Millions for a drinks company on the rocks and a grandstand for the Darwin Turf Club as the Territory stumbles towards a record debt: In Part Five of his series Professor DON FULLER further assesses the Gunner Government which now may be within days of its demise. PHOTO: A bloated bureaucracy.
There is a strong positive correlation between accountable and transparent government and the sustainability of economic and community development, argues Professor Don Fuller in this Part Two of his series, taking measure of the Gunner Government's performance on that score.
The NT Government, widely regarded as being bankrupt, has just spent $2m demolishing the Anzac Highschool (the photo shows the empty site). Minister Uibo announces she will now "invest" $5.2m "in specialist infrastructure to help support NT students with additional needs to reach their full potential". That was one of the functions of Anzac High. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
The government's Major Events company, which sponsors the event, will not declare the number of people attending. Last time they were caught out by a question in the Assembly from Independent Member for Araluen, Robyn Lambley. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Local government needs to be recognised in the Constitution, which would allow council "more opportunities for engaging directly with Federal Government, to make sure the needs of our community are heard in Canberra," says Cr Jimmy Cocking (pictured, white shirt) in an interview with ERWIN CHLANDA in his Big Council or Small Council series.
Some 70 residents of Santa Teresa (pictured) have a win as the Administrative Tribunal finds the NT Government is obliged to provide habitable housing in remote communities and has pursued tenants over "dodgy debts" of over a million dollars.
UPDATE Feb 28: Statement by Housing Minister Gerry McCarthy.
UPDATE 4.10pm February 28 Rent agreement across the NT likely to be invalid "not with the paper they are written on".
"An inch of rain and we'll be right again," said a man in Ormiston Gorge on Sunday where people had been evacuated and assets saved at the last moment from the firestorm last month. But Dr Fiona Walsh, who's lived and worked in The Centre as a desert ecologist for 25 years, has a more concerned take on the disaster. Meanwhile the government is continuing to withhold information about the fire management plan for the park, and the funding for work that could have contained the blaze. PHOTOS: The Staircase to Heaven, before and after the blaze. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Kilgariff expansion, the spin: "Natural ground cover is preserved wherever possible and disturbance of land not directly required for development is avoided." The fact: Dozens of hectares graded barren. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.