NT Labor Party divisions deepen after fracking industry approval

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NT Labor Party divisions deepen after fracking industry approval

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Internal divisions are rising within Territory Labor over its fracking policy and the party’s management in the lead up to its annual conference in Darwin on May 12.

“The Alice Springs branch is very disappointed in the Government’s decision to lift a ban and the limited say that party members had in this important decision that has ramifications for communities right across the NT,” the motion states.

“[The branch] calls for NT Labor to oppose onshore shale gas fracking in the Northern Territory by supporting and implementing a total ban.”

The branch is also expected to call for conference decisions to be binding on the party’s parliamentary representatives.

Call for replacement of party secretary

In a separate issue, CFMEU organiser Rolly Cummins said he will put forward a motion for the party’s secretary Kent Rowe to be replaced.

“The governance of the party is in a bit of a shambles,” Mr Cummins said.

“Nothing’s ever properly organised, it’s always hard to understand what’s going on because of the lack of information we receive from the secretary.

“To run and have good government, you need to have good administration and good governance.”

Mr Rowe declined to comment.

Mr Cummins said his motion has support from other union delegates and rank-and-file party members.

But others in the left and right factions said Mr Rowe still had their backing.

One party member, who asked not to be named, said in-house arguments in the lead up to the conference were common.

“[There’s] always going to be someone pissed off. Some power play,” the member said.

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http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-03/nt-labor-party-divisions-deepen-after-fracking-industry-approval/9724664

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