NT Libs slammed for vicious tactics

ALP candidate Des Rogers.FIRST Nations’ candidate and popular singer-songwriter Warren H. Williams has blasted the Country Liberals for using ”cruel in-your-face tactics” to win votes for the bush seat of Namatjira in today’s Northern Territory election.
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Mr Williams told The Saturday Age it’s ”enough to put you off politics for life, I don’t think I would have stood if I had known how bad and ugly the campaign was going to be”.

He said he had witnessed ”vicious personal” attacks made on the reputation of ALP candidate Des Rogers at Santa Teresa community outside Alice Springs.

The ”verballing of voters” was in Aboriginal language so polling officials had no idea what was taking place, he said.

Mr Williams declined to identify who had made the attacks or repeat the defamatory comments he overheard, but said it had been part of a systematic campaign. The Country Liberals are fighting to retain Namatjira in today’s closely fought territory election, which politicians and analysts say could go either way.

In Namatjira the contest is particularly hard fought between Mr Rogers, Country Liberal candidate Alison Anderson, who defected from the Labor ministry to the opposition after the last election, and Mr Williams, who is the only First Nations candidate to preference Labor.

Labor has been in power in the territory for more than 10 years and, unlike New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland, seems to have resisted the ”It’s time” factor. It narrowly avoided defeat in 2008 and holds office with the support of independent Gerry Wood.

Mr Rogers and Ms Anderson weren’t available for comment.

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