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NT MLAs question Larisa Lee's entitlements

AAP logoAAP 16/08/2016 Neda Vanovac

The Northern Territory's Speaker has questioned what entitlements the chief minister has approved for controversial independent Larisa Lee, who allegedly used a government car in a bizarre cow-killing incident.

Ms Lee had been given the car by Chief Minister Adam Giles to get around her electorate in the lead-up to the August 27 election.

Her parliamentary car was confiscated in June after she allowed an unlicensed underaged relative to drive it because she was allegedly intoxicated, a matter that is still before the courts.

News Corp Australia reported on Tuesday that a cattle station owner near Tennant Creek found two men on the property chopping up a dead cow last week, with Ms Lee in the car nearby.

The trio ultimately agreed to pay the man $600 for the cow.

Chief Minister Adam Giles said in a statement that he believed it "fair and reasonable" for Ms Lee to have a car to travel around her top end electorate of Arnhem.

But "once it became known that she had been using the vehicle outside her electorate, she was immediately asked to return it".

On Facebook, independent MLA Delia Lawrie questioned under which entitlement the chief minister had given Ms Lee the car.

"The member's electorate car was confiscated due to breaches of the entitlement. The chief minister has then thought it is ok to give the member a fully equipped four wheel and a fuel card which can be viewed as reward for bad behaviour," responded independent Speaker Kezia Purick.

"The member was not entitled to the vehicle and again, the government has undertaken an action under cover without transparency and honesty... what else has the chief minister approved for CLP member that are not an entitlement?"

Ms Lee was elected in 2012 as a member of the Country Liberals government but walked out in 2014 and is now an independent, although this year she has been voting to prop up the minority government.

Both Ms Lee and the CLP have repeatedly denied that any deal was made to secure her vote.

The MLA has had a colourful first term in government: she has been implicated in misuse of her parliamentary fuel card, in causing a Darwin hotel room fire while heating up a loaf of garlic bread, and in 2014 was convicted of assaulting her teenaged niece in the street in Katherine after discovering she had been having an affair with her partner.

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