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CLP BLACKOUTS CREATE CONCERN

Opposition Leader Delia Lawrie said Territorians are asking why they pay hefty power bills for a system of increasing blackouts.

“The CLP has spent more effort breaking up PowerWater than having a system that can deal with single points of failure like an interrupted gas supply," Ms Lawrie said.

“Territorians were left scrambling for information for hours yesterday afternoon before alerts started to roll out from Minister for Essential Services Willem Westra Van Holthe.

“With the heightened focus on our power supplies after the disastrous system-wide blackout in March, Territorians are entitled to expect a more reliable supply and backup system.

“Questions are being asked about the maintenance of our generation and distribution system.

“What exactly was the cause of gas failure at the Blacktip offshore platform? Why didn’t the dual back-up generators cope effectively with the load?

“The Minister revealed the CLP waited to inform Territorians this afternoon after knowing earlier. How long was information withheld from Territorians?

“We all remember the catastrophic power failure earlier this year and the devastating impact this had on businesses and households.

“Thanks to the great efforts of PowerWater workers electricity was restored but the Government must invest in a reliable back up system to avoid these sorts of potentially catastrophic events.”

Media contact: Mandy Taylor 0414 634159


CLP REVOLVING DOOR KEEPS SPINNING

Opposition Leader Delia Lawrie said the revolving door of CLP Deputy Chief Ministers had resulted in failed Education Minister Peter Chandler replacing Dave Tollner who didn't show up to the party room meeting.

"Mr Chandler is our fourth Deputy Chief Minister in two years and the CLP is starting to scrape the bottom of the barrel," Ms Lawrie said.

"Mr Chandler has botched the Lands and Planning portfolio with his Darwin Area Regional Plan and he's been a complete failure in Education, pretending 35 teachers were sacked when the real figure is more than 125.

"The CLP remain deeply divided but kept Adam Giles on as Chief Minister until after the Casuarina by-election.

Ms Lawrie said Adam Giles has the Treasury portfolio because it would have been ludicrous to give it to Mr Chandler who racked up a well publicised personal $100,000 credit card debt.

"You have to wonder why the CLP wing meeting didn't replace the vacancy in Cabinet. Is it to keep the job open for a Dave Tollner sweetener?

"Why didn't Dave Tollner attend tonight's meeting? What's the next installment of the CLP pantomime!"

Ms Lawrie said the CLP were an embarrassing joke and sadly for Territorians the pantomime continues.

Media contact:   Michael Gleeson   0400 096 924


CLP SCRAP VITAL BUSH HEALTH SERVICE

Leader of the Opposition Delia Lawrie has called on the CLP Government to reinstate the scrapped mobile ultrasound service that was operating out of Katherine to remote communities in the Top End.

“The service was cut earlier this year with no warning, leaving residents in Lajamanu, Kalkarindji, Yarralin and surrounding outstations and pastoral properties with no choice but to travel thousands of kilometres for a simple x-ray or ultrasound,” Ms Lawrie said.

“Instead of having a service visiting every few months, patients needing routine x-rays and ultrasounds have to drive or fly into Katherine, an expensive and sometimes stressful option.

“Health Minister Robyn Lambley is well aware of the issue but has failed to take any action.

“Despite being approached about this issue months ago, the Member for Stuart Bess Price has made no attempt to find out more and lobby her colleague, the Minister for Health, to get this vital service reinstated to her electorate.

“Local residents have been forced to start a petition to get the CLP Government to take notice and bring back this vital health service.

“The scrapping of the mobile ultrasound service comes on top of news that a remote health clinic is running short of water due to the Government dragging its heels on sinking a new bore at the Urapuntja Health Service clinic near Utopia.

“The CLP has dropped the ball in the bush and is failing to ensure services are maintained to remote communities.”

A copy of the petition can be signed at https://www.change.org/p/hon-robyn-lambley-mla-northern-territory-minister-for-health-reinstate-the-traveling-ultrasound-service-and-install-a-x-ray-machine-for-use-by-remote-aboriginal-communities-south-west-of-katherine

Media contact:   Michael Gleeson  0400 096 924


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