Independent Member for Araluen slams the NT Government in parliament this week


Independent member for Araluen, Robyn Lambley has slammed the Northern Territory Government for the agenda in Parliament this week.

"I think that you should be ashamed of yourselves for not working harder to ensure that there's not some more substantial business that we are here to undertake and to preside over in this Parliament,'" she told the chamber.

Ms Lambley has also criticised Chief Minister Michael Gunner, Opposition Leader Gary Higgins and independent member for Blain Terry Mills for being absent from parliament this week.

"I'm also very disappointed that the Chief Minister has decided to not avail himself to be here this week. I don't that that's a good reflection of how important Parliament in the Northern Territory is," Ms Lambley told the chamber.

The Chief Minister, Opposition Leader and independent politician are missing from Parliament to attend a trade expo in Indonesia.

It was also revealed Robyn Lambley will miss Parliament next week to travel to Canada. The details of that trip have not yet been specified. 

Attorney General Natasha Fyles told Katie Woolf on 360 this morning that Parliament is a priority and you need to provide a strong reason to be absent. 

"It certainly wasn’t something taken lightly but when you look at the opportunity, I believe it is a valid reason," she said.

"They're over there working and delivering for Territory businesses and opening doors and relationships," Ms Fyles said.

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