23 November 2015 - Department Annual Reports are highlighting a Government that is taking its eye off the ball and should be removed from office as soon as possible, according to Shadow Minister for Government Accountability Nicole Manison.
“The reports show gaps in delivery and loss of services to Territorians. Several Departments report loss of frontline jobs, reduction in services and poorer outcomes,” Ms Manison said.
“The Annual Reports of Health, Education, Corrections, Police, Children’s Commissioner and other areas all make for concerning reading.
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“The ongoing division and political crisis created by this government has provided uncertainty for business and the community.
“It is now clearly affecting the delivery of services to Territorians.
“It’s time for an election,” Ms Manison said.
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23 November 2015 - Territory Labor Leader Michael Gunner today announced a Labor Government will accept and implement all recommendations of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) on fuel prices in Territory.
“The ACCC’s recommendations will help lock in the reduced fuel prices resulting from the successful NT News, Channel 9 and Mix 104.9 FM media campaign,” Mr Gunner said.
The ACCC today has recommended:
“The success of the sustained media campaign by Channel 9, the NT News and Mix 104.9 is widely acknowledged as having driven down the price of petrol.
“Now we have an opportunity to place more downward pressure on those lower prices through the ACCC’s recommendations.
“If we can lock these prices over a long term it will be a significant ongoing benefit to Territorians,” Michael Gunner said.
22 November 2015 - Territory Labor Leader Michael Gunner today outlined a 10 point plan to create a culture of innovation in the Northern Territory.
“Nurturing creativity, encouraging collaboration and backing local innovators and entrepreneurs is the key to unlocking the Territory’s economic potential,” Mr Gunner said.
“Seizing the opportunities presented by an increasingly hi-tech global economy is crucial to creating jobs and prosperity.
“The Territory has some world class entrepreneurs and innovators across a wide range of industries and professions and I want to see a culture that celebrates them on par with our sport and artistic champions.
“Whether it’s engaging students in Arnhem Land through 3D printing or local start-up company Effusion winning global awards with its revolutionary Kinetic Manufacturing technology, a Territory Labor Government will celebrate, reward and support innovation and entrepreneurs.
Mr Gunner has tasked Shadow Minister for Information and Corporate Services, Lauren Moss, with developing policy which supports and drives innovation.
“We must back our own – both by creating a world class education system and by building and supporting local talent to prosper,” Ms Moss said.
Mr Gunner said that Territory Labor recognises how tough it is to turn innovative ideas in to thriving businesses.
“That’s why today I am announcing a package of measures aimed at nurturing and unlocking creativity, encouraging and facilitating collaboration, and doing everything we can to ameliorate the final risk associated with innovative and creative new businesses,” Mr Gunner said.
This package includes:
“The Territory must nourish an innovation ecosystem where new, creative, technology rich businesses and industries can flourish.
“We are seeking input from local innovators, businesses and creative thinkers as we refine our plans over the coming months.”
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21 November 2015 - Territory Labor leader Michael Gunner today announced Kate Worden as the Labor candidate for Sanderson.
Mr Gunner said "I'm proud to announce today that long term Territorian and champion for her local community, Kate Worden, will be Territory Labor’s candidate for Sanderson in the upcoming Territory election."
“Kate first moved to the Northern Territory in 1985 and has lived in Ngukurr and Katherine before she and her family settled in Moil.
"Kate has worked at all levels across Federal, Territory and local governments including in Mines, Education, Health, and Consumer Affairs. Kate now works for the Department of Housing overseeing complaints and compliance functions for Territory Housing tenants and, in her spare time, gives her husband Wayne a hand running his painting business.
“Kate has served on the City of Darwin for the past three years, so she’s got a lot of experience getting things done for her local constituents.
"Kate has displayed a wonderful community spirit during her time volunteering for a number of sporting and other public organisations, including the Waratah Football Club, the Pints Football Club, the Waratah Netball Club, Neighbourhood Watch and the Life Education Board.
"Adam Giles and Peter Styles have taken an axe to the jobs and services of the people of Anula, Wulagi, Wagaman and Marrara. I’m looking forward to working with Kate as we head towards the next election.”
Ms Worden said "It’s been an honour to represent my local community as an Alderman. Like everyone else, I’ve been appalled at the arrogance of the CLP and their disregard for community feedback. Now it’s time to get involved and ensure the community is being listened to and consulted with. I’m proud to join with Michael Gunner and the Territory Labor team to hold the CLP Government to account."
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15 November 2015 - Shadow Minister for Government Accountability, Nicole Manison, said today that documents obtained under Freedom of Information legislation reveal that a senior political operative in the Chief Minister’s office directed a senior public servant to create and run advertisements of a political and misleading nature in the local press at the expense of the taxpayer.
