Pollies talk of new party
Mills and Lambley discuss North Australia alliance
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.”