THE NT IS JUST ‘FIDDLING AROUND’
I came to the Northern Territory in 1975 and have followed self government with interest since that time. As a school principal, it paid me to be a political, commenting on issues and ideas but never attacking people and their personalities The ‘message’ rather than the ‘messenger’ needed to be the emphasis. Or otherwise, playing thee ball and not the man (or woman).
I have watched the NT evolve over the years and sadly, feel that it is now downhill. There are lots of reasons for this, but they sum up on the fact that since 2000, the focus of ‘living beyond our means’ has come increasingly into play. Monetarily, we have borrowed more and more and been self reliant and self independent less and less. Policies have been about short term gain for long term pain and that is still the case.
We have reached rock bottom! Is our government going to look up and reverse our fascination with debt and indebtedness, or will it start to dig into the bedrock of what has become our realisation of despair.
WHEN YOUR GOVERNMENT IS BORROWING $4,000,000 A DAY TO FUND SALARIES AND SERVICE THE INTEREST DUE ON PREVIOUS BORROWINGS, WE HAVE WELL AND TRULY REACHED ROCK BOTTOM!
Is it SA or Commonwealth management for us? As an entity we are finished.