Chief Minister must resign over loss of trust

Australian Greens

The NT Labor Chief Minister Natasha Fyles should resign over her connections to gas corporations and potentially harmful mining projects, and her clear failure to prioritise the health of communities and a safe climate over profits.

Ms Fyles is mired in scandal. Yesterday, it was revealed she failed to disclose a shareholding in mining corporation South 32, whose manganese mine on Groote Eylandt she refused to investigate as Health Minister, despite years of calls to do so from impacted communities. She’s been referred to ICAC for hiring a senior advisor who previously lobbied for Tamboran Resources, the company trying to frack the Beetaloo Basin. She held shares in gas corporations, including, until recent criticism, Woodside, and failed to declare these shares as a conflict of interest in her decision making on Middle Arm.

The Chief Minister has a vested interest in gas and extraction at any cost, she’s right when she says “nothing will stop [her]“, and puts her own & her party’s interests ahead of the people she claims to represent.

As stated by Jonathan Parry:

  • “When the Chief Minister continues to lie and willfully deceive the public, the question is, what can we trust her on?”
  • “The Chief Minister is clearly happy to frack us into oblivion for a buck.”
  • “The people of the Territory deserve representatives who will act with integrity and who care about our future, not politicians who line their own pockets.”
  • “You can’t have the government in bed with fossil fuels and you can’t have a Chief Minister who’s more interested in a nest egg than the health of the community. We need to stop approving new gas and stop pouring fuel on the fire.”
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