Three years ago a new position was created by the NT government, to provide independent oversight of policy and service initiatives – The Northern Territory Coordinator-General for Remote Services. It was devised to be an independent oversight and was given its own office – Office of Coordinator-General for Remote Services.
The brief was to monitor and advise on all aspects of remote service delivery and produce a 6 monthly report. Which it duly has, with the last being delivered just a few weeks ago to the new Minister for Indigenous Advancement, Allison Anderson.
In what must be a spectacular case of mis-placed optimism, the introduction stated;
“I can only hope that a renewed emphasis on ‘bush communities’ by the incoming CLP Government will ensure these matters are given greater priority and cooperation.”.
Because on Monday the Minister not only sacked the Co-rdinator General, but abolished the office. Apparently, the Co-ordinator General gave too much advice, advice the Minister believed that she didn’t need.
Some measure of the precipitousness of the move is that as of today, you can go the MoIA website where, on the left, proudly on display are 4 “Key Initiatives” and one of them is, you guessed it, the Co-ordinator General for Remote Services.
Ah, the NT, were yesterdays ‘Key Initiative’ is today’s road kill!
For now, the reports are still there. Read them while you can.