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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 trade. The CLP says that it cannot get tourism projects under way on Aboriginal land. Territory Labor will do so. Our policies to improve facilities at Territory parks will also require an increase in the number of staff servicing Conservation Commission parks. The tourism sector will benefit also from Territory Labor's policy to reduce the CLP's petrol tax. This policy will reduce taxation levels under Territory Labor by $4m per year. Tourism will benefit from Territory Labor's policies to develop tourism precincts in Darwin and Alice Springs. These will be funded in the first year of our government. Territory Labor will abolish the bed tax. Territory Labor's tourism marketing duty will have no net revenue effect as it will be designed to raise the same amount of money as is collected currently. In education, this CLP budget has cut funding for schools and for vocational training. This further demonstrates the wrong priorities of the CLP. Territory Labor will increase funding for education and training. Details will be released at a later date when the Chief Minister finally has the courage to call an election. The CLP budget is a failure on health services and already has received the thumbs down from the medical and nursing professions. The state of our health services, especially our hospital and primary health care services, has deteriorated to the point of becoming a disgrace under this CLP government. This government has tried to blame all and sundry for the results of its own maladministration. Hospital waiting lists have blown out to the extent where people are losing faith in Territory medical services. The government claims now that waiting lists are not an appropriate measure of hospital performance. The minister may claim that they are not an appropriate measure of performance, but I can tell him that they most certainly are for the people who are directly affected and their families. However, these people are apparently of no concern to this failed CLP government. It is an indictment of this government that it has left Territory public servants unsupported and has permitted the good name of Territory health services to deteriorate. This CLP budget has cut funding for health services, but Territory Labor will increase staffing and funding for those health services. Details will be released in our policy. This government's record on law and order is a disgrace. Not one police officer was recruited between 1990 and 1993 All of a sudden now, under the pressure of an imminent election, the CLP has put some extra funding into police resources. The Chief Minister is attempting a pea and thimble trick, stating that the extra funding may go either towards a new enterprise agreement or into extra police. Which is it to be? Mr Coulter: It might be both. Mr EDE: Mr Speaker, in the meantime, the CLP has let Territory crime rates blow out to become the worst in Australia. Mr Perron: When weren't they? Mr EDE: Turning to housing, in this budget, the CLP has cut back even further on lending programs for housing. HomeNorth funding has been cut yet again as the CLP grapples with a budget bottom line in the debt blow-out. Many first home buyers find themselves at the end of a long queue of people waiting for a government loan despite the CLP making repeated grandiose announcements to the effect that loans were readily available. In addition, CLP land release policies have doubled land prices since the last election. 11 974

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