By ERWIN CHLANDA
Chief Minister Adam Giles will not answer questions about whether he received a substantial political donation, and failed to declare it to the NT Electoral Commission.
The Alice Springs News Online has a statutory declaration from a person we consider reliable, saying that Mr Giles hired a 4WD car from the employment and training agency CEA and paid just $400 for two months of use.
Mr Giles used the vehicle in his 2012 election campaign. It had electioneering images and text pasted all over it, according to our source.
We put to Mr Giles that if he had received a donation, he was obliged to disclose it, as with any “in-kind gifting of goods, assets and services that were free or below true market value. You lodged a nil return”.
Any gift worth $200 or more must be declared.
We first raised the issues in an email, to his government address, five days ago, on September 28 at 1:04pm, and again yesterday at 4:41pm. We have not received a response to either.
We rang Mr Giles’ mobile at 11:21am today and left a message but received no reply. We left a message on the mobile of his media minder at 12:10pm – no reply.
Mr Giles (at left) was an employee of the CEA prior to his political career, according to our source.