Joint Media Release with Country Liberals Candidate for Solomon Kathy Ganley
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 the people of Darwin and Palmerston 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 Solomon, Kathy Ganley, 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,” Mrs Ganely said.
“57,362 taxpayers in Darwin and Palmerston 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 9153 businesses in Solomon as well as the 9129 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 Coalition 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.
“Funding of $3.2 million will be spent on the Alice Springs to Darwin as this rolls out from 2019-20.
“The Country Liberals are delivering for the Territory with work ongoing for the Garramilla Boulevard project with $11 million to be spent in 2019-20, with a total investment of $29.5 million.
“Darwin and Palmerston councils will share in $1.2 million under the Roads to Recovery Program
“The CLP is investing $8.5m into Carpentaria Disability Services facility Harry’s Place to support Stage Two developments, which will provide disability accommodation for respite care, recreational and vocational education, adult day services and aged care respite. $5 million will be spent in 2019-20 with works starting soon.
“This Budget is about easing cost of living pressures, guaranteeing essential services and building new congestion busting 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.”