20 JANUARY 2020
Deputy Opposition Leader Lia Finocchiaro has today paid tribute to Gary Higgins’ legacy as Opposition Leader and his hard work in rebuilding the CLP as a credible alternate government.
“Today, Gary has announced his decision to step back and that I am stepping forward,” she said.
“Gary should be proud of his achievements, I thank him for his support and I look forward to continuing to work with him for the remainder of this term.
“We have worked tirelessly over the last three and a half years to rebuild as a party and reconnect with Territorians.
“I am excited to lead our new team of candidates into the Johnston by-election and August general election with energy, determination and commitment.”
Mrs Finocchiaro said the 2020 election was about focussing on the future prosperity of the Territory and getting the Territory growing again.
She also dispelled some Labor myths.
“I want to set the record straight and make a commitment to Territorians - an elected CLP Government will keep Power Water, Territory Generation and Jacana Energy in public hands and will fix residential power and water prices at 2020 levels for four years,” she said.
“No Government assets will be sold or leased.
“I also have a clear message for Public Servants - your jobs are safe with a CLP Government. My promise to you is that you are valued, respected and essential.
“Only a CLP Government understands that the local private sector is the lifeblood of our economy.
“Everything government does should support and grow our collective opportunity and prosperity.
“My government will deliver a shared vision and partnership between government and the private sector.”
Mrs Finocchiaro said that she is looking forward to continuing to hold this Labor Government to account, and giving Territorians a clear choice at the election.
“Once we announce the remaining candidates, policies will be released and we will continue our conversations with Territorians on how we can make their lives better, safer and full of opportunity,” she said.
Thank you Gary Higgins
20 JANUARY 2020