TURNBULL PUTS AN END TO DEVELOPMENT OF NORTHERN TERRITORY
Member for Lingiari said, Malcolm Turnbull has put an end to any idea of fairness to the Northern Territory in roads and infrastructure spending announcements made in Tuesdays Budget.
He said, According to the Budget Papers Queensland and Western Australian pocket $517.49 million over the next three years for roads while the Territory gets a minuscule $16.8 million.
Given that the funding is described by the Treasurer as being funding to Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory for infrastructure projects that are essential to the movement of people and freight. Under the White Paper on Developing Northern Australia funding has been committed to priority road projects in Northern Australia, including interjurisdictional links and roads connecting communities and regional towns to ports and airports.
Then the Northern Territory has at best been dramatically short changed or at worse been the victim of an elaborate fraud perpetrated by the Turnbull Government on the people of the Territory, said Mr Snowdon.
The impact of this short changing or fraudulent budget measure on the many Territory small businesses and their workers puts the lie to this budget being about supporting small business as the key driver of our economy.
Territorians entered into consultation with government enthusiastically in the Northern Australia Development process but they have been cruelly ignored by Malcolm Turnbull and his Government.
The Prime Minister just does not understand the essential roads and infrastructure requirements of the Northern Territory. Or if he does he has wilfully chosen to concentrate Budget dollars on marginal Liberal and National electorates in Queensland and Western Australia said Mr Snowdon.
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