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.”
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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.
Opposition Leader Delia Lawrie today said the public brawling of the CLP has paralysed Government.
During a visit to Galiwinku on Elcho Island to celebrate 40 years of bilingual education, Ms Lawrie deplored the deepening paralysis of Government.
"Adam Giles has no leadership and can't even muster the support of his parliamentary colleagues," Ms Lawrie said.
"The CLP party wing meeting on Monday will see more brawling and may result in a complete leadership spill.
"The CLP are unfit to govern and it's unsurprising they are mired in scandals through their own behaviour.
"Even today Dave Tollner is showing no remorse for his homophobic rant that saw him resign as Deputy Chief Minister last Friday. Now he is threatening to quit the CLP if not reinstalled on Monday."
She said on radio today Mr Tollner made it clear he was prepared to quit the CLP Government when he said:
“I want to see a bit of support for me from this team if you can call it that and if I don’t get it I don’t see how I can be a part of this team.
“I’ve got a bunch of colleagues sitting behind me throwing knives in my back. I can’t operate in that environment. I can’t be a part of a party that doesn’t accept me and the work that I’m doing.”
Ms Lawrie said Territorians deserved a Government who were focused on improved service delivery and fostering social and economic growth rather than being self-serving.
"Many Territorians are now wondering whether we're headed for a general election or a few by-elections such is the deep crisis plaguing the Government," Ms Lawrie said.
"We deserve better than the embarrassing CLP rabble."
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