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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


Opposition leader Delia Lawrie has called on Chief Minister Adam Giles to reveal the details of the deal that lured Francis Xavier Kurrupuwu back to the CLP.

“The Chief Minister has been caught out, assuring Territorians this morning there were no inducements made to the Member for Arafura,” Ms Lawrie said.

“No promises, no nothing’, Adam Giles told media.

“But Mr Kurrupuwu revealed on ABC radio today that he’s been promised roads and other infrastructure for the Tiwi Islands.

“The CLP Government hasn’t delivered on their big promises to the bush and they need to be honest with Territorians about the cost of these new commitments and how they will be paid for.

“What projects will be scaled-back or mothballed to pay for the big promises?

“While investment in the bush is always welcomed, Adam Giles must be open and transparent about how much the deal with the Member for Arafura is costing Territorians and where the funding is coming from.

“Shoring up Adam Giles’ leadership may come with a hefty price tag.”

The World Today  ABC Radio  9/9/2014

Reporter: And have you been promised anything? There's been talk of a new road.

Member for Arafura: Well, that's a new road on the Tiwi Islands, two budgets it's coming soon. We sat down and we talked about it and, because I promised them, this Government promises.

Reporter: And do you know what the road would be worth?

Member for Arafura: Ah, I'm not quite sure, but it's been committed to me yesterday. So I stick by what the agreement between Adam and I.


Media Contact: Mandy Taylor   0414 634 159


Opposition Leader, Delia Lawrie has called on Adam Giles to stand up for the Territory and rule out building a dam on the Adelaide River.

Ms Lawrie said The Australian newspaper reports of a proposed dam on the fringe of the sensitive Litchfield National Park would be an act of environmental vandalism.

“The CLP and their Federal colleagues are obsessed with ruining our rivers,” Ms Lawrie said.

 “Apparently Barnaby Joyce has this proposal as one of his top 30 dam building priorities across the nation.

“The Adelaide River is an iconic Territory river and Adam Giles needs to send a strong message to the Federal Government that the Adelaide River will never be dammed.

Ms Lawrie said Territorians deserve to know how long the Giles Government has known about this proposal.

She said local anglers and would be up in arms at the suggestion the Adelaide River could be dammed.

Media Contact:  Michael Gleeson  0400 096 924


Opposition Leader Delia Lawrie has called on Chief Minister Adam Giles to explain why the CLP’s plan to develop Northern Australia includes a disgraceful pitch to compulsorily acquire Aboriginal land.

“Adam Giles has been vocal about his intentions to try to get CLP control of the Land Rights Act and now it appears plans to go down the shocking route of compulsory acquisition of Aboriginal land,” Ms Lawrie said.

“Adam Giles must  explain why a version of the submission to the Federal Government about northern development talked about the NT having the power to compulsorily acquire Indigenous land.

“It's time for the Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion to rule out the CLP bid to grab land from Indigenous Territorians," Ms Lawrie said.

“Or does he support the CLP in their bid to ride roughshod over the land rights Territorians have fought so hard to win?"

Ms Lawrie said the CLP has already lost the support of three Indigenous MLAs who have defected to the Palmer United Party and are under pressure with a litany of broken promises to the bush.

“Adam Giles should be planning how he is going to deliver his broken promises to the bush, improve housing, roads and access to services," Ms Lawrie said.

“Instead he is caught with a bid to strip away the hard-won land rights of Aboriginal Territorians.”

Media contact:  Michael Gleeson   0400 096 924


Deputy Leader of the Opposition Gerry McCarthy says it’s impossible for Chief Minister Adam Giles to do justice to 13 portfolios and wonders why the Northern Territory is coming last in considerations.

Mr McCarthy has called on Adam Giles to sort out the chaos, appoint a Government MLA into the vacant Cabinet position and reshuffle portfolios for a realistic workload.

“Adam Giles has been woeful in his original six portfolios and it’s just ludicrous to suggest that he can take on an additional seven vacated by Dave Tollner," Mr McCarthy said.

“Critical portfolios such as Treasury, Business, Alcohol Policy and Local Government require a Minister with the capacity to give them the time and effort required.

“Based on a 40 hour week, and not taking into account his electorate work, this gives him 3.07 hours a week per portfolio.

“It’s just not possible to do the job properly dedicating so little time to each Ministry. Even if he was to work 56 hours a week he would still be short-changing critical portfolio areas," Mr McCarthy said.

He said no other Minister had more than five portfolios with some having as few as two.

“It’s the reason the Government is in paralysis. Adam Giles is spending so much time trying to quell the divisions in his Cabinet that to suggest he could handle 13 portfolios and a divided party is ridiculous. Government cannot be all about Adam."

Media contact: Michael Gleeson   0400 096 924


Opposition Leader Delia Lawrie has called on the Chief Minister Adam Giles to come clean and reveal why the CLP didn’t fill the Cabinet vacancy last night.

