"What state has not experienced political scandal, claims of corruption, incompetent Ministers, revolving door leadership and wasted taxpayers' money?" This was former Chief Minister MARSHALL PERRON's (ABC photo at left) personal perspective on self government in the Territory when he addressed CDU last year.
Trouble in the ranks of the Country Liberal Party isn't new, writes ALEX NELSON in part one of a series, on the 30th anniversary of Marshall Perron becoming Chief Minister, arguably the most significant leadership change in the political history of the NT. Mr Perron (at right in the photo) at the CLP Annual Conference “Galah Ball” at the Verdi Club in August 1988. From left: Unknown, Cherry Perron, Mike Reed, Federal National Party leader Ian Sinclair.