Sunday Territorian : 2018-12-16

NEWS : 5 : 05


NEWS 05 î ‘Bad news Friday’ highlights Labor’s ineptitude ANALYSIS holidays, leaving others weather the criticism. That’s a charge he denies, but if his minders thought no one noticed the Chief is never around when there’s bad stuff to explain but squarely in frame when there are piles of cash to hand out, they were wrong. If Labor members want to keep their jobs at the fast approachin­g election, they need to stop being played for fools. to sions are nearing boiling point. Labor members are starting to realise their jobs – not to mention the continuing economic viability of the Territory – are on the line. They’re equally pissed off at what they see as Chief Minister Michael Gunner’s attempts to avoid the resulting shitstorm by dumping the report on Friday and nicking off to New Zealand on Christmas eration and expected to immediatel­y muddle through a press conference. It was a farcically insincere attempt at “transparen­cy”. This time, it’s not just media and the public being kept in the dark. Labor Caucus members are seething they weren’t told earlier just how bad the fiscal situation was before it blew up in their faces. Simmering ten- caucus on Thursday and publicly release the document on Friday. It would be more believable if it wasn’t a tactic her office had used before, almost a year to the day. Last year. on a Friday three days before Christmas, journalist­s were called to Parliament House, handed a document detailing a massive cost blowout in Territory Gen- If you’ve got a Band-Aid to pull off in order to expose a $35 billion debt wound, it’s best to do it when as few people as possible are around to feel the pain. Treasurer Nicole Manison’s office told the making the debt disaster known on a Friday wasn’t a deliberate tactic. Treasury handed Ms Manison the document on Wednesday, allowing her to brief HAYLEY SORENSEN DUMPING bad news on a Friday is a classic political play. The news cycle slows over the weekend, allowing whatever the story to lose steam and escape the close scrutiny it deserves. Extra points if the bad news is delivered during the Darwin Christmas holidays exodus. Sunday Territo- rian V1 - NTNE01Z01M­A PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­ +1 604 278 4604 ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW as hard times loom SUNDAY DECEMBER 16 2018

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