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Parliamentary record : Part I debates (11 November 1986)



Parliamentary record : Part I debates (11 November 1986)


Debates for 4th Assembly 1983 - 1987; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 4th Assembly 1983 - 1987




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DEBATES - Tuesday 11 November 1986 dwell on. He commented on the fact that his particular electorate received some $700 per resident in value of capital works. In the northern suburbs, in my electorate particularly, $5000 was allocated last year and, as far as I can ascertain, it has received $2000 worth of capital works this year spread between some 5000 residents. I am not bleating about that. However, what should be obvious to the member for Stuart is that it is not just capital works that are important, not to my constituents anyway. What is important is the total expenditure that is devoted to providing services of benefit to all Territorians: education, health, provision of water supply systems and electricity. It is interesting to note that, not only is it far more costly to provide those services in rural electorates than it is in the city areas, but the people who live in my electorate pay far higher taxes. Not only that, they pay for their water and their sewerage, unlike many of the member for Stuart's constituents. They pay local government rates to cover the costs of their roads, unlike the member for Stuart's constituents. I have absolutely no idea why he should be bleating when his constituents receive some 50 times the amount of capital works than is provided to the electorate of Wagaman. However, constituents of Wagaman are far more delighted that this government is continuing its positive program of creating jobs for Territorians, improving the lifestyle of all, including those in the member for Stuart's rural area, and providing very expensive water services despite cutbacks in federal programs for water resource projects. Mr Ede: Where? No more water supplies are going in. Mr FINCH: Mr Speaker, all we hear is whinges and whines from members of the opposition. The honourable member complained that housing statistics were down. Of course they are down when interest rates are going through the roof as a result of federal government policies and the state of this country. The cost of building in the Northern Territory has risen because we use imported materials. This has been affected not only by the exchange rate of the Australian dollar but by excises charged on bringing in timber from Malaysia. These are the sort of federal government policies that affect the building industry in the Northern Territory. Where are the answers? Of course, the member for Stuart's colleague, the leader of the Opposition, who has flown the coop along with the rest of his partners in crime .. Mr Ede: Come on now. Mr FINCH: .. raised a number of matters that I think I should take issue with as well. He was having a bit of a beef about how old age pensioners, to use his words, were 'struggling to make ends meet'. The only time the socialist opposition members mention the oldies is when they want to link them with the dole recipients and all the other 'pensioner-type' people for the benefit of their left-wing cronies. It is on record that the Northern Territory government is streets in front of any of the state governments in providing services and facilities. Concessions provided to aged pensioners in the Northern Territory are far above and beyond those provided in any state. In what state does the government provide deficit budgeting to frail-aged hostels? Nowhere else would the Council on the Ageing receive the funding that it does from this government. These sorts of things stand alone. The federal President of the Australian Council on the Ageing visited the Northern Territory some 3 months ago and, when he looked at the Housing Commission 866

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