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THE Parliamentary Estimates process
allows the Opposition and Indepen-
dents questions of Government Minis-
ters on the Budget.
Albeit CLP members would have me silenced
and ‘spoon-fed’ propaganda and media spin
Estimates provides the detailed analysis of the
Education Minister, Hon Peter Chandler con-
firmed 182 school-based staff gone from Terri-
tory schools reflecting drastic cuts to teachers
and support staff breaking the CLP election
promise frontline jobs are safe.
In estimates hearings Territory Health Minister,
Robyn Lambley, conceded an extra $11 million
needed to maintain current service levels after
Federal Treasurer, Joe Hockey stands to rip
millions out of the NT’s health and education
Chief Minister Adam Giles, refusing to answer
Opposition questions, had to admit the Territo-
ry’s education system stands to lose $312.3m in
Federal education funding over the next decade.
Territory families and business feeling the pain
under cost of living increases by CLP power
and water charges and increased motor vehicle
registration are already paying too much for
fuel yet further hit with the Federal Treasurer’s
new fuel excise.
Chief Minister Giles is ignoring Territorians
telling him the cost of living is too high with
CPI doubling in two years to 3.9 per cent under
CLP economic policy where political spin offers
no comfort to long term Territorians looking at
packing up and moving interstate.
The Treasurer could not provide a CPI figure
or inflation index for regional and remote areas
where families on fixed incomes struggle to
afford increasing fuel prices, car registrations,
PowerWater bills, groceries, rent or mortgage
payments exposing the CLP election promise
for reducing the cost of living.
2014 Estimates questioned Chief Minister
Giles on the $33m budget increase to his own
Department while Territorians struggle to pay
the bills and incur CLP Government cuts to core
services like health and education.
Adam Giles and CLP Ministers have already
racked up over $2m on travel, entertainment and
hospitality with an extra 70 staff for advice and
Government promotion now trying to convince
Territorians we are one of the cheapest places
Under questioning the Treasurer conceded the
Government was considering a model enabling
the retail arm of PowerWater to partner with a
private company representing privatisation by
stealth and a direct breach of CLP commitments
that PowerWater was not for sale.
Treasurer Tollner advised Estimates that the
new Retail Corporation split from PowerWater
requires millions of dollars for new ‘high-tech’
billing systems possibly achieved by partnering
with a private energy company interstate.
CLP commentators championing market-
driven forces for greater efficiency would have
us believe the new private energy company
managing our power, water and sewerage bills
will cross the Territory border to reduce charges
for less than 80,000 customers!
Outside economic scrutiny Estimates revela-
tions that Chief Minister Giles’ personal minis-
terial staff were sitting on selection panels for
public service positions reflects an outrageous
attack on the independence of the Northern Ter-
ritory Public Service.
Chief Minister Giles later corrected informa-
tion he’d provided the estimates committee
admitting his ministerial staff had sat on public
service selection committees defined by the Op-
position as contravening the spirit and provisions
of the Public Sector Employment and Manage-
ment Act. Opposition voices refuse to be silent
where governance supporting the wealthy over
those with less, flaunting arrogance, broken
promises and denial needs to be challenged and
held to account!
Member for Barkly
Estimates digs details
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