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Questions Day 1 - Tuesday 23 May 1995

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Title

Questions Day 1 - Tuesday 23 May 1995

Other title

Parliamentary Record 11

Collection

Questions for 7th Assembly 1994 - 1997; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 7th Assembly 1994 - 1997

Date

1995-05-23

Notes

Made available by the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory

Language

English

Subject

Questions

Publisher name

Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory

Place of publication

Darwin

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application/pdf

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Attribution International 4.0 (CC BY 4.0)

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Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory

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https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/282279

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/413079

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QUESTIONS - Tuesday 23 May 1995 Increases in Territory Budget Mr EDE to TREASURER As we all know, the Treasurer increased a range of taxes and charges in his budget last week but, since then, Territorians have identified other increases, such as those in bus fares, car registration fees and Housing Commission rentals, which he could not fit into his 45-minute budget speech. Will the Treasurer tell this House what other increases he could not fit into his 45-minute budget speech? Alternatively, will he give a cast-iron guarantee that there are no other increases in taxes and charges over the next financial year? ANSWER Mr Speaker, absolutely nothing was left out of this budget. If the Leader of the Opposition looks at the revenue raising and the forward estimates, it is all in there. The increases in bus fares, car registration fees and Housing Commission rents are all in the budget papers. They are all in the figures. They are all in the books. Mr Ede: They are not. Mr COULTER: I can assure the Leader of the Opposition that nothing was left out of this budget. Can I say also that further questions in relation to increases in bus fares, car registration fees or Housing Commission rents should be directed to the ministers responsible. Mr Ede: It is your budget. Mr COULTER: Did you hear Mr Williss speech? Was there anything in his speech about tax rises, itemised point by point? The bus fares are a ripper. I dare you to direct a question about bus fares to the Minister for Transport and Works. Mr Stirling: Why didn't you mention it in your speech? Mr COULTER: It is all in the forward estimates. The Leader of the Opposition seeks to rubbish me by saying that the federal budget was a good one. Where does he stand on debt at the moment? In relation to every other budget, he has stressed the debt levels and how hopeless we are. Do we hear a murmur from him now about debt? We have heard not a word. Mr Ede: Wait until my budget speech. Mr COULTER: Perhaps that matter has been put to bed finally and we will never hear anything further from him about debt. He did not quote Mr Nahan of the Institute of Public Affairs saying what a great budget ours is in terms of its responsibility and that our debt is under control. In contrast to that, let us have a look at the budget that he promised to Territorians in the hope of being elected only 12 months ago. It did not even get past the press conference. One 567