The Palmer United Party federal leader and Member for Fairfax, Clive Palmer, says the party will seek a Senate inquiry into the activities of the Northern Territory government following moves to scrap an independent investigation into NT political donations.
Support from Palmer United Party MLAs Alison Anderson and Larisa Lee led to the passing for a motion in the NT Assembly for an independent inquiry into electoral funding in the NT.
But the Country Liberal Party (CLP) government has moved in parliament for the inquiry to be scrapped.
Mr Palmer said the CLP’s actions were a disgrace and they must have something to hide.
“The Palmer United Party senators will seek to have a federal investigation into NT government activities as we don’t want the Territory to end up like NSW,” he said.
“I strongly supported the stance of our Palmer United Party parliamentarians in the NT and the need for an inquiry into political donations as well as their plea for more honest, open and transparent government.
“There is obviously a lack of leadership and chaos in the NT. A full and proper independent investigation into the political donations issue and the activities of organisations such as the CLP-aligned Foundation 51 was essential.
“The Palmer United Party will ensure Territorians have the leadership and government they deserve.”
Ms Anderson, the Palmer United Party’s NT leader and member for Namatjira, said Territorians demanded transparency, honesty and trust from government.
“We need to show Territorians we are sincere and we are here to represent them,” she said.
“We need to make sure the integrity of this parliament and the individual people in this parliament is given back to the people.”