28 July 2016 - Territory Labor is disappointed that adequate consultation has not taken place with Territorians, in particular Indigenous organisations and the Territory’s Youth Justice sector.
Given the real fears of many in the community that the involvement of the current CLP Government will compromise the independence of the Royal Commission, it is inappropriate for the NT Government to be involved in the drafting of the terms of reference, the selection of the Commissioner and the administration of the Royal Commission.
If elected, Labor will fully co-operate with the Royal Commission but will not seek to have any involvement in its administration.
The Royal Commission must provide a roadmap for youth justice which focuses on early intervention, prevention and rehabilitation and the reduction of the incarceration of young people in the Northern Territory.
Media contact: Gino Luglietti – 0401 119 794
26 July 2016 - Territory Labor Leader Michael Gunner said that the shocking images on 4 Corners overwhelmed him with a deep sense of grief, anger and shame.
“I welcome the Prime Minister’s announcement of a Royal Commission into the Youth Justice system of the Northern Territory and it has Territory Labor’s full support,” Mr Gunner said.
“I offer bipartisan support to the Giles Government to get this Royal Commission underway as soon as possible.
“Anyone watching that program would be horrified, as I was. The sort of behaviour seen on the program must not be allowed to exist in Australia or the Northern Territory today.
“Whatever those children have done, or been charged with doing, there is no way what was seen was a proper response. It is not how we treat children. It is unacceptable.
“We have failed these kids. We have let them down.
“There must also be an immediate police investigation launched into the actions seen on the program. I have never seen those videos before and I am convinced crimes have been committed.
“There are actions we can and must commit to taking now, including:
Media Contact: Gino Luglietti 0401 119 794
25 July 2016 -
Labor Leader Michael Gunner has today announced the most extensive return of local decision making to Indigenous communities ever announced in the Territory.
Speaking from Maningrida, Michael Gunner said a Labor Government will introduce a 10 year roadmap that will see Indigenous communities take control over:
The implementation of the roadmap will be supervised by a Local Decisions Oversight Board made up of Indigenous Leaders from around the Territory reporting directly to the Chief Minister and Minister for Indigenous Affairs.
“I believe that the more local a decision is made the more likely it is to be right.” Michael Gunner said.
“Decisions made in Canberra or Darwin will never be as in touch with local needs and local solutions, as decisions made in the local community are.
“Governments of all political colours have made a habit of taking local decision making away over many years.
“If elected, a Gunner Labor Government will turn this policy approach around.”
Michael Gunner said the return of decision making will be done at a pace determined by the relevant Indigenous groups and people and in a manner and arrangement supported by locals.
“We recognise that building, supporting and investing in strong Indigenous governance is necessary to ensure local people drive local solutions and Indigenous organisations are supported.”
Local decision making will include:
In making sure that Labor understands what people want in what order of priority, Labor is committed to extensive consultation with Indigenous communities
“This is the most extensive roadmap to local decision making with the aim of placing Indigenous Territorians at the centre of control over their lives.”
“Labor will work with Indigenous people to determine the outcomes we both wish to achieve and will then bring their skills, knowledge and priorities into place to reach those outcomes.
“This is a massive change of direction by government. Until now the Territory Government has directed people from the top down. I look forward to helping people achieve the goals they set themselves,” Michael Gunner said.
MEDIA CONTACT: Cameron Angus 0404 021 192
24 July 2016 - Shadow Environment Minister and Member for Barkly, Gerry McCarthy, today announced how a Territory Labor Government would safeguard the future of Limmen Bight while creating jobs and protecting lifestyle and culture.
Mr McCarthy said the creation of Limmen Bight Marine Park by Labor in 2012 had been a big step forward, but unfortunately progressed had stalled under Adam Giles and his CLP Government.
“Limmen Bight is a special part of the Gulf, rich in marine life, including extensive seagrass beds and mangrove forests supporting commercial and recreational fishing, and the Territory’s largest population of dugongs, as well as dolphins and turtles,” Mr McCarthy said.
“Limmen Bight is iconic for Territory anglers, for its catches of mud crabs, barramundi reef fish and prawns.
“However, this important area like many others along our coast is faced with new and concerning pressures including seabed mining and extensive mangrove die-off.
“By the end of 2019 a Territory Labor Government will complete Limmen Bight Marine Park by finalising sensible, science based and well consulted management arrangements.”
A Territory Labor Government will invest $400 000 to:
“Labor’s plan while provide an innovative model of marine management which protects biodiversity, respects indigenous culture, safeguards lifestyle and creates sustainable jobs,” Mr McCarthy said.
“Only Labor can be trusted to get it right and protect Limmen Bight.”
24 July 2016 - Member for Nightcliff Natasha Fyles today outlined how a Labor Government would preserve the Territory’s precious marine resources.
Ms Fyles said Territory Labor understood that protecting marine ecosystems was crucial for creating jobs, maintaining our lifestyle and safeguarding indigenous cultural values.
“The Territory is home to unique and precious marine habitats,” Ms Fyles said.
“These habitats support an incredible array of flora and fauna, thousands of jobs in our fishing, tourism, aquaculture and research industries, and are a crucial source of cultural value for Indigenous Territorians.
“There are many threats facing the health of our marine environment.
“Recent mangrove deaths and coral bleaching both in the Territory and across Australia show the vulnerability of these ecosystems to changes in climate.
“A Territory Labor Government will manage our marine resources by listening to the community, respecting science and investing in innovative partnerships and programs which build knowledge and management capabilities.
A Territory Labor Government will:
Together with Territory Labor’s polices to support Indigenous ranger groups, strengthen and streamline environmental regulation, and sustainably manage our ground water resources, these new initiatives provide for an integrated and science based approach to protecting these vital habitats.
