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AMA calls for return of Labor's BDR and scrapping of CLP's AMT
AMA calls for return of Labor's BDR and scrapping of CLP's AMT

5 April 2016 - Shadow Minister for Government Accountability, Nicole Manison, welcomed calls from the Australian Medical Association (AMA) to return the Banned Drinker’s Register (BDR) and scrap the failed and costly CLP Alcohol Mandatory Treatment (AMT).

 

“The AMA is the most influential body representing medical practitioners and exists to promote and protect professional interest of doctors and the health care needs of patients and communities,” Ms Manison said.

 

“We welcome the AMA’s call for the return of a point of sale intervention system Territory wide in the Banned Drinker’s Register, and their call to scrap the CLP’s failed and costly AMT policy.

 

"Probably one of the worst things that Terry Mills did in the short time he was Chief Minister was abolish the BDR, which was a very effective method of containing problem drinkers in the Territory.

I think everyone is aware that the elephant in the room is that the Mandatory Alcohol rehab, which the government had to develop following the abolition of a very successfully alcohol control policy, has been an absolute disaster from the word go, and they’re always trying to make excuses and try and catch up but the whole thing just hasn’t worked." - Robert Parker, President of the AMA - ABC Radio, 5 April 2016

 

“The CLP’s failed AMT policy is costing taxpayers $30 million per year and two thirds of the beds available are empty – highlighting an expensive but poorly thought out and implemented policy,” Ms Manison said.

 

“Anti-social behaviour continues to hurt our community, and something must be done. According to Police statistics, 2013 and 2014 were the most violent years in the Territory’s history.”

 

“The AMA’s comments about the effectiveness of the BDR echo recent comments by the Police Association of the Northern Territory saying the Banned Drinker’s Register did have an impact.”

 

"When you look back at the Banned Drinkers Register, it was certainly having an effect." - Paul McCue, President of the NT Police Association - Mix 104.9, 16 March 2016

 

“The CLP must listen to the experts and listen to the community – Adam Giles must implement a Territory wide point of sale intervention system, and they can do that by bringing back the Banned Drinker’s Register,” Ms Manison said.


Media Contact: Gino Luglietti 0401 119 794

 


8th Deputy Chief Minister Humiliates Self on Parliament Steps
8th Deputy Chief Minister Humiliates Self on Parliament Steps

The CLP’s 8th Deputy Chief Minister, Peter Styles, today called a press conference to display his spectacular economic incompetence.


“In a move that can only be described as crushingly humiliating, the CLP’s 8th Deputy Chief Minister today almost fell over himself in his haste and giddiness to endorse a report by BIS Shrapnel into Federal Labor’s Negative Gearing Policy,” said Ms Manison.


The key points here are:

  • Peter Styles is not a federal Minister,
  • Leading economic agencies have discredited the report,
  • BIS Shrapnel discredited their own report this morning, and;
  • The report mixed up the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Australia with that of New Zealand’s.

 

Grattan Institute chief executive John Daley said the report and its underlying assumptions, "did not pass the giggle test" and were "manifestly ridiculous".

 

Mr Daley went on to say that, “Voters should be asking themselves whether a responsible government would rely on this sort of nonsense in a public policy debate".

 

BIS Shrapnel also admitted to the Australian Financial Review this morning that “The assumptions were set several months ago, and the analysis done late last year, well before (federal) Labor announced its policy. Therefore the assumptions do not align with (federal) Labor’s policy”.

 

“The CLP’s 8th Deputy Chief Minister today remained unfazed when faced with the facts and held a press conference to humiliate himself, the Government and his CLP Party.

 

“Peter Styles today proved what Territorians already know – the CLP Government won’t let the facts get in the way of a poorly run scare campaign.”

 

 

Media Contact: Gino Luglietti 0401 119 794


Many questions for new Minister
Many questions for new Minister

18 February 2016 - Shadow Minister for Government Accountability Nicole Manison today called on new Land Resource Management Minister Gary Higgins to restore trust to the portfolio in the wake of the damage to the Northern Territory’s reputation caused by his predecessor, the Member for Katherine, Willem Westra Van Holthe.

 

Ms Manison called on Minister Higgins to reveal all the details surrounding recent media revelations that Tropical Forestry Services’ (TFS) sandalwood project had received Major Project status.

 

“The new Minister for Land Resource Management has an opportunity to repair the damage caused by the scandal surrounding Mr Westra Van Holthe’s conflict of interest as the previous Minister,” Ms Manison said.

 

“He must also urgently act to ensure Territorians, businesses and potential investors have absolute confidence that the processes by which water and other valuable natural resources are allocated are open, transparent and economically and environmentally sound.

