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Budget Paper No.1 Speech 2005/2006



Budget Paper No.1 Speech 2005/2006

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Tabled Papers for 9th Assembly 2001 - 2005; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT




Tabled By Sydney Stirling


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Speech Community Safety The Martin Government is backing Territorians by providing a safer community. We have focused on preventing crime, responding hard when it does occur and tackling antisocial behaviour. Budget 2005 delivers a record police, fire and emergency services budget of $189 million. This budget has increased 38 per cent since 2001. The Martin Government is tackling antisocial behaviour and violence through record growth in police numbers. We have put an extra 120 police on the beat since 2001. Funding of $200 000 in 2005-06 has been provided for mobile police stations in Darwin and Alice Springs. These stations will provide police with the flexibility to respond immediately to crime hotspots and community needs. Personal and domestic violence protection units are being established across all major centres. An ongoing program has been approved to deliver 25 additional police vehicles for use by Aboriginal community police officers. These vehicles will strengthen the capacity to address violence and antisocial behaviour across the Territory. Budget 2005 commits $750 000 to community grants a substantial increase on the $400 000 provided in Budget 2004. $400 000 will be allocated to crime prevention grants and $350 000 for approved community safety plans. Funding to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions to prosecute sexual assault matters will increase by $200 000. Additional funding of $330 000 will be provided for the formal establishment of the community justice centre. The Government will build a fire station at Marrara at a cost of $3.6 million. Health and Community Services Budget 2005 provides another record health budget. The budget of $687 million is an increase of 43 per cent since 2001-02. It includes: $392 million for hospitals; $110 million for community health services; $87 million for aged, disability and mental health services; $48 million for family and childrens services; and $50 million for public health services and health research. Additional recurrent funding of $1.94 million has been allocated for Alice Springs Hospital to provide improved medical staffing levels for the intensive care unit. Additional funding of $395 000 will be provided for home birth care services and the provision of outreach ante-natal services to remote communities. $203 000 will be provided to support Territory nurses to study locally as midwives. An additional $1.5 million will be allocated for the provision of essential mental health services. This includes $200 000 to strengthen 24-hour emergency response and consultation across the Territory and $350 000 to provide four additional psychiatrists for children and adolescents in rural centres. 7