11 January 2016 - Territory Labor today called on Adam Giles to show leadership and order an independent audit into all ministerial travel which involved dealings with the disgraced Latitude Travel agency.
“It is critical to do a line by line check of all travel to ensure the Territory taxpayer is protected,” said Lauren Moss.
“The Chief Minister should want to get to the bottom of how many taxpayer dollars are owed back to the taxpayer, but to date Adam Giles has refused to act.
“Adam Giles has offered no explanation as to why he is not doing this.
“The courts have been told that Ministerial travel undertaken by Minister Price to New York contained inflated costs of around $13,500 when booked through Latitude Travel. On this basis alone Adam Giles must order an independent audit into all ministerial travel organised via Latitude Travel.
“Adam Giles must order this today or explain to Territorians why he is refusing to do it.
“Any independent audit into Ministerial Travel should include all dealing with Latitude Travel including the previous Labor Government’s time in office. But clearly any investigation must also include the time the CLP has been in office from August 2012 to the present. Anything less would be simply absurd.
“The facts of the matter are that the corrupt and fraudulent dealings of Latitude Travel were uncovered during Adam Giles’ time in Government and a CLP Senior Adviser is up on corruption charges for dealings with Latitude Travel.
"If the Government has nothing to hide it will hold an independent investigation into ministerial travel booked through Latitude Travel.
“The CLP Government’s refusal to independently investigate overseas ministerial travel strongly indicates there is a culture of cover up.”
Media Contact: Gino Luglietti 0401 119 794
27 October 2015 - It has been 88 days since CLP Ministers received written questions on notice asking whether they had received gifts, benefits or a discount from or persons associated with Latitude Travel – and to date only four out of eight have provided answers.
“Under standing orders of the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory, written questions should be answered within 30 days,” Shadow Minister for Government Accountability Nicole Manison said.
“There are four CLP Ministers now 58 days overdue on answering very clear and concise questions.”
The two questions put to all eight CLP Ministers are:
1: Have you ever received a gift, benefit or discount from Latitude Travel or anyone associated with Latitude Travel?
2: If so, would you please itemise and indicate the estimated value of each gift, benefit or discount received?
“Answers have been received from Adam Giles, Bess Price, Gray Higgins and Peter Chandler,” Ms Manison said.
“In contrast, David Tollner, John Elferink, Willem Westra van Holthe and Peter Styles have not provided answers to very simple and clear questions which are well overdue.
“Territorians have the right to know the answer to these very simple questions."
15 October 2015 - Territorians don’t trust Adam Giles when he says there will be no jobs lost as a result of his sale of the Darwin Port, Nicole Manison, Shadow Minister for Government Accountability, said today.
“This CLP government has form. They keep selling off our public assets and saying to the workers ‘Your job is safe, nothing will change’. Then before we know it Territorians are facing job losses and cuts to conditions,” Ms Manison said.
THEN: "Jobs are secure, employee entitlements are preserved and all permanent staff will be able to transfer to the new operator."
CLP Transport Minister Peter Styles, ABC News, 6 December 2013
LATER: “Darwin's bus drivers are "devastated" by the loss of paid lunch breaks following the bus service's privatisation, according to the transport workers' union.”
ABC News, 30 October 2014
THEN: “Under this new model nothing changes for customers. The TIO name remains, branches stay open, policies stay the same, flood and storm surge cover continues and staff keep their jobs.
CLP Chief Minister Adam Giles, Media release, 24 November 2014
LATER: “Fourty-three TIO/Allianz employees will lose their jobs just five months after the Giles Government sold the insurer and told them their jobs were safe.”
NT News, 30 April 2015
NOW: “This morning, Mr Giles told 105.7 ABC Darwin he could also guarantee permanent workers would keep their jobs to 2018.”
Asked if any workers would lose their jobs after 2018, Mr Giles answered in the negative.
ABC News, 14 October 2015
“The evidence is clear - you just can’t trust Adam Giles and the CLP to protect Territory jobs," Ms Manison said.
Media Contact: Gino Luglietti – 0401 119 794
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