LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Sir – My government has unveiled a transformational $1.645b program to build 240 houses a year for eight years in the Territory’s remote communities.
The proposed Better Remote Homes program will deliver more houses – and at a greater rate – than any previous government housing initiative in NT history.
Together with the current $350m National Partnership on Remote Housing, the Better Remote Homes program will achieve the government’s target to build 2087 new houses in remote communities by 2026.
These programs are worth almost $2 billion and amount to the Territory’s biggest funding commitment to remote housing since self-government 38 years ago.
The government is already committed to building 380 new houses and delivering over 1000 upgrades over the next two years under the National Partnership on Remote Housing with the Federal Government.
This includes 236 new houses to replace dwellings categorised as “beyond repair” which had been left behind by failed programs under previous Labor Governments.
My government is building an additional 152 new homes which we’ve been able to fund by reducing our administration costs to just 10 per cent – down from the 30% to 40% levels under Labor.
My government will support the program with a commitment from its Capital Works Program for each of the eight years for land servicing, subject to negotiation with the Australian Government and investment from the private sector for the total funding package.
Labor’s lack of vision for tourism is breathtaking: It recycles old ideas and is light on detail.
The additional $13m per year we’re putting into marketing and tourism infrastructure development would be cut to $5m under Labor.
They have no plan for China. All Labor does is attack the Chinese; simply look at their shallow comments on the port.
I will remain Tourism Minister if the Country Liberals are re-elected. No one even knows who the Shadow is.
The Territory is on target to reach its tourism vision of a $2.2b visitor economy by 2020 if current growth continues.
According to the latest statistics from Tourism Research Australia, in the 12 months to March 2016, total combined domestic and international visitors to the NT increased 28% to $1.7m, our highest in a decade.
Of these visitors to the Territory, 800,000 were holiday makers, a growth of 17% on the previous 12 months. This shows that our strategy is working.
Labor is bereft of ideas if the best they can come up with is a Masterchef program for kids.
Labor has copied the Country Liberals on China strategy and a National Indigenous Centre for Alice Springs.
Labor’s support for outdoor tourism is empty rhetoric. Hunters, fishers and 4WD enthusiasts know that Labor and the Greens want them out of the bush.
Labor also hasn’t ruled out introducing park entry fees, like they tried to do in the past.
I am calling for a national energy summit to deal with issues arising from the crisis in South Australia caused by the state’s over-reliance on renewables.
Some of the country’s major industries are in danger of shutting down because of crippling power prices and uncertainty over supply.
I agree with South Australia’s Energy Minister Tom Koutsantonis that other states are facing a similar crisis. This fact has been foreshadowed by independent authorities and regulators including the ACCC.
Solutions cannot be found overnight, but the NT is uniquely placed to help avert disaster: We have abundant onshore gas reserves that can be used to generate low-emissions, low-cost electricity for the rest of Australia.
A national energy summit should also consider connecting the NT to the national electricity grid and the possible construction of a second gas pipeline from Central Australia to Moomba.
These can both be achieved under the Commonwealth’s agenda to develop Northern Australia.
Labor’s uncosted policy to enforce 50% renewable energy by 2030 would be catastrophic for Australia and the Territory.
Independent modelling has shown it would increase power prices in the Territory by upwards of 400%.,” he said.
Labor sold out 6300 jobs and the Territory’s biggest industry to win preferences and support from the Greens. Michael Gunner ought to be ashamed of himself.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR