The Country Liberals now hold all seats in Central Australia with the confirmation of the victory in Stuart by Bess Price (pictured) who defeated Karl Hampton.
The Country Liberals will now have 16 seats in the Legislative Assembly, with seven for Labor.
Ken Lechleitner on polling day, campaigning for Warren H. Williams (back to the camera) in Hermannsburg.
The Darwin-focussed politics of successive Territory governments has finally got the challenge it deserved and it came from the black vote in the bush. Credit has to go to the Country Liberals' significant work in communicating with bush electorates and fielding credible candidates with strong local roots – this transformation of the Country Liberals is one of the major changes wrought by Labor's 11 years in power. But the performance of the First Nations Political Party, particularly in the electorate of Stuart, suggests a broader politicisation of Aboriginal people, no longer happy to have other voices speaking for them.
The challenge for the Country Liberals government will now be to respond to their new support base, honouring their campaign promises. The challenge for the First Nations Political Party is to remain active, develop its thinking beyond the broad brush, and identify future credible candidates. On polling day at Hermannsburg KIERAN FINNANE spoke to Ken Lechleitner about the party's future.
Bess Price on the campaign trail, talking with Laramba resident Ronnie McNamara and Napperby pastoralist Janet Chisholm.
Is a swing on in the vast Northern Territory electorate of Stuart? It's been held by Labor since 1983. Can well-regarded and outspoken senior Warlpiri woman Bess Nungarrayi Price wrest it from Labor for the Country Liberals? One voter doesn't make up the 15% needed but Ronnie McNamara in Laramba is eloquent: "We tried Karl Hampton and before him Peter Toyne. Nothing happened. We need someone who can help us ... We might vote for that Country party." KIERAN FINNANE accompanies Bess Price on the campaign trail.
NT Recycling Solutions yesterday closed the doors of its three depots operating in the Darwin area under the Cash for Containers scheme.
The firm says it paid 10 cents refund for more than two million containers but the reimbursement from the drink manufacturers have either been not paid or not in full: "NTRS advised the Government of these issues early in the scheme's existence however they failed to make any significant efforts to help us resolve the matter until several weeks after the issues arose."
The Darwin firm urges collectors to contact the Minister responsible for the administration of the Act, Karl Hampton (pictured) "and voice their concerns over the failure of the scheme to date".
In a statement issued to media on Friday Mr Hampton said the government has offered to pay for the dispute to be mediated and is advised that mediation will take place next week. It has now been confirmed that it will be before Tom Pauling, former NT Administrator, early in the week.
PHOTO at top: Part of the depot in Smith Street, Alice Springs.