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Independents to test NT's Labor govt

AAP logoAAP 26/09/2016

Five independent MPs elected to the Northern Territory parliament have vowed to "test" the incoming Labor government and are questioning the role of the official Country Liberal Party opposition.

The CLP was reduced to just two MPs after the August election, with Labor taking 18 seats in the 25-seat parliament.

In a statement on Monday the independents said they did not accept two people could form an effective opposition.

"We do not accept that parliament is made up of just government and opposition," they said.

"We believe this is a matter to be considered and responded to by parliamentarians and is not sole responsibility of the independent members."

The five MPs have decided to work together to some degree to scrutinise the government's day-to-day operations.

"Our role is to test the government agenda and ensure robust operations," they said.

But they also vowed to retain their independence.

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