The press conference question that made NT leader break down

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Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner was close to breaking down in tears on Wednesday while speaking about threats against his family by anti-vaxxers.

Mr Gunner was speaking to reporters on at a press conference where he announced the NT had one new case of Covid-19.

He was asked by a reporter about public galleries in parliament being closed and was asked if politicians had received threats.

“Yeah, I have,” Mr Gunner said.

NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner is pictured at a press conference.
NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner is almost brought to tears revealing threats made against his family. Source: ABC News

“On a number of occasions – not just me, my family.

“I’ve been told my kid would be put in a grave.”

Mr Gunner paused for a moment as his bottom lip trembled. He looked down at the lectern.

Pausing for a moment, he took a deep breath and regained his composure to finish his answer.

“We have a job. And we’ll do our job,” he said.

“And I thank police and others for the work they’re doing.”

Mr Gunner has a 19-month-old son.

Investigations into threats

NT Police Commissioner Jamie Chalker said multiple investigations were under way.

"Once we make a criminal benchmark you can be very reassured that we will take action," he said.

Mr Chalker said the investigations were complex because some of the alleged perpetrators were interstate and overseas.

The NT Government has issued a vaccine mandate for most workers in the top end. It’s been met with anger from anti-vaxxers.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has also copped threats from anti-vaxxers and anti-lockdown protesters. Last month some of them showed up outside parliament with a makeshift gallows.

Staff working for Animal Justice Party MP Andy Meddick revealed they had received a vile letter containing a message with a purported used condom.

This was as Victoria introduced a pandemic bill.

with AAP

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