By ERWIN CHLANDA
Jacinta Price has breached her Town Council commitment of serving a full term by accepting preselection yesterday as the CLP candidate for the Federal seat of Lingiari.
As the Federal election has to be held on or before November 2 next year, the council may have to hold a by-election – at a cost of around $100,000 – should Ms Price be successful in the Federal poll.
In any case she will have to absent herself from Town Council duties once the Federal election is called.
The Alice Springs News Online asked Ms Price on September 12 last year about rumours that she had political ambitions other than the town council, and might resign before the end of the term.
She said: “I am absolutely committed to serving Alice Springs on Council for at least the next four years. There is much work to be done and I look forward to it.”
A party media release describes Ms Price as “a proud Warlpiri and Irish Celtic woman, mother of four, a celebrated singer and an advocate for the rights of women and children in Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities”.
Lingiari is held by Labor’s Warren Snowdon who is understood to be standing again.
Federal Indigenous affairs minister, Senator Nigel Scullion, is again in the first position on the party’s Senate ticket.
The Territory’s two Senate seats have always gone to the CLP, sitting with the Nationals, and the Labor Party, respectively.
This makes it unlikely that the CLP’s second Senate candidate, Alice Springs electrician Joshua Burgoyne, will be elected.
He is “passionate about delivering better services and infrastructure for all Centralians, particularly for remote communities and young people,” says the party’s media release.
Mr Burgoyne unsuccessfully stood for the town council last year, backed by Mayor Damien Ryan, whose son-in-law he was due to become. This led to tongue-in-cheek speculation that a Donald Trump style family dynasty was in the making.
The party preselected for the seat of Solomon – mostly Darwin and Palmerston – Kathryn Ganley, described by the release as a “third Generation Territorian who has extensive experience across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors who has fought hard for Territorians, especially Territory woman and children”.
We are inviting Ms Price to comment. She is pictured on Twitter with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
By ERWIN CHLANDA