28 February 2016 - Opposition Whip, Natasha Fyles, said that Adam Giles and the CLP are trying to buy the election using taxpayers’ money.
“Public servants are reporting that the CLP intends a major taxpayer funded blitz to advertise their proposed fiscal stimulus,” said Natasha Fyles.
“The CLP must not spend taxpayer dollars to run a political campaign.
“The Country Liberal Party already owes the Territory taxpayer $500,000 due to their ‘Ice’ and ‘On Track’ ads. We have now also written to the Auditor General referring an additional item we consider to be political in nature.
“Instead of slashing spending, constantly infighting and being concerned only about themselves and jobs for their mates, Adam Giles and the CLP should have been listening to Territorians and developing plans to create jobs.
“They should have been investing in infrastructure, investing in education, investing in innovation, investing in children.
“Instead we’ve had 8 Deputy Chief Ministers, reshuffle after reshuffle, scandal after scandal, serious corruption allegations, and across the board incompetence.
“The CLP's belated plan to roll out a stimulus package is sadly too little, too late for the many Territory businesses who won’t survive to see any of the benefits.
“Labor will support any sensible plans to create jobs, to invest in infrastructure and to invest in education and innovation.
“That’s why we have already laid out our extensive plans in many of these areas – with more to come.”
Media contact: Gino Luglietti 0401 119 794
28 January 2016 - Documents obtained under Freedom of Information (FOI) show the CLP’s taxpayer funded “On Track” advertisements have cost Territorians well over $200,000, as of September 2015.
Shadow Minister for Government Accountability Nicole Manison said the ‘On Track’ adverts should not be paid for by Territory taxpayers.
“Adverts of a political nature should be paid for by political parties, not tax payers,” Ms Manison said.
“These FOI documents show that the messaging in these adverts is about political spin and should not have been paid for by tax payers.”
“These adverts have costs hundreds of thousands of dollars. By mid-September last year cost of the production and advertising buy was $200,000.
“The ‘On Track’ advertising campaign has continued to run and the spend is now hundreds of thousands of dollars more – and paid for by Territorians.
“These documents also show there are concerns about correct procurement processes being followed as well.
“The ‘On Track’ ads are clearly political and we have referred them to the Auditor-General to determine whether they breach the Public Information Act.
“We will also be referring questions around the Government’s procurement rules to the Auditor-General.”
Media Contact: Gino Luglietti 0401 119 794
“Last week Adam Giles pulled the full page ads detailing false information on Ice Legislation because they were referred to the Auditor General but has failed to apply similar principals to the current ‘on track’ political spin ads which have also been referred.
“The only thing the CLP Government is “On Track” for is to spend more taxpayer money on a politically fueled print and tv ad campaign designed to try and spin the worst government in Territory history,” said Natasha Fyles.
“As of today, the CLP have run 49 full page ads in just over four weeks.
“Last week, Adam Giles decided to cancel a series of advertisements which contained false and misleading information on Ice Legislation after Labor and Independent members referred the ads to the Auditor-General.
“In reference to those one page Ice Legislation ads, Adam Giles said:
“While that process is going on I've said let's not do any more ads."
- Adam Giles, ABC News, 21 September 2015
“By the Chief Minister’s own admission and self-set precedent, he must also pull his ‘On Track’ ads.
“The ‘On Track’ spin campaign also includes a series of television commercials running throughout the Northern Territory.
“To date, the CLP have refused to release costings associated with the production of their ‘on track’ campaign.
“Labor referred the ‘On Track’ ads to the Auditor-General weeks ago, because they are clearly politically motivated.”
“The Government does have a duty to advertise and promote relevant programs and events – but this is political spin which should be paid for by the party, not the taxpayer.
“Adam Giles must explain why he’s pulled the ICE ads but not the ‘On Track’ ads.
“Last sittings Labor introduced legislation which would put a stop to taxpayers’ funds being wasted on political advertising.
“Only a change of Government will restore integrity to Government and stop the abuse of taxpayer funds by Adam Giles and the CLP.”