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End of an era

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Senator The Hon. Grant Tambling CLP Senator for the Northern Territory


A chapter in Federal and Territory politics ended today, as the resignation o f Senator Bob Collins became effective. CLP Senator Grant Tambling said.

Senator Tambling said Senator Collins had been both a political adversary and ally during their more than ten years in the Senate together.

“ While Senator Collins' term in the Ministry was often controversial, his commitment to the Territory was constant and we were able to cooperate on areas o f mutual interest for the Territory,” he said.

"Senator Collins was always a forceful presence in the Senate and the absence o f his lively debating skills w ill be noticed."

Senator Tambling said the Territory would miss a second voice in the Senate until Senator Collins* replacement was found.

"‘Territory Labor seem to have got themselves into a terrible mess over the preselection o f a new Senator - to the Territory's detriment." he said.

"It is now been more than seven weeks since Senator Collins first announced his intention to resign and because the ALP has been so indecisive and disorganised the Territory has been left without the second Senate voice, to which they are entitled, in the Native Title debate which resumes this week.

"N ow the ALP are asking Territorians to wait until mid-May, a further six weeks, before they announce a replacement - it is clearly unacceptable.

"They are being extremely inconsiderate not only towards their own supporters but electorate in general by leaving the Territory voters under-represented in Federal Parliament."

ENDS 30. 3.98