 

“Given the CLPs appalling record of awarding water without proper processes and ignoring the science around issues of sustainability, it’s crucial that Minister Higgins assures Territorians that Major Project status for the TFS sandalwood project will have an open and transparent process of water allocation. He must answer:

 

  1. In the interest of open and accountable government will the Minister for Land Resource Management immediately release the DLRM advice around the TFS project and other relevant information so that the community can have confidence in the processes the CLP is using to allocate the Territory’s precious water resources?

 

  1. What consultation has the Minister undertaken with key stakeholders on huge water allocations which will impact on their legitimate rights and interests?

 

  1. Will the Minister immediately release up to date information on the sustainable yield and water allocations from all NT aquifers impacted by the proposed TFS expansion?

 

“Territorians want to see clear and transparent decisions made when it comes to do the allocation of water, and the new Minister has an opportunity to do this and address these serious concerns that have been raised.”

 

 

Media contact: Gino Luglietti – 0401 119 794

 


Taxpayer Funds Continue To Pay For Political Ads
Taxpayer Funds Continue To Pay For Political Ads

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


Giles Must End the Cover Up and Order a Full and Independent Investigation
Giles Must End the Cover Up and Order a Full and Independent Investigation

19 December 2015 - Territory Labor today called on Chief Minister Adam Giles to end the CLP Government’s farcical response to revelations of fraud and corruption involving government and ministerial travel.

 

Shadow Minister for Government Accountability Nicole Manison said it was time for the cover up to end and for a full and independent investigation to be commissioned into all Government and ministerial travel booked through Latitude Travel.

 

"If the Government has nothing to hide it will hold an independent investigation into ministerial travel booked through Latitude Travel. This is the CLP’s chance to be open and accountable," Ms Manison said.
 

“In the space of just four days we’ve seen acting Chief Minister Westra van Holthe refuse to conduct an investigation, Minister Styles support an independent review and the Department of the Chief Minister order a limited internal audit into departmental but not ministerial travel.

 

“The Chief Minister owes it to Territorians to recoup every single taxpayer dollar if it has been rorted through government or ministerial travel.

 

“This latest audit smacks of the same cover up which saw the previous review into ministerial travel exclude scrutiny of Minister Prices’ trip to New York which was the subject of recent court proceedings, and Minister Chandler’s trip to the US and UK, the cost of which he himself raised concerns about in parliament.

 

“If the Chief Minister is even remotely interested in recovering misspent taxpayer dollars he will announce a full and independent investigation.

 

“Anything less will confirm Territorians’ suspicions that the CLP Government is more interested in covering up the truth than exposing it.”

 

Media contact:       Kieran Phillips 0438 272 839

 


FOI Documents show more issues over Ministerial Travel
FOI Documents show more issues over Ministerial Travel

18 December 2015 - FOI documents obtained prove that there are serious contradictions within Government and its agencies around approval dates and payments around Ministerial Travel.

 

FACT: Minister Chandler went on a trip to the UK and USA with Planning Commissioner Gary Nairn in September 2013.

 

FACT: The Department of Lands and Planning approved payments of over $21,000 to Latitude Travel for the Planning Commissioner’s airfares on 3 September 2013 (See FOI document A) well before approval was received by Minister Chandler and the Chief Minister.

FACT: Departmental approval pre-dated the Chief Minister’s approval for this trip by 3 days which goes against government process (See FOI document B which shows the Chief Minister signed off on the approval on 6 September 2013 – three days after payment had already been made by the department to Latitude Travel).

 

FACT: FOI Document C shows that approval for the Planning Commissioners trip was still being sought from Minister Chandler as late as 18 September 2013.

 

FACT: FOI Documents A, B and C clearly shows that payment by the Department to Latitude Travel was done before receiving approval by both Minister Chandler and the Chief Minister which goes against Government process.

“Territorians deserve to know why it clearly appears that processes were broken,” Ms Manison said.

 

“Adam Giles must order an independent investigation into every Government agency and Ministerial office which had dealings with Latitude Travel to give people confidence that all funds were appropriately spent.”

 

Media Contact: Gino Luglietti 0401 119 794


CLP Government Have More Ministerial Travel Questions To Answer
CLP Government Have More Ministerial Travel  Questions To Answer

14 December 2015 - Territory Labor's Government Accountability Shadow Nicole Manison today issued questions on notice to CLP Government Ministers on Ministerial travel.

"We are asking several outstanding questions to the CLP which will serve to provide Territorians open and transparent answers on travel,” Ms Manison said.

"CLP Ministers who have used Latitude Travel have questions to answer and we are doing this so that the CLP Government understands they must be accountable to the public.

“There is absolutely nothing stopping Adam Giles from calling for a full audit on every one of his Ministerial Offices which had dealings with Latitude Travel.”

