Tuesday, May 11, 2021

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NT Government: Where have all the dollars gone?

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The NT Government, per head of population, spends about three times as much as the states and the ACT. Part One of the series on about that F-word – funding – by ERWIN CHLANDA.

 

It's the Mini Budget we had to have – Labor would have done it too, says Treasurer

 

 

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.

Pollies and public disconnect: is there a bigger main game?

What a choice to have on Saturday!

On the one hand we have Labor which has removed any doubt about its disdain for Alice Springs by promising to spend as much on footy TV lights – to be used maybe once or twice a year – as it would on the town centre's facelift.
And the Country Liberals are proposing to spend a corresponding amount – $2.5m – on the Youth Centre although locals say that's nowhere near enough and doesn't cover the facilities and services also badly needed. There is a lively debate about a facility costing 15 times as much.

Mayor Damien Ryan and Chamber of Commerce CEO Kay Eade have expressed their dissatisfaction with Labor's effort, with the town's third major lobby, Tourism Central Australia, notably absent from the debate.

Maybe we're asking the wrong questions: I there a bigger main game?

Bruce Walker, who chairs remoteFOCUS, a project facilitated by Desert Knowledge Australia, is raising some interesting questions.

OK, we are those who are living "in the forgotten backyards of the capital cities, and they are not part of a national narrative which makes sense of the decisions made elsewhere which affect their lives".

But the "we" here doesn't mean Territorians, but the people inhabiting desert Australia – those of us living in the vast remote parts of all the states except Victoria and Tasmania.

Would that be the framework that could get us excited? COMMENT by ERWIN CHLANDA.

Give tourists what they want

Tourism Minister, Malarndirri McCarthy says a new Tourism Strategic Plan is needed to guide the industry from 2013. Will Alice still have a tourism industry then, and what needs to happen to ensure we will?  Deborah Rock (pictured) gives her views in our Food For Thought series. She has been in the tourism industry for 20 years, is currently running a Bed and Breakfast, and has a history in sales, marketing, car rentals, tours, inbound and promotion in Sydney and overseas.

She says the cost of visiting The Centre has changed patterns of investment and we need to revitalize our image: We should become Australia’s Adventure Capital, the Capital of Aboriginal Culture and Bush Foods.

Deb says: "We are an amazing and unique destination and it all starts with believing in ourselves."

The lighter side of law-making

If you think politics is dull and PC, here's proof that in the Territory it's not.

The live cattle export industry has a lower mortality rate on its
ships than P&O cruises, says Shadow Business Minister, David
Tollner.

Calling on the Chief Minister to push for a fighting fund promoting
the industry "down south", he says the live export and the pastoral
industries "should be a source of national pride.

“Unfortunately, as a result of gutless Labor governments in Canberra
and Darwin and manipulative animal welfare activists, the industry in
northern Australia is on its knees.”

Mr Tollner says: “Cattle ships are sophisticated feed lots which keep
animals healthy en-route to overseas markets, there are nutritionists
on the ground in Indonesia and the industry supports the livelihoods of
thousands of Australian businesses and families.

“Southern Australians need to understand the strengths of the industry to protect it from animal rights extremists."

• Shadow Minister for Transport Adam Giles (pictured) yesterday re-stated the Country Liberals commitment to open speed limits.

He says they were removed in 2007 by the current Labor Government after undertaking a road safety review.

“That review found that tourists, young drivers and Indigenous Territorians were over represented in the Territory’s road toll.

“The review also identified drink driving and not wearing seat belts as the two main contributing factors.

“Speed was never isolated as the sole cause of the majority of accidents.

“Official road toll figures in 2006 were 44. Following the removal of open speed limits the toll increased to 57 and then 75.

“Last year it was 50, higher still than when speed limits were removed."

• Shadow Treasurer John Elferink says under Labor, the Territory’s
net debt has blown out to $6.7billion, including liabilities. A dollar
coin weighs 9 grams, is 25mm in diameter and 3mm thick. There are 111
dollar coins in a kilo, 111,111 in a tonne.

He says the Territory’s debt takes on mind-boggling proportions when considering:

- It would take $2.2million to fill a 20 tonne road train trailer and $6.7million to fill a three trailer road train.

- It would take 1000 road trains – extending about 50km – to haul the Territory’s debt plus liabilities.

- A $1 coin covers an area of about 500mm square and it would take $2million to fill 1km square.

- Darwin’s area is 112km square. Placing all our dollar coins within Darwin’s footprint would make a stack 90cm high.

- Stacked on the Parliament House footprint, which is 12,900 metres
square, the Territory’s debt with liabilities would make a stack 7.8km
high.

- Joined end to end, the $6.8billion debt with liabilities in dollar
coins would stretch 167,500km – over four times around the world.

- Under Labor, the Territory has accumulated a mountain of debt –
approximately $29,000 for every man woman and child and $56,000 per
taxpayer.

Says Mr Elferink: "The Labor Government is addicted to spending – and Territory taxpayers are paying."

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