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NT government defends tourism minister

lauren moss

The Northern Territory Attorney General has slammed an independent politician as being hypocritical and ageist for demanding a young minister get the boot.

Independent member Robyn Lambley is calling for Tourism Minister Lauren Moss to be sacked over the shock resignation of her department boss, claiming she is out of her depth.

Attorney General Natasha Fyles has rushed to Ms Moss' defence, pointing to her work negotiating direct flights to Darwin from China, attracting NRL and ARL games to the NT and establishing the National Aboriginal Art Gallery in Alice Springs.

Ms Fyles said her government is diverse and genuinely reflects the make-up of the Territory.

She described Ms Lambley, who was dumped as the former Country Liberals Party government treasurer after six months in 2015, as a dud who "wasn't good at maths".

Ms Lambley lost her portfolio for her role in a failed coup, and Ms Fyles says she wants to return to "the chaos of a constantly changing cabinet line-up".

The CLP was obliterated in the 2016 election after four years of scandals and infighting. Ms Fyles said Ms Lambley wants Labor to repeat the CLP's mistakes.

Ms Fyles said the CLP "sacked their chief minister while he was overseas, had a midnight coup to replace the new one, had countless reshuffles and controversies and were totally focused on themselves".

"We won't be doing that," she said.

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