Halving our seats in Parliament: "The underlying presumption in such a cold, clinical, approach must be that all people are equal and are evenly scattered around an electorate within one climate zone," writes Bob Beadman (pictured).
Now the Chief Minister has shut down the only avenue of transparency left. This is total disregard for democratic process and accountability, as the Territory suffers, writes Opposition Leader Lia Finocchiaro.
Chief Minister Michael Gunner in a statement less than an hour ago announced police powers to impose on-the-spot fines of $5495, and he called alleged offenders grub, idiot, and lowlife. Power and water prices for Territory businesses will be slashed by 50% and mandatory quarantine arrangements will be formalised. New measures will be brought in during a special session of Parliament on Friday, with some Members attending remotely.
Terry Mills and Robyn Lambley (pictured) are no longer heading up the Opposition: "The collusion in the Chamber between the CLP, the ALP and the Speaker was nothing short of disgusting," says Mrs Lambley. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Will Mayor Damien Ryan (at left), now that he is also CLP candidate, reverse his long-standing opposition to a youth curfew in Alice Springs? This week Opposition Leader Gary Higgins called for such a curfew, a sure sign that this is now a major plank in CLP platform for the 2020 NT elections. Mr Ryan's opponent in Araluen, Robyn Lambley (at right), seems to be on a winner, at least politically. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
More than 17 million tourists visiting Northern Australia in 2014/15 and spending 10 billion dollars is a fact that could be expected to send the pulse rate up a notch or two. But despite its stirring title, “Northern Horizons – Unleashing Our Tourism Potential”, the Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Northern Australia report, at least judging by its chapter six, is short on excitement, specific initiatives and detail that could further crank up the industry. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.