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
15 October 2015 - Territorians don’t trust Adam Giles when he says there will be no jobs lost as a result of his sale of the Darwin Port, Nicole Manison, Shadow Minister for Government Accountability, said today.
“This CLP government has form. They keep selling off our public assets and saying to the workers ‘Your job is safe, nothing will change’. Then before we know it Territorians are facing job losses and cuts to conditions,” Ms Manison said.
THEN: "Jobs are secure, employee entitlements are preserved and all permanent staff will be able to transfer to the new operator."
CLP Transport Minister Peter Styles, ABC News, 6 December 2013
LATER: “Darwin's bus drivers are "devastated" by the loss of paid lunch breaks following the bus service's privatisation, according to the transport workers' union.”
ABC News, 30 October 2014
THEN: “Under this new model nothing changes for customers. The TIO name remains, branches stay open, policies stay the same, flood and storm surge cover continues and staff keep their jobs.
CLP Chief Minister Adam Giles, Media release, 24 November 2014
LATER: “Fourty-three TIO/Allianz employees will lose their jobs just five months after the Giles Government sold the insurer and told them their jobs were safe.”
NT News, 30 April 2015
NOW: “This morning, Mr Giles told 105.7 ABC Darwin he could also guarantee permanent workers would keep their jobs to 2018.”
Asked if any workers would lose their jobs after 2018, Mr Giles answered in the negative.
ABC News, 14 October 2015
“The evidence is clear - you just can’t trust Adam Giles and the CLP to protect Territory jobs," Ms Manison said.
Media Contact: Gino Luglietti – 0401 119 794
Labor Shadow Minister for Essential Services, Nicole Manison, said Chief Minister, Adam Giles, is proving Territorians can’t trust what he says as he tried to dodge responsibility for the painful Power tariff increases he has inflicted.
“Adam Giles last week claimed on ABC radio that the CLP ‘took the power price increase from 30% back to 20%’, but the fact is people are paying 30% more now for power,” Ms Manison said.
“Adam Giles signed off on the latest 5% power tariff increase that came into effect on 1 January this year and his mate Dave Tollner signed off on the previous 5% power tariff hike.
“So far we’ve seen increases of 20% in January 2013, another increase of 5% in January 2014 and now another painful 5% increase on 1 January this year – with the CLP fully implanting an overall increase of 30% in power prices.
“Households have also had staggered increases to water and sewerage costs; with water up 40% and sewerage up 25% since the CLP came to office.
“For large households this means having to find and extra $2000 dollars a year just to keep the lights on.”
Ms Manison said that these massive power, water and sewerage price hikes are also hurting small businesses, who either have to pass the cost on to consumers or affect their capacity to grow their business and jobs.
“Adam Giles has held the role of Treasurer and shareholding Minister for Power and Water since Dave Tollner resigned in disgrace from Cabinet,” Ms Manison said.
“We’ve had five Treasurers under this chaotic CLP Government and we’ve been waiting since last Wednesday to find out who the next Treasurer will be.
“The cost of living burden on Territorians has worsened under this arrogant and chaotic CLP Government.”
Media contact: Cathryn Tilmouth 0427 500 667
26 October 2015 - The CLP’s Federal Member for Solomon, Natasha Griggs, has backflipped and joined Territory Labor’s call for Chief Minister and Minister for Major Projects, Adam Giles, to ‘please explain’ the failed stunt involving the Palmerston Hospital.
“Territorians deserve more from a Chief Minister that is always available to publicise a barramundi or tennis tournament but shirks his duty to address high-level critical health issues,” said Natasha Fyles.
“Territorians are tired of the stunts and spin; they just want the CLP to stop the infighting and buck-passing and build the Palmerston Hospital.
“The situation is now so dire that the CLP’s Member for Solomon, Natasha Griggs has now backflipped on her position on the stunt: from taking ownership and glowing praise to buck-passing and criticism.
On October 16, the CLP’s Natasha Griggs posted a video to her Facebook saying:
“This is another example of how the Territory Government and Federal Government are working together to deliver for Territorians.”
On October 25, on the Hospital, the CLP’s Natasha Griggs told Channel Nine News:
“I have asked Adam Giles for a ‘please explain’ because it’s not good enough.”
“As the saying goes, a week is a long time in politics, and the adage has been well proven today given that last week Natasha Griggs was happy to claim credit for the achievement, a stark contrast to today’s buck-passing and change of heart,” said Natasha Fyles.
“Territory Labor has previously called for Adam Giles to explain the Palmerston Hospital hole stunt.
“The fallout from the stunt isn’t limited to national embarrassment – future funding for Palmerston Hospital is now in question with the CLP’s credibly to deliver the hospital in tatters.
“The CLP clearly can’t be trusted to deliver the Palmerston Hospital, and Adam Giles has a number of questions to answer around the Major Project:
Media Contact: Gino Luglietti 0401 119 794
7 February 2016 - Territory Labor Leader Michael Gunner said Adam Giles and the CLP have betrayed local business by handing the $40 million Government travel contract to an interstate corporation.
“It’s a complete breach of the ‘Buy Local’ campaign and Adam Giles has put small local operators out of business. Territorians have lost jobs as a result of this move,” Mr Gunner said.
