LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Sir – Yesterday’s Casuarina by-election saw a massive swing to the Country Liberals and is a huge vote of confidence in the work of the Giles Government.
I’d like to congratulate Dr Harry Kypreos and the campaign team for their hard work over the past few weeks to secure a five per cent swing, two party preferred. He was the standout candidate and it is a great loss to democracy that he won’t be in the Parliament.
A swing of this scale to the government is unheard of mid-term, in a by-election, especially in a safe opposition seat.
Labor’s primary vote collapsed by a staggering 17 points or 1000 votes yesterday.
ALP primary support went from 59.3 per cent at the last Northern Territory election to just 42.1 per cent this weekend.
At the same time, the Country Liberals primary vote increased and only 50 votes ultimately separated the major parties.
What is clear is that Territorians are embracing the direction of the Giles Government and our vision for the development of Northern Australia that has job creation at its core. There is still more work to do and I look forward to working with Territorians over the next two years as we implement policies to create jobs, release more land and help force down the cost of living.
Labor has pushed the same negative campaign for the last four elections with Delia Lawrie running around like Henny Penny claiming the sky is falling in.
Voters are sick and tired of Delia and her negativity. She’s offered no new policies and is instead clinging onto the same tired ideas that saw Labor booted out in 2012.
Despite not taking the seat, the Giles Government will continue to represent Casuarina and other Northern Suburbs electorates as it builds a better and brighter future for the Territory. Thank you to everyone who supported us yesterday.
In Casuarina, Delia managed to do worse than Labor’s low-water mark in 2012. Voters have deserted Delia Lawrie and her leadership is now in a world of trouble. It has exposed her as a lame duck leader.
The rumblings of discontent are getting louder and the question on everyone’s lips today is how long until Michael Gunner or Gerry McCarthy make their move?
LETTER TO THE EDITOR