Sean’s comment is closest to the truth. This CLP government …

Comment on Town council canes Chief Minister – twice by Alex Nelson.

Sean’s comment is closest to the truth.
This CLP government has adopted a “crash through or crash” approach to major policy decisions in the NT.
With the possible exception of former Chief Minister Ian Tuxworth in the mid 1980s, this behaviour is in striking contrast to the way the CLP operated during its previous long tenure in office.
Regardless of ones political viewpoint, the fact is the previous CLP government maintained a very close eye on public opinion and responded accordingly.
The Chief Minister’s Office had a first class research unit operating within it and provided the material by which the government vigorously defended and / or promoted its position on various policy issues; or alternatively changed its direction when public opinion clearly necessitated the need to do so.
This was a major factor in explaining the 27 year longevity of the previous CLP administration – it was, in fact, an extraordinarily well-honed political machine focused on its long-term survival.
It was the most successful political party of any government in Australia but ultimately lost this capacity with the rise and gradual dominance of lack-luster members during the 1990s. Once Shane Stone departed the scene, the writing was on the wall.
The current CLP government displays none of the skills of its forebears, especially with regard to public relations.
The CLP today is very much a shadow of its former self. I suspect this is deliberate.
The key politicians making the critical decisions today affecting the NT’s developmental prospects appear to be unconcerned for their long-term prospects in holding public office, which strongly suggests they will in the long term be beneficiaries of the businesses, corporations and industries that currently stand to gain so much from this current administration.

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That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.
That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
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These words drafted by Thomas Jefferson nearly two-and-a-half centuries ago seem to resonate powerfully for our times.

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