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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 Mr BAILEY: I am sure that they would all like to know what that reason is. Mr Coulter: I am sure they will. Mr BAILEY: They would like to know what the reason is. Hopefully, the Minister for Transport and Works will be able to clarify some of these points in the committee stage. When going through the budget papers, it is not always clear what some matters refer to. In relation to Transport and Works, there have been huge changes in a couple of areas. I had expected the minister to comment on them in his speech but, as far as I could assess from what he said, he did not cover these points. In particular, in the area of program administration, the allocation for asset services has grown by more than $9m. That is quite large growth from its $58m base. That represents some 15% to 18% increase. The other area relates to transport infrastructure. Members on this side were discussing the fact that a public transport assessment is being made and that the government is looking at future transport needs. However, that allocation has been reduced by some $2.5m. I gather that a considerable portion of that includes works on roads, an area where this government stands severely criticised for the lack of work that has been done to develop roads and the resulting problems that have developed for remote communities. We have heard the criticisms this government has made of the federal government in relation to roads funding. Nonetheless, the Territory government is reducing its road funding by some $2.5m. Another large variation appears in relation to fleet acquisitions - a reduction of some $8m, from $19m last year to $1 lm this year. I suspect that may be due to NT Fleet reaching a stage where it has disposed of many of the more elderly vehicles it acquired, and does not need to acquire as many replacements as it has had to in the past. Where there has been such a large change in the allocation, one would expect the minister to have given more information. Whilst on the subject of the responsibilities of the Minister for Transport and Works, I note that it appears unlikely that there will be much change in income from port charges through the Port Authority. In the last election campaign, it was stated that there would be a reduction in charges at the port. The minister did not say that, following the significant reduction in port charges, this is the amount of revenue the government expects to obtain. Does this simply reflect the breaking of another CLP election promise? Finally, the big question that we all want to know the answer to is: are these ongoing increases in taxation the cost of statehood, as the Treasurer stated? Mrs BRAHAM (Braitling): Mr Speaker, I rise to speak to the third Women in the Budget paper produced as part of the Northern Territory government budget process. This document lists every government agency, detailing its role, its achievements and the allocations as they relate to women. Contrary to what the member for Barkly said, the paper does have a section on new programs for 1995-96, and the levels of funding are itemised in many areas. Interestingly, when I read this paper, I dwelt on the programs rather than the figures showing who is who in each department. Honourable members may recall that the Chief Minister tabled the Plan o f Action for Territory Women to the Year 2000 in December 1994. In particular, he referred to the social changes that have occurred affecting womens roles and rights, and the emergence of a number 3562

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