A painstaking investigation by ICAC Commissioner Ken Fleming (at right) raises fundamental questions about the "principles of integrity, honesty, accountability, responsibility and public interest" that the Speaker of the NT Legislative Assembly is meant to apply to the office, as Kezia Purick (at left) resigns. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Territory Alliance Leader Terry Mills called on Speaker Kezia Purick (pictured with Deputy Speaker Chansey Paech) to "resign immediately from Parliament," saying the Chief Minister needs to "explain why he installed her in the first place ... with such overwhelming numbers in Government, and why he stuck with her as Speaker when the scandal first broke back in October 2018". ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
The Independent Commissioner Against Corruption Ken Fleming QC (pictured in the Alice Springs News video of Friday's rally) will step aside from the Office of the ICAC’s continuing involvement in the investigation into the circumstances surrounding a Death in Custody in Yuendumu, according to an ICAC statement released this afternoon.
UPDATE November 20, 3am: Decision to step down "entirely appropriate," says Police Association.
The ICAC has powers to investigate improper conduct, including corruption, misconduct and unsatisfactory conduct by public officers, including NT Police, says the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption Ken Fleming QC (pictured).
The risk is for conflict of interest and breach of public trust. To avoid either, Cr Melky suggests that candidates who are also councillors should avoid the use of council resources other than for strictly council business. Resources include car, phone, office, title and more, he said. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
"It is critically important that the executive officers bring rigour to the role that they perform so that we, for example, can see a trail of decision making, matters documented, and the like," ICAC boss Ken Fleming told ABC Radio about the process leading to the decision by Minister Eva Lawler to proceed with the demolition of the historic school (pictured). Report by ERWIN CHLANDA.
The demolition of Anzac High School (pictured) will continue, says Minister Eva Lawler, the Minister responsible for the Department of Infrastructure, Planning & Logistics (DIPL). In reply to a shock statement from the ICAC yesterday she says getting a report on the refurbishment of the historic building "would have been a waste to taxpayers’ money". ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
UPDATE Friday 7.40am: Save Anzac High campaigner David Hewitt says he inspected the school last night and found no signs that the removal of asbestos had started, as claimed by Minister Lawler.
The ICAC finds the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics let a $2m tender to demolish the Anzac Hill High School despite a report that it was “good condition” with “no sign of deterioration in any of the external walls, floors, pylons, or concrete stairs”. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
She will put Labor's dealings with the liquor giant Dan Murphy's before the Political Donations Inquiry and the new Independent Commission Against Corruption, writes Robyn Lambley (pictured), Independent Member for Araluen.