Sunday Territorian 1 Mar 2015
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SUNDAY MARCH 1 2015 NEWS 07 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Liberals race to rock the nation JULIE Bishop and Malcolm Turnbull will both stand for the Liberal leadership in the event of a spill motion, setting the scene for a Melbourne Cup field of candidates that could even include Trade Minister Andrew Robb. The foreign ministers supporters have indicated the mood of the party room is clear: Liberal MPs want a choice and dont want a fait accompli where powerbrokers form a ticket in the event that Tony Abbott resigns or faces a second spill motion. That is likely to spark a three-way contest if Tony Abbott contests any second leadership spill, or even the prospect of a four-candidate race if Mr Robb also throws his hat in the ring. Senior cabinet ministers insist Mr Robb has been telling MPs Mr Turnbull is not conservative enough in the event the prime minister is toppled. Publicly, Mr Robb indicated yesterday the prime minister had earned the right to contest the next election. While cabinet ministers have hosed down reports a challenge could come as soon as this week, they admitted the situation was unpredictable. Asked if he was concerned Ms Bishop was refusing to rule out contesting if the leadership was vacant, the prime minister said in New Zealand: Well, look, I dont expect that opportunity to arise. Ms Bishop said: I am not aware of any attempt to bring a spill motion to challenge the leadership. But as angry backbenchers urge the divided ministry to tap Mr Abbott on the shoulder, Mr Turnbull is refusing to be drawn into a premature strike. As one MP described the standoff, the generals have got to act. They want Malcolm to fix the bayonet and charge and they all just want to say, well just sit in the trenches and see how you go, a Liberal MP said. Mr Turnbulls supporters have accused pro-Abbott ministers of trying to trap Mr Turnbull into an early strike by briefing the media this week that he has the numbers and urging him to challenge. The Sunday Territorian has confirmed a significant group of frontbenchers publicly loyal to the prime minister say privately he will not survive to the next election. But they are divided over how soon to act. By SAMANTHA MAIDEN Jay Singh, manager of Feeling Peckish in Alice Springs Todd Mall, looks through the second window of his business to be smashed in consecutive nights Picture: PHIL WILLIAMS THIEVES have broken into a cafe in Alice Springs three times over just four days to steal lollies. Police attended Feeling Peckish yesterday in a search for fingerprints and other evidence after the most recent break-in on Friday night. Police said a juvenile had been taken into custody in relation to Friday nights incident, but charges had not yet been laid. Another female youth was arrested after allegedly breaking in with two others early Friday morning. It is alleged the three females threw rocks at the Todd Mall cafe before entering and stealing a jar of lollies. The business also had an object thrown at its window two days earlier. Cafe manager Jay Singh said it would be expensive to fix the windows. We have to put (steel) shutters up and fix everything, so that we can be careful that next time no one breaks inside, he said. The customers are still getting the same service from us, but it just doesnt look very good (with a broken window). Loveys Deli was also broken into last week. Thieves caused more than $5000 worth of damage and stole two bottles of cola. Recent crime statistics revealed that commercial break-ins in Alice Springs had increased by 9.6 per cent over the course of 2014 compared with the previous year. By DAVID SIBENALER Alice cafe targeted by peckish thieves We have to put (steel) shutters up Lambley sticks with CLP as party meets ROBYN Lambley remains a member of the Country Liberals, despite declaring she has no faith in Chief Minister Adam Giles and publicly wishing she had not been associated with this period of the partys history. Party president Jason Newman told the Sunday Territorian Ms Lambley was not targeted at yesterdays central council meeting in Katherine. It was the first time the group had met since the failed leadership coup last month. Mr Newman said Ms Lambley (pictured) was at the meeting but left early to attend an appointment. I think to be honest the feeling is that all 14 members need to act better and thats where everyone is at, he said. When asked if CLP mem bers were able to put their divisions behind them, Mr Newman said certainly theyre going to try. I cant speak on behalf of Robyn and Adam, he said. The problem was never in the party. He said the meeting had been pretty positive, actually. It flew in the face of speculation Ms Lambley could face disciplinary action over her attack on the Chief Minister in parliament on Tuesday. Ms Lambley used Labors no confidence motion to claim Mr Giles was not the legitimate leader of this Government. I believe Adam Giles needs to step down from his position and give us all an opportunity to rebuild before we lose everything, she said. By SHAE MCDONALD Have gay old time at Elliott Mardi Gras THE famed Elliott Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras will be held for the 11th time this year, with the Anzac Day event having a night of stars theme. Event organiser Shelley McDonald said the theme of come as your favourite star be it film, music or general icon would give people a wide range of choice in dressing up and said the event was getting better with more actual gay and lesbian people being drawn to the big event. Look its just a brilliant night, Ms McDonald said, It is just excellent fun, pretty much. All money raised goes to the SA/NT Guide Dogs. The event is held at the Elliott pub with entertainment by Fats Thommo. Tickets are $60 and the grand float parade begins at 5.30pm. Inquiries: Ms McDonald. For accommodation phone Pete, on 8969 2069, 2-8pm seven days a week. CA$H FOR CONTAINERS DEPOT 41 McKinnon Road, Pinelands 8931 0397 TRADING HOURS DARWIN 8.00am 4.00pm Monday Friday 8.00am 2.00pm Saturday TRADING HOURS ALICE SPRINGS 8.00am 4.00pm Monday - Friday 8.00am 12.00pm First Saturday of Each Month 39 Cameron Street Alice Springs 8953 7964 Register online www.envirobank.com.au join our rewards program to win great prizes PLEASE REMEMBER TO REMOVE LIDS