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Protecting Jobs and our Marine Environment
Protecting Jobs and our Marine Environment

24 July 2016 - ​Member for Nightcliff Natasha Fyles today outlined how a Labor Government would preserve the Territory’s precious marine resources.

Ms Fyles said Territory Labor understood that protecting marine ecosystems was crucial for creating jobs, maintaining our lifestyle and safeguarding indigenous cultural values.

“The Territory is home to unique and precious marine habitats,” Ms Fyles said.

“These habitats support an incredible array of flora and fauna, thousands of jobs in our fishing, tourism, aquaculture and research industries, and are a crucial source of cultural value for Indigenous Territorians.

“There are many threats facing the health of our marine environment.

“Recent mangrove deaths and coral bleaching both in the Territory and across Australia show the vulnerability of these ecosystems to changes in climate.

“A Territory Labor Government will manage our marine resources by listening to the community, respecting science and investing in innovative partnerships and programs which build knowledge and management capabilities.

A Territory Labor Government will:

  • Develop a Coastal and Marine Management Strategy that will safeguard our coasts boosting recreational fishing opportunities, preventing damaging pollution, foster sustainable industries and safeguard the Territory’s unique lifestyle
  • Reinstate the Darwin Harbour Advisory Committee to develop a comprehensive plan of management for Darwin Harbour
  • Invest $400 000 to develop a comprehensive plan of management for Limmen Bight Marine Park which protects of the rich biodiversity of the region, supports Indigenous aspirations for economic development opportunities and management of the area, and protects access for recreational anglers
  • Provide $200 000 to the Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods at Charles Darwin University for urgent mangrove research to understand the threats posed by climate change and possible adaption strategies to pursue
  • Stop the CLP’s plans to expand Bayview and the resulting mangrove destruction

Together with Territory Labor’s polices to support Indigenous ranger groups, strengthen and streamline environmental regulation, and sustainably manage our ground water resources, these new initiatives provide for an integrated and science based approach to protecting these vital habitats.

“Unfortunately climate change is not the only threat facing the Territory’s marine environment,” Ms Fyles said.

“The appalling record of Adam Giles and his CLP Government includes:

  • A significant deterioration in the health of Darwin Harbour according the Government’s own report cards
  • Major developments like Port Melville taking place in sensitive marine habitats without any environmental assessment
  • Regular disdain shown for scientific advice and community views on important environmental issues like the management of the Darwin Harbour and water resources across the Territory
  • Ad hoc development approvals without any consideration given to the cumulative environmental and economic impacts of such decisions

“Our marine environment and the jobs, lifestyles and culture that rely on it simply can’t afford another four years of Adam Giles and his CLP Government.”

 

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Anti-Social Behaviour Driving Away Tourists
Anti-Social Behaviour Driving Away Tourists

23 March 2016 - Shadow Minister for Alcohol Policy, Natasha Fyles, today met with a local business operator to discuss how the CLP’s failed alcohol policies are hurting local business and driving away tourists.

 

Local Business operator, Claire De Silva, started a petition to bring back the Banned Drinkers’ Register (BDR) because the increase of anti-social behaviour is having negative impacts on her business.

 

“Anti-social behaviour impacts on our business, especially with the cruise ships that have come in recently. We’ve had tourists being afraid to go outside our store because they’re afraid they’re going to get hurt by the violence happening outside.

There are a lot of people that have commented that they actually stay away from the CBD and Nightcliff, all those areas, because it’s expected you’re going to see this sort of behaviour and everyone tries to avoid it.”

Claire De Silva, Local Business Owner, 23 March 2016

 

“It’s clear we need a Territory wide point of sale intervention system in place, and the Banned Drinkers’ Register (BDR) does that. That’s why Labor, if elected in August, will implement the BDR,” said Natasha Fyles.

 

“Under the BDR, if a person was banned from purchasing take-away alcohol from one location, they were banned Territory wide.”

