Fix it, Mr Gunner, or the voters will
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.