The Northern Territory news Wed 15 May 2019
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WEDNESDAY MAY 15 2019 FEDERAL ELECTION 11 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Captains call business as usual, says ScoMo Prime Minister Scott Morrison and wife Jenny yesterday at the Cam River Bridge at Somerset, 7km west of Burnie in Tasmania Picture: GETTY IMAGES SCOTT Morrison insists it is not unusual that he unveiled a plan to help some Australians buy their first home more easily without taking it through cabinet. Some of the Prime Ministers senior colleagues reportedly hadnt seen the plan before he announced it at the coalitions election campaign launch on Sunday. Under the new home deposit scheme, the government would offer loan guarantees for first home buyers, allowing them to buy properties with deposits of just five per cent instead of the typical 20 per cent. Mr Morrison says the decision to go ahead with the program was made during the election campaign, when cabinet does not meet. But he and his senior economic ministers have been considering ways to support first homebuyers for months, and intentionally announced the option chosen during the campaigns dying days. It was our decision to ensure that as we go into the final weeks of the campaign, that there would be a very clear focus on what the choice would be, Mr Morrison told reporters in Adelaide . The Prime Minister has tried to divert some heat about the process that gave birth to the policy onto Labor leader Bill Shorten, who matched the scheme before the Coalitions full policy was released. Bill Shorten agreed with a policy that he hadnt even seen, Mr Morrison said. The Opposition Leader maintains Labor backed the plan as it was only modest, and based on existing schemes in New Zealand and Western Australia. About 10,000 people earning up to $125,000, or couples earning $200,000, are expected to benefit each year under the new scheme. That would have been about one-in-11 new homebuyers in 2018. It is a modest proposal. It is a restricted proposal, Mr Shorten told reporters in Tasmania. Because we are a well-oiled machine who has been thinking about policy for six years, we can adopt an idea. MARNIE BANGER PM lashes Shorten on gay query PRIME Minister Scott Morrison has accused Bill Shorten of taking a cheap shot at him over his response to a question on whether gay people go to hell. Mr Morrison released a statement clarifying his position after earlier avoiding a direct answer to the question from a journalist. No, I do not believe that, Mr Morrison said in the statement yesterday. It was a desperate, cheap shot from Bill Shorten who is looking to distract attention from his housing tax that will undermine the value of peoples homes. He later repeated his criticism of Mr Shorten, telling reporters in northwest Tasmania the Labor leader was trying to cynically exploit an issue that has nothing to do with this election. Earlier, Mr Shorten said Mr Morrison should have immediately ruled out the idea gay people go to hell, when asked about it on Monday. The question was put to the Pentecostal prime minister amid a furore over Australian rugby player Israel Folau who posted a biblical passage on social media saying drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves atheists and idolaters would go to hell unless they repent. Labor will fund and extend the national preschool program so it covers three and four-year-olds. This will benefit around 7,300 three and four-year-olds in the Northern Territory. Labor also has a plan for cheaper child care. All families earning up to $174,000 will be better off under Labors plan - slashing up to $2,100 per child off their annual childcare bill. Authorised by Warren Snowdon, Australian Labor Party (ALP), 3/12 Gregory Tce, Alice Springs NT 0870. ADVERTISEMENT TWO YEARS OF PRESCHOOL FOR EVERY CHILD AND CHEAPER CHILD CARE FOR TERRITORY FAMILIES
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