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
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
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."
Media contact: Kent Rowe – 0409 813 881
Media contact: Jamie Gallacher – 0419 863 803
3 November 2015 - Territory Labor Leader, Michael Gunner, today announced senior lawyer, current councillor and treasurer of the NT Law Society and former fire fighter, Jeff Collins, as Territory Labor’s candidate in Fong Lim.
“I’d like to congratulate Jeff Collins on being Territory Labor’s candidate in Fong Lim,” Mr Gunner said.
“Jeff brings with him a wealth of experience, energy and integrity and will be a very strong voice for Territorians in Fong Lim.”
Mr Collins is a senior lawyer (associate) with Ward Keller and runs his own practice.
He left school at 16 and prior to becoming a lawyer, worked as an electrician and later as a professional fire fighter.
While working as a fire fighter, Jeff went back to study and completed an arts degree and then later a law degree.
Mr Collins is also currently a councillor and treasurer of the Law Society of the Northern Territory.
“Jeff Collins represents an amazing breadth of experience and I look forward to working closely with Jeff and the rest of our Labor team in the lead-up to August 2016,” Mr Gunner said.
Mr Collins said it was an honour to be selected as Territory Labor’s candidate in Fong-Lim and is looking forward to knocking on doors and engaging with the electorate.
“I hope to be a strong voice for the people of Fong Lim and ensure that Territorians are being consulted and engaged with on all levels,” Mr Collins said.
22 October 2015 - Labor Leader Michael Gunner says the endorsement of Scott McConnell (Stuart) and Chansey Paech (Namatjira) means Centralian bush residents have the opportunity to elect two people who will bring experience in delivering for local residents, and give them a strong local voice in a new Government.
“I was born in Alice Springs and grew up in Tennant Creek. Chansey and Scott were also born in Alice Springs.
“Together with senior Labor Member Gerry McCarthy in the Barkly we will form part of a Government with a focus on Central Australia, its growth and its future,” Michael Gunner said.
“Our government will give all of Central Australia a voice.
“Both candidates have told me that the number one priority is more housing. And I agree.
"This is what we will do - more houses, better maintained, done by locals. I have tasked Chansey and Scott with the immediate job of working with their local communities on their housing priorities for the fully costed housing plan we will deliver before the next Territory election.
“This will complement and inform the extensive work that Gerry McCarthy, myself and the Territory Labor team have been doing.
“Over the last three years the CLP has dropped the ball on delivering houses, especially repairs and maintenance, to Territorians living in the bush.
“Housing in remote communities will form a significant part of the Territory infrastructure budget under a Labor Government. We will invest Territory funds in repairing existing housing and in building new houses.
“We will do this in a two stage way. First we will move quickly to deliver on immediate needs through increases to repairs and maintenance and the building of new housing in key priority areas in Central Australia
“At the same time we will be working on a longer term plan with local communities, local authorities and shires to develop their capacity to deliver housing.
“People in remote communities have told me that the delays in getting housing repairs and the confusion around what the rules are, and who to contact and speak to is now worse than ever. This needs to be fixed immediately. Over the long term it is better to deliver housing maintenance and repairs, and ultimately new housing, as locally as possible.
“We also see housing construction, repairs and maintenance as an important job creation initiative that will provide skills that can be used across a wide range of local jobs,” Michael Gunner said.
Michael Gunner said that a Labor Government will be focused on delivering services that improve the quality of life and create jobs in Central Australia.
“I have committed to a focus on the early childhood years and to supporting the world leading work being done in Central Australia by organisations such as AMSANT, Congress and other key Aboriginal organisations.
“I have also committed to restoring trust and integrity to government by making us the most open, transparent, evidence based and innovation driven government in the Territory’s history.
“With Scott McConnell, Chansey Paech and Gerry McCarthy the people of Central Australia will have a team committed to them in a Government that will have their interests at heart,” Michael Gunner said.
Media contact: Kent Rowe - 0409 813 881