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Debates Day 6 - Thursday 19 October 2017



Debates Day 6 - Thursday 19 October 2017

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Parliamentary Record 8


Debates for 13th Assembly 2016 - 2018; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 13th Assembly 2016 - 2020




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DEBATES Thursday 19 October 2017 2692 If we are serious about developing the north and closing the gap on Indigenous disadvantage then it is important to protect HFE, look at issues where there are areas of disadvantage and make sure we have funding targeted for those areas. We should not continue seeing a situation in which we are given funding for an area of disadvantage, such as roads or remote housing, but then have funding taken away through the GST. It is important that we tackle areas of specific disadvantage in the Northern Territory and that we get our fair share of the GST. But we also need to work with the Commonwealth on critical areas to make sure the Northern Territory reaches its full potential and all Territorians get a fair go. People living in Darwin, Palmerston, remote communities or Alice Springs should get the same opportunities as people in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. It is critical that we get our fair share of the GST. It is critical that all Territorians get access to good services like health, education, roads and housing. Members: Hear, hear! Ms MANISON: This is currently under threat. Mr McCARTHY: A point of order, Madam Speaker! Pursuant to Standing Order 43 I request the Minister an important extension of time. Leave granted. Madam SPEAKER: The Standing Orders have changed. Even if the minister finishes, she could have done it herselfa new rule. Ms MANISON: I am getting a bit excited because I am frustrated. I am the Treasurer of the Northern Territory and since coming to this seat I have seen the Territorys GST funds, which are critical to the future of the Northern Territory, severely eroded. This Productivity Commission report poses a threat to the future of more GST funding coming in to the Northern Territory. I will stand up and fight for our fair share of funding. We will knock on those doors. I am sure it does not excite the Canberra politicians when we keep putting this argument to them, but we have to keep it on their radar. We must all work together. The opposition has good contacts in Canberra. The Independents have relationships in Canberra with some of their former colleagues. It is important that we all do our bit to make sure the Territory gets its fair share of the GST. Territorians deserve nothing less. We must fight this threat and do everything we can to get the Territorys fair share of the GST going forward. We must do everything we can to secure the right type of funding for the Northern Territory. We are renegotiating what happens at the end of NPARIH. That will be another important funding agreement to tackle the issues in remote Indigenous housing. We have committed $1.1bn over 10 years, so what is the commitment of the federal government? What is Senator Scullion doing? He must support the future of the Northern Territory. We must work together as a parliament. There is a real threat. We must do everything we can to protect every single dollar we can get through the GST. That means better schools, health, roads, housing, a better economic future and social future for the Northern Territory if we tackle areas of disadvantage head -on. As a government we will do everything we can to make sure we get the fairest deal for the Northern Territory. Make no mistakethere is a deep and serious threat about what the distribution of the GST will be. The place which will miss out the most, that this poses the greatest threat to, is the North ern Territory. As a parliament we must fight side by sidegovernment, opposition, Independentsto tackle this threat. We must do everything we can to fight losing more of the GST, to close the gap on Indigenous disadvantage, to make sure we see the Territory reach its full potential, and to see the future economic growth and development of the Territory so that Territorians get access to a fair level of services and do not suffer any more when it comes to cuts through the GST.

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