Joint Media Release with Country Liberals Number One Senate Candidate Dr Samantha McMahon and Country Liberals Number Two Senate Candidate Joshua Burgoyne
The 2019-20 Budget is the next stage of the Morrison Government’s plan to build a stronger economy and secure a better future for all Australians.
Senator for the Northern Territory and Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said the Budget delivers the first surplus in more than a decade, creates more jobs, lowers taxes and guarantees essential services like schools, hospitals and roads.
“After more than a decade of deficits, this budget forecasts a surplus of $7.1 billion in 2019-20 – a $55.5 billion turnaround from the Labor debt and deficit disaster we inherited seven years ago,” Senator Scullion said.
CLP Lead Senate Candidate Sam McMahon said the Coalition Government’s strong budget management allows us to invest in lower taxes and essential services for the NT, including:
- Delivering an additional $158 billion in income tax relief for hard-working Australians, on top of the $144 billion in tax cuts locked into legislation last year. This includes immediate tax relief of up to $1,080 for low and middle income earners and up to $2,160 for a dual income couple to ease cost of living pressures, benefiting 100,000 people in the NT.
- Backing small business by increasing the Instant Asset Write Off to $30,000 and expanding its access, benefitting 19,000 businesses in the NT.
- Guaranteeing the essential services people in the NT rely on.
- To assist with their next power bill and the cost of living, the Morrison Government will provide a one off, income tax exempt payment of $75 for singles and $125 for couples to more than 3.9 million eligible social security payment recipients across Australia.
- The Budget provides record levels of funding for public hospitals in every state. Payments to the Northern Territory for public hospitals have more than doubled, from $152 million in 2012-13 to $306 million in 2019-20. Health funding for the NT increases by $105 million between 2019-20 and 2022-23.
- For schools, record funding for the NT will increase from $348.9 million in 2019 to $415.4 million in 2029, ensuring teachers have the support they need to prepare students for the future. The Budget also includes $30 million for the Local School Community Fund that will allow communities to fund projects such as upgrades to libraries, classrooms and play equipment.
- Delivering a record infrastructure investment of $100 billion over the next decade, getting families home sooner and safer and unlocking the potential of our regions. This includes an additional $622 million over the next decade for new land transport infrastructure projects in the NT, bringing total infrastructure investment in the state to more than $2.2 billion from 2013-14.
- $492.3 million for the Roads of Strategic Importance (ROSI) initiative
- $60 million for Tiwi Islands roads
CLP Second Senate Candidate Joshua Burgoyne said this Budget is about easing cost of living pressures, guaranteeing essential services and building new congestion busting infrastructure to ensure families in the NT can get home easier and safer.
“This is all possible because of the Morrison Government’s strong economic and budget management.” said Mr Burgoyne.
The Budget also delivers:
- $8.4 million to help speed up gas supplies from the Northern Territory to the east coast market by opening up the Beetaloo sub-basin for exploration and development.
- $30 million for the Barkly Regional Deal
- $15 million for a new doppler weather radar station in Tennant Creek
- $25.7 million for a new Ambulatory Care Centre at Alice Springs Hospital which will provide more renal dialysis, oncology and obstetrics & gynaecology places.
- 20 new Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet jobs in Alice Springs
- 20 new Comcare jobs in Darwin
Only the CLP has a plan to grow jobs, keep taxes low, keep our country safe and guarantee the essential services Territorians rely upon.