Kakadu cash splash
Jabiru in the Northern Territory outback is small and dying but the Prime Minister and Opposition Leader have scrambled to get there and commit more than $216 million each to fixing the town and Kakadu National Park.
To illustrate how bemused locals are, 18-year-old traditional owner and Mirrar indigenous clan member Simon Mudjandi mistakenly thanked the Liberal Party for their support when welcoming Labor leader Bill Shorten, who yesterday pledged $220 million for Jabiru and Kakadu if Labor won government this year, saying it would rescue the park far quicker than Scott Morrison’s $216 million package to improve roads and tourist facilities announced on Sunday. Both packages aim to arrest a decline in tourist numbers, which have fallen from 300,000 a year in the late 1980s when Crocodile Dundee was filmed there to about 185,000.
Facilities are dated and there is criticism of how it is managed.