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The Northern Territory news Fri 22 Jun 2018



The Northern Territory news Fri 22 Jun 2018

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NTNE01Z01MA - V1 ARNHEM MLA Selena Uibo has emerged as the leading candidate to fill the newly-created ninth Cabinet position. The 33-year-old is said to have the backing of key parliamentary members including Chief Minister Michael Gunner. Caucus will vote on the position today. A first-term member, Ms Uibo has an arts and education degree. Her inclusion would increase indigenous and regional representation. Other names mentioned include Brennan MLA Tony Sievers, who is popular within caucus, and Fong Lim MLA Jeff Collins. The creation of the new position will trigger a reshuffle of the Cabinet the first since the Gunner Government came to power. Opposition Leader Gary Higgins accused Chief Minister Michael Gunner of breaking a promise by reshuffling his Cabinet. You were quoted in the NT News as telling your Cabinet: Lets do this once. I intend to take this team to the 2020 Territory election, Mr Higgins said. Mr Gunner said his Cabinet had provided greater stability than the previous CLP government where there was a re The Chief must become the Families Minister WHEN calls were made in May for the sacking of Territory Families Minister Dale Wakefield, Chief Minister Michael Gunner resisted. His resistance was amid the accidental public release of a 102-page report detailing a decade and a half of departmental failure which led to the rape of a baby girl in Tennant Creek The responsibility, Mr Gunner said, sat with him. Im the one who has to be held accountable as Chief Minister, he told the NT News at the time. Todays Cabinet re shuffle is an opportunity for him to make it official by taking on the role of Families Minister. The portfolios, held by a governments first minister, reflect that governments priorities. This morning, Mr Gunner holds four portfolios in addition to his chief ministerial responsibilities police and emergency services, Aboriginal Affairs, Northern Australia, and trade and business. Its a heavy load and he has copped criticism for spreading himself too thin. Mr Gunner has fended off attempts by his Cabinet colleague and the only indi genous minister Ken Vowles to wrestle the Aboriginal Affairs portfolio from him. Mr Gunners justification has been that the handling of Aboriginal affairs is so critical that it should be held at the heart of his government. For most of the past decade, the police portfolio has sat with the chief minister. But the responsibility to protect our societys most vulnerable members hasnt enjoyed the same prestige. With the exception of a few days in 2012 when the child protection portfolio was held by Terry Mills by default, the last time child protection sat HAYLEY SORENSEN ANALYSIS Top End Medical Centre Gateway Shopping Centre Clinic Now Open Book Online Walk ins Accommodated, All GP Consults Bulk Billed, Quality accessible health care for All 08 7922 8000 topendmedicalcentre.com.au Shop T28/1 Roystonea Avenue Durack NT 0830 Quality, Affordable, Bulk Billed Medical Centre FAMILY FRIENDLY FROM 9AM OPEN 7 DAYS Adults \ $35 12 and under \ $15 Kids under 4 eat free! pp pp 08 NEWS FRIDAY JUNE 22 2018 Uibo an ace in Gunners new deck shuffle every three months or so and two and a half chief ministers. I thank my team for the stability they have shown and the stability they will show over the next two years, he said. The absolute chaos of the CLP versus the stability of Labor and the fact this team delivers for Territorians. In a reshuffle, Lauren Moss will lose her environment portfolio to Education Minister Eva Lawler, who has previously filled the role on a temporary basis. The change is reportedly linked to process delays, according to industry sources briefed on the reshuffle. Ms Moss will keep tourism. Families Minister Dale Wakefield said she would be happy to keep her portfolio but ultimately the decision was for Mr Gunner. Other portfolio changes could include Resources Minister Ken Vowles adding sport to his Arafura Games portfolio. He has also been angling for the indigenous affairs portfolio held by Mr Gunner. Mr Vowles was chastised for a meeting of indigenous members without the Chief Minister present. Mr Vowles told Parliament yesterday the team was united. The new Cabinet will be announced next week. ASHLEY MANICAROS 10 10 CABINET RESHUFFLE 3 3 5 Michael Gunner Chief Minister Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Minister for Northern Australia Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services Minister for Trade, Business and Innovation Nicole Manison Deputy Chief Minister Treasurer Minister for Children Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics J J Natasha Fyles Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Minister for Health Gerry McCarthy Minister for Housing and Community Development Minister for Essential Services Minister for Public Employment Ken Vowles Minister for Primary Industry and Resources Minister for the Arafura Games Lauren Moss Minister for Environment and Natural Resources Minister for Tourism and Culture Minister for Corporate and Information Services Eva Lawler Minister for Education Dale Wakefield Minister for Territory Families THE CONTENDERS Tony Sievers Selena Uibo Jeff Collins A A Q Q 4 4 8 8