Tag Archives: budget

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.’

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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

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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 »

Federal Budget ‘another big GST blow to the NT’




A further $75m reduction of GST: The Territory Labor Government has fought to see immediate Federal investment in the Territory and job-creating projects. This Budget doesn’t deliver that says Treasurer Nicole Manison (pictured). Meanwhile Opposition Leader Gary Higgins welcomes new taxation measures for business and individuals. FULL STORY »

Banks and Melky vote against council’s budget

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This has no material effect but speaks to difficulties on reaching consensus within this council after the exhaustive (and no doubt exhausting) budget process. KIERAN FINNANE reports. PHOTO: Kerbside recycling is postponed because of fluctuations in the international recycling market. FULL STORY »

Budget: ‘Broken CDP worse despite promising overhaul’

Budget changes fail to fix unfair mutual obligations causing significant harm in communities, writes Australian Greens Senator RACHEL SIEWERT. FULL STORY »

Council rates draft: up 1.5% despite surplus

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The likelihood of a budget surplus was Cr El Melky’s hard fought argument to keep the rate rise to “the lowest possible level, keeping us just in front of the CPI.” KIERAN FINNANE reports.

UPDATED 30 May 2017, 9.42am. FULL STORY »

Spending big – but when?

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Is The Alice may actually beat Darwin in the government spending stakes this time ’round. The Guggenheim museum (pictured) turned Bilbao form a grimy industrial city into super destination for tourists. Will art make Alice great again?ERWIN CHLANDA reports.