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Slash and Burn Xmas Budget

 ‘Slash and Burn Xmas Budget’  

“NT Gov will continue to attack the lowest paid and most vulnerable Territorians”

Tomorrow will see massive increases in the cost of living in the Territory with the release of the mini budget that will have a number of austerity measures to bring the budget back in the black in four years. With back to the future thinking from the nineties which will see many Territorians packing up and head south in their droves.

In the first 100 days the NT Government’s instant and massive hike in power, water and sewerage prices on January the 1st will affect the entire community and will cause huge local inflationary pressure.  These pressures are damaging to households and business alike and threaten further major investment, the attraction and retention of skilled workers and put the hand brake on the forecasted rapid economic development of the Northern Territory – the very thing that will pay off public sector debt. This is the same old CLP Government run by the same old silver circle men.

Today Unions NT warns Government of the impact of the mini budget with a template straight out of Campbell Newman’s hand book slash and burn thinking with unmanageable increases in the cost of living, a broken election promise, that will see massive job cuts in the public sector, outsourcing and privatisation as the main theme same as in Queensland under a liberal Government.

“Whilst rapidly increasing prices and inflation across the Territory is damaging for all, it is the low paid workers are the most vulnerable in society who will be hit hardest,” warned Unions NT Secretary, Alan Paton.

“Is it an economic fact that people on lower incomes spend a higher percentage of their earnings on housing costs, electricity and food.  Therefore the already announced price hikes combined with the mini budget will hit pensioners, low paid workers with insecure part time and temporary workers feel the most pain. Try buying Xmas presents for the kids this year if you are low paid or in an insecure job knowing your family budget is about to blown out of your control by the CLP.” Mr. Paton said

Last week CLP’s Minister Giles on Government maintenance programs “the Territory Government will provide an extra $10 million in 2012-13; extra $20 million in 2013-14; $30 million in 2014-15; and an additional $40 million in 2015-16 for this important work”.

The week before Treasurer Robyn Lambley stated she is not good with numbers said “the pay rise for the lowest paid workers will be phased in”

These are both incremental increases” Mr. Paton said “Incremental increases are the only way that Territorian working families and business can survive in these now CLP driven tough economic times”

This is typical double standards from the CLP short term back to the future thinking, the Mini budget will see more slash and burn, out dated policies from the same old silver circle run CLP.

Unions NT is calling on Chief Minister to have a heart before Xmas and rethink his slash and burn policies and introduce power and water price increases and increases in the mini budget incrementally so as not to deprive Territory kids of Xmas presents this year and drive families and business out of the Territory.

For further information contact Alan Paton at Unions NT on 89 410001 or 0427415713

Published: 05 Dec 2012

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