Morrison announces cash injection for NT

2532 Scott Morrison OKBy ERWIN CHLANDA


The Territory is getting $259.6m in additional financial assistance from the Commonwealth, Treasurer Scott Morrison (pictured) announced in Alice Springs today.


This additional funding represents the Commonwealth’s estimates of what the NT could have received from the increased GST pool if their relativity had remained the same as it was in the 2017-18 financial year.


Mr Morrison described this as “a fair outcome for Territorians” and NT Treasurer Nicole Manison welcomed the top up, following “a steep drop in GST funding over the past two years”.


She says half of the Territory’s revenue comes from GST: “With our small population and remote communities, this funding is critical to enable us to provide vital services to Territorians.”


The two governments have also reached agreement on remote housing and public hospital funding, “providing certainty for essential services in the Territory”.


Included are:-


• $550m for five years to support remote housing, matched by NT Government contributions, with the NT retaining responsibility for sub-leasing arrangements in these communities for the five-year period.


Minister for Indigenous Affairs Nigel Scullion said “this new investment will help address severe overcrowding in remote communities” and comes on top of the $1.7b for remote housing in the Territory since 2008,” according to a media release.


“Aboriginal community control is at the heart of our investment, from decision-making to employment and business procurement to ensure we deliver long term sustainable change in remote communities.”


• Increased support for public hospitals for another five years, raising funding to $1.96b over the period 2020-21 to 2024-25.


• A “substantive” housing agreement which, once finalised, will provide funding equating to $98.5m over the next five years to support the delivery of affordable housing and homelessness services.




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8 Comments (starting with the most recent)

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  1. Posted April 29, 2018 at 12:03 am

    @ Maya (Posted April 28, 2018 at 12:24 pm): You’ve “always believed that Australia was corruption free.” Really? Where have you been all this time?

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  2. Maya
    Posted April 28, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    Bribery is defined by Black’s Law Dictionary as the offering, giving, receiving, or soliciting of any item of value to influence the actions of an official or other person in charge of a public or legal duty.
    And I always believed that Australia was corruption free.

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  3. Evelyne Roullet
    Posted April 25, 2018 at 10:09 am

    Yes, Jones, and when disaster strikes we will be told that we can buy drinking water with all the money we have received. Do you really think that you and I will be better off?

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  4. Jones
    Posted April 24, 2018 at 6:36 pm

    It’s a win win. We frack and miners give us large royalties. On top of that we get $260m.

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  5. James T Smerk
    Posted April 24, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    We need a formal process for people to complain about Government decisions and they being investigated (for real)?
    I feel like things like this happen and they just get brushed under the carpet and forgotten about, when they should be looked at, especially if they have persuaded the decision making process.
    Stop with the secretive back door deals, how about we all be honest about what we do, especially if you are payed by the taxpayer. Or is that too much to ask?

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  6. Evelyne Roullet
    Posted April 24, 2018 at 11:45 am

    Blackmail refers to a situation that arises when a person threatens another person with some form of punishment if they do not offer some form of concessions.
    The offence of Blackmail is contained in section 249K of the Crimes Act 1900. It reads as follows:
    (1) A person who makes any unwarranted demand with menaces:
    • With the intention of obtaining a gain or of causing a loss, or
    • With the intention of influencing the exercise of a public duty, is guilty of an offence.
    In NSW, Blackmail carries a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment.
    Even emotional blackmail is illegal.

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  7. CherryM
    Posted April 24, 2018 at 8:23 am

    And this was announced right after the NT lifted its moratorium on fracking.

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  8. Hal Duell
    Posted April 24, 2018 at 6:38 am

    In other words, frack and you can have your money back.
    Now we know.

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