 

“When the CLP scrapped the BDR, they effectively turned the tap back on for 2500 problem drinkers who could not access take away alcohol anywhere in the Territory.

 

“Adam Giles and the CLP have no ideas and no plans to tackle increased antisocial behaviour.

 

“It’s time for Adam Giles and the CLP to listen to the community, listen to local business and reinstate the Territory wide point of sale intervention: the Banned Drinkers’ Register.”

 

 

Media contact: Gino Luglietti – 0401 119 794

 


Three and a half years of CLP infighting causing Economic Slump
Three and a half years of CLP infighting causing Economic Slump

2 March 2016 - The CLP's Adam Giles has finally backflipped and admitted the Territory's economy is completely shattered and he doesn't know how to fix it.

 

"Two weeks ago Adam Giles said the economy was “On Track” and misspent hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars advertising it. Now he’s saying we need a stimulus package because the economy has stalled," Ms Fyles said.

 

“Labor has consistently pointed to an economy that needed attention and that small business is hurting. The CLP’s 8th deputy Chief Minister, Peter Styles, said Labor was talking the Territory down.

 

“The latest building figures show that the CLP Government’s three and a half year war amongst themselves has been hurting our economy and business confidence.


“In January 2016, the trend monthly number of residential building approvals declined by 9.4% – the 4th consecutive monthly decline:

  • In the year to January 2016, residential building approvals decreased 17.2% - the largest year on year decline of all jurisdictions
  • In the year to January 2016, non-residential approvals decreased by 17.2%

“The CLP’s poor economic management, lack of policy and infighting has also impacted on:

  • Motor vehicle sales down 4.3 per cent
  • Retail trade the most sluggish in the nation
  • Job ads going through the floor 

“Adam Giles and the CLPs economic incompetence, arrogance and refusal to listen have brought the Territory economy to its knees.

 

“Businesses, families and all Territorians are now paying the price for the CLP’s refusal to listen, constant infighting and failed policies for three and a half years.



"Territorians know that businesses are closing and families are leaving the Territory because of the incompetence and dysfunction of Adam Giles and his CLP Government. The CLP are only concerned about themselves and jobs for their mates.



"They should have been investing in infrastructure, investing in education, investing in innovation and investing in children.

 

"Only Labor has the plans to invest in our kids, develop Territory infrastructure and promote local business."

 


Media Contact: Gino Luglietti 0401 119 794

 


CLP “on track” to Owe Territory Taxpayers $500,000
CLP “on track” to Owe Territory Taxpayers $500,000

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


Adam Giles has a duty to recoup misappropriated Taxpayer dollars from Latitude Travel
Adam Giles has a duty to recoup misappropriated Taxpayer dollars from Latitude Travel

17 December 2015 - Adam Giles must order an independent investigation into each and every Government office which dealt with Latitude Travel to uncover how many taxpayer dollars were potentially misappropriated by Latitude Travel and endeavor to recoup missing taxpayer funds.

 

“Adam Giles has a duty to get to the bottom of how many taxpayers dollars were potentially misappropriated and seek to recoup those funds on behalf of Territorians,” said Natasha Fyles.

 

“Each day that goes by that the CLP Government refuses to do this is cause for question and concern.

 

“It has come to light that $13,500 was overpaid when Minister Price went to New York and it is estimated that the CLP Government spent approximately $800,000 through Latitude Travel. Given Minister Price’s New York trip cost $50,000 we could be dealing with over $200,000 of misappropriated taxpayer funds.

 

“Even Minister Chandler raised serious concerns over the cost of his own trips to the UK and China booked through Latitude Travel.

 

“Adam Giles should be doing everything in his power to find out how much more taxpayer funds were misappropriated and pledge to Territorians that the Government will do everything it can to recover the money that belongs to taxpayers. Instead, he has chosen to do nothing.

 

“The longer he delays this absolutely reasonable course of action to recoup missing taxpayer dollars the more it looks as though his Government has something to hide.

