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Leader of the Opposition, Delia Lawrie, today called on the CLP Government to halt their bid to sell the Darwin Port and instead disclose details to Senate Inquiry into the privatisation of state and territory assets and new infrastructure which will be held in Darwin on 16 February.

“The Senate Inquiry into the privatisation of state and territory assets and new infrastructure, being chaired by Senator Sam Dastyari, will be holding a hearing in Darwin on 16 February,” Ms Lawrie said.

“Territorians have already suffered the arrogance of the CLP Government selling TIO without a mandate, and quickly the CLP are rushing ahead with moves to sell our Port.

“Three companies, including Deutsche Bank, have been reported to be interested in buying the Darwin Port assets and again the Chief Minister has not consulted with Territorians.

“If Adam Giles and the CLP Government have a genuine business case for the sale of the Darwin Port then they should take that to the Senate Inquiry.

“Territorians will also have an opportunity to make submissions to the Senate Inquiry detailing how the sale of the Territory’s public assets will affect them and their businesses.”

Ms Lawrie said Labor is steadfastly opposed to the privatisation of these assets as it would be against the Territory’s interests with resultant job losses and a higher cost of living.

“We’d see job losses at the Port and a private company reaping profits through increased Port freight costs that would be passed on to consumers and businesses,” Ms Lawrie said.

“The Port is just starting to hit its straps, generating a record $17 million profit last year. Port revenue could be used to invest in our schools and hospitals.

“We know Adam Giles is also setting up our PowerWater assets for sale and he needs to explain to the Senate Inquiry how he would prevent tariff increases and replace revenue once he’s sold off our assets.

“How would a Government regulate a monopoly owner to ensure we all don’t suffer from profit gouging?”


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Leader of the Opposition Delia Lawrie today joined hundreds of Territorians in the toot to save TIO car rally that circled Parliament House.

Ms Lawrie said while Labor fought the sale efforts of the CLP Government in Parliament, Territorians continue to bombard social media with their disgust and anger over the TIO sale.

“Adam Giles is being described by many as arrogant and Territorians are asking if they can sell the CLP,” Ms Lawrie said.

“The community anger over the CLP betrayal of Territorians is very strong and yet the CLP continue their arrogant crash through approach to sell TIO.

“We’ve been presented with news of the sale yesterday and legislation to give effect to the sale is expected to pass on all stages today instead of the usual month timeframe to consider its implications and consult.

“This is an extraordinarily arrogant Government who show utter contempt for the will of the people – they are failing the most basic test of democracy.”

Ms Lawrie said that the community were furious that many commitments made by Adam Giles over the sale had been broken.

“Our TIO safety net insurer is being sold to a German company – it’s not remaining Territorian as promised,” Ms Lawrie said.

“There are no legal guarantees to secure our ongoing insurance product needs to cover flood, storm surge and cyclone, instead Adam Giles is expecting to Territorians to trust his ‘good will’ discussions behind closed doors.

“Bitter experience elsewhere has shown private market insurance failure and Territorians face the very real prospect of massive insurance premium hikes in vulnerable areas where we need affordable insurance the most.

“The actions of the CLP to ram through sale legislation on urgency today are unconscionable and against the will of Territorians.

“Labor will fight the sale of TIO every step of the way through Parliament but sadly there is yet to be a CLP member to cross the floor to prevent the sale.”

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Leader of the Opposition, Delia Lawrie, today announced the Chair of the Senate Inquiry into the Privatisation of State and Territory Assets and New Infrastructure, Senator Sam Dastyari, has confirmed his intention to hold hearings in the Territory in response to community concern about the CLP Government’s plan to sell TIO without public consultation.

As the Giles government repeatedly refused to undertake adequate community consultation, Ms Lawrie called on the Senate Inquiry to hold public hearings in the Northern Territory and she welcomes Senator Dastyari’s commitment to provide Territorians with an opportunity to voice their concerns.

The Labor Opposition calls on the CLP Government to halt any decision to sell TIO until public hearings can be held early next year.

