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Alice Springs news

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Title

Alice Springs news

Collection

Alice Springs news; NewspaperNT

Date

2008-07-24

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Language

English

Subject

Community newspspers; Australia, Central; Alice Springs (N.T.); Newspapers

Publisher name

Erwin Chlanda

Place of publication

Alice Springs

Volume

v. 15 issue 25

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application/pdf

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Copyright. Made available by the publisher under licence.

Copyright owner

Erwin Chlanda

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

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/232757

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/661377

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G r a n t s f iddle gets a new lease of l i fe 2 0 0 2 / 2 0 0 3 1 9 9 8 / 1 9 9 9 2 0 0 7 / 2 0 0 8 CATEGORIES Grants in million $ Actual spend in million $ by ALP Govt Grants in million $ Actual spend in million $ by CLP Govt Grants in million $ Actual spend in million $ by ALP Govt CATEGORIES 6 7 . 6 2 .5 4 1 . 0 0.0 Total General Public Services 3 9 4 . 0 7 7 1 . 0 3 4 1 . 0 9 5 6 . 0 Family & Children's Services 98 .5 3 0 . 1 6 9 . 0 19 .0 178 .7 4 3 . 0 Transport of Rural School Children 13 .4 5 .0 11 .0 4 .0 14 .5 2 .3 Non government schools education 19 .9 2 8 . 3 17 .0 2 3 . 0 , 2 9 . 5 3 2 . 2 Government schools education 3 0 8 . 8 2 4 8 . 7 2 5 4 . 0 199 .0 4 0 0 . 5 3 9 3 . 4 Debt charges NT 6.7 2 2 1 . 3 1.5 8 1 . 0 - 3 3 . 1 9 1 . 0 Debt charges NSW 4 2 3 . 4 4 2 8 . 8 Tourism NT 1 0 . 1 4 8 . 7 11 .0 2 7 . 0 11 .8 53 .8 Culture & Recreation 3 5 . 8 148 .4 3 2 . 0 4 9 . 0 4 3 . 2 9 5 . 2 Total Health & Community Services 8 7 9 . 0 6 4 0 . 0 6 5 9 . 0 4 7 0 . 0 Police 123 .0 9 9 . 0 100 .0 7 8 . 0 136 .2 120 .5 Housing 122 .0 67 .0 8 9 . 0 7 2 . 0 136 .2 120 .5 Homeless & general welfare 6 1 . 9 4 8 . 4 Aged & disabled services 6 5 . 6 6 1 . 6 Services to Indigenous Communities 2 1 7 . 9 110 .3 Corrective Services 133 6 7 . 8 Public Safety 4 6 . 5 2 7 . 2 Water sanitation & Protection of the environment 6 9 . 3 3 8 . 9 Non-urban transport 16 .7 3.9 Roads 2 4 9 . 8 122.4 Urban transport 23 4 3 . 7 PLEASE NOTE: Figures for 2 0 0 7 / 2 0 0 8 supplied by the Northern Territory Council of Social Service. B y E R W I N C H L A N D A W h a t the N T G o v e r n m e n t gets f r o m C a n b e r r a , a n d w h a t it spends , is get t ing a lot o f a i r t i m e in the p r e - e l e c t i o n p o l i t i c k i n g - bi i t i t 's a n o ld s t o r y , a n d a n e m b a r r a s s i n g case o f the pot ca l l ing the ket t le b lack . F o r example , O p p o s i t ion L e a d e r T e r r y M i l l s is seeking to make mi le age w i t h "allegations that the T e r r i t o r y G o v e r n m e n t has directed Federal f u n d ing a w a y f r o m F a m i l y and C o m m u n i t y Serv ices , " in 2006/07 receiv ing $179m but spending "just $43m in that category" . T h e A l i c e N e w s ran a comment in M a y 2004, w h e n the re la t i ve ly n e w L a b o r G o v e r n m e n t in the N T was preparing its third budget. A t that time the N o r t h ern T e r r i t o r y C o u n c i l o f Social Serv ice pointed out huge discrepancies between what the C o m m o n w e a l t h Grants C o m m i s s i o n a l lo cated for certain purposes, and what port ion the g o v ernment is actually spend ing o n them. A s r e a d e r s c a n see o n the table above, no th ing m u c h has changed: in areas where hand-on- theheart pledges are c o m m o n , a lot less is spent than al located. ( T h e t w o columns o n the r ight o f the table ref lect the current situation. T h e s e figures were supplied this w e e k by the N T C o u n c i l o f Social Serv ice . ) Back to the 2004 c o m ment piece: W h a t ' s inter esting today is the C o u n t r y L ibera ls ' outrage at these discrepancies: t rouble is, w h e n they were i n power , before 2001, their record was e v e n worse . T h i s was the