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Annual Reports Highlights a CLP Government That Just Can’t Get Its Act Together
Annual Reports Highlights a CLP Government That Just Can’t Get Its Act Together

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.





  • A reduction in the number of indigenous students achieving a Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training;
  • Across the board declines in outcomes of indigenous outcomes in NAPLAN; and
  • Loss of 32 AO2 support positions, 12 assistant teachers, 60 classroom teachers and 16 senior teacher positions.


The Children’s Commissioner

  • There are now 997 children in out of home care and there were 110 substantiated cases of children abused while in the care
  • Priority 1 investigations, for children in danger, only commenced within 24 hours 89% of the time instead of 100%.
  • Only 44% of investigations were completed within 28 days, and a further 25% not completed within 62 days; and
  • The number of unresolved investigations as at 30 June was 1,301 an increase from 1,160 last year.


The Police

  • Full time equivalent staff has decreased in the last financial year (1406 to 1397);
  • The number of constables has decreased from 886 to 860;
  • The number of remote sergeants has decreased from 41 to 20 FTE; and
  • The number of police auxiliary has decreased from 129 to 118 FTE.




Correctional Services

  • 17 breakouts for Youth Justice;
  • Juvenile Justice only allocated $2.85 million towards diversion and rehabilitation grants instead of a budgeted $3.8 million – funds reallocated to operational expenditure;
  • It was budgeted that 92 would complete youth boot camps, but only 52 did;
  • Youth Justice Framework was signed off by Cabinet in May 2015 - but never released;
  • Twelve breakouts for adult prisoners in one year; and
  • Increase in the number of prisoners at 903 per 100,000, almost 5 times the national average and growing (847 in 13/14) – total prisoners 1,599 at 30 June 2015.



  • National target for ED presentations to depart within 4 hrs was 83% - this occurred for only 60% of patients in Top End Hospital emergency departments.
  • Top End Hospitals did not meet any of their elective surgery targets, for categories 1, 2 and 3 as set by their Service Delivery Agreement – this means that people are waiting longer than their clinically appropriate time for treatment.



  • Alcohol mandatory treatment annual figures show an abject failure; with the Tennant Creek centre scrapped and only 482 referrals for treatment (budgeted for 800) of which 275 commenced. There are no figures available for those people that completed treatment.



“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.



Media contact: Gino Luglietti – 0401 119 794

Complete Communication Breakdown Amongst CLP
Complete Communication Breakdown Amongst CLP

18 August 2015 - Shadow Minister for Government Accountability, Nicole Manison, said that recent events have made it clear that Adam Giles is actively being shunned by his own cabinet with Ministers constantly contradicting the Chief Minister.


“The constant and extensive list of contradictions between CLP Chief Minister, Adam Giles and his CLP Ministers, is evidence that Adam Giles has been shunned by his own team. No one is talking to Adam,” said Ms Manison.


The list of contradictions includes, but is not limited to:


“What we’ve done, we’ve put 120 extra police into the force in the Northern Territory and that’s helped us get more police on the frontline.” - Chief Minister, Adam Giles, Mix 104.9, 17 August 2015


“The goal (120 new police) hasn’t been achieved at the moment. That’s why we put an extra $8 million-plus into this year’s Budget.” - Police Minister Peter Chandler, NT Police Association speech, 17 August 2015

Yesterday Mr Chandler’s office also provided details on the latest police numbers. His office said that since August 31, 2012, the Government had added 84.83 extra police to the force.
- Statement from Peter Chandler’s office, 17 August 2015



“The Minister is the one who determines where the travel should be, the process of travel, the expenditure of the travel and final sign off of overseas Ministerial travel is with the Chief of Staff.”  - Adam Giles, CLP Chief Minister, ABC TV, 30 July 2015


“The process today, of course, is we have to take any travel to Cabinet, and ultimately it gets signed off by the Chief Minister.” - Peter Chandler, CLP Education Minister, ABC TV, 30 July 2015


To obtain pre-approval, Ministers’ offices are asked to provide their Minister’s proposed program including the purpose of the travel, benefits to the Northern Territory and proposed travel schedule.”   - Statement from Adam Giles’ Chief Ministerial Office, ABC TV, 30 July 2015



“No, not May, late August/September, it is in the third quarter of 2018.” - David Tollner, Estimates, 26 May 2015


When CLP Chief Minister, Adam Giles, was asked by Leader of the Opposition, Michael Gunner to confirm David Tollner’s assessment that the Palmerston Hospital would open in the third quarter of 2018, he said: “Yes.” - Chief Minister, Adam Giles, Estimates, 27 May 2015


When the CLP’s Health Minister, John Elferink, was asked about the opening date of the Palmerston Hospital, he said “May 2018.” - John Elferink, CLP Health Minister, ABC Radio, 28 May 2015



“I'll have to go back and have a look at it (releasing the document) given that it's in my portfolio area of responsibility.” - Chief Minister Adam Giles, ABC News, 15 July 2015. Note - Adam Giles later confirmed the document would be made public.


