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The Northern Territory news Mon 29 Aug 2016



The Northern Territory news Mon 29 Aug 2016

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MONDAY AUGUST 29 2016 NEWS 05 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Margin growing as Chief savours win CLP soul search begins in earnest COUNTRY Liberal Party figures have vowed to pick up the pieces, despite a historic election loss and questions about whether it would even form the Opposition in the NT Parliament. By the end of ballot counting on Saturday night, the CLP was poised to return just two members to Parliament Lia Finnochiaro and Gary Higgins. CLP president Tory Menschelyi yesterday indicated she would resign at the next party conference in September after overseeing the Territory election defeat and the federal lashing that saw party stalwart Natasha Griggs lose her seat. Well rebuild, she said. The Country Liberals arent going anywhere. Our candidates were strong and I hope they stay involved and help us rebuild. Well work out where we go from here. Former chief minister Adam Giles returned to Darwin yesterday with his Alice Springs seat of Braitling in the balance. He said on Saturday night that disunity cost the CLP victory. I think the Territory will grow and prosper much better for all that we have done, he said. We will rebuild, we will come back cohesively and we will come back bigger and better. The political reckoning has left many party members searching for answers. Our biggest failure as a government was poor communication, marketing and advertising, said Johnston candidate Steven Klose. We lost touch with Territorians. Other candidates had told the NT News they were having a difficult time on doorsteps, unable to distance themselves from the scandal and infighting that plagued the government. The future of the party lies in limbo. Some believe Ms Finnochiaro is likeable enough to give the party a fresh face and a rebrand. Mr Higgins, who won his seat of Daly, was several times on the verge of leaving the party before the election and sitting as an independent. He also removed CLP logos from his campaign material in some areas. Mr Higgins is close to independent Kezia Purick and could be courted to join a formal Opposition of independents. It is almost certain that independents will outnumber CLP MLAs in Parliament. Neither Mr Higgins or Ms Finnochiaro returned calls yesterday. Ms Griggs, who lost her federal seat in a large swing that most observers believe was a protest against the Territory Government, said yesterday she would be involved in helping the party rebuild. Its time now for the Country Liberals to listen and learn from the disappointing election result, she said in a brief statement. I am a proud member of the Country Liberals and will work hard to ensure Territorians trust in us is restored. I pay tribute to our candidates and encourage them to be part of our rejuvenation. CHRISTOPHER WALSH It was a massive win for the Labor Party, (Michael) Gunner, Mr Turnbull told ABC TV. Federal Labor leader Bill Shorten said the outstanding result came down to people being sick and tired of disunity in politics. M A L C O L M T U R N B U L L Liberal frontbencher Christopher Pyne agreed the NT government had suffered a lot of disunity over the past four years and now there was enormous responsibility on Labor MPs in the new Parliament They have been very untried and untested and unprepared for government, he told Sky News. There are a lot of big issues in the Northern Territory. Labor frontbencher Ed Husic said the pressure was well and truly on to perform or suffer the same fate. Shorten says PM must see disunity is a killer THE catastrophic defeat of the Northern Territory government should be ringing alarm bells for the Prime Minister, federal Labor believes. The Country Liberals lost government and may have even lost party status in Saturdays NT election. Labor looks set to claim 18 of the 25 seats in the Territorys Parliament, reducing the CLP to possibly just two seats fewer than the number of Independents. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (pictured) said defeated chief minister Adam Giles description of the election as a landslide and a thumping was accurate. Whilst many of the scandals and issues were particular to the Northern Territory, I think theres a lesson for Mr Turnbull, indeed Mr Abbott, Mr Morrison and Julie Bishop too: disunity is death, he said. If ... Mr Turnbull sees no lessons about the price of division, well then I dont know what on earth will ever get through to him. Asked if he saw any lessons in the NT vote, the Prime Minister said it was overwhelmingly driven by local issues. But the point that Adam made about unity, that is a wise insight into politics on every level and generation, he said. It was a massive win for the Labor Party