Ms Lawrie said the CLP Parliamentary Wing elected Peter Chandler as Deputy Chief Minister but have kept open a Cabinet vacancy.

“Is Adam Giles leaving the Cabinet position open for his mate Dave Tollner to return after the Casuarina by-election?” Ms Lawrie asked.

“Is a return of Dave Tollner behind the reason for Adam Giles’ failure to redistribute crucial Government portfolios?

“The Chief Minister needs to show some leadership and rule out any possibility of Dave Tollner being returned to Cabinet. It would be completely inappropriate for him to step off the backbench following his homophobic slur to a staff member coupled with his meltdown on radio last Friday in which he described the CLP parliamentary team as ‘a nest of vipers’. ”

Ms Lawrie said the divisions exposed by Mr Tollner’s radio performance when he described his CLP colleagues as a “back stabbing nest of vipers” would only get worse now that Adam Giles has snubbed three backbenchers who would have had their eyes on a Cabinet post.

“It’s an unreasonable predicament for hard-working public servants who never know from one day to the next who their Minister will be.

“The Chief Minister has failed the leadership test once again and sadly political stability cannot be restored until senior portfolios are assigned and the Cabinet post is filled.”

Media Contact:   Michael Gleeson   0400 096 924


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


Leader of the Opposition Delia Lawrie said business investment confidence is dropping as CLP Government paralysis enters another week.

"The leadership void and very public CLP parliamentary wing brawling leaves a trail of destruction that includes plummeting business confidence.

“The CLP has been a divided rabble since they were elected,” Ms Lawrie said.

“Territorians are wondering if the leadership will finally be settled at tomorrow's party wing meeting so that the paralysis which is damaging to everyone is dealt with."

Ms Lawrie said the deep divisions which were highlighted by former Deputy Chief Minister Dave Tollner on Friday were clearly unlikely to be truly resolved.

“It's clear the Government MLAs are a dysfunctional rabble and are unfit to govern given Mr Tollner’s description of them as a “nest of vipers”," Ms Lawrie said.

“The division comes from the top. The Adam Giles experiment as Chief Minister has been an abject failure and the CLP would be doing all Territorians a favour if they select an entirely new leadership team tomorrow,” Ms Lawrie said.

Ms Lawrie said consistent feedback is that Territorians are over this self-serving scandal-plagued CLP rabble and want a chance to go to the polls.

Media contact:   Michael Gleeson   0400 096 924


Opposition Leader Delia Lawrie today called on Adam Giles to explain why he didn’t take serious allegations about Peter Maley to the Police.

Ms Lawrie said days after the allegations surrounding the Cash for Access scandal broke the Chief Minister, who is also the Police Minister, has failed to explain why he didn’t refer Norm McCleary’s email to the Police back in May.

“We have an extraordinary situation where the Chief Minister receives an email saying $10,000 was paid to the CLP for access to sensitive government documents and fails to refer it to Police. Why?” Ms Lawrie asked.

“Adam Giles needs to explain to Territorians why after sitting on serious allegations of corruption for months he went on to vehemently defend his appointment of Peter Maley as a magistrate.

“There is a stench surrounding the CLP that warrants a full inquiry by a formal judicial officer without ties to the CLP

“We have seen the Eight by Five methods in NSW and we see an eerily similarity with the CLP’s Foundation 51.

“Territorians are demanding answers and Labor will keep holding this circus of a Government to account.

“The Dave Tollner threats to walk out on the CLP and his attacks on his colleagues show that they have descended into farce.

“The very real danger of Adam Giles being dumped is a result of his failure in leadership.


Media Contact:   Michael Gleeson  0400 096 924


Shadow Minister for Government Accountability Ken Vowles has called on Chief Minister Adam Giles end the culture of cover up.

Mr Vowles said we were still waiting to see a draft terms of reference for an inquiry into political donations.

He called on Mr Giles to immediately refer the allegations made last night in Parliament to the Police Commissioner.

 “Adam Giles as Chief Minister and Police Minister needs to hand over to the Police all emails in his possession so that the allegations made in Parliament last night can be investigated," Mr Vowles said.  

 “The allegations are of a very serious nature and it is extraordinary that Adam Giles has been sitting on them for three months.

 “Only a full inquiry headed by a retired judge or someone of equivalent standing can get to the bottom of the CLP’s political donation irregularities,” Mr Vowles said.

 “The Inquiry must have the powers to investigate the allegations by Norm McCleary about Peter Maley and Dave Tollner as well as any donations which may have been given to the CLP by its Foundation 51.

 “Adam Giles needs to initiate an inquiry and the terms of reference must have teeth. If the Government tries to water down this inquiry people will justifiably ask what they have to hide."

 Media Contact:  Michael Gleeson  0400 096 924


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