“As a cabinet document, this document is not available for release." - Attorney-General John Elferink - ABC News, 15 July 2015


Ms Manison said that these recent examples prove Adam Giles is being actively ignored and constantly contradicted by his own team, indicative of a Chief Minister that the majority of the CLP Government simply doesn’t want.


“The only alternative explanation is that Chief Minister Adam Giles is the one not talking to his own team. Either way, the CLP Government in paralysis; it’s clear the Chief Minister is toxic to his own team,” said Ms Manison.



Media Contact: Gino Luglietti 0401 119 794




Opposition Leader Delia Lawrie said today the Giles CLP Government’s failure to address crime and antisocial behaviour in Alice Springs was impacting on local business and residents.


“It is an indictment on Adam Giles and his failed CLP policies that a weekend where taxis were pulled off the streets because of rock throwing, visitors assaulted, houses and businesses vandalised and broken into and large groups of young people were roaming the streets of the CBD late at night can be described as nothing unusual,” Ms Lawrie said.


“Adam Giles has a litany of broken promises to Alice Springs and sadly it is residents and businesses who are paying the price.


“Youth after hours services were slashed by the CLP Government and the results of this ill thought out policy are obvious with young people out on the streets late at night, reports of vandalism and graffiti and businesses and residents calling for action.


“Earlier this year Adam Giles promised funding for youth services – but money has still not been released.


“He says the Town Council will be conducting youth patrols with Congress, but there are few details on how this approach will work, when it will start and where the funding is coming from.


“Even members of his own Government are saying they got it wrong, with the CLP Member for Araluen Robyn Lambley saying it was a mistake to scrap the YSOS program.


“Adam Giles refuses to even acknowledge there are issues with crime in Alice Springs, instead making claims that the town has never had it so good.


“He is arrogant and out of touch with what is going on in his own backyard and Central Australia deserves better.’


Media contact: Louise Connor 0438 241211


Leader of the Opposition Delia Lawrie has called on Chief Minister Adam Giles to urgently reinstate child protection and early intervention funding to address the child protection crisis.

“The number of child protection notifications falling through the cracks is at crisis levels, and on current trends will more than triple since the CLP were elected,” Ms Lawrie said.

“This follows savage CLP funding cuts that has seen massive job and capacity loss across the child protection system, critically at the important preventative end.”

“Latest figures indicate 1347 child protection notifications were not completed within the mandated 28 day timeframe in just the first six months of this financial year, up from 389 over the 12 months ending 30 June 2012.

“Every notification requires a response and it is not good enough for the Minister John Elferink to whitewash these numbers and suggest the problem is due to police over-reporting”

“The CLP have shown the have the wrong priorities. In just this year’s budget $8 million was cut from crucial prevention support services and the agency, while the Chief Minister added $30 million to his department and spends millions on self-promotion.

“The sector has seen significant funding cuts resulting in the loss of preventative programs.

“It has been reported 90 jobs have been lost from within the child protection system, and staff turn-over at 30 per cent, is creating a capacity crisis in the Children and Families Department.

“Caseload targets are 20 per worker, yet it was revealed in the Estimates process last year that under the CLP, some caseworkers had more than 50 cases to manage and no child protection office in the Territory met the target, a situation that has since likely worsened.

“The CLP have abandoned the recommendations of ‘Growing them Strong, Together’ report that focused on building child protection response capacity and early intervention and preventive programs, to prevent child abuse occurring and strengthen parenting support.

“Labor calls for an independent audit of child protection, including action on the ‘Growing them Strong, Together’ recommendations to address the current crisis.

“It is clear the Minister is not up to the job of protecting children when he states the core function of his agency is “the ambulance turning up at the crash scene.” *

(*) John Elferink MLA, Parliamentary record, 10 June 2014

Media contact:  Louise Connor 0438 241 211


Leader of the Opposition Delia Lawrie has called on Chief Minister Adam Giles explain what he is doing to ensure crucial programs at Ngukurr School aren’t abandoned followingIndigenous Advancement Strategy funding cuts.

“I have been asked by parents at Ngukurr to speak out on behalf of their school to try and save the nutrition program and horse program that have failed to receive important ongoing funding,” Ms Lawrie said.

“I have met with community leaders in Ngukurr who are dismayed and shocked with CLP Senator Nigel Scullion’s decision to cut funding to two key programs supporting students and providing local Indigenous employment.

