Mango madness and letters to the editor

Letter to the Editor NT News:

I don’t hold any brief for the CLP, or Labor for that matter (although I did a long time ago).  However I have strong moral objections when I see someone’s reputation trashed unfairly.  That especially includes politicians, a human sub-species about whom most people love to believe the worst even though most pollies I’ve met on both sides of the fence are thoroughly decent, hard-working people with a strong sense of public service.

Now that the transcript of CLP leader Terry Mills’ conversation with former Lingiari candidate Leo Abbott has been published in full on the NT News website, I can’t help asking what the fuss was all about?

If that’s all that was said, there was certainly no “bribery” on the part of Terry Mills, or anything else that could possibly form a foundation for an allegation of corruption or illegality of any sort.  I don’t even think there was anything ethically or morally questionable about anything Mills said.  It was an entirely appropriate conversation for a Party leader to have with a problematic candidate who he was trying to persuade to step aside.

In the circumstances I can’t help wondering why the NT News continues to publish a story with a headline like “Mills secret chat to hand Abbott a deal”?

About Ken Parish

Ken Parish is a legal academic, with research areas in public law (constitutional and administrative law), civil procedure and teaching & learning theory and practice. He has been a legal academic for almost 20 years. Before that he ran a legal practice in Darwin for 15 years and was a Member of the NT Legislative Assembly for almost 4 years in the early 1990s.
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Jacques Chester
Jacques Chester
13 years ago

It’ll get published so they can prove how even-handed they are. But if you’d included a stanza on Adlam’s conflict of interest, watch the scissors come out.

the Beverage Curve
the Beverage Curve
13 years ago

You do not understand Ken? trying reading the OZ.

Simply a mirror image