Northern Territory

Jul 17, 2017

Is the NT inquiry into political donations already doomed?

Proposals for a local inquiry into political donations -- and its ugly cousin election funding -- have been around for a while. And this one might be DOA.

Bob Gosford — Editor of The Northern Myth

Bob Gosford

Editor of The Northern Myth

Mansfield Inquiry

 Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner

The appointment this past weekend by Michael Gunner’s Northern Territory Labor government of retired Federal Court justice John Mansfield to conduct an inquiry into political donations in the NT was long overdue and welcome. As Gunner noted yesterday, the Mansfield Inquiry will be an important step towards restoring public trust in the institutions of government in the NT. Finding a commissioner for this gig was always going to be tough, but I can think of no better person than Mansfield for the task -- he has long familiarity with the Territory and its people and institutions without being beholden to any.

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