8 December 2015 - The NTCOSS report that Territorians are paying an additional $1500 for insurance since 2009 is cause for concern given the average Territory Family is also paying around an extra $2000 since the CLP increased power by 30% and Water by 40%.
“The CLP broke their promise to reduce the cost of living when they increased Power and Water costs and sold TIO, and it’s for these reasons people are leaving the Territory in record levels,” said Nicole Manison.
“In 2014 the Northern Territory lost 3500 more people to interstate migration than we gained which means we lost 3500 taxpayers which skills who were contributing to the future of our Territory.
“In actual fact, the current losses are the worst experienced in two decades.
“Record levels of people leaving the Territory places immense pressure on local business because there are 3500 fewer people who won’t be spending their hard earned cash here at local businesses and shops.
“Local business is the backbone of our Territory economy, and when local business suffers, our economy suffers.
“The fact that 3500 people fewer people have taken their future elsewhere should be a wakeup call for the CLP Government.
“The CLP’s Adam Giles has dismissed the record levels of people leaving the Territory by saying we have always lost population, but that is simply not the case and completely contrary to NT Treasury documents.
“Treasury reports show net interstate migration in the period from 2007 to 2010 was positive - the Territory gained more people from interstate than it lost.
“Territory Labor will introduce a package which induces initiatives to help ease the pain Territorians have suffered through for three and a half years of this CLP Government.”
Media Contact: Gino Luglietti 0401 119 794
29 November 2015 - Territorians won’t be fooled by Adam Giles’ desperate bid to try and make up for the betrayal of trust on cost of living three and a half years ago, said Territory Labor Leader Michael Gunner.
“It’s simply too little too late, and Adam has hurt Territorians too much for too long,” Mr Gunner said.
“The CLP broke Territorians’ trust when they increased the cost of power by 30% and water by 40% after promising Territorians they’d reduce the cost of living if elected.
“The average Territory family now pays an extra $2300 per year since the CLP broke their promise.
“For Adam Giles to expect Territorians to be grateful for a 5% drop just before an election and after three and a half years of pain is a bit of a joke and is treating Territorians like fools.
“Territorians know his latest move is nothing more than another attempt by Adam Giles to buy people's votes.
“Between now and the election Territorians can expect a desperate spending spree by the CLP from the money made by selling our TIO and our Port.
“Before the next election, my team and I will release a package which will reduce cost of living pressures Territorians face day-in and day-out.
“The CLP can’t be trusted on power prices. They can't be trusted to keep their promises. They can’t be trusted to Govern. Territory Labor is ready to Govern,” Mr Gunner said.
Shadow Minister for Essential Services, Nicole Manison, today called on the CLP to explain how much the structural separation of PowerWater into three corporations is costing Territorians.
“Massive CLP hikes to power, water and sewerage tariffs have Territorians are struggling to pay their bills,” Ms Manison said.
“Territorians have suffered a third year of tariff hikes that hit household and businesses with a 30 percent power price hike, 40 percent water cost hike and 25 percent increase to sewerage charges.
“Before the latest 5 percent price hike in January this year, the CLP’s power and water tariff increases had ripped around an extra $151 million from the pockets of Territorians.
“Adam Giles and the CLP Government split PowerWater Corporation into three separate entities last year. A practice undertaken to prepare electricity utilities for privatisation.
“The split was carried out without any cost benefit analysis to support the separation.
“How much did the structural separation of PowerWater Corporation cost Territorians taxpayers?
“Industry insiders are telling us the structural separation costs are already at $10 million and rising. The CLP Government could say what has been spent to date, why won’t they?”
Media contact: Cathryn Tilmouth 0427 500 667
“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.”
Media contact: Michael Gleeson 0400 096 924