Debates Day 6 - Thursday 19 October 2017
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DEBATES Thursday 19 October 2017 2704 We know this government forgot or omittedI am not sure what happened there, but it failed to put the Territorys best case forward on time. We now have the draft report so there is time and opportunity. We share your concern. We agree on the same things but how we go about doing things seems to be completely different. The Opposition Leader and I are about working constructively to yield a result. The way in which you have come into this House will not yield you a good result. It is incumbent upon you, for the benefit of all Territorians, to make sure you are putting our best foot forward. We really need the Treasurer to be engaging with the other states and territories, putting our best case forward to the Productivity Commission and ensuring our share of the GST is protected. In closing, I think the hypocrisy of this government is rife. It is very interesting that it would bring this motion to the House, given the history of this issue. What we want to see, what Territorians want to see, is what happens next. Why does the Treasurer not stand in this Houseshe still has the opportunity in her wrap after the lunch breakto tell Territorians what it is she will do and what the government will do. We are sick of the talk. Territorians are sick of the talk and want to hear the plan. I very much look forward to hearing the Treasurer outline her plan on how she will to protect our share of the GST in her wrap to this motion. The Assembly suspended. ___________________________ VISITOR Chris Burns Madam SPEAKER: Honourable members, I would like to welcome a past member, Dr Chris Burns. Members: Hear, hear! ___________________________ MOTION Horizontal Fiscal Equalisation Continued from earlier this day. Mr McCARTHY (Housing and Community Development): Madam Speaker, I support the Treasurers motion that the Assembly condemns any move by federal Treasurer Scott Morrison to change the measure of horizontal fiscal equalisation from equal to reasonable. We need to stand united against this proposal which would widen the gap on Indigenous disadvantage, stifle development in the north and lead to a permanent drop in the Territorys GST. We need to write to federal Treasurer Scott Morrison, calling on him to make no changes to how GST revenues are distributed unless all states and territories are in agreement. We also need to call on the Opposition Leader to ensure his party colleague, Senator Scullion, stands up for the Territory on this issue. It is very important that this motion focuses on the federal Treasurer, the Hon Scott Morrison, who will make the decision. This is not about the Productivity Commission or its report; it is about the important decisions a federal minister in the Liberal-National Coalition will make. It is also important to acknowledge the role of Senator Scullion, who is at the Cabinet table. He is in that Cabinet room and we should acknowledge that the Northern Territory is our sena tors home turf. When you have the privileged position of being in that Cabinet room you are at the cutting edge of making changes. Being the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Senator Scullion has a great opportunity to advise how disadvantage would be overlaid onto disadvantage should the federal Treasurer make this ill-informed, bad decision about GST in the Northern Territory. It is also important to touch briefly on the challenges of a Northern Territory Government in addressing disadvantage for the first Australians, the Indigenous people of the Northe rn Territory. Town camps, homelands, remote housing and the need for new infrastructure in terms of serviced landwe have massive legacy items. When we talk about a Commonwealth perspectivewhen we talk about the town camps and homelands we are talking about the facilities and infrastructure established by the Commonwealth. We need the Commonwealth to be at the table. We need the Commonwealth to be with us
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