“The Nutrition program and Horse-Riding programs are delivering great outcomes for children and providing local jobs, but will face closure under the savage IAS cuts.

The Nutrition Program provides breakfast, recess and lunch, it supports five local jobs and is jointly funded by parents and the school, but will lose federal funding of about $200,000 per annum which makes it unaffordable to run.

“This funding decision fails to take into account the fact families are living in very overcrowded conditions, many with family living in the kitchen area that makes it unable to function and it provides a school canteen to ensure children are fed which is crucial to learning outcomes,” Ms Lawrie said.

Ms Lawrie praised the Riding Program which is has created two local jobs and is credited by community leaders as being a great support to school attendance and providing a pathway for students to employment in the cattle industry. This fantastic program is facing the axe due to a $230,000 funding cut.

“Ngukurr School is in the top six of Northern Territory remote schools for student attendance, averaging 74 per cent, yet the programs that support attendance are being cut,” Ms Lawrie said.

“Remote students and local Indigenous jobs are losing out under CLP Senator Nigel Scullion’s cruel funding cuts and the Territory Government need to ensure sustainable funding for these programs. If Senator Scullion ignores this need then the CLP need to ensure funding in this coming Budget.

“The CLP Giles Government received funding under IAS, but Adam Giles is yet to say what that funding is for. Is he willing to ensure these two crucial school programs are funded?

“Adam Giles has broken every promise he’s made to the bush. It’s time he stop the funding cuts to valuable services that support children to achieve great education outcomes and a pathway to employment, while employing local residents.”


Shadow Minister for Lands Michael Gunner has congratulated Chief Minister Adam Giles for finally moving on the long-delayed new Alice Springs suburb of Kilgariff.

“Labor would have delivered Kilgariff to the market with houses being built by 2013,” Mr Gunner said.

“It is now 2015 - under the CLP Government the Kilgariff project is a third of the original size and two years behind schedule.

“Back in 2012, then Infrastructure Minister Adam Giles said works at Kilgariff would be fast tracked and completed in 2013.

“The CLP missed their target of 100 blocks being up for sale by July 2013.

“Now there are only around 30 blocks for sale.

“Nearly three years of the CLP has seen Alice Springs go backwards at an alarming rate.

“The Alice economy and local residents are hurting with increasing power and water charges, long term local retailers shutting their doors and the CLP Government offering very little in the way of economic development planning for the future."

Media contact: Louise Connor 0438 241 211


Leader of the Opposition, Delia Lawrie, today called on the Federal Government to provide Territory input into the Northern Australia Insurance Premiums taskforce.

“The establishment of this Taskforce is an acknowledgment of the real risk to Territorians of skyrocketing premiums following Adam Giles selling TIO,” Ms Lawrie said.

“Adam Giles sold TIO without a public mandate and in the face of evidence of market failure in Queensland following the sale of their public insurer.

Head of the Senate Inquiry, Warren Entsch, publicly stated on ABC Radio that he warned Adam Giles not to sell TIO, saying, “I was concerned that by selling it we would end up in the same situation we are in the rest of Northern Australia.”*

The Federal Senate Inquiry heard evidence that following the sale of Suncorp in Queensland, insurance became unaffordable or unavailable, and insurers withdrew cover in some regions.

“The Federal Government’s Taskforce is a welcome response to the recommendations of the Senate Inquiry into the Development of Northern Australia to reduce insurance premiums back to an affordable level,” Ms Lawrie said.

“It has been reported the Taskforce will consider two options: a government-run reinsurance pool or community-owned Northern Australia mutual insurer providing cyclone-specific cover.

“We want to ensure that flood and storm-surge cover is also considered, alongside cyclone cover, as well as the provision of affordable contents insurance for non-home owners.

The Northern Territory Chamber of Commerce and the NT Council of Social Service are two organisations that could represent Territory industry and community on the Taskforce, to address concerns about affordability and accessibility of insurance coverage in the Territory.

“With three months to prepare an interim report, I call on the Federal Government to immediately invite Territory participation onto the Taskforce and release the consultation plan to ensure there is appropriate community and stakeholder engagement.”

*ABC Radio 12 November 2014

Media contact: Louise Connor 0438 241 211


IAS cuts crippling our youth programs

Territory Labor is listening to Indigenous organisations and supporting them in their calls to have IAS funding decisions reviewed, Opposition Minister for Young Territorians Lauren Moss said

“What we are hearing is that Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) cuts could cripple some of our vital and successful programs right across the Territory: from Alice Springs to Manigrida and Tennant Creek to Katherine,” Ms Moss said.