“Territorians have been very clear, they do not want TIO sold,” Ms Lawrie said.

“A staggering 82 percent of people polled in the electorates of Sanderson, Katherine, Goyder and Daly last night do not agree with the sale of TIO.

“Adam Giles is pushing ahead with his plans to sell TIO without any real consultation with Territorians. When his colleague Willem Westra van Holthe consulted with residents in Katherine he heard loud and clear they do not want their insurer sold.

“Motivated by a quick cash-grab to pork barrel his way to the next Territory election, Adam Giles is jeopardising the insurance safety net of Territorians who will face massive insurance premium hikes and reduced coverage in a private insurance market.

“The CLP Government does not have a mandate to sell the Territory’s public assets and a Senate inquiry provides the level of scrutiny required for such a significant change. It is disgraceful that the Territory Government has arrogantly forged ahead with its plans to sell TIO without a Territory inquiry into the proposal.

“Adam Giles needs to stop his plans to sell TIO until Territorians are given an opportunity to have their say.”

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      Cameron Sinclair (Senator Dastyari’s office): 0407372711


Leader of the Opposition, Delia Lawrie, today said Territorians are fed up with Adam Giles’ spin on TIO with him now referring to the sale as “transferring ownership”.

“How can the CLP Government be so arrogant and continue to ignore Territorians who do not want TIO sold?” Ms Lawrie asked.

“No spin by Adam Giles is going to placate Territorians who will face massive hikes in insurance premiums and be left vulnerable if TIO is sold.

“TIO belongs to Territorians not Adam Giles and the CLP Government. The CLP Government does not have a mandate to sell our TIO.

“Adam Giles has arrogantly denied Territorians a say on the future of their insurance asset.

“Adam Giles is willing to risk the insurance safety net for Territorians for the sake of a quick cash-grab to help him pork barrel to the next general election.”

Ms Lawrie said Territorians want to know if the CLP Cabinet pushes ahead with Giles’ plans to sell TIO, what will the process be?

“If the CLP Cabinet decide to sell TIO what steps will be taken in Parliament to give effect to the sale - will there be legislation introduced or will they sell it by regulation?” Ms Lawrie asked.

“If the CLP Government push ahead with the sale, it’s time to come clean with Territorians and explain exactly what the process and timing would be.”

Ms Lawrie called on CLP Government members to represent their constituents and halt sale of TIO.

“Members of the CLP Government should listen to the concerns of their constituents and vote against the sale of TIO at Cabinet,” Ms Lawrie said.

“The CLP have no mandate to sell TIO and if they want to push ahead with a sale take it to a referendum to give Territorians a say on an asset they own.”


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Labor spokesperson, Nicole Manison, today said the Chief Minister should stop ignoring the concerns of Territory residents and businesses with his plans to sell TIO.

“The proposed sale of TIO will have devastating effects across the Territory,” Ms Manison said.

“Adam Giles’ comments about a “small level of community angst” are dismissive of the plight of Territorians living in flood, cyclone and storm surge zones in Katherine, Darwin and Alice Springs.

“The Territory Government has been warned that selling TIO could see a repeat of the insurance crisis in Queensland where homeowners are paying skyrocketing prices to insure their home, if they can even get insurance.

"Coalition MP Warren Entsch and head of the Northern Development Inquiry had recommended expanding TIO, has told the Chief Minister that he is putting the Territory at risk of insurance market failure and price gouging by selling TIO.”

Ms Mansion said Territorians are standing up against the CLP, signing the petition, writing letters to newspapers and emailing CLP members of Government.

"Territorians need to keep the pressure on the government as we are only days away from the CLP making the decision to sell TIO.

“TIO belongs to Territorians, not Adam Giles and the CLP Government, and they have no mandate from voters to sell TIO.

“If Adam Giles genuinely believes that selling TIO is in the best interests of Territorians then he should take the issue to the next Territory election.

“The CLP have not consulted Territorians and it is clear from the Chief Minister’s comments he intends to ram through a sale”

Territorians who want to tell the government not to sell TIO can sign the petition at or contact CLP Members of Parliament.

