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Congratulations Julie Turner for LiFE Award
Congratulations Julie Turner for LiFE Award

Lauren Moss today congratulated Territorian Julie Turner on the LiFE Award in recognition of her hard work and commitment to suicide prevention in the Northern Territory.

 

The LiFE Awards are a prestigious national event that attract nominations from all areas and provide an opportunity to recognise the work of individuals and organisations in suicide prevention across the country. They were held in Hobart this week.

 

“It was great to see the first award for the evening in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander category given to the Territory’s Julie Turner.

 

Ms Turner is a passionate advocate for suicide prevention and has been an active advocate for appropriate mental health services for Territorians. She is involved in the Darwin Region Indigenous Suicide Prevention Network and has spoken at the United Nation’s General Assembly Permanent Forum on Indigenous issues in New York.

 

These awards were held in conjunction with the important and thought provoking National Suicide Prevention Conference held on the 26th – 29th July.

 

The Conference, held in Melbourne, importantly had a strong NT voice with Territorians and organisations speaking and presenting throughout the three days.

 

“With the Territory sadly experiencing the highest numbers of suicides in the country, it is important that this issue remains firmly in our focus, and our voices on a national stage.

 

“The most heartening part of the conference was the meaningful inclusion of lived experience at all levels, which should be incorporated more into our own strategies in relation to suicide and mental health.

 

“I look forward to reporting to Parliament on what was learnt and how we might further work together as a community in suicide prevention.

 

“Congratulations to Julie Turner for this well deserved award.”


CLP MUST ADOPT TERRITORY LABOR MINISTERIAL TRAVEL POLICY
CLP MUST ADOPT TERRITORY LABOR MINISTERIAL TRAVEL POLICY

29 July 2015

Territory Labor Leader, Michael Gunner, welcomed today’s comments by the Independent Member for Araluen, Robyn Lambley, supporting Territory Labor’s policy on overseas Ministerial Travel.

“There needs to be more checks and balances. There needs to be 100 per cent accountability. I think what Labor Opposition are proposing is right on the money; reporting before you go and reporting when you come back is a basic necessity in terms of transparency.”
-Robyn Lambley, Independent Member for Araluen, 29 July 2015 – ABC Radio

“I call on Adam Giles and the CLP to adopt Territory Labor’s overseas Ministerial Travel to be open and transparent with Territorians,” said Michael Gunner.

“In relation to overseas Ministerial travel in Government, I recently announced that a Territory Labor Government will:

  • Undertake rigorous evaluation from the public and private sectors about how the proposed overseas Ministerial travel will benefit the Northern Territory.
  • These assessments will be made available to the public.
  • Prior to departure, the Minister's itinerary will be published, removing the ability to sneak off on secret junkets.
  • On return from overseas travel a full Parliamentary report on the trip will be provided by the Minister and will be made available to the public.
  • Costs associated with the Minister's trip will be made available to the public.

“There is no question that under the CLP the public’s trust in Government is at an all-time low.

“This policy applies effective immediately to all overseas Shadow Ministerial travel taken by Labor Opposition.

“Territory Labor will create an unprecedented level of openness and accountability because Territorians want and deserve a Government they can trust,” said Michael Gunner.

 

Media Contact: Gino Luglietti 0401 119 794


Community and Expert Opinion Sought In Developing Open and Transparent Governance Policy
Community and Expert Opinion Sought In Developing Open and Transparent Governance Policy

Today, Labor Leader Michael Gunner announced the next town-hall style forum involving the community and a range of experts, the focus being strengthening transparency and openness in Government

“This is part of our town-hall style forums which we are holding across the Territory on a range of topics across the NT,” Michael Gunner said.

“We will be following on the successful town-hall style forums on Early Childhood Development, again bringing together a panel of experts from a range of fields and the wider community to participate. Labor wants to listen.

“I believe openness, honesty and integrity in government will be one of the key issues in the 2016 NT election. I am committed to returning a sense of trust between elected officials and Territorians.

“Labor has committed to the introduction of an Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) but there are a range of opinions and comments on what more can and should be done.

“I am seeking public participation in the forum, which will be led by a panel of experts, facilitated by Mr Tas Liveris of the NT Law Society.[1]

“Issues which may be explored include, but not limited to:

  • What shape should an NT ICAC take and what other integrity measures should be built in to government?
  • What is best practice in building genuine consultation between government and Territorians?
  • How we conduct elections and how should they be paid for.
  • Creating effective channels for Territorians to easily engage with government.
  • How can government better engage with experts on major projects, such as Northern Development.

WHEN:        6pm, Monday 24 August.
WHERE:      Hilton Hotel on Mitchell Street, Darwin City
RSVP:         Territory.labor@nt.alp.org.au

 

Media Contact: Gino Luglietti 0401 119 794

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[1] Participation on the panel is not taken as an endorsement of Territory Labor but as an expert contribution to debate that will potentially help shape policy.


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