Joint Media Release with Country Liberals Candidate for Lingiari Jacinta Nampijinpa Price
The 2019-20 Budget is the next stage of the Coalition Government’s plan to build a stronger economy and secure a better future for all Australians.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory 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 deficit we inherited seven years ago,” Senator Scullion said.
This Budget also guarantees the essential services people in Lingiari 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.
CLP Candidate for Lingiari, Jacinta Nampijinpa Price, said while the Budget forecasts a surplus, it also delivers 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,” Ms Price said.
“39,391 taxpayers in Lingiari will receive tax relief this year.
“We are also backing small business by increasing the Instant Asset Write Off to $30,000 and expanding its access, benefitting 6497 businesses in Lingiari as well as the 6467 small and medium businesses who will receive tax cuts.”
The Budget provides record health spending of $81 billion in 2019-20, increasing to $89.5 billion in 2022-23.
“Australian Government funding for public hospital services in Northern Territory has increased by 101% since the Coalition came to office from $152 million in 2012-13 to $306 million in 2019-20.
For schools, record funding will ensure teachers have the support they need to prepare students for the future. It 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.
The Northern Territory is set to benefit from the Federal Liberal and Nationals Government’s record $100 billion infrastructure investment over 10 years with an additional $622.3 million delivered in the 2019–20 Budget, bringing total infrastructure investment in the Territory to more than $2.3 billion from 2013–14.
“The Country Liberals are delivering for the Territory with $492.3 million under Roads of Strategic Importance (ROSI) initiative for the NT component of the Tennant Creek to Townsville, Newman to Katherine and Alice Springs to Halls Creek corridors, and the Alice Springs to Darwin and Adelaide River to Wadeye corridors.
“Another major investment includes $60 million to improve Tiwi Island Roads to encourage economic growth, particularly from the export of plantation timber, and local jobs.
“The quality of the roads on Melville Island is a barrier to economic growth but these improvements will address that, as well as providing all-weather access to Tiwi College on Melville Island to ensure children can get to school safe.
“Lets not forget about the $45.5 million commitment to support the Barkly Regional Deal including $15 million in a new weather radar for Tennant Creek that will deliver additional real-time weather information to the Barkly region.
“The CLP is investing another $91 million in priority projects in the Northern Territory under the Northern Australia Roads Program in 2019-20 including $40 million on the Arnhem Highway Adelaide River Floodplain Upgrade and $ 26 million on the Keep River Plains Road Upgrade.
“The Coalition is delivering better and safer roads for Territorians with a $16m spend to complete upgrades on Buntine Highway Road in 2019-20 and $8.3 million will see Plenty Highway upgrades completed. An upgrade offFive bridges on the Tablelands Highway will also be finished with funding of $2.5 million.
“The CLP is spending $17.7 million in 2019-20 on Beef Roads in NT on upgrades to Barkly Stock Route and the Tablelands Highway.
“I am also pleased to see funding of $25.7 million for a new Ambulatory Care Centre at Alice Springs Hospital which will provide more renal dialysis, oncology and obstetrics & gynaecology places.
“Our funding of $8.4 million to open up the Beetalott sub-basin for exploration and development will help speed up gas supplies from the NT to Eastern markets.
“This Budget is about easing cost of living pressures, guaranteeing essential services and building new infrastructure to ensure families in Lingiari can get home easier and safer,” Ms Price said.
“This is all possible because of the Coalition Government’s strong economic and budget management.”