NT leader backs stability
NT’s new Chief Minister has rejected the PM’s claims of instability in her government.
The Northern Territory's former chief minister Michael Gunner quit during a budget speech last week, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family.
Reports have since claimed that NT’s ICAC was investigating Mr Gunner and members of his staff over alleged misuse of public funds involving election campaign trips during the 2020 election.
Mr Gunner’s chief of staff Emily Beresford-Cane, his head of communication Maria Billias and the CEO of the Department of Chief Minister and Cabinet Jodie Ryan all resigned soon after.
The territory's new chief minister, Natasha Fyles, has taken over the role, and has announced current Deputy Chief Minister Nicole Manison will remain second in command.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison visited Darwin this week to join Coalition candidates Damien Ryan and Tina MacFarlane in their effort to secure the territory's two marginal federal lower house seats of Lingiari and Solomon.
“We've got too much instability up here in the territory,” Mr Morrison said on Monday morning.
He attempted to link a perceived rise in crime in the NT with the issues in the government.
“We have got more changes here, we have got serious issues with law and order across the territory … I mean, we want the territory to be safe,” he said.
Ms Fyles has rejected the claim of instability in her ranks.
“We said stability was key and that is what we will continue to provide,” she said.