scene in M a y , 2004, w h e n w e headed our comment piece " N u m bers tell the truth o f w a r m in the t u m m y poli t ics". W h a t sort o f B u d g e t can w e expect next week? W i l l the N T L a b o r g o v e r n ment finally put our m o n e y w h e r e its m o u t h is? N o t l i ke ly , judg ing b y prev ious efforts. H a v e a look at the ta ble. Put y o u r fingers in y o u r ears to shut out all the hoo haa about n e w priorit ies o f health, education, housing, pol ice and all the rest o f the fee l -good stuff, and let the numbers talk. T h e y are f r o m the F e d eral Grants C o m m i s s i o n . T h e first c o l u m n is what Canberra paid to the N T L a bor government i n 2002/03 fo r var ious purposes, and the second co lumn shows o n what the government actu al ly spent each al location. T h e third and fourth c o l umns are the corresponding figures for the C L P Budget o f 1998/99. T h e Federal grants are not tied. T h a t means g o v ernments can spend them as they please. N e v e r t h e less, one can safely assume that the people at the Grants Commiss ion assessing "dis abil i t ies" are honourable , w e l l resourced and w e l l in formed. Y e t our governments , C L P as w e l l as Labor , by their actions, keep tell ing the c o m m i s s i o n it hasn't got a clue. Disabil i t ies are things l i k e b ig d i s t a n c e s , l o w populat ion, a great number o f d isadvantaged people, w i d e s p r e a d p o o r h e a l t h , infer ior education, need for housing, and so on . Labor , wh i l e in O p p o s i t ion, was fo rever c lamour ing about underspending b y the government on some purposes w h i l e overspend ing on others. C h e c k out the figures: not m u c h has changed. . Bear in m ind that m a n y o f the items relate not on ly to the people w h o w o u l d be the immediate recipients. F a m i l y and Ch i ld ren 's Serv ices , fo r example , is gross ly under- funded. T h a t department is deal ing - o r meant to be w i t h , among others, y o u n g sniffers w h o cause m a y h e m b y theft and vandal ism and make life a misery for agreat number o f people. T h e s e be come the secondary v ic t ims o f substance abuse. T h e C L P spent m e r e l y one th ird o f its grant o n that purpose - and so has Labor . F o r Homeless and G e n eral W e l f a r e the C L P d i ver ted all o f its $41m grant. L a b o r d iver ted .$74.1 m o f the $76.6m it rece ived. U n d e r b o t h g o v e r n ments, public schools get a lot less than the grant and pr ivate schools a lot more . E a c h g o v e r n m e n t d i v e r t e d a round one t h i r d , about $200m, f r o m Hea l th and C o m m u n i t y Serv ices . L a b o r spent o n l y ha l f o f the housing m o n e y on hous ing ($67m o f the $122m grant) . B y compar ison the C L P had a posit ively touching so cial conscience, spending on housing $72m o f the $89m allocation. C h e c k out " C u l t u r e & Recrea t ion" - a. k. a. Bread and C i r c u s e s , p r i m a r i l y spor t ing faci l i t ies grants spent in D a r w i n , w h i c h e n able ministers to make great guys o f themselves, handing C O N T . P A G E 10. Advertisement Important changes t o t h e Child Care Tax Rebate that you need to know From 1 July 2 0 0 8 the Austral ian Government will increase the Chi ld Care Tax Rebate payment t o famil ies f r om 30% to 50% to help meet their ou t -o f -pocke t ch i ld care cos ts . T h e Chi ld Care Tax Rebate is a payment for parents or guard ians w h o are work ing , s tudy ing or t ra in ing. T h e Chi ld Care Tax Rebate is not income tested. Families c a n n o w receive up to $7500 a year for each chi ld in approved care. T h e Chi ld Care Tax Rebate will be pa id quarter ly or as an annual l ump s u m payment . To find out more visit www.childcarerebate.gov.au or call the Family Assistance Office on 13 61 50. Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Ea^cVUood Educat ions Child Care Authorised by the Australian Government, Capital Hill, Canberra. A L I C E S P R I N G S N E W S - V o l 15, I S S U E 25. J u l y 24,2008 - PagCS'>'* http://www.childcarerebate.gov.au