 

“The review by DCM into travel only covered the period between July 2014 and June 2015 - the majority of Government bookings through Latitude Travel happened outside of these dates.

 

“If Adam Giles fails to do this, then he must explain to Territorians why he is not doing everything he can to recoup missing taxpayer dollars.”

 

 

 

Media Contact: Gino Luglietti 0401 119 794

 


CLP Can’t Be Trusted To Protect Our Environment
CLP Can’t Be Trusted To Protect Our Environment

7 December 2015 - The CLP have once again failed to protect our environment for refusing to prosecute breaches to environmental development guidelines, even though they promised to do so well over a year ago to date.

 

In April 2014, then CLP Lands and Planning Minister, Peter Chandler, said the Development Consent Authority (DCA) would pursue a legal case against a landowner who was found to have breached their development application and cleared 4ha of native vegetation.

 

I cannot ask the public to have faith in the government’s planning processes if they’re not enforced when there has been a clear breach. – Then Planning Minister Peter Chandler April 2014

 

In contradiction to this earlier statement, on December 4 2015, the current CLP Minister for Lands and Planning, David Tollner, has instead claimed there’s no case to be made.

 

The DCA could not prepare a viable case to prosecute those responsible. – Office of Current Planning Minister David Tollner December 2015

 

“This proves the CLP can’t be trusted to keep their word and they can’t be trusted to protect our environment,” said Natasha Fyles.

 

“Territorians deserve to know why the CLP doesn’t think there is a case here when there is a clear breach of the rules in place to protect our environment.

 

“The impact of this clearing will have detrimental effects to our environment and locals who will now be subject to increased risk of flooding.

 

“The rules are in place for a reason, but when a Government doesn’t uphold those rules, then we must ask the question what is the point of having those rules?

 

“David Tollner and the CLP must explain why they believe there is no case – it is not good enough to wave the issue aside.

 

“We saw a very similar ‘nothing to see here’ attitude when the CLP was caught-out for not implementing a critical environmental impact statement for the port at Melville Island; instead they chose to argue that it was not a port. The CLP can’t be trusted to keep their word or protect our environment.”

 

Media contact: Gino Luglietti 0401 119 794

 


How many more high risk prisoners are in low security prison or in our community?
How many more high risk prisoners are in low security prison or in our community?

11 November 2015 - Shadow Minister for Corrections, Natasha Fyles, called on the CLP’s John Elferink to publicly detail how many more high risk prisoners are in low security prison or allowed to venture into communities as part of the ‘sentenced to a job’ scheme, and how many of those already in the program had their classifications downgraded to allow them to take part.

 

“We have heard accounts of prisoners having their security rating downgraded in order for them to be eligible to take part in this scheme and that’s simply not good enough,” said Natasha Fyles.


“We have also heard that the Department of Corrections has been ordered to recall a number of prisoners away from the ‘sentenced to a job’ scheme as they do not meet the requirements that allow them to take part in the program.

The Minister for Corrections, John Elferink must answer:

  • Is it true that the number of prisoner’s eligible for ‘sentenced to a job’ went from 50 to 500 in the space of only a year?
    • If so, will Mr Elferink explain to Territorians how this was possible?
  • How many prisoners have had their classifications downgraded to accommodate his program?
  • How many more high risk prisoners are in the ‘sentenced to a job’ program?
  • How many more high risk prisoners are in low security work camp facilities?
  • Can he guarantee to Territorians that no prisoner has been downgraded to be able to take part in the program, potentially putting more communities at risk?

 

“The events in Nhulunbuy highlight that a very serious criminal was allowed to take part in a scheme with minimal supervision, while being housed in a low security setting.

“Territorians deserve to know that they are being kept safe.

“Territory Labor supports ensuring that prisoners take part in programs designed to give them skills and reduce recidivism rates, but never at the expense of community safety and never by downgrading a criminals’ assessed rating.”

