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Senator Grant Tambling Shadow Minister for Regional Development, External Territories and Northern Australia

Media Release


The Alice Springs dam debate had become too narrowly focused on the Aboriginal sacred sites issue, Northern Territory Senator Grant Tambling said today.

Speaking in Darwin following his visit to Alice Springs, the Senator hit out at the alliance between the Central Land Council and Labor's Socialist Left (Aboriginal Affairs Minister, Robert Tickner and NT Federal Member, Warren Snowdon).

"The Central Land Council and its mates in the Labor Left are recklessly ignoring the safety needs of people living in flood-prone Alice Springs - .

"While safety is fundamental to this debate, Labor and the CLC also need to consider the impact further construction delays would have on jobs and the fragile local economy.

"The Federal Government has a responsibility to ensure that work on the flood mitigation dam resumes as soon as possible."

Senator Tambling condemned the actions of the Aboriginal Affairs Minister, Robert Tickner, in invoking Commonwealth legislation to halt work, saying that it showed the Federal Labor Party was not committed to the constitutional

development and independence of the Northern Territory.

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