Amnesty International welcomes the announcement of a further 12 million dollars for property maintenance across Northern Territory homelands in the State Mini Budget, though remains concerned by the conditions attached to the funding, writes Sarah Marland, the organisation's Indigenous Rights Campaigner Coordinator.
Territorians will feel the pain of a doubling in the cost of living because of the CLP Government Mini Budget which she says is taking CPI from 2.1% to 4.3%, hiking up PowerWater charges, motor vehicle registration and a raft of fees and charges while slashing concessions, says Leader of the Opposition Delia Lawrie.
With net debt in the non-financial public sector projected to reach $5.54 billion by 2015-16 and the fiscal imbalance at $867 million in 2012-13 in the Pre-Election Fiscal Outlook, it is not only responsible, but also necessary, to take steps that improve the Territory’s financial position, says Treasurer Robyn Lambley, handing down her Mini Budget.
The Government claims the Renewal Management Board’s progress report released today paints a dire picture of massive debt, while the Opposition says Chief Minister Terry Mills "has put this document together as part of their plan to sack public servants and slash services to Territorians".
Whatever happened to the Port Augusta model? Since Councillor Steve Brown (at right) produced a report to council on what he has drawn from that southern city's approach to "community harmony", the public has heard not another peep. Back in May, when his and like-minded councillors were focussed on having a council body monitor the effective delivery of government services in Alice Springs, there was sense of urgency in the discussion. Now, says Cr Brown, council is waiting for the right moment to talk to the new Territory Government about what is on its mind. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
Above: The Country Liberals' major promise of their election campaign was $2.5m to upgrade the Alice Springs Youth Centre, a long way behind Cr Brown's proposals for Alice's Port Augusta-inspired responses to social problems, which include a new youth centre. Then prospective Chief Minister Terry Mills talks to the Youth Centre's Marie Petery and June Noble. With them are Braitling MLA Adam Giles and Araluen MLA Robyn Lambley, now Minister for Central Australia.