Labor still hiding the truth

7 August 2019

The Gunner Labor Government has again dodged questions about government expenditure on the Arafura Games.

The questions were raised after the Police Minister confirmed there was an additional $160,000 spent on police which wasn’t included in the report.

Opposition Leader Gary Higgins said the Opposition called out the Gunner Labor Government yesterday for a report that clearly did not fully disclose all taxpayer dollars spent on the Arafura Games.

"In less than 24 hours, the facade was broken and it now concedes that it did in fact exclude some costs," he said.

"As well, they are hiding behind ‘commercial-in-confidence’ in answers to simple Written Questions about sponsorship deals, including one about the City of Darwin.

"The government needs to come clean about the true costs of the Games and release information including the costs of public service secondments, police, travel, and expenses."

In Parliament today, the Opposition raised issues about budget repair and the Territory’s crime crisis.

"The Gunner Labor Government has failed to fix the budget since the John Langoulant Report was released many months ago," Mr Higgins said.

"We have a Government who says one thing and does another, has questionable priorities and continues its wasteful spending.

"We’re also living in the middle of a crime crisis, where break in rates are at record levels, but we see a go-slow government cut consequences and put the rights of offenders above the rights of victims."

Mr Higgins said there was some concerns over amendments to the Water Bill.

"We have concerns over the changes to the Drillers Qualifications Advisory Committee as it appears to remove the requirement to have drilling experts on the Committee," he said.

"The amendments also remove the requirement to notify neighbours of changes to water licences, as well as amending the requirement to advertise notices in the NT News."