Australia’s most incompetent Treasurer has struck again with another ridiculous and baseless claim about the Goods and Services Tax (GST) from NT Labor Treasurer Nicole Manison.
There is absolutely no evidence anywhere that supports Nicole Manison’s claim today of a $500 million a year cut to the GST – not in any actual Territory or Federal Budget Paper – and I challenge her to provide any credible evidence that supports this completely fictional claim.
Given that the Gunner Government has proven to be the most inept economic managers in the Territory’s 40 year history here are a few facts they may wish to familiarise themselves with:
GST FACT #1: It is the Commonwealth Grants Commission that determines each state and territory’s GST every year based on a formula agreed to each state and territory including by the current Northern Territory Government – the change between 2017 and 2018 was $136 million.
GST FACT #2: One of the key drivers for the reduction in the Northern Territory’s GST share in recent years has been the population decline driven by the Gunner Government’s inability to create new jobs or keep Territorians safe.
GST FACT #3: It is the CLP Federally that has bailed out the Territory with a $259 million GST top-up payment in April of this year.
GST FACT #4: It is the CLP Federally that is fixing the GST formula that will ensure the Territory will not be worse off and will in fact be $189 million better off.
Quite simply the NTs hapless Treasurer is lying to Territorians when it comes to the GST.
The Gunner Government has botched the alcohol floor price, it has botched the Alice Springs Art Gallery, it has botched child protection, it has botched the development of the gas industry, it has botched the creation of new jobs, and now it can’t even grasp how the GST system works.
Territorians deserve better.