Pol­lies talk of new party

Mills and Lam­b­ley dis­cuss North Aus­tralia al­liance

NT News - - NEWS - GARY SHIPWAY

A NEW po­lit­i­cal party rep­re­sent­ing North­ern Aus­tralia has been floated by for­mer chief min­is­ter and now in­de­pen­dent Terry Mills.

Mr Mills told mem­bers of the Ter­ri­tory Man­u­fac­tur­ers Coun­cil at their AGM on Thurs­day he wanted to cre­ate a new po­lit­i­cal party, not just for the NT but for all of the peo­ple of North Aus­tralia.

Mr Mills could not be con­tacted yes­ter­day for fur­ther com­ment on the new party, but fel­low in­de­pen­dent and Mem­ber for Araluen Robyn Lam­b­ley con­firmed the two had had dis­cus­sions about form­ing a new party.

“Terry Mills and I are def­i­nitely look­ing at this,” Mrs Lam­b­ley said.

“I sus­pect Terry may be test­ing the wa­ter to see what peo­ple think of the idea.

“Given the state of pol­i­tics in the Ter­ri­tory and across the north it is timely to look at a new party for the north.

“It is very early days, but it is clear there is se­ri­ous level of dis­ap­point­ment with the way the cur­rent Gov­ern­ment has been con­duct­ing it­self.

“The story is much the same with the Ter­ri­tory’s other par­ties and what hap­pened with the CLP with its choice of pres­i­dent is proof of that.

“The Gun­ner La­bor Gov­ern­ment has been a mas­sive dis­ap­point­ment with the pub­lic fall­ing over it­self in all man­ner of ar­eas with the things they have done.

“Their own polling tells them that.

“I think it is about choice, it is about giv­ing peo­ple a bet­ter choice.”

Spec­u­la­tion that Op­po­si­tion deputy leader Lia Finoc­chiaro was talk­ing to Mr Mills about the new party was quickly ruled out.

“I can as­sure my con­stituents of Spil­lett and the wider Ter­ri­tory that I am a Coun­try Lib­eral Party mem­ber of the Leg­isla­tive As­sem­bly and un­equiv­o­cally rule out rep­re­sent­ing them in any other ca­pac­ity.”

Mrs Lam­b­ley made no men­tion of Ms Finoc­chiaro but said she and Mr Mills had def­i­nitely com­mit­ted to work­ing to­gether over the next two years.

“We have said that be­fore,” she said.

“We are aligned, there is no ques­tion about that.

“So I think there is an open­ing there for a party, to firstly fo­cus on the North­ern Ter­ri­tory and also build re­ally strong re­la­tion­ships across the north.

“How­ever it is not easy set­ting up a po­lit­i­cal party and while this may be a good idea it could be dif­fi­cult to ex­e­cute.

“So at the end of the day it might not hap­pen be­cause of the lo­gis­tics in­volved.

“It takes a long time and a lot of peo­ple to come to­gether to do that.”

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