active duty soldier and with the United Nations, and has worked in the transportation industry before moving in Katherine in 2012,
“Sandra has worked as the Executive Officer of Katherine Women’s Information and Legal Services and is a member of the Katherine YMCA board. She continues to work in the health sector, advocating on behalf of providers and consumers.
“The CLP have taken the people of Katherine for granted while they’ve been busy with their backroom leadership games. We need someone who is focused on the Katherine region.
“Throughout her career, Sandra has had a strong focus on supporting community development and I look forward to working with her as she brings this spirit of determination to representing Katherine as part of our Territory Labor team.
Ms Nelson said that if elected, she would be a positive and strong voice for the Katherine community and region.
“When I first moved to Katherine, I felt a very strong affinity for its vibrancy and diverse mix of cultures and ethnicities. I’m passionate about social justice, community development and empowerment and the environment,” said Ms Nelson.
“I want to be a strong voice for Katherine in Parliament, to stand up for the people of this beautiful town. I look forward to consulting with local residents and hearing about the issues that matter to them.”
Media contact: Jamie Gallacher – 0419 863 803
Statement - 1 December 2015
Today an arrogant and untrustworthy CLP Government was held to account by the Territory Labor Opposition.
Labor makes no apologies for standing up for Territorians by supporting their call to bring the worst Government in Territory history to an end.
Every day that the CLP remain in power the reputation of the Northern Territory is diminished and Territorians pay the price
Unfortunately, the Independent Member for Arnhem, Larissa Lee, voted with the CLP for 9 more months of the Giles Government, while the Independent Members for Goyder, Nelson and Araluen abstained from the vote.
The Independent Members for Karama and Namatjira voted in favour of no-confidence.
We will use every day between now and the next election to hold Adam Giles and the CLP to account and continue to outline our plans that show Territorians Labor is ready to govern.
29 November 2015 - Territorians won’t be fooled by Adam Giles’ desperate bid to try and make up for the betrayal of trust on cost of living three and a half years ago, said Territory Labor Leader Michael Gunner.
“It’s simply too little too late, and Adam has hurt Territorians too much for too long,” Mr Gunner said.
“The CLP broke Territorians’ trust when they increased the cost of power by 30% and water by 40% after promising Territorians they’d reduce the cost of living if elected.
“The average Territory family now pays an extra $2300 per year since the CLP broke their promise.
“For Adam Giles to expect Territorians to be grateful for a 5% drop just before an election and after three and a half years of pain is a bit of a joke and is treating Territorians like fools.
“Territorians know his latest move is nothing more than another attempt by Adam Giles to buy people's votes.
“Between now and the election Territorians can expect a desperate spending spree by the CLP from the money made by selling our TIO and our Port.
“Before the next election, my team and I will release a package which will reduce cost of living pressures Territorians face day-in and day-out.
“The CLP can’t be trusted on power prices. They can't be trusted to keep their promises. They can’t be trusted to Govern. Territory Labor is ready to Govern,” Mr Gunner said.