Darwin: or 8999 6755 or 8999 6781 or 8999 6667

Palmerston and Rural: or 8999 5587 or 8999 5397 or 8999 5572 or 8999 6556 or 8999 6432

Katherine or 8973 8461

Alice Springs or 8951 5463 or 8951 5531 or 8951 5588



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Shadow Minister for Government Accountability, Natasha Fyles, today said Chief Minister, Adam Giles, is arrogantly pushing ahead to sell TIO without a mandate, ignoring Territorian's anger at selling their asset.

Ms Fyles said Adam Giles, on ABC radio this morning, failed to guarantee the Motor Accident Compensation (MAC) Scheme would be administered locally and claimants would not be adversely affected by selling TIO.

“Mr Giles pointed out the sale of compensation schemes interstate which would be alarming to the many MAC clients and he failed to explain to clients what privatising the scheme administration would mean to Territorians.

“Recent TIO activities indicate TIO is actively seeking to close Workers Compensation cases to make TIO look more profitable to potential buyers.

“Local doctors are warning an unusual flurry of settlement offers being made to worker’s compensation clients and programs to assist in reintegrating workers are being abandoned, indicating TIO is actively clearing cases."

Ms Fyles said Territorians on Worker’s Compensation and MAC benefits deserve to know how they will be cared for and whether local claims and case management staff will continue to operate if TIO is sold.

“The Territory Government needs to be open to clients, and should be putting their case management and care first, anything else is unconscionable behaviour," Ms Fyles said.

“TIO made $41 million in MAC scheme payments in 2013/14 and the scheme recorded a 79% solvency the past financial year, well above the target rate of 40 – 45%.

“MAC is a no fault insurance scheme for Territorians killed or injured in road accidents and provides a wide range of benefits to help people recover and support ongoing those who are more severely injured."

Ms Fyles said Adam Giles and the CLP Government are arrogantly ignoring Territorians wishes against the sale of TIO.

“At the public meeting about the sale of TIO last week Richard Harding said 90 per cent of TIO’s business was made up of small Territory businesses,” Ms Fyles said.

“Despite this Adam Giles has not consulted with Territory businesses about their wishes for the future of TIO.

“Greg Bicknell , CEO of the NT Chamber of Commerce told ABC radio “We’ve been conducting a survey of our membership across the Territory and members have come back very strongly opposed to the privatisation.“

Ms Fyles said TIO belongs to Territorians not the CLP Government.

“Adam Giles should take his TIO sale plans to a referendum.”


Media contact: Cathryn Tilmouth 0427 500 667


Leader of the Opposition, Delia Lawrie, today invited Territorians to join the fight against the CLP Government selling TIO.

“TIO is the only insurer in the Territory market that provides no-loophole cyclone, flood and storm surge cover,” Ms Lawrie said.

“Adam Giles and the CLP Government are pushing to sell TIO with no mandate from Territorians.

“Adam Giles and the CLP Government voted down a Labor motion in Parliament to stop the asset sales and take their plans to the next election or a referendum so Territorians can vote on the issue.

“The CLP is risking creating an insurance crisis in the Territory like that in Queensland, where some areas can’t even get flood and cyclone cover.

“Territorians are already highlighting massive hikes in private insurance quotes compared to TIO for flood and storm surge, and this will get worse when TIO is sold.”

Ms Lawrie said Territorians against the sale of TIO can sign a petition in the mall in Darwin city every weekday lunch time, or Casuarina square every Saturday or online at

“This petition, which will be tabled in Parliament, gives Territorians a way to have their say,” Ms Lawrie said.

“CLP members will need to vote in Parliament to support the sale of TIO so we also urge Territorians to pick up the phone or email CLP members of Parliament.”

Ms Lawrie said since the CLP Government only announced their TIO sale plans after the Casuarina by-election, not giving voters a chance to voice their views.

“Territorians want TIO to stay a public asset and without TIO Territorians will be left vulnerable,” Ms Lawrie said.


Media contact: Cathryn Tilmouth 0427 500 667


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