To the well for last time

Trea­surer says lat­est hikes will be end of new charges

Sunday Territorian - - NEWS - CRAIG DUNLOP

“TOUGH” bud­get de­ci­sions ex­pected to raise $2.2 mil­lion from Ter­ri­to­ri­ans’ hip pock­ets are the last of the gov­ern­ment’s rev­enue rais­ing plans for the up­com­ing bud­get, La­bor says.

Trea­surer Ni­cole Mani­son yes­ter­day an­nounced an in­crease in fees and charges for gun own­ers, com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle op­er­a­tors and peo­ple ap- ply­ing for a work­ing with chil­dren clear­ance.

Also on the list of “mod­est but fair” fee hikes are an in­crease in MVR ad­min­is­tra­tion fees, build­ing in­spec­tion fees and fees for false fire alarms.

“I thought it was im­por­tant that we talk about the rev­enue mea­sures in the bud­get early,” Ms Mani­son said.

“We are a week and a half out from de­liv­er­ing the Ter­ri­tory bud­get ... we’ve had to make some re­ally, re­ally hard de­ci­sions in the bud­get.”

The an­nounce­ment fol­lows a larger raft of rev­enue rais­ing, an­nounced on Thurs­day, which will see the gov­ern­ment raise $3.1 mil­lion in ad­di­tional pok­ies taxes, $4.2 mil­lion stamp duty and $5.3 mil­lion in car and mo­tor­bike reg­is­tra­tion in the up­com­ing fis­cal year.

“Make no mis­take, the next 12 months will be chal­leng­ing ... we’ve tried to keep (the in­creases) as mod­est and min­i­mal as pos­si­ble,” Ms Mani­son said.

The bot­tom line of Ms Mani­son’s first bud­get, due to be de­liv­ered on May 2, has been hit by “ab­so­lutely cat­a­strophic” cuts in GST rev­enue, which will con­trib­ute to an ex­pected $1.3 bil­lion deficit in 2017/2018 alone.

Ms Mani­son yes­ter­day also con­firmed the Gun­ner gov­ern­ment will fund an ex­ist­ing $10 mil­lion com­mit­ment to up­grade in­fra­struc­ture at the site of the $200 mil­lion lux­ury ho­tel de­vel­op­ment near The Water­front.

A spokes­woman said the $10 mil­lion will be paid to Chi­nese de­vel­op­ers Land­bridge, with lo­cal busi­nesses able to bid for the work through the NT In­dus­try Ca­pa­bil­ity Net­work.

Ms Mani­son said the ho­tel-would cre­ate more than 500 con­struc­tion jobs and the ho­tel will be a mas­sive draw­card for Ter­ri­tory vis­i­tors.

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