CLP and Labor ‘in bed together’: TA deputy leader slams possible preferences deal

by | Jul 3, 2020 | NT Politics | 1 comment

Territory Alliance leader Robyn Lambley says the CLP’s consideration of preferencing Labor at the Territory election is proof they are “in bed with the Government”.

Ms Lambley made the comments on Facebook on Friday, after Sky News reported the CLP was looking at preferencing Labor at the election over Territory Alliance because of TA’s decision to ban fracking in the NT.

“This is why Territorians cannot vote for the CLP,” Ms Lambley said. “They have learnt nothing over the past 4 years. Nothing at all!

“They would sooner preference the Gunner Labor Government that has financially crippled the NT, that has proven to be completely incompetent, than support Territory Alliance in the sensible centre of politics.

“Over the past 4 years we have seen the two CLP members of parliament in bed with the Government. They have failed as the Opposition and now they are considering preferencing Labor in the election.”

The CLP copped significant criticism for preferencing Labor at the Johnston byelection from party supporters and members, but it appears the party has been considering taking the controversial action again on August 22, although nothing has been finalised.

CLP president Ron Kelly told Sky News the party was considering their preference options ahead of the general election after TA leader Terry Mills declared his party would ban fracking if elected, suggesting it wasn’t economically viable for the NT.

“(The fracking ban) makes it more problematic because this would make it seem that the deal that was done between Territory Alliance and the Greens before the Johnston by-election is still alive and well,” Mr Kelly said.

“Our position has always been that we will deal with people we believe are like-minded. If they are going to promote policies that are anti-development then we’re going to have to have a serious think about that.”

Mr Mills said his party had not made a deal with the Greens before the Johnston byelection and said his party preferrenced the Greens as an “alternative”.

“The community’s turned against the Labor Government, so our preferencing will make sure that there is a replacement,” he said on Mix 104.9.

Mr Mills would not say if he would consider preferencing the CLP, saying that the party would look at preferences on a “case by case” basis closer to the election.

“It’s easy when it was CLP and Labor [as the only options] for everyone,” he said.

“Territory Alliance has been like Uber and disrupted everything.”

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