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Debates Day 4 - Tuesday 17 May 1994



Debates Day 4 - Tuesday 17 May 1994

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Parliamentary Record 26


Debates for 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994




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DEBATES - Tuesday 17 May 1994 Mr Ede: Read our policy! Mr PERRON: ... and say that it will apply across all of those areas but, the broader he makes it, the lower it will have to be. However, not only will all of those people have to fill out forms and returns, irrespective of whether they handle a small or a huge amount of business, but it has all to be recorded, monitored, inspected, audited etc. The Leader of the Opposition may think that this policy is a winner, but he will be very wrong. He is obliged to tell those sectional groups what he intends so that, if Labor wins the coining election, it can say that it told the people in its policy that it intended to broaden this tax, including the details of where it intended to broaden it. All we are saying is that the Leader of the Opposition at least should be honest with those sectional groups. The Leader of the Opposition went on to say that this budget and the Territory economy are all about debt. In his view, the Northern Territory is an absolute economic basket case. He says that people are leaving in droves. He stopped just short of saying that buses were lined up to take them out of the Territory. Why land prices are increasing and Housing Commission waiting lists are long when everyone is leaving the Northern Territory is something of a mystery. It must be all the phantom people who are applying for the government's generous home loan schemes who are having houses built. People will simply not believe what the Leader of the Opposition is saying. That is the difficulty that the Leader of the Opposition has. He is totally unbelievable. The Territory economy is not a basket case. Construction is at record levels. The price of land is rising. Vehicle registrations are up. Electricity consumption is increasing. New phone connections are increasing in number and retail sales are increasing. The size of electorates in the Northern Territory is increasing yet the Leader of the Opposition is saying that the Northern Territory is a basket case. I suggest he try to find someone to work on his car or to change a tapwasher in his bathroom. They will tell him to come back in 3 weeks or 3 months because they are too busy to do it at the moment. That is what they will say. Members interjecting. Mr Bailey: Get in your car and go down to Government House. Mr SPEAKER: Order! Mr PERRON: Mr Speaker, the Leader of the Opposition ... A member interjecting. Mr SPEAKER: Order! It has nothing to do with it. Mr PERRON: The Leader of the Opposition has presented us with his view of how the Labor Party in government would determine the priorities of expenditure totalling over $2000m of taxpayers' funds that the Territory has available to it. He has not answered the crucial questions. He has not given much detail at all. No reference was made today to the $150m to be reallocated. I accept that the S150m to be reallocated in this budget does not involve adding $150m to the budget but, when a budget is put forward or an alternative government is putting its policies forward, people will want to know where the money will be taken from and what it will be allocated 11 983

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