By ERWIN CHLANDA
A reliable source says all Central Australian Members of Parliament voted for Adam Giles in his coup to become Chief Minister.
This means he had the support of Alison Anderson, Bess Price, Matt Conlan and Robyn Lambley. And the Parliamentary wing vote was 13 for Mr Giles, three for Terry Mills.
Meanwhile Alice Springs Country Liberal Party chairman, Daniel Davis (pictured) says: “It’s a really good day for us down here” to have a Chief Minister from Central Australia.
“It’s a surprise but hopefully we can now get on with governing.”
He says he doesn’t know how the Central Australian members voted: “I don’t get involved in the political wing.”
Mr Davis says it’s not a surprise: “Adam Giles has made it public that he had an interest in the job: “There has been unrest and I hope they will now all get together and work as a team.”
He did not comment on what the branch thought of ousted Chief Minister Terry Mills: “I don’t want to comment on people’s opinions. We backed him as the leader in the last election.”
The issue of leadership is a matter for the political wing, he says.
Meanhwile Shadow Indigenous Affairs Minister and Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory Nigel Scullion has welcomed Adam Giles’s appointment as Chief Minister of the Northern Territory.
He said in a media release: “He is not only the first Indigenous Chief Minister of the Northern Territory but the first Indigenous Head of Government in this country. This is an historic move by the Country Liberals and Aboriginal people all over Australia can rightly feel proud on this day.
“I congratulate Terry Mills for leading the Country Liberals back into Government and winning a huge mandate from Aboriginal people in the Territory for a conservative Government. The change to Mr Giles is a consequence of a search for stability and now the focus can be on the delivery of services to Territorians.
“Mr Giles has the skills and acumen of an accomplished leader. The Country Liberals can get back to rectifying the damage done by a decade of Labor Government,” Senator Scullion said.
Coup: All Central Australian members voted for Adam Giles
By ERWIN CHLANDA