Two minute read: The biggest stories that made news

by | Aug 8, 2020 | News | 0 comments

In case you’ve been under the covers hiding from politicians in the lead up to the NT election, the nuts and bolts of Territory news for the week includes: FOI delayed so NT politicians travel costs to remain hidden until after election; the CLP to preference disgraced former speaker Kezia Purick; NT pet rental laws petition has come under fire, with massive overseas signings; and the NT Electoral Commission releases the ballot order for the August 22 poll.

Costs of NT pollies’ travel to remain hidden until after election 

Territorians have been denied the right to know where their politicians travelled over the last two and a half years and how much it cost, until after the election, following the Department of Chief Minister’s decision to delay the NT Independent’s Freedom of Information application into taxpayer-funded travel.

The Gunner Government scrapped the requirement for Territory politicians of all political persuasions to publicly report their travel as of 2018 – despite a 2016 election promise to make all taxpayer-funded travel more accessible to the public.

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‘Helping ourselves’: CLP to preference disgraced former speaker as preference deals firm up 

The Country Liberal Party will preference disgraced former speaker Kezia Purick in the seat of Goyder in the upcoming general election, the NT Independent can reveal.

The NT Independent also understands that the CLP and Territory Alliance will exchange preferences in 19 of 21 seats where TA is running a candidate, following the CLP’s declaration it would not preference Labor this election.

TA will preference Labor in two seats, which it says was the decision of its individual candidates.

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NT pet rental laws petition called into question over curious international signings 

A petition spearheaded by the NT’s peak real estate body calling for a reversal of legislation that would allow tenants to keep pets on a property has come under fire, after the majority of signatories have been identified as overseas parties from far-flung countries such as Namibia and Guyana.

The petition, which was tabled in Parliament in June, was touted as having the support of 8,382 people. But a review of the names and countries of origin shows that only 18 per cent of supporters were from the NT – with 60 per cent of signatories from other countries including South Korea, Mozambique, Hong Kong, Malaysia and as far away as Ireland and Netherlands.

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Darwin Supercars delayed until next weekend due to crew members entering quarantine 

The V8 Supercars Darwin Triple Crown has been rescheduled following the government’s decision to add Brisbane and other Queensland areas to its list of restricted COVID-19 hotspots that will now see some crew members enter mandatory quarantine.

Chief Minister Michael Gunner attempted on Tuesday to distance himself from the decision, before the government made the official announcement on Wednesday to reschedule this weekend’s races to August 15-16.

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NT Election 2020: Ballot lists released 

As the NT’s major parties and independents scramble to hammer out preference deals, the NT Electoral Commission has held the election ballot draw to determine the order of names on each ballot for the NT 2020 general election.

Voting centres across the Territory open on Monday, August 10 for pre-polling.

Here’s how the ballot list will look for each of the 25 NT electorates.


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