On Saturday night, as gracious as Giles' speech was, so Gunner's was shambolic. "Tonight is extraordinary" he said three times while the baying crowd called for blood and more beer.
“ … a rancid dead dog.” Ex-CLP leader Jodeen Carney. Northern Territory News. July 2015, channeling an Adam Giles quote from 2009.
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.
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.'
"I enjoyed having a night off and getting hammered ... the level of incompetence of these people is just madness. It was absolute madness, mindless stupidity and political immaturity." Adam Giles reflects on politics, a failed coup and a big night in.
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.
As Rothwell notes, the good tax-payers of the Australian south-east fork out around $4 billion a year to keep the NT running. Divide that number by the 220,000 people in the NT and the figure is around $18,000 per head. "Thanks and it is your shout!!"
The Keep River Kite reckons that the NT's new mandatory rehab scheme for repeat drunks will be just another "wild, failed scheme" doomed for failure.
Newly-appointed NT Treasurer John Elferink has banned departmental staffers from supporting their minister during Estimates hearings. Will this shed more light on government processes or draw a veil across democracy in the NT?
For mine, Anderson used "boys" and "little boys" as dog-whistles to the broader Aboriginal community in the NT to send a barely-encoded message that the pretenders to the Mills throne are no more than boys, uncircumcised (or sub-incised) grown men unworthy of consideration as men.