Qld CSG pioneer becomes NT election issue

THE last thing the Giles government needs as it heads off to the polls this weekend is another whiff of scandal, and yet that's exactly what has been served up, with the government being forced to deny allegations of a "sweetheart deal" with US-based Tri-Star Petroleum over a vast coal province in the NT.

The Australian yesterday revealed that the Northern Territory government negotiated a deal with the US and Brisbane-based Tri-Star over a massive 15,000sq.