The questions on notice for the CLP Government to answer are:

Ministerial Travel

  1. What is the total value of expenditure booked through Latitude Travel in each Minister’s office in 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16 (year to date)?
  1. For travel booked through Latitude Travel by each Minister’s office in each of the above financial years:
  1. How many separate trips were undertaken?
  2. What was the cost of each trip?
  3. Who recommended and who approved Latitude Travel as the travel agent for each trip?
  1. In relation to 2(a) above, how many separate invoices have been issued by Latitude travel?
  1. Given the lodgement of a fraudulent invoice by Latitude Travel to the Department of the Chief Minister in relation to travel undertaken by Minister Price and her senior Adviser, have NT Police or any other Agency investigated every invoice submitted by Latitude Travel to the Government for payment?
  1. Has any Minister, ministerial advisor or public servant directed, or suggested that Ministerial travel should be booked through Latitude Travel?
  1. Why was Latitude Travel selected to book trips valued at $90,000 in 2013/14 and 2014/15 by Minister Chandler’s office and who decided to use Latitude Travel as the agent?
  1. What was the value of the grant provided by the Department of Education to CDU in June 2014 towards a study tour of China and Hong Kong?
  2. Who approved the grant?
  3. How much of this grant money was used to cover the cost of Minister Chandler’s trip to China and Hong Kong in November 2014?
  1. How much of this Grant money was used to cover the cost of public servants travelling to China and Hong Kong in November 2014?
  1. Why was grant money provided to CDU used to pay for Ministerial and public servant travel?
  1. Who organised the travel to China and Hong Kong?
  1. What is the total cost of the trip taken by Minister Chandler, his staff and the Planning Commissioner to the UK and USA in September 2013?
  1. Which travel agent organised the trip and on whose recommendation was the travel agent selected?
  1. Why did the Minister and his staff personally request a breakdown of costs for the UK/USA trip?
  1. Did they receive the cost break down?
  1. Following on from an undertaking in his answer to a question without notice on 3 December 2015, what facts and information about the cost of this trip has the Minister obtained?
  1. In response to an FOI application on 23 January 2015 in relation to travel organised by Latitude Travel, why did DCM say they held no information within the scope of the application?
  1. Who decided that travel and related services valued at more than $300,000 incurred in 2013/14 and 2014/15 should be booked with Latitude Travel by Minister Price’s office?
  1. Did relatives of Minister Price ever accompany her on official overseas travel?
  1. Did Minister Price ever ask her Senior Adviser or was she ever told who paid for her Senior Adviser’s relative to travel to New York in March 2014?
  1. When did Minister Price first become aware that Latitude Travel paid for her Senior Adviser’s relative to travel to New York in March 2014?
  1. How did she find out?
  1. When did the Chief Minister first become aware of questionable activity involving Ministerial or Departmental travel organised by Latitude Travel?
  1. What steps did the Chief Minister take to investigate or otherwise assure himself that there were no breaches of accountability, probity or the law in relation to travel organised by Latitude Travel.
  1. Has the Chief Minister received briefings or information from DCM or Police in relation to Latitude Travel?
  2. When did Minister Chandler first become aware of questionable activity involving Ministerial or Departmental travel organised by Latitude Travel?
  1. What steps did Minister Chandler take to investigate or otherwise assure himself that there were no breaches of accountability, probity or the law in relation to Latitude Travel?
  1. Has Minister Chandler received briefings or information from Police or DLPE in relation to these matters
  1. When did Minister Price first become aware of questionable activity involving Ministerial travel organised by Latitude Travel?
  1. What steps did Minister Price take to investigate or otherwise assure herself that there were no breaches of accountability, probity or the law in relation to Latitude Travel?
  1. Has Minister Price ever received a briefing from her Department in relation to Latitude travel?
  1. Who decided to restrict the period covered by DCM’s Northern Territory Travel Review from 1 July 14 to 15 June 15?
  2. Why wasn’t a comprehensive review of all CLP Ministerial travel undertaken including expenditure on bookings with Latitude Travel?
  3. Will the Chief Minister ensure that a thorough Police investigation is undertaken of all Ministerial and Departmental travel and related services organised by Latitude Travel?

 

Departmental Travel

  1. What is the total value of expenditure booked through Latitude Travel in Government Departments in 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16 (year to date)?
  1. For travel booked through Latitude Travel by Government Departments in each of the above financial years:
  1. How many separate trips were undertaken?
  2. What was the cost of each trip?
  3. Who recommended and who approved Latitude Travel as the travel agent for each trip?
  1. In relation to 38(a) above, how many separate invoices have been issued by Latitude travel?
  1. Have any Government Department’s been directed or subject to suggestions from Ministerial offices to utilise Latitude Travel?
  1. How many “trip files” for senior public servants have been set up by Latitude travel?
  1. Given the lodgement of a fraudulent invoice by Latitude Travel to the Department of the Chief Minister in relation to travel undertaken by Minister Price and her senior Adviser, what steps will relevant CEO’s take to ensure that false invoices have not been submitted to their Agencies?

