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The CLP won Government in the
Northern Territory August 2012 with
16 seats reflecting an historic swing
in the bush.
By March 2014, CLP Government hold 12
seats, Labor 8, Independents 4 with the Seat
of Blain vacated by retiring MLA Terry Mills
decided 12th April 2014.
At the time of writing the CLP risk losing
Government in the Northern Territory after
18 months into its first term and the question
The people of Blain in Palmerston now
decide the fate of Government as a CLP loss
will see Chief Minister Adam Giles needing
Independent Members support to govern or
calling an early election!
CLP tensions have overrun their agenda
to govern the Northern Territory with two
Chief Ministers, more than seven Ministe-
rial changes and revolving door of senior
bureaucrats and policy advisors in less than
Three Aboriginal MLAs’ public split from
the CLP hinged on abusive language and
personal attacks in the party room however
emerged as broken promises and lack of sup-
port for bush electorates.
The issue of adequately resourcing the
bush remains a political challenge since self-
government in 1978 with successive Govern-
ments challenged by socio-geographic and
economic phenomena of remote communities
competing with turbo charged cities like
Darwin and Palmerston.
Rebuilding power, water and sewerage
infrastructure including new power stations
and zone sub-stations in Darwin and Alice
Springs, new transmission lines, up-grading
water infrastructure in addition to major
sewerage treatment works and ocean out-fall
for Darwin cost a billion dollars over four
However significant resource demands
from the bush remain questioning the politi-
cal strategy employed by the CLP in 2012
essentially making promises through signed
contracts with the regions totalling a billion
dollars of un-funded election commitments.
The CLP debacle reflects former Chief Min-
ister Terry Mills signing contracts with the
bush based on trust however ousted by cur-
rent Chief Minister Adam Giles now blamed
for ignoring regional and remote constituents.
Giles in Opposition represented an aggres-
sive media performer, ambitious politician
however failing the important transition to
Government struggling with credible lead-
ership and lacking trust through dictatorial
Chief Minister Giles rejects governing
‘with a gun to his head’ however the Blain
by-election is the trigger now defining the
majority in the Northern Territory Parliament.
CLP chaos and infighting paralysed their
ability to pass laws in parliament pulling their
signature legislation to split PowerWater and
sell-off public assets.
Consequently the legislation splitting Pow-
erWater and privatisation of public assets
causing significant price hikes across other
Australian jurisdictions was deferred until
after the Blain by-election.
Ironically the people of Blain will judge
CLP policy risking further power and water
price hikes potentially forcing Chief Minis-
ter Giles to the wall losing his majority to
Member for Barkly
By-election could be a
game changer for CLP
ELECTION COMMENT: Written and authorised by Gerry McCarthy,
Member for Barkly, Paterson Street, Tennant Creek.
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