4 February 2019
The Opposition has challenged Labor to own up to its role in devastating the Territory’s economy and admit it has a problem.
"We’ve seen at the weekend and today Labor’s new way of blaming the CLP. They are nothing if not consistent with their blame-game," Opposition Leader Gary Higgins said.
"The fact is the deficit handed to Labor was $78M as recorded by the Treasurer’s Annual Financial Statement.
"The CLP also had a plan to bring the budget back into surplus which can be seen in the forward estimates of Budget 16/17.
"Labor knew Inpex was winding down and our GST receipts would be down – where was THEIR plan to deliver economic diversification and to tackle the down turn?
"Our plan included onshore gas, diversification of the pastoral estate, growing and supporting our tourism industry, developing further links to tap into the growing international student market and major projects and we published a full policy and plan at the time of the 2016 election.
"All Labor has done is said it’s ‘just thinkin’ about tomorrow…bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow there’ll be sun’.
"They need to wake-up and talk about real solutions, not spout more rhetoric."