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Labor's clear alternative - a fairer, more prosperous Territory



Labor's clear alternative - a fairer, more prosperous Territory


Lawrie, Delia

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Australian Labor Party


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Power is going up by 30% - $2000 a year for each family. The CLP think that by delaying some of the increase suddenly everything is ok and families are no longer hurting. Territorians are hurting. They are struggling to pay your increased bills. But while PowerWater bills are up, PowerWater infrastructure spending is down cut by $20 million. People are paying more for less. We are back to the CLP days of running down infrastructure which led to the need for PowerWater increases in the first place. The CLP promised to cut the cost of housing but it is up. Under the CLP house prices in Darwin are growing at 8% - three times the national average. Land release has ground to a halt. The only land release in this budget was sub-divisions released by the previous Labor Government. The CLP scrapped the My New Home scheme taking more than 1000 properties off the market for first home buyers. This budget proves that the CLP have hiked up the cost of living. They inherited an inflation figure of 2.1%. They have jacked it up to 3.9%. The cost of living for families is increasing at nearly twice the rate it was only a year ago. The cost of everything is going up and the CLP have confirmed in their own budget that they intend to keep pushing up prices and costs even more. Domestic revenue measures how much is being taken from Territory families in taxes and charges. The budget shows that the CLP have increased this amount by $84 million up from $55 million to $139 million. This is nearly tripling the amount of