Topic archives: Terry Mills

Failed state, failed party. The Country Liberal Party’s “long march” back to electoral credibility

Failed state, failed party. The Country Liberal Party’s “long march” back to electoral credibility

September 8, 2017 3

The CLP's 2016 election campaign was a shambles. Loughnane and Mitchell describe a"rudderless" and dramatically underfunded campaign. The Northern Myth understands that, notwithstanding the repeated assurances during the campaign that the CLP had a campaign war chest of $1 million, it was only after the election that the party's campaign debt of around $500,000 was revealed.

Has the Mansfield Inquiry into NT political donations been crippled from the start?

Has the Mansfield Inquiry into NT political donations been crippled from the start?

July 16, 2017

Foundation 51 has been the subject of intense media attention, and of formal enquiries by both the Australian and the NT electoral commissions and, despite years of digging by the media, NT Labor and others, no smoking gun has been, or is likely to be found. Foundation 51 was deregistered in May 2015.

Accountability and transparency? The Gunner government gets a Fail grade so far

Accountability and transparency? The Gunner government gets a Fail grade so far

May 25, 2017

The Gunner government’s end of semester Report Card gives it a fairly miserable failing D grade in the subject Accountability and Transparency. Teacher’s comment: “Occasional glimpses of promise and a marginal improvement on last year’s class (the worst the school has ever had) but much more effort is needed”.

Crocs in the Cabinet: The CLP, politics as farce and farce as politics

Crocs in the Cabinet: The CLP, politics as farce and farce as politics

November 27, 2016

This book is about the fall of an empire – about the power struggles and missteps and flawed characters that took the CLP from the Northern Territory’s dominant political force to near extinction, from an election win in 2012 to holding just two seats in Parliament four years later: Ben Smee and Christopher Walsh.

The CLP got Gunnered …

The CLP got Gunnered …

August 28, 2016

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.

The rise and rapid fall of Minister Nathan Barrett

The rise and rapid fall of Minister Nathan Barrett

June 14, 2016

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."

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

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

November 30, 2015 4

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

June 18, 2015 2

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

June 10, 2015 1

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!

February 9, 2015 3

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.

Adam Giles appoints “Deputy Dawg.” “Tired” Tollner to “have a rest” but tipped to return

Adam Giles appoints “Deputy Dawg.” “Tired” Tollner to “have a rest” but tipped to return

September 2, 2014 2

Giles: Dave [Tollner] chose to abstain from the meeting. He's gonna to take some time off. Journalist: When you say he is going to "take some time off" has he quit? Giles: No, no. Dave's gonna take some time off. I think we all know that the life and the role as a public figure and in a political environment, particularly holding some of the portfolios that Dave did. You do get tired after a while and quite clearly Dave wants a rest and he's gonna have a rest.

With the top end of town in the Top End – the CLP’s Foundation 51

With the top end of town in the Top End – the CLP’s Foundation 51

May 7, 2014 1

Has the NSW disease spread to the big end of town in the Top End? What are the links between the CLP and the secretive Foundation 51?

NT Politics. Why the Gang of Three was (almost) right.

March 31, 2014 8

"If ever I've met a racist group of people, I've met them in the Country Liberal Party," Alison Anderson, 2014.

The day Alison ‘King Brown’ Anderson got bit.

The day Alison ‘King Brown’ Anderson got bit.

September 10, 2013 3

Yesterday afternoon NT Chief Minister Adam Giles dumped Aboriginal MLA Alison Anderson from his Cabinet and sent her to the backbench. Watch this space.

How Adam Giles (and his mates) seized power in the NT

How Adam Giles (and his mates) seized power in the NT

March 14, 2013 14

It took a little longer than originally planned but Adam Giles has taken power in the NT. So how did Australia's first Aboriginal political leader make it to the top? It wasn't easy.

Kon Vatskalis on NT Chief Minister Terry Mills and the lost weekend

Kon Vatskalis on NT Chief Minister Terry Mills and the lost weekend

March 10, 2013

Terry Mills has travelled to Japan to find some gas for the NT and promote the NT economy. Will he still have a job when he gets back?

On “boys”, “little boys” and the politics of intra-racial discrimination in the Northern Territory

On “boys”, “little boys” and the politics of intra-racial discrimination in the Northern Territory

March 8, 2013

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.

NT politics in chaos: Terry Mills flicks the switch from terrible to toxic

NT politics in chaos: Terry Mills flicks the switch from terrible to toxic

March 7, 2013 5

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 […]

NT political rabble: Lambley quits, Mills sacked, Giles wins?

NT political rabble: Lambley quits, Mills sacked, Giles wins?

March 6, 2013 13

Port Darwin MLA and Attorney-General John Elferink will go to the back-bench. Drysdale MLA Lia Finnochario, new to the parliament but very impressive, will get a ministry. Speaker Kezia Purick – dumped by Mills in favour of Lambley six months ago and better-connected to business than any of her colleagues – will be bought back into the fold.

‘Gas to Gove’ – an open letter to the Chief Minister of the Northern Territory

‘Gas to Gove’ – an open letter to the Chief Minister of the Northern Territory

January 30, 2013

In 1963 I signed the historic bark petition which opposed the Gove refinery and bauxite mine and started the land rights movement, and which is now displayed in Parliament House, Canberra. In 2011 I signed the historic mining agreement with Rio Tinto Alcan which guarantees the refinery and bauxite mine for another 42 years. How the wheel turns!