That’s one bloody big Basics Card! When we elect people …

Comment on GST billions yet we’re still the basket case by NW.

That’s one bloody big Basics Card!
When we elect people with no relevant experience, skills or knowledge skill to manage such a large budget why should we expect anything different?
Our political talent pool is officially a dried puddle.
It’s been a fun 40+ years but time to hand back the responsibility for running the Territory.
Get rid of (at least) one layer of pollies and departmental duplication.

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GST billions yet we’re still the basket case
@ James T Smerk: It’s not just 25 year olds in Sydney (but I get where you’re coming from).
There are plenty of mixed race people who have grown up in Darwin (often referred to disparagingly in remote areas as “urban blackfellas”) who have probably had nil or minimal exposure to traditional culture.
They have had the same opportunities and access to other services as other residents.
As a direct result of their own lifestyle choices, they now cry poor bugger me and exploit special measures employment in the NT Government, business loans, race-specific health services, and sporting teams based on their “colour”.
South Africa got widely canned for exactly that!
Meanwhile, those suffering genuine disadvantage get whatever dollars trickle down. The system is broken – assess and fund on real need, not skin colour or a sliver of ancestry.

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Who owns (or benefits from) Inspire Strategic Solutions? This just gets more embarrassing (and expensive) every day.

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Quite ironic that we rely on handouts from the Feds (GST) which are significantly higher than other jurisdictions due to our Aboriginal and mixed race population – yet that same group of people is costing far more than what we receive.
And it is increasing at an unsustainable rate. Maybe we need to look at the duplication of services and programs based on race? Focus on genuine need absolutely (to use Manison and Fyles favourite word!) – but not services purely based on race.
If we focus on REAL need – those that are ACTUALLY disadvantaged – might have some chance of dragging themselves out of the squalor, depression and poverty that they are entrenched in. Or we can keep doing the same things and getting the same results.
Whatever happened to the ALP mantra of Fresh Ideas – Real Results?
Guess that was too hard. Sigh.

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@ Eli Melky: But therein lies the problem … the current mob got in purely on a protest vote, regardless of their competence, capability and experience.
The Territory’s political talent pool is not only an oxymoron but it is a rapidly diminishing puddle.
We are over-governed and as a result, the majority of the NT’s elected representatives (at all levels of government) are simply not up to the job.
Sure, some of them are – but they are few and far between.
The problem is that we expect that career union officials, long term public servants, teachers, former advisers, lawyers and sportspeople (from both sides of the political fence) with no real-world commercial business experience can run an effective government and balance the books.

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Summed it up perfectly, Una.
The NT doesn’t really deserve to be the site of a national anything. Except maybe a national nuclear waste dump.

Firm ‘no’ from PM, Scullion to bailing out ‘bankrupt’ Territory
Wonder if three dollar Bill Shorten will bail out his failed Labor mates in a chase for a handful of votes?
The money offered by both parties to prop up a mining town is ample proof that desperate pollies develop bad policy.
Can anyone provide info on how much the local people have received (and squandered) in royalties?
Why are taxpayers having to give more money to save a place that very few people want to visit – just to chase a few votes?
Like most things in the NT, the tourist brochures don’t match the reality, and word of mouth based on REAL experiences will trump a glossy advertising campaign anyday, particularly with the reach of social media these days.

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