"The advertisement in question incorrectly claims that the Territory Labor Party and Independents blocked new ice drug legislation. The ads cost the Territory taxpayer over $8,000," Ms Manison said.
"Territory Labor is calling on the Chief Minister to publicly apologise to Territorians and to ensure Territory taxpayers are fully reimbursed.
"The Government cannot use taxpayer dollars as their own personal slush fund to run their political agenda, misleading or otherwise.
“There are serious questions for the Chief Minister to answer:
“The advertisement claims that Legislation to pass new drug laws on urgency was blocked by Labor and the Independents but that is completely false - while the urgency motion was blocked, the debate on the Bills was deferred until the November sittings so that proper consideration and consultation with the community could occur.
"This was a failed and desperate attempt to run a politically motivated scare campaign.”
The ads have since been referred to the Auditor-General by the Labor Opposition.
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13 November 2015 - Territory Labor Leader, Michael Gunner, called for the CLP Government to publicly release the Palmerston Hospital Progress Report which is due to the commonwealth today.
Mr Gunner joined the newly announced Territory Labor Candidate for Blain, Damian Hale, in calling for the CLP to be open and transparent with Territorians on the state of the Palmerston Hospital.
According to the formal agreement signed with the Commonwealth, the CLP Government is today due to deliver a progress report on the construction of the Palmerston Hospital to the Commonwealth.
“With continued delays, cost blow-outs and the debacle of digging a hole then filling it in, we have seen the Palmerston Hospital project now referred to the Federal Auditor General for investigation. I am calling on the CLP Government to make today’s progress report public,” Mr Gunner said.
“This is not just a call to make the report public; this is a call for the CLP to be open and transparent with Territorians about the Palmerston Hospital. Territorians deserve to know what is happening.”
Mr Gunner said that the Palmerston Hospital debacle was just another reason why the Chief Minister should sack John Elferink who is also the Health Minister.
Territory Labor’s candidate for Blain, Damian Hale, joined today’s call to make the Palmerston Hospital Report public in an effort to give deliver some certainty to Territorians.
“Getting out and about in Palmerston I often get asked about the hospital, but the truth is, I just don’t know where it’s at, that’s why this report should be made public,” Mr Hale said.
Mr Hale said that as the former Member for Solomon he had fought hard to secure funding for the Palmerston Hospital and was disappointed to see continued delays.
“The recent failed public hole in the ground stunt made us into a bit of a laughing stock; but it has no one laughing in Palmerston, I can tell you that,” Mr Hale said.
“I know that those of us in Palmerston would really welcome an update, and given the report is due today, Mr Elferink should just make it public.”
11 November 2015 - Shadow Minister for Corrections, Natasha Fyles, called on the CLP’s John Elferink to publicly detail how many more high risk prisoners are in low security prison or allowed to venture into communities as part of the ‘sentenced to a job’ scheme, and how many of those already in the program had their classifications downgraded to allow them to take part.
“We have heard accounts of prisoners having their security rating downgraded in order for them to be eligible to take part in this scheme and that’s simply not good enough,” said Natasha Fyles.
“We have also heard that the Department of Corrections has been ordered to recall a number of prisoners away from the ‘sentenced to a job’ scheme as they do not meet the requirements that allow them to take part in the program.
The Minister for Corrections, John Elferink must answer:
“The events in Nhulunbuy highlight that a very serious criminal was allowed to take part in a scheme with minimal supervision, while being housed in a low security setting.
“Territorians deserve to know that they are being kept safe.
“Territory Labor supports ensuring that prisoners take part in programs designed to give them skills and reduce recidivism rates, but never at the expense of community safety and never by downgrading a criminals’ assessed rating.”
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11 November 2015 - Territory Labor is today calling on Chief Minister Adam Giles to sack John Elferink from the CLP Government Ministry for his litany of failures as a Minister.
Yesterday’s news that a convicted axe murderer and rapist was at large in the township of Nhulunbuy is yet another in a long list of critical failures under John Elferink’s watch.
“Mr Elferink has had almost 24 hours to do the honourable thing and resign as a Minister, but the only thing he has indicated since this latest scandal is that a public servant may be for the chop,” Ms Walker said.
“John Elferink has been in the role for over three years and has yet to take any responsibility for the litany of failures under his watch.
“Chief Minister Adam Giles must sack his worst performing Minister, John Elferink, today. There are a multitude of reasons to support John Elferink’s sacking, including:
“White Ribbon Australia sacked Minister John Elferink over just one of these incidents,” Ms Walker said.
“It is time that the Chief Minister did the same and showed Territorians that he is serious about community safety.”