With the debt of $1.8 billion blown out to $6.2 billion predicted this year the Gunner Government only wants to be judged on how the National Cabinet has handled COVID-19 and for us to forget its management before that, writes Opposition Leader Lea Finocchiaro (pictured).
Population, construction spending plummet, unemployment up, according to the Commsec State of the States Report. "We don’t deserve to be last, we deserve to be first," says Opposition Leader Lia Finocchiaro.
Remote employment services will change from 1 July to ensure job seekers are active and contributing to their communities to make them better places to live, writes Nigel Scullion, Minister for Indigenous Affairs.
Gone are the golden days when just about anyone could walk into a job in Alice Springs. Although the unemployment rate is low here compared to the national rate, the job market has become more competitive. It’s not that there are fewer jobs, there is more competition from an interstate and overseas workforce and this is not necessarily a bad thing, says Kay Eade, Executive Officer at the Chamber of Commerce. RACHEL McFADDEN reports.
When it comes to picking an attractive candidate it doesn't get much better than Nova Peris: She is thoughtful, a good communicator, energetic, a sporting star, Territory born and bred and good looking. For a Labor candidate she is surprisingly conservative on some issues, quoting that four-letter word – work – as the key to fixing much of what's wrong in the Territory. Far from focusing on just Aboriginal issues she says bringing back to speed the live cattle export industry will be one of her top priorities. She spoke with Alice Springs News Online Editor ERWIN CHLANDA. Ms Peris, at left in the photo above, is picturedat the Alice Springs Show with law student Que Kenny, from Hermannsburg.
Mining vs the rest isn't the only two-speed economy scenario in Australia: The Northern Territory has one, too.
Here it is Darwin vs the rest, and the numbers are alarming. Reviving the erstwhile expansive market gardens on Aboriginal communities, such as the Ali Curung watermelon plantation (pictured), could be one way of boosting productivity, says Member for MacDonnell Alison Anderson. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Jobs galore and not many takers: The town's biggest construction project right now is Lasseters' $35 million development. The new resort style pool is part of it, due to open at the end of this month. Claire Ryan Photography.
"A lot of people have two jobs to keep this town going.
"Many businesses have scaled down, passed up bidding for big jobs, closed their premises and are working from home. They can't get staff," says Kay Eade, Executive Officer of the Chamber of Commerce.
Yet there are 543 "job seekers receiving Newstart Allowance and Youth Allowance" in The Alice, according to the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.
The department's "Central Australian Remote Servicing Team" lists 1649 job seekers and Yuendumu, 85.
That adds up to 2277 for the region. ERWIN CHLANDA reports from the jobs front where a lot of things just don't make sense.