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The Northern Territory news Fri 30 Aug 2013

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Title

The Northern Territory news Fri 30 Aug 2013

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NT news

Collection

The Northern Territory news; NewspaperNT

Date

2013-08-30

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Language

English

Subject

Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin; Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin

Publisher name

News Corp Australia

Place of publication

Darwin

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application/pdf

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Copyright. Made available by the publisher under licence.

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News Corp Australia

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https://www.legislation.gov.au/Series/C1968A00063

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/247451

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/576929

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www.ntnews.com.au Friday, August 30, 2013. NT NEWS. 9 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:30-AGE:9 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K Give Dad the whole warehouse with one card Theres still plenty of time to get Dad a Bunnings Gift Card. You can either pick them up instore, or email an eGift Card, and have it arrive anytime. bunnings.com.au/egiftcards bunnings.com.au Not all services and products featured are available in all stores, but products may be ordered. Bunnings Group Limited BWAR7702 JULIA, TEAM MEMBER ntnews.com.au l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l NEWS Officials expose Labors figures By STEVE LEWIS LABORS economic credibility has been torpedoed after two of Australias most senior public servants undermined claims of a $10 billion black hole in Tony Abbotts election costings. In a highly unusual move, the heads of Treasury and Finance issued a statement to distance themselves from claims the Coalition had a major financial hole in their election costings. The intervention was welcomed by the Opposition, which has been under pressure to provide full details of its election costings. Treasury head Martin Parkinson and Finance chief David Tune, in a joint statement, forced the Government on the defensive just hours after Prime Minister Kevin Rudd had publicly accused the Coalition of a $10 billion fraud. Mr Rudd had launched a fierce attack on the Coalitions economic credibility in what appeared a last-ditch attempt to turn around Labors faltering campaign. Desperate to turn around public support, the PM and his senior ministers released a number of policy costings which they claimed exposed a $10 billion error in the Coalitions savings. Last night, shadow treasurer Joe Hockey said the intervention by Treasury and Finance had destroyed . . . the last sliver of credibility Kevin Rudd had left. Kevin Rudd has been shown to be a liar and his words cannot be trusted, Mr Hockey said. Mr Rudd had cast the costings as a question of judgment, accusing the Coalition of overestimating savings and wrongly accounting them. This is a $10 billion fraud on the Australian people. People need to focus on it because there will be more cuts to come, Mr Rudd said. But the Canberra mandarins said the Treasury calculations used by Labor were based on a different method of budgetary accounting and could not be relied upon. Mr Hockey on Wednesday announced just over $31 billion worth of savings including plans to slash 12,000 public service jobs, slash small business assistance and superannuation changes. Dr Parkinson and Mr Tune undermined the Governments central claims. These costings were not prepared under the election costings commitments process outlined in the Charter of Budget Honesty Act 1998, they said. Albanese promises boat ramp upgrade FISHOS are the latest group to benefit from election promises with $200,000 set aside to improve the Palmerston boat ramp if Labor is elected. Deputy Prime Minister Anthony Albanese was in Darwin to make the announcement flanked by Labor candidate for Solomon Luke Gosling. Mr Albanese said the money would be used to build a new caretakers residence, kiosk, disabled toilets and shade at the Palmerston boat ramp on the Elizabeth River, next to the first Channel Island bridge. We are investing to make fishing even better in the Territory, through infra structure improvements such as what is being proposed here at Palmerston, he said. Although the boat ramp has recently been upgraded Mr Albanese said the money would be put to good use. He said the hard work of the Palmerston Game Fishing Club had swayed the de cision to spend money there rather than at older, more run-down ramps. Work such as this has to come up from the community, he said. The club has done the work. The money will come out of the Governments sporting communities initiative, already included in the Budget. Ricky Borg joined a flash mob from Rosebery Middle School to launch October Business month Picture: KATRINA BRIDGEFORD Surprise dancers get down to business By JACKSON MILLER A FLASH mob of 100 students from Rosebery Middle School and St Johns College has lit up the launch of October Business Month. An extravaganza of song, multimedia displays and dance was held yesterday at the site of the new multi million-dollar urban village in Parap, The Avenue. Business Minister David Tollner said this years OBM calendar was full of professional development and networking opportunities to help local businesses grow and prosper. With 85 events over 31 days, OBM will undoubtedly be a busy and exciting time for the Territory business community, Mr Tollner said. It is a time to energise your business, a time to network with other business people and a time to upskill yourself and your workforce. Events will be held across the Territory, with the Chamber of Commerces Annual Business Dinner in Nhulunbuy, a Business Upskills workshop in Tennant Creek, the Customer Service Awards in Katherine, the 2013 Tourism Central Australia Conference in Alice Springs, and the OBM official opening in Darwin and Alice Springs.


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