It’s hard to know what to make of this particular …

Comment on Town council candidate had restraining order by Alex Nelson.

It’s hard to know what to make of this particular revelation. This “offence” by John Bridgefoot – from a decade ago – is so trivial that it hardly warrants any mention now. But, as Erwin Chlanda points out in his reply to Ray, there’s a long history to this kind of dirty politics in the Northern Territory.
Erwin mentions that “Leo Abbott’s political career was destroyed by a similar court order” revealed in the federal election campaign of 2010 – but let’s not forget Mr Abbott’s “political career” was sacrificed by his erstwhile CLP colleagues as a means of revealing the breach of a Domestic Violence Order by Damian Hale, then the incumbent Labor Member for Solomon in the Top End. Mr Hale’s “offence” was likewise of a trivial nature but this was sufficient to tip the balance against him in that election.
If it’s relevant to mention Des Roger’s much more serious offences from the early 1970s, it’s equally relevant to remind ourselves of other more recent events that altered the course of political history in the NT.
For example, with all the attention currently focussed on questionable claims for travel entitlements by various federal (mostly Liberal) politicians, I find it deliciously ironic that we’ve all completely overlooked the downfall of Chief Minister Ian Tuxworth in May 1986 brought about by the revelation that he had been wrongly paid travel allowance of $9400 in the early 1980s and which he had repaid long before he became the leader.
At the same time Tuxy was overpaid TA there was national controversy over various members of the Fraser Coalition Government who had made substantial dubious claims for travel entitlements – some in the vicinity of tens of thousands of dollars – of whom none repaid any money or lost their positions.
A few years later (1989) it was the turn of the CLP candidate for the Northern Territory, Bob Liddle, who was dis-endorsed, ostensibly on the grounds of his failure to repay a Mastercard debt of $4000. This involved a local police detective (who was also on the executive committee of a local CLP branch) accessing confidential police computer records.
I was a CLP branch delegate that attended both Central Council meetings that led to the demise of these two men’s political careers. It was very interesting to note that the key individuals who were revealed to be behind the sacrifice of Leo Abbott in 2010 were also involved in those similar controversies of the 1980s.
Of course, these were games played for high stakes. It’s astonishing to see something of this nature arise within the context of a town council by-election!

Recent Comments by Alex Nelson

CLP would build gallery at Desert Park, not Anzac precinct
To me the obvious question to ask is this: Assuming the gallery is built at the Alice Springs Desert Park or south of the Gap, or even not at all, who then is going to be held to account for the unnecessary destruction of a perfectly good public asset, the former Anzac Hill High School, at a cost to taxpayers over $2m and for no good reason at all?
By rights this whole issue should be a major political scandal.


Mparntwe custodians: Lhere Artepe does not speak for us
@ Jack (Posted May 26, 2020 at 1:19 am): Change the scale of your figures (upwards, on a massive scale), widen the scope of your scenario, and you’ve got a perfect description of the Northern Territory for the entire period of “responsible” self-government.


Mparntwe custodians: Lhere Artepe does not speak for us
@ Alex Hope (Posted May 25, 2020 at 3:44 pm): I’ve provided a small reminder of previous shenanigans in my recent comment piece.
The NT Government is simply digging itself into an ever deeper hole; the problem it now has is that it precipitately and unnecessarily spent over $2m of taxpayers’ money to demolish a perfectly good public asset – the former Anzac Hill High School.
The NTG has committed itself to a course of action on this site that it can’t simply abandon, having already gone as far as it has with the expense and actions already taken.
If the Gunner Labor Government was to abandon the Anzac Oval Precinct now, it then faces huge criticism for all the damage it has now caused and for no justification at all.
Whatever criticisms might be directed at the old CLP regime (two decades plus ago), I think it was never on such a scale of bungling incompetence to what we’re now witnessing with the current hapless Labor Government on the home stretch to the imminent polls.
No wonder they’re putting all their hopes in Darwin.


Gallery row: Remember the dam?
@ Jack (Posted May 23, 2020 at 10:42 am): You seem to provide evidence for the existence of a parallel universe – Chansey Paech supports the gallery at the Anzac Oval Precinct despite the disapproval of Traditional Owners of the town area.


High season caravan occupancy rate: Zero.
“We won’t have a tourism industry here if we are not open by July.”
Well, according to CM Michael Gunner on a Darwin radio station today, the borders won’t be open until the beginning of August at the earliest, and only – effectively – if COVID-19 is eliminated in Australia.
Meanwhile Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has stated her state’s borders will likely remain closed until September.
Looks to me the Northern Territory is experiencing a change every bit as transformative as what happened here because of the Second World War.


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