Langoulant Report and Response: Where are the tough decisions?

16 April 2019

Labor has not made any tough decisions and are passing the buck until after the next election.

Opposition Leader Gary Higgins said on first read, the measures in the final Langoulant Report looked reasonable, but didn’t go nearly far enough.

"Labor has promised to make tough decisions, but we’re struggling to see any beyond requesting a bailout from the Commonwealth, and a decision to sell or lease the Land Titles Office, which blatantly goes against their election promise to not sell or lease any public assets," he said.

"We called on Government not to punish Territorians for Government’s wasteful spending by increasing taxes and look what they have done. Their move to tax lifestyle like personalised numberplates, camping fees, adding museum entry fees, and additional fees on fireworks seems to be lip service to actual serious decisions which need to be made. This is not good enough and Territorians deserve better.

"We are extremely doubtful this is anywhere near good enough."

Mr Higgins said he doubted Labor would successfully achieve any savings out of these recommendations.

"This Government has shown time and time again it’s untrustworthy and totally incapable of running an economy, with reckless, wasteful and self-promoting projects like a fence wrap, a shade structure that doesn’t provide shade, and a Boundless Possible rocket which didn’t achieve anything" he said.

"We stand by our call to rein in spending, cut the waste and reduce the ministry by one for a $2 million saving. These changes should take place today, not in two years’ time."

Mr Higgins said there were elements of the report’s recommendations the Opposition supported.

"Program evaluation, KPIs, and performance measures and accountabilities are obvious things that should already be happening," he said.