Tag Archives: budget

How not to manage government finances: The case of the NT

 

Governments usually borrow money for creating infrastructure. In the Territory the cash is needed to pay the public servants’ wages. DON FULLER reports. PHOTO: After three years of divisive Aboriginal art gallery debate, a hole in the ground is all the government has to show for, and the demolition of a perfectly good building, the historic Anzac highschool. FULL STORY »

Chief Minister mum on money, again

 

 

 

The Gunner Government has again shut down real transparency on the Territory’s books in the Public Accounts Committee, the forum the government promised would be the outlet for scrutiny and openness, Opposition Leader Lia Finocchiaro (pictured) writes. FULL STORY »

Government transparency is still essential

 

 

The seriousness of the COVID crisis doesn’t give the Government a licence to cut corners with Territory taxpayers’ money, writes Opposition Leader Lia Finocchiaro (pictured). FULL STORY »

Barkly Council adopts COVID-19 relief measures

 

 

Rates and charges reviewed, rates debt moratorium, civic projects brought forward to “keep the Barkly strong,” writes Mayor Steven Edgington (pictured). FULL STORY »

Gunner government to hide fiscal facts

Voters will go to the August election short on Budget information. FULL STORY »

The good and the bad of spending money we don’t have

“Massive infrastructure spend” or “we can’t afford more than $1m a day in interest”. Take your pick. FULL STORY »

Even unpaid fines are spiralling out of control: Opposition

 

 

They almost doubled to $108m since Labor came to power. FULL STORY »

‘The Territory is broke. We’re living way beyond our means.’

2606 Gary Higgins SM

 

 

The Gunner Government has “failed miserably” on economic promises “given that there are 7882 fewer Territorians employed, businesses close down week after week, jobs have been lost and the operational cost of government has increased by $478m,” according to Opposition Leader Gary Higgins (pictured) in his Budget Reply this morning. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Fracking: Gunner Robin Hood in reverse

Chief Minister is playing Robin Hood in reverse, stealing from the poor in the middle of a financial crisis to give to some of the wealthiest companies in the world, writes Graeme Sawyer, Protect Country Alliance. FULL STORY »

We now borrow more than the total Budget

2635 Treasurer SM

 

 

Treasurer hands down $7.2bn Budget as borrowings $7.4bn. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Pictured are Chief Minister Michael Gunner and Treasurer Nicole Manison as she delivered the 2019/20 NT Budget this morning. FULL STORY »