“Unfortunately climate change is not the only threat facing the Territory’s marine environment,” Ms Fyles said.
“The appalling record of Adam Giles and his CLP Government includes:
“Our marine environment and the jobs, lifestyles and culture that rely on it simply can’t afford another four years of Adam Giles and his CLP Government.”
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21 July 2016 - Territory Labor Leader, Michael Gunner, said that Adam Giles should stop his deceitful attacks on renewable energy and admit his modelling has nothing to do with Labor’s 50% renewable target by 2030.
His deceitful 400% figure is based on:
“Labor has a proud record of supporting the gas industry, and will continue to do so if elected in August,” Mr Gunner said.
“But we also recognise that investing in renewables creates jobs and will lead to lower power prices for Territorians.
“Adam Giles and the CLP can’t be trusted on power prices and Territorians haven’t forgotten the betrayal of their 30% increases.
“Adam Giles and the CLP will sell our power water assets if they are re-elected and we know that this will lead to further price rises.
“Labor will release our policy to sensibly transition to more renewable energy in the coming weeks.”
Media Contact: Gino Luglietti 0401 110 794
21 July 2016 - In contrast to Labor and community opinion, Peter Styles and the CLP have spent the last three years claiming crime was under control and not an issue - but now with 6 weeks until the election, the CLP claim it’s a huge issue, which proves they simply can’t be trusted.
If the CLP were serious about cutting crime they would have:
The two most violent years in the Territory’s history occurred in the CLP’s term of government.
Labor is already on the record as supporting electronic monitoring for juvenile offenders.
21 July 2016 - Territory Labor has today reaffirmed its commitment to supporting children and families through the release of its disability policy.
Territory Labor’s $32 million commitment to increase the assessment of children with challenging behaviours, support alternative pathways to education and increase supports in the classroom will improve our response to disability in the community.
This significant announcement includes:
Territory Labor also reaffirmed that the Office of Disability within the Department of Health would be responsible for the planning and services development for Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
“For too long, there has been a lack of willingness to accept responsibility for FASD in our community. Territory Labor accepts the challenge and will immediately commence the review and implementation of the Parliamentary Inquiry findings.” Ms Moss said.
“Territory Labor reaffirms its commitment to the NDIS through a dedicated Minister to oversee and work with the sector to make the transition as seamless as possible.
“Labor will establish a long term plan to enhance post school options for young Territorians with a disability. This includes but is not limited to education and employment options, and social and recreational programs.
“Acknowledging the reduced rates of people with a disability employed in the public service, Territory Labor will revise the Disability Employment Strategy and setting targets to achieve greater rates of employment throughout our society.
“In bringing back the Arafura Games, Labor will give para-athletes the opportunity to compete in an international sporting competition. We also hope the Arafura Games will once again be a recognized Paralympics qualifying event.”
Costings for Labor’s announcement are as follows:
Specialist support for Teachers, including MindMatters and Teacher scholarships
$32 million included in Education policy costings
** All other initiatives to be funded from within existing resources
MEDIA CONTACT: Cameron Angus 0404 021 192
20 July 2016 - Territory Labor Shadow Minister for Mental Health, Lauren Moss, pledged to halve the rate of suicide within the next 10 years in the Northern Territory.
As part of Territory Labor’s plan, we will:
“These measures are vitally important to reducing a person’s risk of suicide and supporting families and communities in response to a suicide.
“Territory Labor recognises that there is significant pressure on our inpatient facilities, so Territory Labor will pilot the Housing Accommodation Support Initiative that will provide funding for the NGO sector to support up to 200 people with a mental illness within public housing.
“This is an evidence based program that can dramatically reduce readmission to hospital for patients, improve their quality of life by staying well, and that of their neighbours by having their mental health better managed with greater NGO support. It’s a simple program and extremely effective.”
Labor will ensure greater inclusion of the voices of those with lived experience in policy and service design and delivery.
Territory Labor will also provide scholarships to support mental health specialisation by registered and enrolled nurses and for Aboriginal Health Practitioners and Aboriginal Community Workers to specialise in mental health support and care.
Costings for Territory Labor’s policy are as follows:
Nurse Family Partnerships
Securing headspace for Katherine
Implementation of the Housing Accommodation Support Initiative
** All other initiatives to be funded from within existing resources
Media contact: Cameron Angus 0404 021 192
18 July 2016 - Territory Labor Leader Michael Gunner today announced plans to support Indigenous Rangers protect the environment and create jobs right across the Northern Territory.
Mr Gunner said Territory Labor understands the crucial frontline role Indigenous Rangers play in understanding and protecting valuable ecosystems and providing employment opportunities for Indigenous Territorians in their own communities.
“Our $14m plan will provide jobs on country, improve our knowledge of the Territory environment and the best way to protect it and give local Indigenous Territorians more say over their land and their future,” Mr Gunner said.
“We want to give ranger groups the state of the art technology and tools they need to do their job, the legislative recognition and support they deserve and additional funds to forge for new and innovative employment and conservation partnerships.
“Our ecosystems are under threat from the effects of climate change and recent coral bleaching and mangrove death events are extremely concerning given their importance for our environment but also the economic opportunity they provide through our tourism and fishing industries.
“The work of ranger groups is crucial if we are to understand the impacts of climate change and create new and innovative ways to give our ecosystems the best chance to adapt.”
“Recent reports that the CLP’s Commonwealth Indigenous Affairs Minister plans to drastically cut the Indigenous ranger program are extremely concerning.
“Territorians simply can’t trust Adam Giles and the CLP to back Indigenous rangers and protect our unique environment.”