How much truth is in this $2b cut? Rolf Gerritsen …

Comment on Town gets a say in its economic future as $2b cut hits home by Daniel Davis.

How much truth is in this $2b cut? Rolf Gerritsen on ABC radio this morning said: “The $2b black hole is conjured up with the willing acquiescence of the NT News to create a sense of crisis.”
The cynic in me says that this “crisis” could be a convenient way of deflecting criticism onto the Feds for the NT Government’s backflips on many of its unfunded election commitments.
Either way, any claim that this wasn’t expected is either a lie or shows incredible incompetence. WA’s massive $3b per annum decrease in mining royalties, strong population growth in eastern states and an increasing fiscal capacity of the NT Government always meant we would be facing an almost impossible task to retain all of our GST allocation.
We will still receive $11,284 per head of population in GST allocations, more than double Tasmania’s $4,601, and twelve and a half times WA’s $878. Time for the NTG to rein in spending.

Recent Comments by Daniel Davis

‘Anzac Oval not for sale’: govt under pressure on gallery plans
A new rugby facility within walking distance of my house would be fantastic. However, I’m somewhat sceptical of it ever happening and can our government actually afford it?
Gunner has routinely stated that we are in a race with SA to get this done, surely then the most logical option would be an unencumbered site with services already in place that places the least amount of strain on an already stretched budget.
The ANZAC Hill site requires a new rugby facility to be planned and built (12 months to 2 years at least, maybe $15m), demolishing ANZAC Hill School and the ANZAC oval facilities and preparing the site (another 3+ months and more millions). So we’re looking at least 2 1/2 years before work can kick off on actually building the gallery.
The Desert Park site, as recommended by the steering committee, can see work start immediately with little to no cost for relocation of existing facilities. Services already exist there (parking, cafe etc) so works could be done in a staged fashion and it would encourage more use of an under-utilised tourism asset.
The argument for revitalising the CBD is misguided. It’s likely that the gallery will have it’s own cafe and restaurant and the majority of hotel rooms are outside the CBD. Visitors will have very little additional incentive to spend time in our CBD than if the gallery was located at another site.


Jacinta Price ready to turn her back on the Town Council
Erwin, come clean on what? Your assumption that Jacinta must resign could very well be incorrect.
Certainly the only argument to exclude someone from serving concurrently as a councillor and federal politician it seems, is whether being the position of councillor amounts to an “office of profit under the crown”.
Recently the High Court found that being a member of local government in Tasmania did not amount to holding an “office of profit under the crown”. (Case C17/2017).


Jacinta Price ready to turn her back on the Town Council
I think that unless Jacinta has specifically stated her intention to resign from council, you’re jumping the gun somewhat early here, Erwin.
I can’t see in the Local Government Act anything specifically disqualifying an elected council member due to their preselection or election for either NT or Federal Parliament.
The only mention of this is a clause allowing a member to resign for the purposes of running in an election and rejoin council if they are unsuccessful.


Liz Martin says goodbye and good luck
What a shame to see Liz go, especially under these circumstances.
Anyone who has to deal with Licensing NT on a regular basis knows how entirely incompetent the majority of their staff are.
There are always two sides to a story, but knowing what LNT are like, Liz’s side sounds all too believable. God help the Road Transport Hall of Fame.


NT News interfered with reporting to protect ad income from NT Government: Allegation
Alex, you will find that the NT News negative reporting of the previous CLP government started well before Giles, in fact it played a major part in Giles’s takeover of the leadership.
In December 2012 following the CLP’s election win, Nigel Adlam had reported on some completely false allegations against Alison Anderson and the CLP, a good summary of this can be found on the ABC Media Watch website.
Mills subsequently withdrew all government advertising from the NT News which started an all-out war against the government. The NT News’s complete refusal to publish anything positive about the Mills government at the time was a significant source of consternation within the parliamentary wing, the rest is history.
Unfortunately the public seem happy to blindly follow the NT News despite, as you point out, its historically poor standards of journalistic integrity.


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