Questions Day 1 - Tuesday 21 November 2017
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QUESTIONS Tuesday 21 November 2017 541 Payroll Tax and Business Impact Mrs FINOCCHIARO to CHIEF MINISTER How many extra businesses will be hit by payroll tax under your big tax revolution? How does introducing punitive new taxes on already struggling small businesses support business growth or survival? When will you admit to Territorians that your payroll tax hike is a direct attack on jobs, and that they are being made to pay for your mistakes and pet projects? ANSWER Madam Speaker, the Leader of the Opposition and the Deputy Leader of the Opposition have obviously not been listening to my comments about payroll tax. I have been talking about how we can incentivise local jobs over fly-in fly-out workers. The advice I have been hearing is that it is more about a credit or incentive type of approach. They are not listening or partaking in a constructive debate, which is unfortunate because I am very open to taking on board any ideas the CLP has if they are constructive ideas about how we can direct investment to the Northern Territory. In the previous term of government, budget after budget consistently hurt businesses, industries and Territorianswithout talking to them and without any level of consultation or purpose. We are comfortable talking about what the right tax mix is for the Northern Territory to create a positive environment for investment. How do we get the outcomes? How do we make sure there is a return when it comes to local jobs? This is really important. For some reason the CLP cannot support our initiative for local jobs over fly-in fly-out workers. When I spoke to SEAAOC just a few months ago and said we want to put local jobs first, the opposition attacked me. They said they support fly-in fly-out workers for the Northern Territory as the model. I do not think they understand the consequences of that decision. Building up and training locals, making sure we have stable communitieslet alone the GST return we get. It is better for the worker, company and community. They have an extraordinary position, yet the CLP said it supports fly-in fly-out workers ahead of local jobs, which is a bizarre position to take. I cannot get my head around it. It seems like an extraordinary policy direction for the party to take. We believe in local jobs and are asking if there is a way to use the payroll tax system to support local jobs over fly-in fly-out workers. We are having a conversation with Territorians. This is what we should donot just hit them with a 30% power and water price rise directly after being elected when you said you would cut the cost of living. What an approach! We are learning our lessons from the mistakes the CLP made last term. We will talk with Territorians about the tax mix in the NT and how we can ensure it drives economic investment, improves our returns, gets local jobs and ensures Territorians do not miss out on a return from the resources in the NT. Sometimes that happens. I do not think it is good enough that for a couple of years a mine operates and there is no return to Territorians. At the same time, how can we reward a long-term mine that has created jobs in the NT, especially when they are for locals? There is a connection and a return. We can use our tax system to leverage investment and a return to Territorians. Madam Speaker, we are very comfortable having this conversation with Territorians before our second budget. Palmerston Regional Hospital Update Mr SIEVERS to MINISTER for HEALTH The construction of the great new Palmerston Regional Hospital is progressing very well and is on track under a Labor government to open in mid-2018. Can you please update the House on how many jobs will be created for Territorians at the new Palmerston hospital post-construction? Members interjecting.
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