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Debates Day 4 - 20 August 1975



Debates Day 4 - 20 August 1975

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Parliamentary Record 5


Northern Territory. Department of the Legislative Assembly


Debates for 1st Assembly 1974 - 1977; Parliamentary Record; ParliamentNT; 1st Assembly 1974 - 1977




Made available by the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory





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pages 457 - 498

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Attribution International 4.0 (CC BY 4.0)

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Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory



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DEBATES-Wednesday 20 August 1975 465 Alyangula All centres 4 houses, 4 flats Improvements to houses $ 440,000 50,000 Total Programme THE REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE PROGRAMME The Stuart and Barkly Highways second three-year improvement and maintenance proposal for a total estimated cost of $34.6m was subjected recently to examination by the Parliamentry Standing Committee on Public Works. Pending their report for acceptance by the Australian Parliament, arrangements are being made to request that the first year operation be admitted to programmes as a supplementary item at $8.55m with cash expenditure $2.1m. A total of $26.6m has been provided in 1975-7 6 for repairs and maintenance works under the control of the Department of Northern Australia for government buildings, roadworks and the operation of public utilities (i.e. water, electricity and sewerage services ). A summary of this programme has been tabled. RECEIPTS The Department of Northern Australia expects to receive from Northern Territory sources receipts in the amount of $19.3m in 1975-76. In addition, it is expected the stamp duties will raise $500,000 in revenue. This compares with an overall total of $225.9m that it is expected to cost the Department of Northern Australia in operational, capital works and services, furniture and fittings, repairs and maintenance and the civil works programs. In preparing the Budget, the Australian Government has continued to maintain the financial impetus of its policies of social reform and progress in the Northern Territory. A massive injection of funds to honour the declared intention of the government to relieve, rehabilitate and rebuild Darwin has been made over the past six months and will continue into the next twelve. There is a continued programme of advancement in health, education, aboriginal affairs, social development, urban improvements and outback roadworks. In this regard, it is worth noting that the government 8,035,000 has provided in 1975-76 allocations for growth centres in southern areas of Alhury-Wodonga $38.6m Bathurst-Orange South-west sector of Sydney $28.5m $67.lm whereas a total of$151.5m has been provided for development works in the Northern Territory, including $97.8m for the Darwingrowth centre. The level of government finance appropriated on behalf of the Northern Territory continues to rise, even in the face of economic strain and this the year of restraint, as clearly indicated by the fact that in 1974-75 the total appropriation for the Northern Territory was a record $267.5m which has been surpassed in 1975-76 by a total of$438.9m. I present the -Budget as related to the Northern Territory to honourable members. In closing my remarks, I indicate that I have tabled today statements from Aboriginal Affairs, Health and Education which I think that members will find helpful in studying the effects of the Budget on the Northern Territory for this financial year. I give my thanks to the departmental officers who have assisted in the preparation of the Budget for the Legislative Assembly. This is a new system that is operating now. As has been indicated by the Majority Leader, in discussions with Dr Rex Patterson, it was said that in future the Legislative Assembly would be brought into budget discussions. These have taken place as far as the Assembly is concerned in the last few weeks. I will make at some future time my remarks as member for Alice Springs. MOTION Budget Statement Dr LETTS (by leave): I move that the statement made by the Executive Member for Finance and Law be noted. My remarks this morning are directed towards the Northern Territory sector of the budget as outlined by the Executive Member for Finance and Law. I would like to thank

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