Tag Archives: Michael Gunner

How not to manage government finances: The case of the NT

 

Governments usually borrow money for creating infrastructure. In the Territory the cash is needed to pay the public servants’ wages. DON FULLER reports. PHOTO: After three years of divisive Aboriginal art gallery debate, a hole in the ground is all the government has to show for, and the demolition of a perfectly good building, the historic Anzac highschool. FULL STORY »

Which of these questions will Gunner answer?

 

 

Opposition Leader Lia Finocchiaro may be on a mission impossible tomorrow: During Public Accounts Committee hearings she will be asking Chief Minister Michael Gunner 14 questions about government finances. When the Alice Springs News raised with him a related issue on March 11 in Alice Springs, the answer was predictable. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

COVID: ScoMo not here to tell Gunner what to do

 

 

The Gunner Government is happy to try and slam through legislation with minimal scrutiny. It will do everything in its power to cover-up and squash debate. It’s just not on, says Opposition Leader Lia Finocchiaro (pictured). FULL STORY »

NT support for business, householders now reaches $300m

 

 

Chief Minister Michael Gunner (pictured) announces initiatives on payroll and utilities, urges council to drop rates, mandates longer periods of negotiation between tenants and landlords and fairer terms so that businesses and households can get through the coronavirus crisis. FULL STORY »

NT may face total COVID-19 lockdown

 

Aboriginal organisations call for the NT to become Special Control Area for COVID 19, meaning that everyone entering the Territory must go into self-isolation for two weeks. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo: Michael Gunner delivering a long speech but measures for the pandemic spreading to the NT remain a work in progress.

 

UPDATE 4.50pm: Today, the National Cabinet has given in-principle agreement for the Commonwealth Biosecurity Act to be used to restrict travel into and out of remote communities. FULL STORY »

Gunner’s native title deal merely ‘flagged’: Lhere Artepe

 

 

Graeme Smith (pictured in his football days), a member of the native title organisation Lhere Artepe, says the acquisition of five areas of land in Alice Springs has been “flagged” by the NT Government, but there are no signed deals nor an Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA). FULL STORY »

Bush towns making their own Coronavirus plans is ‘nonsense’

 

 

“Those lines around local decision making are government rhetoric. It is the normal rubbish that they peddle out. The reason why they are not making plans for remote communities is because it is not their priority.” Scott McConnell (pictured), the Member for Stuart, the vast and mostly remote electorate in Central Australia, is scathing about the Chief Minister’s approach to dealing with the threat looming in the bush of the deadly Coronavirus pandemic. FULL STORY »

Gunner’s native title deal not what it seems to be

 

 

Serious doubt is being cast over statements from Michael Gunner, in his “2020 – The Year Ahead” speech, by Fabian Conway (pictured) who chairs Irlpme, one of the three estate groups that make up Lhere Artepe. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Record NT debt: Gunner mum on collateral

 

 

Compulsory acquisition of real estate for gallery on the cards, deals for land with native title holders, solar future and the Feds are to blame for youth crime: Michael Gunner sketches what’s in store for The Alice this year. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Gunner says fresh talks about gallery at Anzac Hill precinct

 

Anzac Hill precinct back in talks with the Town Council as the site for the national Aboriginal art gallery, but opposition from traditional owners doesn’t get a mention as the Chief Minister answers a question from MLA for Araluen, Robyn Lambley. PHOTO by Isaac Benz: Part of the site of the Anzac Hill high school, now demolished. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

 

UPDATE 11.10am: No evidence of consent from traditional owners.

UPDATED 25 February 2020, 9.26am FULL STORY »