Latest counting after Saturday’s NT election suggests the CLP will most likely end up with just 4 seats, Labor 19 and Independents 2. It’s a stunning Labor whitewash, equal to the largest victory the CLP achieved in its long years of dominance, back in 1983.
Despite my modest residual ALP sympathies, a victory on this scale just isn’t good for democracy. The CLP simply isn’t going to have sufficient parliamentary numbers to provide an effective opposition; in fact even its choice for leader rests between failed former leader Terry Mills (a nice bloke but seemingly lacking in the necessary streak of arrogant mongrel) and Alice Springs lawyer Jodeen Carney, who certainly possesses the mongrel but hasn’t so far demonstrated much in the way of political smarts. We can only hope Carney grows into the job. For all her many fine qualities, Clare Martin was already exhibiting distinctly imperial pretensions even before this smashing victory. We’re going to need someone to keep the bastards honest.