The Henderson Government Turns Its Back On The Alice

The Henderson Government Turns Its Back On The Alice

Northern Territory Shadow Minister for Child Protection Robyn Lambley

Darwin Central

Victor P Taffa

Another Key Government Position in Alice Springs is set to be Axed.

“The Alice Springs-based Police Media Liaison Position is to be moved to Darwin.” Shadow Minister for Child Protection and Member for Araluen Robyn Lambley said today.

“The implications of this are enormous and once again, clearly not in the best interests of Alice Springs or Central Australia.”

“The media liaison role has always been locally based in recognition of the need for a complete understanding of the local region, local networks, official and unofficial lines of communication within the community and an absolute need for accurate, appropriate and timely information.” Ms. Lambley said.

“Alice Springs and Central Australia are Complex Regions socially, politically, economically, geographically and bureaucratically.”

“The media around accidents, floods, violent crime, vandalism and anti-social behaviour in the town needs to be managed by a local Media Liaison Officer, sensitive to local factors and Protocols.” Ms. Lambley said.

“With crime and anti-social behaviour escalating to unprecedented levels in Alice Springs, surely the need for a media officer in Alice Springs is Paramount.”

“To have all Police Media for Central Australia coming through Darwin is offensive to local people and creates a risk of inaccuracy.” Ms. Lambley said.

“The Henderson Government needs to explain why it is centralising another key public service with no notification or adequate consultation.”

“The Chief Minister or the Minister for Central Australia must explain why Labor is again treating the People of Alice Springs with contempt and a complete lack of respect.” Ms. Lambley said.

“It comes in the wake of the Government’s decision to shut down the Alice Springs office of the Commissioner for Public Employment and the Ombudsman’s office, as well as transfer two senior Police Officers, Sean Parnell and Kym Davies, to Darwin over recent weeks.”

“Residents should make their dissatisfaction at these developments very clear to the Member for Stuart and the Government leading up to the Alice Springs Parliamentary sittings in March.” Ms. Lambley said.