 

 

Media Contact: Gino Luglietti 0401 119 794

 

 


Giles must act now on Tollner and Elferink
Giles must act now on Tollner and Elferink

9 December 2015 - Adam Giles must act immediately to end the continuing chaos and dysfunction and sort out the mess that is the CLP Cabinet, Shadow Minister for Government Accountability, Nicole Manison said today.

 

“Territorians deserve certainty and stability. At the moment, Adam Giles has two Senior Cabinet Ministers who are apparently out of control,” Ms Manison said.

 

“Adam Giles can’t control John Elferink, who it seems will say one thing and then do another.

 

“Last week, we saw Gerry Wood vote to save the government by abstaining from a no confidence motion, based on his understanding that Daniel’s Law would be withdrawn completely. But today John Elferink said that he still plans to introduce Daniel’s Law next year.”

 

Reporter:  Daniel’s Law – has it been withheld for a period of time or totally withdrawn?

Wood:  I got a phone call from John Elferink on Friday afternoon saying it will be withdrawn.

Gerry Wood, Mix 104.9, 30 November 2015 

 

Elferink:  In relation to Daniel’s Law, it hasn’t gone away. We’re doing more consultation. But I fully intend to bring it back next year.

John Elferink, ABC radio, 9 December 2015

 

“Adam Giles can’t control Dave Tollner, who up until today has been avoiding media since he was snubbed for preselection by the CLP,” Ms Manison said.

 

“Adam Giles needs to act now and confirm that the current cabinet is the one he will take to the election.

 

“If Dave Tollner and John Elferink keep their portfolios until August next year, Territorians will see another 8 months of backflips, chaos and tantrums from the CLP.

 

“If Adam Giles truly has the best interests of Territorians in mind, he will remove John Elferink and Dave Tollner from the Cabinet now so we can fix the crisis in Corrections and Child Protection and give someone time to construct a budget for next year.

 

“The CLP have continually broken the trust of Territorians. They just can’t be trusted. Territorians are once again paying the price for Adam Giles to cling onto power at any cost.”

 

Media contact: Gino Luglietti – 0401 119 794

 

 


Record numbers leaving the Northern Territory due to Cost of Living pressure
Record numbers leaving the Northern Territory due to Cost of Living pressure

8 December 2015 - The NTCOSS report that Territorians are paying an additional $1500 for insurance since 2009 is cause for concern given the average Territory Family is also paying around an extra $2000 since the CLP increased power by 30% and Water by 40%.

 

“The CLP broke their promise to reduce the cost of living when they increased Power and Water costs and sold TIO, and it’s for these reasons people are leaving the Territory in record levels,” said Nicole Manison.

 

“In 2014 the Northern Territory lost 3500 more people to interstate migration than we gained which means we lost 3500 taxpayers which skills who were contributing to the future of our Territory.

 

“In actual fact, the current losses are the worst experienced in two decades.

 

“Record levels of people leaving the Territory places immense pressure on local business because there are 3500 fewer people who won’t be spending their hard earned cash here at local businesses and shops.

 

“Local business is the backbone of our Territory economy, and when local business suffers, our economy suffers.

“The fact that 3500 people fewer people have taken their future elsewhere should be a wakeup call for the CLP Government.

 

“The CLP’s Adam Giles has dismissed the record levels of people leaving the Territory by saying we have always lost population, but that is simply not the case and completely contrary to NT Treasury documents.

 

“Treasury reports show net interstate migration in the period from 2007 to 2010 was positive - the Territory gained more people from interstate than it lost.

 

“Territory Labor will introduce a package which induces initiatives to help ease the pain Territorians have suffered through for three and a half years of this CLP Government.”

 

Media Contact: Gino Luglietti 0401 119 794

 


Richardson Park Decision A Win For The Community
Richardson Park Decision A Win For The Community

8 December 2015 - Today’s announcement by the CLP Government that they will scrap the Richardson Park upgrade is a win for common sense and the community.

 

“This has been a debacle from day one because the CLP refused to consult and listen to the community,” Ms Manison said.

“I am very concerned that today’s decision by CLP Chief Minister, Adam Giles, was again made without even consulting with the head of Rugby League.


“It’s clear the only reason Adam Giles made this decision has come about is a desperate bid by Adam Giles to gain votes less than nine months out of an election.

 

“Rugby League must have certainty about their future but the CLP must ensure that this time consultation takes place with all those concerned.

 

“Territory Labor has been consulting with Rugby League and the community and will continue to do so to ensure Rugby League has a home. Rugby League in the Territory has a long and proud history and they deserve to be supported.

 

“It is interesting to see that the CLP Party has dumped David Tollner and now we see this project has also been scrapped.”

 

 

Media Contact: Gino Luglietti 0401 119 794

 


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