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.
AREAS OF CONCERN
The Children’s Commissioner
“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.
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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:
POLICE NUMBER CONTRADICTIONS
“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
OVERSEAS MINISTERIAL TRAVEL CONTRADICTIONS
“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
PALMERSTON HOSPITAL OPENING DATE CONTRADICTIONS
“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