Welcome to politics as farce. There is little doubt that the NT electoral system is broken. The bigger question is how we fix it. Discuss.
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.'
NT EDO principal lawyer David Morris on local support for the auction: "It's been an incredible outpouring. Particularly, I'm astounded at the response by places where we haven't worked that have heard about this and have said, we want to support this because there's a real potential that our community might need this service in the future."
Peter Hanks QC: " ... If the facts as alleged in the 8 statutory declarations are accurate, several offences against s. 266(2) of the Electoral Act (NT) were committed at Wadeye ... offences that seriously threaten the integrity of he operation of the Electoral Act (NT) and the sytem of representative government in the Northern Territory."
Mills and the CLP got smart - and got some smart advice and advisors - and realised that government in the NT was theirs for the taking - not by the usual head-butting over seats in the northern suburbs of Darwin but by concentrating on what had long been accepted as Labor's heartland, the bush seats. And they didn't forget that they only needed one seat to get them over the line. By close of the count Saturday night the CLP had taken government.