“The Chief Minister says he’s heard stories about front line job losses but no evidence, an extraordinary claim from a man who claims to be the NT Indigenous Affairs Minister.

“The Barkly Regional Council has had its youth development shattered and 27 Indigenous jobs are on the line.

“Katherine YMCA has had its funding decimated and the future of many of its successful young programs in uncertain.

“Central Desert Regional Council says it hasn’t been funded to meet the real costs of service delivery with cuts to its youth services and essential school nutrition programs.

“He is not listening to the Macdonnell Regional Council who will lose 51 Indigenous jobs from remote communities. Youth development services are decimated, with the Council only receiving 8 per cent of its current funding.

“Adam Giles is not listening to the Youth Service at Maningrida which has built up a suite of services keeping young people engaged and off the streets, but is now facing an uncertain future because of IAS cuts.

“20 per cent of Amity’s funding has been cut, resulting in Indigenous jobs losses and a reduction in programs working with young people and dealing with volatile substance abuse.

“If Adam Giles doesn’t believe these cuts will impact on the frontline that shows he’s really not listening.

 “Adam Giles must ask his CLP colleague Nigel Scullion to release a full list of the organisations he’s de-funded, the list of organisations that have had severe cuts and explain his rationale about why he has savaged proven and successful programs.

“The Chief Minister should also be calling on Senator Scullion to free up the rumoured $200 million kept aside as “demand driven activity grants” to meet the shortfalls in funding.

“We’re also asking what the ‘demand driven’ funding is aimed at and seeking reassurances this is not going to be used to fund pork barrelling exercises going into elections.


Media contact: Louise Connor 0438 241 211


The chaos and dysfunction in the Giles CLP Government is having a serious impact on the health of Territorians, Shadow Minister for Health Lynne Walker said today.

Ms Walker said the failure of the CLP Government to meet critical deadlines in Federal funding agreements meant vital health infrastructure was delayed and millions of dollars was being put at risk.

“The CLP is too concerned about turmoil in its own ranks to get on with the job of governing the Territory,” Ms Walker said.

“The recent revelations about the delays in constructing remote area health clinics, on top of the bungling over the Palmerston Hospital, show the CLP is failing to deliver for Territorians.

“The Government refuses to admit problems, despite the completion of only one of 11 remote area clinic builds and upgrades.

“These aren’t even CLP projects. The $50 million package was first announced under the previous Labor Government in 2011 and the CLP only managed to get around to signing off on the project agreement in August last year.

“Construction of Ngukurr health clinic was originally due to start in 2013 but still hasn’t commenced while the Canteen Creek clinic upgrade was announced  in May 2011 but the tender only released in November last year.

“Under Labor we saw upgrades to the ED departments at Alice Springs, Royal Darwin and Tennant Creek.

“The CLP failed to deliver a promised $13 million upgrade to the 30 year old Gove ED unit and, shamefully, returned to the Commonwealth $5 million to build a 12 bed medi-hostel at Gove Hospital for remote patients saying it “wasn’t needed”.

“They are still dithering over the $10 million available since 2013 to support dialysis patients with confusion over whether this funding will be spent on putting more services in towns or delivering dialysis in the bush.

“A recent audit report found that last year the CLP Government couldn’t meet agreed milestones and lost an expected $2.5 million in Commonwealth funding earmarked for the Top End Hospitals Networks.

“Territorians continue to suffer and the CLP continues to fail us.”

              Media contact: Louise Connor 0438 241 211


Shadow Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services, Lynne Walker said today there are still serious questions that the Chief Minister must answer.

The CLP government announced late on Sunday that they would not proceed with the judicial inquiry announced by Adam Giles early in February.

“Adam Giles was Police Minister until he suddenly gave up the portfolio in mid-December last year. He’s made it clear that he wants the portfolio back, so why did he offload it then?  

“He still hasn’t come clean about what he knew and when.

“He is on the record as saying he has evidence of a conspiracy or coup between senior police and members of his government.

“On 3 February, Adam Giles made this extraordinary claim to the media:
‘I will be making available to the judicial investigator…access to all emails, phone records, text messages and to find out who knew what when, There have been a series of allegations and rumours made today, particularly in relation to some senior police and members of the political fraternity on the Country Liberals party side.’

‘The allegations that have been coming out about senior ministers of the police force actively running a coup or a campaign in cahoots with some alleged politicians is a significant problem.'

“Will he or has he provided that evidence to the Public Interest Disclosure Commissioner’s delegate or the Ombudsman?

“Will he provide it to the investigation by two officers from another Australian police force that was announced today?

“He can answer these questions right now so Territorians are assured he wasn’t playing politics in making the grave allegations he did in early February.”

Media contact: Louise Connor 0438 241 211


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