OPINION: Terry Mills first tried starting a new party here in the Northern Territory over two years ago. He made attempts to do this with the Nationals and the Liberal party. At the time I thought it was for genuine reasons.
The reasons being the conservatives of the NT did not have the best representation we could have and bringing the Nationals or Liberals to the NT would result in a better polity. I supported this.
Looking back now, I see that this was just the easiest way to gain the most power and had nothing to do with supporting the core belief of the Nationals or Liberals. It was not because he was standing behind the political ideology of the Nationals or the Liberals.
Terry Mills has completely turned his back on the core values of conservatism to gain popular support. No blue blood conservative could live with themselves after preferencing the Greens, as Territory Alliance did at the Johnston byelection.
For me, a man who turns his back on his core beliefs is a man with no beliefs at all. If he truly stood by the values of what the Nationals and Liberals represent, he would not be leading what is Territory Alliance today, a group that is attempting to be everything to everyone.
A political party that is attempting to be left, right, regressive and progressive all rolled into one and relying on a “common sense approach” to get the best outcome for our society and economy. It is ludicrous to think that elected members from all spectrums of the political sphere can form under one brand and provide stability. There is no evidence anywhere else in the world of this being successful.
Territory Alliance is a party that is building popularity based on the dislike and poor performance of the two major parties. And the majors are delivering this in droves.
It goes without saying that the performance of the Gunner Government has been extremely poor, and this follows a very dysfunctional CLP Government. My view is we have had 20 years of relatively bad governments here in the NT, which has led to a strong appetite form the public for something new. This has given Territory Alliance the political real estate to gain popularity with very little scrutiny of what they stand for and what is at the core of their party. The public are just looking for anything else.
This week, Terry Mill’s backflip on fracking in an effort to gain popular support means we must all pay very close attention to what they stand for. This behaviour shows us Territory Alliance will provide just another type of dysfunction and failure, similar to what we have had from the others. I encourage you all to watch this one very closely.
Owen Pike is a local business owner and the publisher of the NT Independent. The views expressed are his own.
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