Fix it, Mr Gun­ner, or the vot­ers will

Sunday Territorian - - OPINION -

THE Bud­get cri­sis that is now grip­ping the Ter­ri­tory is con­cern­ing news for all of us, not just for pub­lic ser­vants and the govern­ment.

We are us­ing our credit card to pay the salaries of our pub­lic ser­vants and the in­ter­est is grow­ing to a rate that may hurt any chance we have of hav­ing a pros­per­ous fu­ture. If the sta­tus quo were kept, by 2029-30 we would owe $35 bil­lion. That equates to a $145,833 debt for ev­ery man, woman and child in the NT. In the 48 hours since the Gun­ner Govern­ment dropped its “Bud­get Re­pair Plan”, Trea­surer Nicole Mani­son took her staff to lunch and the key ar­chi­tects of the Bud­get, Jodie Ryan and Un­der Trea­surer Craig Gra­ham were spot­ted so­cial­is­ing at Shenan­ni­gans on Mitchell St. And to­day, Chief Min­is­ter Michael Gun­ner jets off over­seas on hol­i­day. Even while the NT fi­nances burn a hole in our wal­lets which we may never re­cover from with­out fed­eral help, the pub­lic ser­vice grows. Mr Gun­ner needs to un­der­stand there is noth­ing Ter­ri­to­ri­ans care about more, for them and their fam­i­lies, than an econ­omy that pro­vides a sus­tain­able in­come for the ma­jor­ity. If he can­not fix this mess, the elec­torate will.

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