PM’s only view of the NT is from 40,000 ft
PRIME Minister Scott Morrison has spent 36 of the 171 days since the election overseas but is yet to make it to the Northern Territory.
Mr Morrison has taken 10 overseas trips since his surprise election win in May.
Mr Morrison's other international trips since the election include a nine-day trip to the United States, four-day trip to Japan and three-day excursions to Tuvalu, Vietnam and France.
He has also spent two days in both Fiji and Indonesia and took a six day world tour taking in the Solomon Islands, United Kingdom and Singapore weeks after the election.
The closest he has come to the Territory since his re-election was a two-day visit to East Timor in August.
In September Mr Morrison became Australia's most travelled recent prime minister, heading off on more overseas trips in his first year in the job than any of his five predecessors.
He eclipsed the travel done by former prime minister Kevin Rudd, who earned the nickname Kevin "747" Rudd because of his penchant for overseas trips.
Mr Morrison made 13 trips in total in his first year visiting 14 countries, while Mr Rudd took 12 trips to 20 countries.
However Mr Morrison's travel plans don't stretch to include the Northern Territory.
The NT News last week reported criticism of Mr Morrison from Labor politicians of neglecting the Territory.
Mr Morrison has visited every Australian jurisdiction except the NT since the election. His last visit to the Territory was a campaign stopover in April.
While Mr Morrison has been absent from the Territory, a stream of Coalition politicians have touched down in the Top End to wave the Commonwealth flag.
Northern Australia Minister Matt Canavan is in Darwin today to announce the final sign off on a $150 million concessional loan from the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility for a $300 million expansion of NT Airports.
Defence Minister Linda Reynolds was in town on Monday to farewell troops on their way to Iraq and Indigenous Australians Minister Ken Wyatt will visit Darwin, Alice Springs, Ammaroo and Groote Eylandt on a week-long Territory tour.
In a statement, Mr Wyatt said it would be his fourth visit to the NT in five months, which "demonstrates the importance the Morrison Government places" on the NT.