Leader of the Opposition, Delia Lawrie, today said Territorians are suffering from the CLP Government’s inaction on tackling the high cost of living in the Territory.
“Territorian wallets are being hit hard since the CLP Government came to power,” Ms Lawrie said.
“Families are hurting, and budgets have been stretched to breaking point to cover essentials.
“The pain has been caused by bad policy decisions by the CLP Government.
“Inflation rates have doubled under the CLP Government due to increases in PowerWater tariffs and motor vehicle registration costs.
"Why has the CLP raised the hope of tackling petrol prices by legislation and then ignored it?
“Housing affordability has suffered with the CLP Government with the scrapping of My New Home and Homestart Extra which supported low to middle income earners and first‑home buyers into home ownership.
“The CLP Government made a mistake by scrapping Weddell and is also relying heavily on Labor land releases to meet housing demand.
“The CLP Government even axed the basket of goods survey to try and cover up just how much Territorians are suffering.”
Ms Lawrie was joined by Labor Candidate for Casuarina, Lauren Moss, who said the high cost of living under the CLP Government was of great concern to the residents of Casuarina.
“The biggest issue being raised is the high cost of living in the Territory,” Ms Moss said.
“Families are struggling to pay their bills and are asking why the CLP Government is doing little to help their circumstances.
“Massive power and water bills, vehicle registration costs and high fuel prices are crippling families.”
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“As a direct result of the CLP’s decision to put profit before people and hike up PowerWater tariffs by more than 25% we have families and businesses under stress,” Ms Moss said.
“And to add insult to injury the CLP are ignoring pleas for the Government to tackle our outrageously high fuel costs.
“It’s scandalous that we are paying up to 30 cents a litre more for petrol than people in Melbourne.
“I’m calling on the Chief Minister to lobby his Liberal counterparts in Canberra to immediately scrap their plans for two CPI increases a year on the cost of fuel through the excise hike.
She said the new tax would raise more than $4 billion, with Territorians carrying a disproportionate burden.
“I’m speaking up for the people of Casuarina, now Adam Giles needs to tell Tony Abbott that his petrol tax grab is not on.
“I’m also calling on the CLP to create an application giving Territorians price alerts on the cheapest bowser on any given day on their smartphones. Territorians could then use consumer demand to drive down the price at petrol bowsers.”
Ms Moss said the CLP had promised to cut the cost of living but had instead presided over power, water and sewerage price hikes and are rolling over to Canberra adding to petrol price increases.
“Voters are telling me that their household budgets are feeling the strain and the CLP just don’t get it.”
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The retiring Member for Casuarina, Kon Vatskalis, officially tendered his resignation to the Speaker of the House, Kezia Purick this morning and called on the Chief Minister, Adam Giles, to set a date for the Casuarina by-election that will ensure residents are represented in Parliament for the October sittings.
“After 13 years, today is my final day as the Member for Casuarina,” Mr Vatskalis said.
“I have officially tendered my resignation that has been accepted by the Speaker.
“There is no excuse for Adam Giles to delay setting a date for the Casuarina by-election.”
Mr Vatskalis is campaigning with the Labor Candidate for Casuarina, Lauren Moss, whom he said will be strong voice for Territorians.
“Lauren Moss is a fantastic candidate who will continue the hard work Labor has put in for Casuarina residents,” Mr Vatskalis said.
“She brings with her energy, enthusiasm and passion and will speak up for Casuarina.”
Mr Vatskalis says the CLP Candidate for the seat had demonstrated his inexperience by suggesting the Territory Government had the power to regulate the price of petrol.
Mr Vatskalis said yesterday’s media stunt orchestrated by the Government had backfired on their candidate Dr Kypreos who was somehow attempting to paint himself as an anti-CLP independent candidate.
“Make no mistake Dr Kypreos is Adam Giles’ candidate in this contest,” Mr Vatskalis said.
“The NT News editorial got it right when it suggested that yesterday’s stunt by the Government was crass and arrogant.”
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