NT speaker asked to quit over ICAC report

Greg Roberts

NT SPEAKER KEZIA PURICK HAS BEEN FOUND TO HAVE ACTED CORRUPTLY

WHO?

Kezia Purick, aged 62

CEO of the NT Minerals Council for 16 years

Elected as Country Liberal Party member for Goyder in 2008, became an independent in 2015

Speaker of the NT parliament since 2012 in both CLP and Labor governments

WHAT DID SHE DO?

Media reported in November 2018 about Ms Purick's office interfering in the establishment of a new political party, which she blames on a staffer.

The aim was to ruin the plans of her political enemies to set up the new North Australia Party by investigating if it was already registered.

NT Labor Chief Minister Michael Gunner announces on June 22 that the ICAC has found Ms Purick engaged in corrupt conduct.

She also lied in sworn evidence by denying she knew there was interference in the new party.

WHAT NEXT?

Mr Gunner advises her to resign and says that the government may vote her out in parliament if she does not comply.

The DPP will decide if criminal offences occurred.