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.
Shameful behaviour by the former Member for Katherine Willem Westra van Holthe and the poor performance of the Giles administration contributed to the Labor victory in Katherine, as also did the fact that Sandra Nelson (at left) stood on an anti-fracking platform and received preferences from another anti-fracking candidate. But Labor will lose Katherine, writes Bruce Francais (at right).
Speculation that its second Leader in as many years may get the chop will mark the CLP Government's birthday tomorrow. As uproar over remarks seen as homophobic forced the Treasurer to resign and the party is in turmoil, we publish today the views of community leaders about how Alice Springs has fared since the August 25, 2012 election (scroll down to separate reports). And ERWIN CHLANDA comments on his reporting on a government that promised transparency but is too often palming off enquiries to minders, and is led by a Chief Minister increasingly thin-skinned and short tempered.
It was a "job interview" and he didn't turn up. First question to the other three contenders for the Legislative Assembly seat of Greatorex was, "Where's the CLP candidate? Has there been any apology from him?"
This was the 'meet the candidate' forum for Greatorex, organised well in advance by independent candidate Phil Walcott to which all contenders were invited.
"If someone chooses to not turn up for the interview, well ...," said Mr Walcott, explaining that incumbent Matt Conlan (Country Liberals) had indicated that he would not attend via a letter to the editor in the Centralian Advocate last week.
Joining Mr Walcott to outline their platform and answer questions were the ALP candidate Rowan Foley and the Greens' recently announced contender, Evelyne Roullet.
It seems though that the campaign is hardly setting the electorate on fire. About a dozen constituents turned up. Local media from three outlets were also in attendance.
Alcohol policies were an inevitable focus.
Photo (from left): Rowan Foley, Evelyne Roullet and Phil Walcott – but where is Matt? KIERAN FINNANE reports.