Sir – Chief Minister Michael Gunner’s failure to open the Northern Territory’s borders to tourists from states that have COVID-19 under control will cost business and workers dearly each and every day until July 17.
Economic modelling from the Australian Tourism Industry Council puts daily job losses in the NT at 20 as a result of our borders being closed – that’s more per capita than any other state or territory.
On the day unemployment spiked to 7.1% the Chief Minister decided keeping his job was more important than creating work for unemployed Territorians.
At the very least the NT should be cashing in on South Australians eager to escape the cold, wet weather of a southern winter.
South Australia is effectively COVID-19 free, not having had a case of community transmission since March 24 – almost three months ago.
The 1.8 million South Australians trapped inside their borders in the middle of a bitter winter would look longingly at the prospect of a holiday in the NT at the moment.
Each year thousands of South Australian flee the southern winter for warmer destinations and at the moment they have nowhere to go that is as safe, warm and welcoming as the Territory.
From the NT-SA border to the Arafura Sea there are tourist businesses and their employees desperately in need of customers. “
Michael Gunner needs to overturn his selfish decision to keep the borders closed today.
Dale McIver (pictured)
Territory Alliance candidate for Braitling