It was the fact that he couldn't see what the problem was that was the clincher......
Only in the Northern Territory! Truth be known, they car was probably returning to one of the local communities. This isn't as uncommon as it sounds, many of the "locals" have a penchant for beer and do not seem to think too much of hopping into a car that may well be held together with fencing wire, and driving 100's of miles over roads that a 4wd would have problems with, just to get some drink and maybe some tucka.
Sounds reasonable to me, so what is some jumped up civil servant doing pulling them?