“Adam Giles and the CLP don’t support local industry – they’re all talk and no action.
“The Territory cannot afford to have $40 million ripped out of our local economy. It will mean fewer jobs and push more people to leave the Territory.
“The CLP need to stop this contract before it is too late.”
Mr Gunner today met with local agent Sandra Lew Fatt, whose business will close in June this year after over 40 years of operation due to the CLP’s decision to go south instead of supporting locals.
“Unfortunately Sandra has had to let all her staff go and can no longer afford office space in the city and her business will fully shut down by June this year,” Mr Gunner said.
“Sandra’s is just one example of a number of businesses who are closing down or have already closed.”
Michael Gunner said that a Territory Labor Government would return the contract to Territorians.
“Keeping money local isn’t just the right thing to do it also makes economic sense, because every dollar spent in the Territory stays in the Territory which supports and creates jobs.
“A Territory Labor Government will do everything in its power to return the $40 million Government Travel contract to locals. If the contract can be returned immediately I will do that. If the contract is already let and legally bound we will return it at the end of that contract period.
“Adam Giles still has time to stop this and support our local jobs and local business.
“I call on Adam Giles to show some leadership and do the right thing by cancelling this southern contract and supporting locals instead.”
Media Contact: Gino Luglietti 0401 119 794
17 December 2015 - Adam Giles must order an independent investigation into each and every Government office which dealt with Latitude Travel to uncover how many taxpayer dollars were potentially misappropriated by Latitude Travel and endeavor to recoup missing taxpayer funds.
“Adam Giles has a duty to get to the bottom of how many taxpayers dollars were potentially misappropriated and seek to recoup those funds on behalf of Territorians,” said Natasha Fyles.
“Each day that goes by that the CLP Government refuses to do this is cause for question and concern.
“It has come to light that $13,500 was overpaid when Minister Price went to New York and it is estimated that the CLP Government spent approximately $800,000 through Latitude Travel. Given Minister Price’s New York trip cost $50,000 we could be dealing with over $200,000 of misappropriated taxpayer funds.
“Even Minister Chandler raised serious concerns over the cost of his own trips to the UK and China booked through Latitude Travel.
“Adam Giles should be doing everything in his power to find out how much more taxpayer funds were misappropriated and pledge to Territorians that the Government will do everything it can to recover the money that belongs to taxpayers. Instead, he has chosen to do nothing.
“The longer he delays this absolutely reasonable course of action to recoup missing taxpayer dollars the more it looks as though his Government has something to hide.
“The review by DCM into travel only covered the period between July 2014 and June 2015 - the majority of Government bookings through Latitude Travel happened outside of these dates.
“If Adam Giles fails to do this, then he must explain to Territorians why he is not doing everything he can to recoup missing taxpayer dollars.”
4 November 2015 - Shadow Attorney General, Lynne Walker, said that police data proves that the CLP can’t be trusted to reduce crime in the Territory and have broken their election promise to reduce crime by 10 per cent per year.
During the 2012 Territory Election, the CLP Promised to reduce crime by 10 per cent per year, but the Territory’s overall crime stats shows that, not only has the Giles CLP Government failed to achieve their target, the overall crime is higher now than it was when they took Government in 2012.
“We will reduce crime by 10% per year.” – CLP Election Pledge during 2012 Territory Election.
The CLP have failed on their commitment by 37% - which also means that overall, crime in the Territory has increased by 7% since they took office.
The Territory’s Chief Justice has called on the government to appoint a seventh Supreme Court Judge after a 35 per cent increase in criminal cases.
“A significant portion of the criminal activity arises out of the abuse of alcohol leading to acts of violence,’’ -Chief Justice Trevor Riley, 2 November 2015.
“A Territory Labor Government will return to evidence and consultation based policy to reduce crime and we will restore the discretion for police to make decisions about the best use of their resources to fight crime. We will not make 180 degree decisions just because another party instigated a policy,” Ms Walker said.
“Territory Labor believes it is up to the police, not government, to decide how they use their resources but it is paramount that our police are supported – that’s why Territory Labor will reinstate the Banned Drinker’s Register (BDR).
“Temporary Beat Locations (TBLs) were introduced by the former Labor Government, and a future Labor Government will reinstate our police with the powers to manage TBL’s as they see fit.
“The BDR was developed in consultation with and publicly supported by the health and alcohol sector, including the AHA, Responsible Drinkers Lobby, NT Council of Social Services, Aboriginal Medical Services, Amity, FORWAARD, People’s Alcohol Action Coalition, and NT Police.”
“Police did see it as one of the most powerful tools if not the most powerful tool available to police to actually deal with the source problem of antisocial behaviour and the violence that was occurring in the community.” -Then Assistant Commissioner of Police, October 2011.
“The BDR already effectively exists in Nhulunbuy, Tennant Creek, Groote Eylandt, and the recent Alcohol Management plan in Alice Springs which called for a point of sale intervention (POSI) is essentially a BDR. The BDR can only be effective if it is territory wide, otherwise it simply pushes the problem to other areas.
“A Territory Labor Government will reintroduce the BDR but we are willing to work with the CLP right now to help re-introduce it before the election.”