19 October 2018
"It was really important to us for this carpark to be accessible to our hard working staff, patients and visitors for free."
Health Minister, 17 September 2018.
"Labor will scrap Royal Darwin parking fees...."
Chief Minister (then Opposition Leader), 11 June 2015.
It is clear from the construction plans, drawn by the Territory Labor government that it intends to charge Territorians for parking at Royal Darwin Hospital, despite telling Territorians for nearly four years that it would be free.
Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Lia Finocchiaro said Labor has a clear plan to introduce paid parking (at Royal Darwin Hospital) by stealth.
"Labor has a track record of misleading Territorians on its policy overreach, just like beer and fuel price increases - Territorians look set to pay.
"Labor has promised Territorians free parking at RDH since prior to the 2016 election, and these plans illustrate that Labor cannot be trusted to deliver on its promises.
"If the government had no intention to charge for parking, as it claims, why bother including the ticket machine detail on the plans for contractors to work to?
"The Opposition supports free parking at Territory hospitals, that’s why the Palmerston Regional Hospital, designed by the former CLP government, has free parking," said Ms Finocchiaro.