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Debates Day 1 - Tuesday 23 May 1995



Debates Day 1 - Tuesday 23 May 1995

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Parliamentary Record 11


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




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DEBATES - Tuesday 23 May 1995 Palliative Care Facilities Mr ADAMSON (Casuarina): Mr Speaker, on your behalf, I present a petition from 55 citizens of the Northern Territory requesting that the Assembly implement best practice palliative care facilities in the Northern Territory, and that members of the Assembly vote against the Rights o f the Terminally III Bill. The petition bears the Clerks certificate that it conforms with the requirements of standing orders. 1 do not propose that the petition be read as it is in similar terms to petitions presented earlier in these sittings. APPROPRIATION BILL 1995-96 (Serial 80) Continued from 18 May 1995. Mr EDE (Opposition Leader): Mr Speaker, this budget is a calculated, vicious attack on the living standards of Territory workers and their families. I ask members not simply to take my word for that. The Treasurer has succeeded finally in impressing Mike Nahan of the Institute of Public Affairs who told us yesterday that he could not recall a tax increase as big as this from any government, be it state, territory or federal, in his 15 years experience of examining these matters. Indeed, we need not travel interstate to hear that when we have the words of the author of the budget himself. The other night, the Treasurer himself described the budget as a massive increase in taxes and charges right across the Territory. Mr Coulter: That is right. Mr EDE: Mr Speaker, he says that is right. It is the highest taxing budget since self-government. It is the only budget I have responded to that is deceitful enough not to include in the Treasurers speech all of the tax and charge increases. In his 45-minute speech, the Treasurer either neglected to mention the increases in bus fares, car registration fees and Housing Commission rents or he did not know about them. Either way, he has done a major disservice to Territory families. This budget offers nothing more than tax, tax, tax. The budget papers state in black and white that it has pushed Territory taxation above the all-state average. The budget offers nothing in the way of relief to families that are struggling already to make ends meet and to provide a good start in life for their children. The budget is targeted deliberately to hit middle- and low-income earners the hardest. The Chamber of Commerce and Industry has said how pleased it is that business interests have not been targeted in the budget. I expect that there are many donors to the CLP who feel that they have had just recompense, but it is the workers and working families who will bear the pain - and there is plenty of it. This budget will deliver a massive decline in the living standards of average Territorians. Thousands of public servants will be caught in the double whammy, as the budget does not contain funding to deliver a public service pay rise to match the Treasurers expected inflation rate, let alone provide compensation for the governments tax slug. Public servants, whether they are in the police force, the teaching service or any of the various departments, will feel that squeeze over the next 12 months. Under this budget, the ordinary PAYE taxpayer will be 3456

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