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The kill-or-be-killed world of NT politics, 2012 to 2016

The kill-or-be-killed world of NT politics, 2012 to 2016

Giles’s mood had changed from denial, to anger, to bargaining. He first denied any knowledge of an unfolding coup. Later he raged about the stupidity of it. And in our last conversation, just after midnight, before the phone was hurled from the balcony, he seemed to think there was a way to fight on.

The rise and rapid fall of Minister Nathan Barrett

The rise and rapid fall of Minister Nathan Barrett

By early Saturday afternoon Nathan Barrett was gone from the NT Cabinet, a "horrified" Chief Minister Adam Giles telling the media that Barrett "had to go."

The CLP’s greatest hits – 2012 to 2016

The CLP’s greatest hits – 2012 to 2016

“ … a rancid dead dog.” Ex-CLP leader Jodeen Carney. Northern Territory News. July 2015, channeling an Adam Giles quote from 2009.

The NT Economy – On-Track or off the rails?

The NT Economy – On-Track or off the rails?

Darwin lawyer Matt Punch has a look at the recent economic indicators and the CLP government’s ‘stimulus’ that tell us all is not well in the Territory.

Willem Rudolf Westra van Holthe: the accidental Deputy

Willem Rudolf Westra van Holthe: the accidental Deputy

The reason ministers are supposed to abide by strict standards is not just because they are senior members of the government, but because of the power, juicy information and influence they wield ... If you're on holidays as a minister, it simply means you'll either continue to take work calls anyway and your paperwork builds up in your inbox: Judith Ireland, SMH.

NT Chief Minister Adam Giles: On life, burnout and working 20 hours a day, 7 days a week

NT Chief Minister Adam Giles: On life, burnout and working 20 hours a day, 7 days a week

Whether Giles' statement that he 'works seven days a week, 20 hours a day' is accurate or not, anything close to that figure would be unhealthy in both personal and professional terms and is indicative of a work-life balance well out of whack.

Adam Giles – last man standing on the CLP’s ship of fools?

Adam Giles – last man standing on the CLP’s ship of fools?

Whoever wins the next NT election will face daunting political and economic challenges. Arrogance, hubris, venality and rank political stupidity have proven a fatal combination for the CLP, a party that could once claim pride of place in Territory politics. Right now it is little more than a shambling, punchdrunk rabble.

Robyn Lambley on the ‘politics of hate, discord and lies’ – the ‘dark, unpleasant, amoral cabal’ that rules the NT

Robyn Lambley on the ‘politics of hate, discord and lies’ – the ‘dark, unpleasant, amoral cabal’ that rules the NT

Robyn Lambley on NT Chief Minister Adam Giles: 'This is the Chief Minister whose modus operandi is to eliminate, execute, annihilate and assassinate – and of course has no use for the truth.'

Water rights in never-never land: Tina Macfarlane denies report Stylo Station sold for $4m

Water rights in never-never land: Tina Macfarlane denies report Stylo Station sold for $4m

A report of the sale of a large freehold cattle station in the NT to the country's largest grower of sandalwood is denied by the station owners but questions remain over the future of the station's controversial water allocation.

Suspend Northern Territory self-government!

Suspend Northern Territory self-government!

The Territory has very few friends “down south”, where we have come to be seen as over-indulged redneck mendicant whingers, sucking endlessly on the public nipple of taxpayer generosity. Suspending NT self-government would be a popular decision in most parts of Australia.