 

 

Media contact: Gino Luglietti 0401 119 794

 


CLP’s John Elferink Plunges NT Corrections Deeper into Crisis - Placing Territorians in Danger
CLP’s John Elferink Plunges NT Corrections Deeper into Crisis - Placing Territorians in Danger

10 November 2015 - The NT prison system has plunged into crisis again with the escape of a convicted rapist and murderer who is the 36th escapee from a Territory correctional facility in the past 18 months.

The CLP Government and the Corrections Minister in particular are utterly incapable of keeping Territorians safe said NT Shadow Corrections Minister Natasha Fyles.

“When will John Elferink take responsibility for debacles happening in his own department under his watch?” asked Natasha Fyles.

“The CLP government that has completely lost control because they’re too busy fighting amongst themselves to actually get on with the job.

“The CLP’s John Elferink has some very serious questions to answer, including how it came to be that a convicted axe murder and rapist was eligible for the ‘sentenced to a job’ scheme.”

According to the Department of Corrections’ own website:

The Datjala Work Camp is located in the former Nhulunbuy Health Department Centre facility on the outskirts of the Nhulunbuy township.
The facility can accommodate up to 50 sentenced and remand, low and open-security male prisoners.
No sex offenders or prisoners of public interest are considered for placement.
Eligible prisoners must hold the appropriate security classification and must be deemed medically fit and complete all necessary programs.
All prisoners are required to follow a strict regime which includes giving back to the community through undertaking community enhancements, maintenance and beautification projects. 
The work camp will be used to educate and rehabilitate prisoners through meaningful training, education, employment and support programs.

Ref: http://www.correctionalservices.nt.gov.au/CorrectionalCentres/datjalaworkcamp/Pages/default.aspx


“Territorians demand better from this CLP government that has utterly dropped the ball on our justice system and correctional services. The CLP Government is in complete paralysis.

“All the evidence to date points to the very real fact that this CLP Government is too busy fighting amongst themselves to worry about keeping Territorians safe.”

Media Contact: Gino Luglietti 0401 119 794

 


The CLP can’t be trusted to reduce property crime in Palmerston
The CLP can’t be trusted to reduce property crime in Palmerston

6 November 2015 - Shadow Minister for corrections, Natasha Fyles said crime statistics show that the CLP can’t be trusted to reduce property crime in Palmerston and they have broken their election promise to reduce crime by 10 per cent per year.

 

During the 2012 Territory Election, the CLP Promised to reduce crime by 10 per cent per year:


“We will reduce crime by 10% per year.” – CLP Election Pledge during 2012 Territory Election.

 

“Property crime in Palmerston has increased by 41 per cent since the CLP Government took office, which means the CLP Government has broken its election promise by a staggering 71 per cent,” said Natasha Fyles.

 

“The Government’s own crime statistics show that not only has the Giles CLP Government failed to achieve their target, but property crime in Palmerston is now higher than it was when they took Government in 2012.”

  

Media Contact: Gino Luglietti 0401 119 794

 


The CLP Can’t be trusted to reduce crimes against the person in Darwin
The CLP Can’t be trusted to reduce crimes against the person in Darwin

5 November 2015 - Shadow Minister for corrections, Natasha Fyles said crime statistics show that the CLP can’t be trusted to reduce crime against the person in Darwin and they have broken their election promise to reduce crime by 10 per cent per year.

 

During the 2012 Territory Election, the CLP Promised to reduce crime by 10 per cent per year:


“We will reduce crime by 10% per year.” – CLP Election Pledge during 2012 Territory Election.

 

“The Government’s own crime statistics show that not only has the Giles CLP Government failed to achieve their target, but crime against the person in Darwin is now higher than it was when they took Government in 2012,” said Natasha Fyles.


“The CLP have failed on their commitment to reduce crimes against the person in Darwin by 56% - which means crimes against the person in Darwin have actually increased by 26% since they took office.”

 

Media Contact: Gino Luglietti 0401 119 794


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