No Dan Murphy’s for Darwin?

13 August 2019

The Chief Minister has not been able to confirm if Dan Murphy’s will open under his leadership when questioned in Parliament today.

Opposition Leader Gary Higgins said it was another example of this Gunner Labor Government not caring about small or medium business, or anything to stimulate the economy in the short or medium term.

"The Gunner Labor Government has tried to prevent private investor Dan Murphy’s from coming to the Territory at every stage of their application, and since their intention to begin trading in December 2016," Mr Higgins said.

"Given that we are well past the closing date for written submissions on the Dan Murphy’s application, Territorians deserve to know if Dan Murphy’s is going ahead, and when.

"Our economy is stagnant, and we have nothing to stimulate it in the short or medium term.

"The Government should be trying to attract private investment, bringing jobs to the Territory not scare them away, or, in the case of Dan Murphy's, prohibit a massive job creating investment.

"The $40m Darwin Airport commercial development ‘Eastside’ cannot go ahead without anchor tenant Dan Murphy’s. Why is this Government standing in the way of jobs for Territorians and private investment for the NT?"

The Opposition also questioned the Chief Minister about the Gunner Labor Government’s Major Project list, most notably the absence of the Wayland Group.

"Last week, we heard that Canada’s Wayland Group is backing out of the Territory and their plan to grow medicinal marijuana," Mr Higgins said.

"This was approximately a $30million investment in the Territory, and the project was to get major project status – but another one bites the dust.

"What due diligence, if any, was done on the Wayland Group before the Chief Minister got excited in December 2018 and promised ‘Major Project Status’? "Labor continues to prove how incompetent they are and how they just don’t care about or understand business."