Two minute read: The biggest stories that made news II

by | Jun 6, 2020 | News | 0 comments

In case you’ve been hiding under a rock over the past couple of days, here are the NT Independent’s most significant stories of the week in two minutes of reading: NT cattle producers in court win; State Square costing taxpayers with no business case; majority of police believe the Gunner Government interferes with police operations; and former Justice Minister continues his crime-fighting crusade with cannabis.

Federal Court victory for NT cattle producers in landmark case: Live export ban ‘capricious and unreasonable’

Northern Territory cattle producers have won a historic legal battle against the Federal Government over the 2011 live cattle export ban to Indonesia, after the Federal Court ruled in their favour Tuesday morning.

The class action lawsuit was led in 2014 by the Brett Cattle Company seeking $600 million in damages and alleged former Labor agriculture minister Joe Ludwig acted with reckless disregard and did not follow his own department’s advice when he temporarily suspended the trade.

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Business case never made for NT Government’s ‘critical’ $100m State Square redevelopment project

The Gunner Government has only now started work on developing a business case for its flagship State Square redevelopment project – three years after first announcing it and more than a year after commencing works – the NT Independent can reveal.

Before developing a business case for its “critical” State Square project, the government paid $1.5 million to demolish the Chan Building, built a $20 million underground carpark, paid for a $500,000 “masterplan”, and awarded tenders to contractors for a variety of associated works since 2018.

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Nearly 90 per cent of cops think government is interfering: police survey

Almost 90 per cent of Northern Territory police officers believe the Gunner Government interferes with police operational matters and are extremely dissatisfied with its current performance, according to a survey released today.

The Northern Territory Police Association’s pre-election survey revealed 86.5 per cent of respondents rated NT Labor’s handling of policing issues over the current term of government as ‘poor’ or ‘extremely poor’.

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NT’s former ‘Captain Justice’ John Elferink caught up in marijuana mystery in South Australia

Former NT Attorney General and Justice Minister John Elferink has continued his crime-fighting crusade while living in South Australia, allegedly uncovering a massive haul of cannabis during a walk near his home.

Famous for performing citizens arrests during his time as NT Justice Minister, Mr Elferink said he uncovered nine large plastic bags full of cannabis dumped at a road reserve next to SA’s Onkaparinga National Park.

A poll on the NT Independent Facebook page showed 54 per cent of the 255 who voted wanted Mr Elferink back, but in a limited role, as some sort of vigilante crime fighter.

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Rates freeze, development of Casuarina pool top Darwin Council’s record budget spend

A freeze on residential and commercial rates and a $25 million redevelopment of Casuarina Pool are some of the highlights of Darwin Council’s record $71.77 million 2020/21 Budget.

“This record capital budget includes investments in major projects across the municipality,” Mayor Kon Vatskalis said.

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OPINION: How not to manage government finances – The case of the Northern Territory

The Gunner Government disclosed it was heading into deep financial difficulty in late 2018 and it’s budgetary track record and cultural problem of spending – now with even greater debt and the COVID-19 crisis to deal with – shows it has no real ability to fix deep government fiscal problems, writes Professor Don Fuller.

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