‘See you in 5 years: Turnbull on NT infrastructure’

p2333-Maland.-McCarthy-130LETTER TO THE EDITOR


Sir – The Turnbull Government’s deception over Territory infrastructure investment in Budget 2018 has been exposed during Senate Estimates hearings.


Despite CLP Senator Nigel Scullion’s best attempts to pull the wool over Territorian eyes, two days of Estimates have established the Budget did not include one dollar of new money  for Territory projects.


Despite being in office for five years, the Federal Coalition still hasn’t initiated one new major project.


And delivery of projects such as the upgrades to the Central Arnhem Road and the Buntine Highway is off on the never-never.


Three out of the four dollars allocated to the NT in the Budget won’t flow to the Territory until the second half of 2022 at the earliest. So not this Parliament, not the next one, but the one after that.


The Department of Infrastructure confirmed this during Senate Estimates when they revealed that there is no projected date in sight for the promised works to be undertaken.


This on top of an outstanding underspend in the NT just confirms that Turnbull is for the top end of town and not the Territory.


In their first four Budgets, the Federal Government committed to invest $675m in the Territory’s infrastructure, they actually invested $451m – $224m less than promised – and the underspends are everywhere, including 91% for beef roads, 89% for bridges renewal and 85% for Northern Australian roads.


Over the next four years, Federal infrastructure funding in the Northern Territory will plummet by almost 75% from $222 million in 2018-19 to $61 million in 2021-22.


This Budget is another classic Coalition Government case of overpromising and underspending in the NT.


Marlandirri McCarthy (pictured)

Labor Senator for the NT




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  1. InterestedDarwinObserver
    Posted May 23, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    Perhaps the minister should look at the massive under spend of budgets by the NT Labor Government.

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