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Independents Bid To Take Opposition

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Three Independents have put forward a proposal to take opposition status in Northern Territory Parliament.

Terry Mills, Robyn Lambley and Yingiya Guyula have joined forces to create "The Alliance".

While not an official political party, the trio have put forward a bid to take opposition status from the Country Liberal Party.

However they've already hit a hurdle with Speaker Kezia Purick refusing to rule on the move.

Ms Purick has recommended the decision be made by the Parliament, when it resumes next week.

Opposition Leader Gary Higgins said he won't be getting involved.

“What others choose to do with their time is up to them. We won’t be distracted by a hypothetical debate and we’re not involved in any squabbling.

“We are concentrating on issues that matter to Territorians like the dire economic crisis we’re in and the escalating crime and anti-social behaviour in our community.

“These are intensely serious times for the Northern Territory – a time for serious people who want to address the serious issues.

“We won’t be distracted by the shenanigans of others. We’re here to represent Territorians and we’ll continue to do so with passion and dedication,” Mr Higgins said.

Chief Minister Michael Gunner shares his sentiment.

"Terry Mills, Robyn Lambley and the CLP are squabbling over the spoils of Opposition," Mr Gunner said.

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