Yesterday afternoon the slow moving train wreck that is the Northern Territory Country Liberal Party government led by Terry “Freckles” Mills drove itself over a cliff. Just six months old and riddled with in-fighting and struggling to get a message — any message — across, the CLP may soon split into a smattering of fringe [...]READ MORE
John Liddle: Like most Aboriginal males in Central Australia I am sick of going to funerals and seeing our courts, jails, health clinics and hospital filled with brothers and sisters who have been involved in family violence. It is time that Aboriginal males stood up both morally and culturally, taking positive action and a zero tolerance approach to stop the excessive violence in families, communities and towns, a crisis that is having a devastating effect on community members of all ages and genders, especially the children.READ MORE
As the NT News reported on 13 August 2010 that: “The CLP knew about the case before choosing him as the candidate for Lingiari…Mr Abbott yesterday denied he had pleaded guilty, but court records show that he did…He denied the original domestic violence order was taken out against him because of violence or threats of violence against the woman…Mr Abbott said he was a victim of biased legislation that nearly always favoured women in domestic violence cases. ‘It does just cut one way in favour of women,’ he said.”READ MORE
The Northern Myth: Mr Tony Abbott said in relation to your call for Mr Leo Abbott’s disendorsement that: “That’s ultimately a matter for the Territory Country Liberal party, but I want to say that there’s absolutely – or there should be – absolutely no place in the Parliament for people who are involved in domestic violence.” Was that the right call? Terry Mills: Absolutely. Tony Abbott said that it was a “no-brainer.” He phoned me and he couldn’t believe that the [CLP] management committee would have made such a decision, and I completely agree with him, completely agree with him.READ MORE
Mr Richard Teo, A/President of the CLP: “There was no violence whatsoever. There are a lot of people out there who would like to sink the man.
He [Abbott] is one of the best indigenous persons that have come out into the open to openly look for a position in government which we need more people like that for. There are a lot of jealous people out there who would like to sink the man. And we are a fair-go party, we give everyone a chance to prove themselves.”
Gerry Wood only needed to make one deal to maintain Labor in power. If he had supported the CLP there would have been three deals – between Wood and CLP opposition leader Terry Mills, between Mills and Alison Anderson and between Wood and Anderson and the risk of any of those three deals going pear-shaped was substantial.READ MORE