So Arid Lands Environment Centre Jimmy Cocking says “there is …

Comment on Federal Budget: Stand on your own two feet, NT! by Mark Wilson.

So Arid Lands Environment Centre Jimmy Cocking says “there is very little for Central Australia” in the Budget. Have we come to expect, and demand, special treatment every year?
Does Cocking realise that every year the NT receives $5.66 in GST receipts for every dollar of GST raised here?
By comparison WA receives under 38c for each dollar of GST revenue. VIC is next worse off receiving 88c for each dollar with NSW just below parity (2014/15).
So the NT and indeed Central Australia could be very much the poorer every year should the Commonwealth Grants Commission reassess the GST carve-up.
So perhaps we and the NTG should just be grateful while it lasts.
Perhaps this year it’s Port Augusta’s turn! Given that SA has led the way with a renewable future and found their power grid in some crisis, I would expect environmentalists to be very happy given that Port Augusta has closed its thermal power station.
You cannot be a winner every year. But then again, we almost certainly are so.

Recent Comments by Mark Wilson

Gallery business case far from ‘well underway’
Is everyone as confused as me? So, more consultants are needed until they serve up the desired outcome? Maybe the Minister should have said “plans for plans are well under way”.
All sounds quite a fiasco. So, fix the brief to fix the desired NT Government outcome and dress it up as consultancy. I really must be missing something. Silly me. Forgive me, please.


Lhere Artepe director on aggravated assault charge
That we are having this conversation of said assault by a person emerging from the court on aggravated assault charges confirms that naivety aside, that too many people do have the attitude as described by Trevor.
We witness this type of behaviour daily. It is not wholly confined to Indigenous either. Our society has encouraged a sense of entitlement and a tolerance of unsatisfactory behaviour.


Visions from the Centre to light up the Sydney Opera House
How wonderful is this! The Opera House has become such an amazing canvas for all sorts of causes.
I do hope that the space is used for inclusive and not divisive causes of City of Sydney Council and NSW Government.


Will more consultants get tourism out of the mire?
Sorry Local 1, you don’t qualify for a consultancy fee on two grounds:
1. You’re a local and may see our town up close and holistically.
2. You speak too much common sense. Cannot possibly be a bloated “consultant”.


Will more consultants get tourism out of the mire?
Oh Trevor! I lament the stupidity and endless waste of money.
Who thinks the curbing at the southern Visitor Rock looks good in photos or is even necessary?
It’s like the Coober Pedy council undertaking curbing the streets in that iconic town. Makes you cry. Then the huge waste of money building that fencing and rail / road crossing through The Gap.
You are so correct. We had the Visitor Centre in a lovely position near the taxi rank and the library. Incidentally near the oversize parking on the river. But you’re correct. Put it out at the Visitor Rock.
The government now needs to manufacture visitor attractions. It seems it needs endless committees as well.
Why bother when their recommendations get ignored anyway? Too many of the iconic old buildings have not been protected by the NT and local governments.
Our town, that bloody courthouse that towers and reigns over us all could be a CBD just about anywhere.


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