Senate unanimously passes motion calling on NT Government to reverse ban on media publication
A motion calling on the Northern Territory Government to reverse its media ban on a local news publication has passed unanimously in the judi online Senate.
The NT Independent, a news site that covers Northern Territory current affairs and politics, has been locked out of NT Government press conferences since April.
Government departments and bureaucrats also do not respond to the publication’s questions.
The Senate motion, backed by all parties and the crossbench, has set in place a schism between the NT Labor Government and its federal Labor counterparts on the issue.
Following the Senate motion, Northern Territory Labor senator Malarndirri McCarthy told the ABC that “Australian governments should not be in the business of suppressing press freedoms”.
“As a federal Labor senator, former Northern Territory Government Minister and a former journalist, I take issues of press freedoms seriously,” she said.
“Freedom of speech and freedom of the press are fundamental to democracy.
“I would urge the Chief Minister and Territory Labor to reconsider their position in relation to the NT Independent.”