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NT leader tells politicians to play nice

AAP logoAAP 10/08/2016 Neda Vanovac

If Country Liberals politicians aren't willing to be team players then there may not be a place for them in Northern Territory politics, the chief minister has warned.

Adam Giles, 43, has held the Alice Springs seat of Braitling since 2008, and has led the NT government since he rolled his predecessor Terry Mills in March 2013.

That made him the first indigenous head of state, although he has often stepped away from that title, insisting he wants to govern for all Territorians.

It's been a difficult first term for the CLP government, wracked by scandal and infighting, but Mr Giles is hoping a clearing of the decks will turn attention away from the drama and towards the government's achievements as it looks down the barrel of the August 27 election.

Four of his 11-member government are resigning at the election, including the treasurer and attorney-general.

Polling conducted by News Corp Australia this week shows 71 per cent of Territorians don't trust Mr Giles, and pundits are suggesting the CLP may be reduced to as few as three or four seats.

Mr Giles said an assessment of his leadership was for others to judge, but that he'd tried to be inclusive and stay the course.

"Every time someone has spoken out or attacked me personally or my team personally, we always sought to rise above it and never got into the gutter," Mr Giles told AAP.

"I don't think people want to see their politicians fighting, I think you have to stand up and show leadership ... if there are people out there who want to be individuals and not work as a team to support the Territory going forward, I don't know whether they've got a place in politics."

He's focused on job security, diversifying the economy, and a tough approach to law and order, and is promising investment in parks and sports infrastructure.

"We've done a lot of the hard work economically, and if the Country Liberals remain in government the economy will continue to prosper and there will be job security, and there's an opportunity to reward Territorians with an investment in lifestyle," he said.

Over the past four years the government has been trying to diversify an economy that relied almost solely on the $40 billion Japanese-run Inpex LNG project, encouraging private-sector investment for a gas pipeline to the east coast, long-term leasing the Darwin port to Chinese company Landbridge and developing Berrimah Farm, Mr Giles said.

"We've got a plan going ahead and we've set the Territory up for a great future."

"If Labor get in we'll go back to a sense of lawlessness; law and order will spiral out of control and it won't be a safe place for the NT and I think that's a significant concern," he said.

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